Trail begins [ GPS required to follow trail]from Chance Cove Provincial Park road,at about UTM 22T 345875 E 5181027 N GPS track starts on a small bog just west of this spot, visible from the road, look closely for sign marking same.
This is south of the developed East Coast trail system, but is anything but developed, wear waterproof footware. All brooks are safe for drinking water. The beach at the end of hike is site of major shipwreck in the last century, with about 100 victims burried in the grassy section. A great location to lunch and rest. You can return by the same trail or hike on to Cape Race Lighthouse (access by vehicle). This trail I'll enter later, but this trail [much better trail]is indicated on the Topo maps listed below; NOT on Garmin's Mapsource, in Garmin GPS. Free camping in the park, outdoor toilets available.
You can Sea Kayak from Chance Cove to Clam Cove, suggest Topo Maps Newfoundland 1K/14 and 1K/11 and a Weather Forecast, open ocean.
Take route 10, south for 1 and 1/2 hours from St. John's, NL. to Chance Cove Provincial Park road [clearly marked]UTM 22T 342243E, 5184764N. Follow gravel road to park, trail begins about 1 km or so from the park end of road, indicated above.
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Posted By: Nelsonedward47
- Tue Oct 23 02:39:24 UTC 2007
CommentThe Wreck of The ANGLO SAXON, just south of Clam Cove on April 27, 1863 was the worst lost of Life in Newfoundland history. The ship with 446 people aboard [360 passangers and 86 crew] ran on the rocks, with 237 lost. Fisherman burried more than 100 of these victims, plus more recovered later, at Clam Cove beach and laid rocks at the head and foot of each grave. Clam Cove is a 90- minute hike from Cape Race on a good trail, the same trail [a telegraph line trail then] that the survivors walked to Cape Race in 1863. I will post this trail soon and upload the GPS track after I have actually logged it. i.e. I have to make the trek.....
Posted By: Nelsonedward47
- Tue Oct 23 01:23:28 UTC 2007
UpsideGreat Ocean scenery at Chance Cove and Clam Cove. Clam Cove is an historic location (details at Cape Race Lighthouse) Cape Race is where the "SOS" was received from the Titanic on April 15, 1912. In July & August, lots of Bakeapples [Cloud Berries to Mainlanders] on the bogs. Trail is a Challenge. Geocache at Clam Cove, if you're a cacher. Excellent photopgraphy. DownsideTrail is rough with blowdowns (Fallen Trees) at beginning and end. Really need GPS as there are VERY few trail markers. CommentGreat Challenge, on my first attempt, I tried to hike via the coastline, but due to difficult terrain, ran out of time, some dangers, not recommended.