The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

October 2, 2016 2 comments

Where: Port Rexton, Newfoundland

When: Spring – fall (June – August are nicest)

Round trip: 5.3 km

What sets the Skerwink Trail apart?

The Skerwink Trail is the Holy Grail of hiking: world-class scenery, uncrowded, and easy.

Less famous than some other hikes, the Skerwink Trail punches well above its weight. In 5.3 short kilometers, the Skerwink Trail contains hidden beaches, sea cliffs, sea stacks, wildflowers, and a panoramic 360-degree hilltop view of the surrounding bays. You might even see humpback whales.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

Avoid the crowds: We visited in mid-July and saw less than a dozen people in two hours.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

No guardrails: Yes, that is a 100-foot drop on the left.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

Stunning scenery: Plenty of opportunities to approach and scare yourself looking over the edge.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

 Hidden beaches: And clear water.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

A 360-degree view from the top: Full disclosure, this added five minutes of hiking.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

Wildflowers: Newfoundland wildflowers go bananas in the summer.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

Whales: Ok, so we didn’t see any, but YOU might.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

It’s a loop: No need to double back.

The Skerwink Trail: An Afternoon of World-Class Scenery in Newfoundland

5.3 kilometers: Did I mention it’s only 5.3 kilometers? Plenty of time to return home and enjoy an Iceberg Beer made from 25,000-year-old iceberg water. Bonus points if you spot an iceberg while drinking the beer.

What are some of your favorite lesser-known trails? Let us know in the comments below. Maybe we will hike them!

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I am Sterling, one of the Two Fish Traveling. I grew up in Montana, worked in DC, and left to see the whole world.

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Great photos! We will be visiting this coming summer. We love to hike. No issues climbing but I’m not a fan of sharp drop offs. If you stay on the trail, is that an issue, or is it only if you venture off?