Where: Port Rexton, Newfoundland
When: Spring – fall (June – August are nicest)
Round trip: 5.3 km
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.
What sets the Skerwink Trail apart?
Avoid the crowds: We visited in mid-July and saw less than a dozen people in two hours.
No guardrails: Yes, that is a 100-foot drop on the left.
Stunning scenery: Plenty of opportunities to approach and scare yourself looking over the edge.
Hidden beaches: And clear water.
A 360-degree view from the top: Full disclosure, this added five minutes of hiking.
Wildflowers: Newfoundland wildflowers go bananas in the summer.
Whales: Ok, so we didn’t see any, but YOU might.
It’s a loop: No need to double back.
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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