North Head Trail
The North Head Trail is the oldest and most popular of the trails in Signal Hill with over 35,000 hikers using it each year.
Some sections of the trail are narrow and adjacent to steep drops. This may be a concern for persons with a fear of heights. There are sections where the trail rises almost 100 meters, which is similar to climbing a 20 story building. Hikers should be careful to take their time and not overexert themselves.
A trail, such as this one, that leads from the Narrows to the North Head may have been in use as far back as the 1500s. Ross' Valley, between the Summit and the North Head, is a "hanging valley" formed by a glacier during the last ice age. Historically, gardens were kept kept here and a small quarantine hospital called "Prowse's Folly" was built in the area.
During the summer months, whales, icebergs and seabirds can often be seen in the waters off the North Head.
Level of Difficulty : Strenuous/Challenging
Length and Distance : 1.7 km
Time : 1 hour
Location : The trail head is located on the ocean side of the parking lot on the Summit of Signal Hill