6km of coastal trails around Monk’s Head.
I decided to take the drive up to the Pomquet area, specifically to Monks Head to hike the local trails. We parked the car at Chez Deslauriers and checked out the trail map.
The general area was settled by George Monk in 1784, the home that sits on top of the hill was moved to its current location sometime after the 1860’s.
Since then the area has become a source of local development by the local community which includes tea room, interpretive centre and outdoor stage.
But today I arrived with my partner, Keji the black lab, to focus on the trail on this late November day.
6km of coastal trails are part of adventure, you can add several more if you consider the adjacent Pomquet Provincial Beach Park.
The trail system, developed in 2005 offers a linear and a couple loop trail around Chez Deslauriers, which is within the Monks Head Provincial Park Reserve. We decided to do the linear trail to check out the coastal views.
We start out walking across the open fields from Chez Deslauriers and start going downhill to the main trailhead. We pass through a softwood forest until we hit the Barachois pond and the water. Nearby cranberry bushes offer a nice contrast to the coastline.
The trail passes fairly close to the cliff to a few viewpoints. We encountered a few benches which would make a great spot for a quick bite to eat.
Not a lot of wildlife tracks, deer and smaller animals were noted.
Check out my trackfile by viewing it via Delorme MapShare (Nov 3)
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