North Head trail

Signal Hill National Historic Site


  • Level of difficulty: Difficult
  • Distance: 1.7 km one way
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Location: Trail heads are located on the ocean side of the parking lot on the summit of Signal Hill and at the end of the Outer Battery Road.

The oldest and most popular of the trails in Signal Hill, the North Head trail sees over 35,000 hikers each year. It follows a trail along the narrows to the North Head that may have been in use as far back as the 1500s.

Walk along Ross' Valley, 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.

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.

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