Cape Spear Path

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02. Piccos Ridge Path

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Portugal Cove to Bauline
Current Path Status:

All Paths

Current Path Status:
Portugal Cove to Bauline
About This Path:

This path is recommended for experienced hikers. The path’s high point of Piccos Ridge, at an altitude of 250 m, provides expansive views, both of the coastline far to the north of Bauline and of the peninsula, inland, towards Pouch Cove. There is an optional exit point at Blast Hole Point Trail junction. Anticipate slippery conditions, especially with rain or frost. Long stretches of the trail are on high, open ground. Be prepared for exposed areas and associated wind chill. Exercise caution in all areas, but particularly descending/ascending the north slope of Black Cliff due to the steep grade.

Estimated time
7 Hours to 9 Hours


Path Advisory: This is one of our most strenous paths. Some hikers will be challenged by steep areas at Black Cliff and Brock's Head. Hikers should exercise caution on these slopes. No path clearing or conditions updates take place during winter months. Map recommended. Trail-rated footwear required.
Access Points:
  • Portugal Cove - Do not park on North Point Road. Park behind the post office (1815 Portugal Cove Road), at the rear of the lot where there is signage. Return to Portugal Cove Road, turn left and follow the road for 250 m, then turn right onto Loop Drive. After 150 m, turn right onto Hardings Hill, cross the bridge over Main River, and hike for 300 m to North Point Road. Proceed 250 m to the end of North Point Road and the Piccos Ridge Path trailhead.
  • Bauline - Passing below the United Church, turn left onto Brook Path and park at the end of the road. Take the path to the right for 200 m which leads to a dirt road. Turn left, uphil, for 100 m, into a rock quarry. The Piccos Ridge trailhead sign is visible towards the bank, overlooking Conception Bay.
Preparing to Hike When choosing a hike, consider the length, the average time to complete and the difficulty rating. East Coast Trail paths do not loop - stated path distances are one way. Trail-rated hiking boots or shoes are a must on the East Coast Trail. Additionally, be sure to layer brightly colored, lightweight, quick-drying clothing for changing Newfoundland weather conditions. For a complete list of what to pack and more tips for hiking safely, click here.
Optional Exit Or Access Point
Berry Grounds
Brook Crossings
Coastline Views
Historic Site
Rock Outcrop
Rolling Elevation
Undeveloped Trail