One of my favourite hiking trails to do on the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland is the Starlight Trail (named after the former Starlight Motel). The trail gives great views of the Long Range Mountains and Codroy Valley without a lot of effort with the total distance being less than 5 km and maximum elevation is about 350 m.
The trailhead to the Starlight Trail (aka Starlite Trail) is located about 25 minutes from Port-Aux-Basques and is the site of the former Starlight Motel. The first 5-10 minutes of hiking is mostly flat with some boardwalk and is somewhat marked. After that the trail becomes more rocky, the elevation starts to increase, and the trees become smaller and eventually disappear. The remainder of the trail is not marked, but the trail path is relatively easy to see.
Once the steep part of the climb is over, a scenic lookout is present to the right of the main trail, and days of exploring the Long Range Mountains are to the left. Note that the IATNL has a 32 km section of trail called the Grand Codroy Way that goes from the Starlight Trail south along the Long Range Mountains.
Venturing left at the trail intersection provides endless exploration along the Long Range Mountains. The hiking is of moderate difficulty, with grass as high as 4 ft long and occasional wet/boggy areas. âDuring my last hike on the Starlight Trail I spent about 3-4 hrs exploring the mostly flat top part of the mountain, great views were found everywhere.
How to get there: The trailhead is at the site of the former Starlight motel, which is about 25 km north of the town of Port-aux-basques along the TCH.
âTrail Head Coordinates: 47Â°46'56.5"N 59Â°13'56.7"W
Track (kmz): Click here.
âTrack Distance: Hike to the scenic lookout is 4.7 km; exploring the Long Range Mountains is about unlimited.
Elevation: 350 m, ascent is about 330 m. Exploring the mountain areas can get up to ~600 m in elevation.
Time to Complete: Hike to the scenic lookout is less than 4 hrs return.
Cellphone Coverage: Yes.
Sheldon Huelin is a proud Newfoundlander and enjoys all things outside.