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An Afternoon on Brigus Head Path!

Hi folks! It’s been a while. I’ve had a busier summer than I anticipated and there always seemed to be some excuse to not hike. Not good, but that’s the situation. So this won’t be a summer of big accomplishments on the trail, but I figure I’ll go hard for the rest of the month and see a few of my favorites, at least. Starting with Brigus Head Path, a nice little 8km loop!

There wasn’t much of a crowd on the trail, and the weather was great for hiking, cool and cloudy, with a bit of a breeze. I made my way pretty quickly around Brigus Head and came back over the old Southern Shore Highway. Because it was a grey day, it wasn’t a great day for my regular scenery/landscape pics, but the beauty on the ECT trail isn’t just in the cliffs and shoreline; the flora and fauna along the length of the ECT is truly beautiful. Without my zoom lens (note to self: gotta take the zoom lens on day hikes), I couldn’t capture the birds I saw, but I did see a cormorant in Timber Cove (same location as last year, if I recall correctly), a couple of loons at Bill’s Tar Cove, and nuthatches and other little birds aplenty along the old track back. So today’s focus was on flora. And by flora I mean the berries that are just starting to ripen and were delicious.  Though I suppose if you count the dogs who were waiting at the trailhead when I got back, there was some fauna. That said, I did snap a couple of my favorites, ie. good old Hare’s Ears and the aforementioned Bill’s Tar Cove… I don’t know who Bill is but his cove is one of the best little spots along the trail.

For the blueberry hunters, BTW, the hill on the south end of the Southern Shore highway, ie. closest to Admiral’s Cove, is covered, and they’re riper up there than elsewhere on the trail for sure! Berries as far as the eye can see!

Check out the pics below!

Challenging Snowshoeing on the Brigus Head Path!

Hi folks, after last weekend’s defeat on the Mickeleen’s Path, I vowed I’d redeem myself on the Brigus Head Path loop. A 6.5 km moderately challenging hike with a bit of climbing and descending, and a much shorter couple of kilometers straight back over land, this trail is spectacularly beautiful in the summer months, and given our warm weather for the last week, I thought the snow would have likely taken a cutting. I was… partially right at best.

The snow had softened to be sure. That was not a good thing, however, as this trail is a bit of a wet one and the wet parts had undercut the snow, leading me to plunge to my knees on more than one occasion. In places the majority of last week’s snow remained untouched, which made for some treetop views and drift climbing. The soft snow gave me a workout, at least!

The first half of the trail from the north, up to the approach to Brigus Head, was very challenging. Lots of deep snow and more than once where I was unsure how to continue on the trail. After Brigus Head, the going got a little easier, the places where deep snow needed to be traversed were sporadic instead of constant. At the point where the trail meets with community trails, a quad or two had gone over the trail making the going a little easier, though they had messed up the muddy parts pretty good.

I turned around at the loop trail, not venturing all the way to the trailhead in Admirals Cove. The loop trail (the old road between Admirals Cove and Brigus South) followed the same pattern: easily passable for the first, uphill km or so, and then more challenging, essentially becoming a river interspersed with deep snow. Luckily, this is a short path and I was at the wharf next to the trailhead where I had parked in Brigus South before sundown.

If you’re in the mood for a challenge, this is one to consider. It’s hard to capture in pictures how deep the snow is and how tough it is to showshoe, but trust me, the rain has been a double-edged sword: clearing the trail in spots, it has simply softened things up in others. You might be better off waiting for a bit more of the snow to melt, but if you are willing to take it on, it’s certainly a unique experience at this time of year. Not for the faint of heart, let’s put it that way! Check out the pics of the exhausting but spectacular hike below!