Pouch Cove

Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Pouch Cove is less than one hour north of St. John's, on the Avalon Peninsula. This ride covers a total of 13.7 miles, beginning with a 7.5-mile loop around the community of Pouch Cove and ending with a dramatic 6.2-mile out-and-back trip to Cape St. Francis. The initial loop begins on pavement and then follows a rough doubletrack road up to a rocky ridge and prominent, rocky outcropping called the Tolt. From here, a short out-and-back side trip leads inland to Miles Pond, where opportunities for spotting wildlife abound. The ride continues from the Tolt as a meandering tour along a series of old pathways through and behind the town of Pouch Cove. The out-and-back excursion to Cape St. Francis caps off the ride and follows a rough, unpaved road out to a lighthouse. Throughout all sections of this ride, the terrain is not so much technically difficult as it is unpredictable. The route, in its entirety, does involve some significant elevation change. We recommend that you put aside a whole day for his ride, taking the time to enjoy the views, the unexpected opportunities to watch moose or whales, and the sweet treats offered up by the many raspberry and blueberry bushes along the way.

Pouch Cove Professional Review and Guide

"Pouch Cove is less than one hour north of St. John's, on the Avalon Peninsula. This ride covers a total of 13.7 miles, beginning with a 7.5-mile loop around the community of Pouch Cove and ending with a dramatic 6.2-mile out-and-back trip to Cape St. Francis. The initial loop begins on pavement and then follows a rough doubletrack road up to a rocky ridge and prominent, rocky outcropping called the Tolt. From here, a short out-and-back side trip leads inland to Miles Pond, where opportunities for spotting wildlife abound. The ride continues from the Tolt as a meandering tour along a series of old pathways through and behind the town of Pouch Cove.

The out-and-back excursion to Cape St. Francis caps off the ride and follows a rough, unpaved road out to a lighthouse. Throughout all sections of this ride, the terrain is not so much technically difficult as it is unpredictable. The route, in its entirety, does involve some significant elevation change. We recommend that you put aside a whole day for his ride, taking the time to enjoy the views, the unexpected opportunities to watch moose or whales, and the sweet treats offered up by the many raspberry and blueberry bushes along the way."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Pouch Cove
Distance: 13.7
Elevation Gain: 1,275 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: June to September.
Local Contacts: Destination Newfoundland and Labrador, 800-563-6353.
Local Maps: NTS: Pouch Cove 1 N / 15 and St. John's 1 N / 10. Aerial maps 95028-55 and 95028-6.
Driving Directions: Directions to Pouch Cove

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May 2018