|Gros Morne National Park|
Expert (Backpack), 16km, loop. The trail has two entrances, the Wallace
Brook Trailhead which is along Highway 431, just 11 km
from Woody Point (5 km from Trout River) and the Long
Pond Trailhead which is 13 km from Woody Point (3 km from
Trout River). Both have large parking lots and pit
toilets. For the overnight hiker there are primitive
campsites at three locations along the coastline. All
sites have picnic tables and pit toilets. Campfires are
permitted only on the beach so you must bring a
backpacking stove. The
route is shorter if you start from the Long Pond
Trailhead. Permits are required and fees are collected. Trail Map
- From Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne Mountain Trail: Expert, 16km return. The trail takes you to the second highest peak on the Island of Newfoundland, at 806 meters its height is exceeded only by Lewis Hill. A flat-topped mountain, keep your eyes open for rock ptarmigan, arctic hare, and woodland caribou. You'll pass a cluster of small ponds at the base of the mountain where you'll get a great view of Bonne Bay to the south, then the trail follows a steep bouldery gully to the summit of the mountain. This is the most difficult part of the hike and the climb will take at least one hour as the trail gains almost 500 m in elevation. There is a fee for each night out and you must register with park staff. Ferry Gulch backcountry campsite will accommodate 3 tents and is equipped with tent pads, pit toilet, bear pole, and picnic tables. No fires are permitted so you must carry a backpacking stove. Trail Map - From Gros Morne National Park
Long Range Mountains Traverse: Extreme, 62km. This area has some of the best wilderness backpacking in eastern North America. The hikes include the North Rim Traverse at 27 km in length, which takes 3 days or more to complete and the Long Range Traverse at 35 km in length taking 4 days or more to complete. These are map-and-compass traverses and are the ultimate hiking challenges of Gros Morne National Park. Pre-trip orientation is a requirement and is given at the Visitor Centre, contact the park for details. Permits are required and fees are collected. No fires are permitted so you must carry a backpacking stove. The "Trail Guide" is a waterproof topographic map with hiking trail profiles 1:100 000 scale, it's available for a fee from the park office. Trail Map - From Gros Morne National Park
Snug Harbour Trail: Intermediate, 8km one way. This trail is a spur off Western Brook Pond Trail and leads to a campsite at the foot of the Long Range Mountains. You might encounter muddy conditions on this trail at different times of year. The seasonal bridge across Western Brook near the outlet of the pond is usually in place from mid-June to mid-October, water level permitting. Permits are required and fees are collected. No fires are permitted so you must carry a backpacking stove. The "Trail Guide" is a waterproof topographic map with hiking trail profiles 1:100 000, it's available for a fee from the park office.
Stanleyville Trail: Intermediate, 4km. The trail starts at the Lomond Day-use Area and travels through the forest, moving uphill and over a ridge before descending towards Stanleyville cove on the shore of the East Arm. There is primitive camping along the trail. Permits are required and fees are collected. No fires are permitted so you must carry a backpacking stove.The "Trail Guide" is a waterproof topographic map with hiking trail profiles 1:100 000 scale, it's available for a fee from the park office.
Front Country Camping
Reservations can be made through the parks website via Parks Canada Camping
Berry Hill Campground: 152 sites. Located in a wooded area just passed the visitors center off of the 430. The campground has showers, flush toilets, kitchen shelters and a trailer dumping station.
Shallow Bay: 50 sites in a mix of wooded and open areas. The campground has showers, flush toilets, kitchen shelters and a dumping station. Located in the north of the park just off the 430 the campground is just up from a sandy beach which allows swimming.
Green Point: 18 sites in tuckamore stands, just up from a pebble beach over looking the ocean. Kitchen shelter and vault toilets. Located north of the visitors center along the 430.
Lomond: 29 sites in an open area with great views. The campground has showers, flush toilets and a dumping station. Locate off the 431 which branches off the 430 at Wiltondale the campground is just below the Tablelands.
Trout River: 29 sites in an open area with great views across the fjords. The campground has flush toilets, showers and kitchen shelter as well as beach with swimming.
Backcountry Camping: The park has a number of wilderness sites along its backpacking trails. Backpacking stoves must be carried since fires are not permitted except at Green Gardens on the beach. There is a nightly fee for use of the sites and registration before you set out is mandatory.
Winter Camping: There is winter camping at Green Point Campground with an enclosed kitchen shelter and a wood stove and vault toilets. There are also 2 backcountry ski huts that can accommodate up to 12 people at $20 per person a night.
Kayaking: Four of the campgrounds (Shallow Bay, Green Point, Lomond, and Trout River) provide direct access to water and all have suitable areas for launching and landing a kayak. There are also several backcountry campsites with access to the water. There are 7 excellent places to sea kayak in Gross Morne -Trout River Ponds: Trout River to Bonne Bay: Outer Bonne Bay: Inner Bonne Bay: Rocky Harbour to Cow Head: St. Pauls Inlet: and Western Brook Pond. Gros Morne has guides and outfitters.
Maps: Gros Morne Trail Guide has a description of all of the parks trails including elevation profiles along with a topographical map of the park in 1:100,000 scale which is available from the visitors center for a fee.
|Note: Dogs are allowed in the park but are not allowed to roam loose. For their own safety and for that of park wildlife, pets must be on a leash or otherwise physically restrained at all times. Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division regulations prohibit dogs from any place frequented by wildlife at any time from April 1st to August 31st. This includes Gros Morne Mountain.|
|Gros Morne is made
up of two distinctly different landscapes; a coastal
lowland bordering the Gulf of St. Lawrence and an alpine
plateau of the Long Range Mountains. These habitats allow
for an incredible array of mammals and bird species.
There are 20 species of land mammals, including a herd of
caribou, along with over 230 species of birds, 11 species
of fishes, 2 species of amphibians (introduced), 417
species of bryophytes, and 711 species of vascular plants
- trees, flowers, and ferns, within the park.
Towns and Villages Nearby
Nearest Major Center: Corner Brook
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