:: How long does it take to walk the trail?
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The Trail is 5.3 km long. If you walk briskly without stopping, the trail (coastal route) takes
just over an hour. Many people find it takes them two or more hours, because they stop to rest
or take in the views.

:: Is it suitable for children?
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Children who are good hikers can certainly handle this trail, but they should be supervised at all times. All walkers should be aware that the trail passes along cliff tops and edges.

The trail is not suitable for baby strollers.

:: What are the challenges?

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The trail is rated Moderate to Difficult. There are several sections with stairs, and a few
stretches that pass along steeply sloping land or near cliff edges.

If you are nervous about heights please take the "Inland Trail"; you may also prefer to return
on the path you came on once you reach Skerwink Head, rather than complete the circle.
Several boardwalk areas keep the trail from being muddy for the most part, but both the trail
and the boardwalk may be slippery when wet.

The trail is not intended to be hiked in icy or snowy conditions.

All hikers are responsible for their own safety and comfort.

:: Are there any bathrooms?
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No.

:: Where do I park?

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Across the road from the start of the trail, in the designated parking area.

:: Which direction is best?
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We recommend you walk the trail in a clockwise direction, setting out on the path on the left
(at the trailhead). This allows you to face the view over Trinity Harbour as you head away
from Skerwink Head.

:: Can I camp?
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Camping is not permitted along the trail.

:: Can I bring my dog?
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Yes, but please keep it on a leash and clean up after it.

:: Can I use my GPS/cell phone?
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Some phones can receive signals when used on the trail.

:: Do the Friends of Skerwink organize hikes?
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Not at this time.

:: Are there any shelters?
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There are no covered shelters on the trail. There is a viewing platform at the summit
of the Lookout Trail, and a few benches where you can enjoy particularly fine views.

:: Are there any benches?
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Yes. Their locations are marked on the trail map.

:: Are there any garbage cans?
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No. Please take your garbage with you when you leave the trail.

:: What's a Skerwink?
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A shearwater. "Skerwink" is a local name for this pelagic seabird species, which lives offshore (they're also known as "hagdowns," in Newfoundland). It is highly unlikely that you will see a shearwater when you hike the trail. Many shearwaters do breed on the island of Newfoundland but only in a few places, and they return to their nests only at night. But do keep your eye
open for other birds and wildlife!

 

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