Guided Hikes

Long Shore Path

Brandon Cooney

Scheduled Guided Hikes

Visit our Guided Hikes Calendar for details on all upcoming guided hikes.

To access the Hike Participant Registration and Waiver, including COVID-19 screening checklist, please click here.

Be prepared to be impressed by magnificent scenery along our spectacular coast. East Coast Trail Association volunteers lead public guided hikes on East Coast Trail paths on weekends from April to November. A guided hike is a great way to experience the trail for the first time, or enjoy it with a group. Paths and hike dates are scheduled according to the availability and preference of volunteer leaders.

The environment of East Coast Trail is left as unspoiled and natural as possible. On a guided hike, you may climb rock outcrops or walk near cliff edges. Hiking the trail inherently has a greater risk than a stroll in an urban park. All guided hike participants will be asked to sign a waiver before the hike begins. On a guided hike, risks to a reasonably fit, prepared and cautious hiker are minimal.

Piccos Ridge Path

Brandon Cooney

Spout Path

Calvin Tong

Information for Hike Participants

  • Each trail path has a rating in terms of the level of difficulty. Choose a hike that suits your ability and comfort level. See Preparing to Hike for more information and tips.
  • You need to pre-register with the hike leader for all hikes. View the instructions on the individual hike event for specifics.
  • Information on meeting time and place will be posted for each hike event. Expect to depart on time according to the hike leader’s instructions.
  • You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the hike location.
  • Be prepared for your hike as instructed by the hike leader, with trail suitable footwear, clothing, water and snacks. Participants who arrive ill-prepared for trail conditions may be turned away at the leader’s discretion.
  • Dogs may not be allowed on all guided hikes. See the individual hike posting for details.
  • Dogs on the trail must be under the owner’s control at all times. Owners must scoop pet waste for disposal after the hike.
  • We cannot accommodate requests for custom-scheduled guided hikes at this time. Alternately, you may want to contact a local outfitter for assistance.
  • If you’ve enjoyed your East Coast Trail Association guided hike, please consider helping to offset the costs of trail maintenance, enhancement and protection by making a donation to the Association, or joining as a member. Memberships and donations of $20 or greater are eligible for a charitable tax receipt within Canada.

Cape Spear

Carrie Comerford

Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett