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Day 4: Hiking The Long Range Traverse In Gros Morne National Park

Day 4: Hiking the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park

The last day of our four day hikimg trip on the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park was the second best for scenery, and that’s saying something considering this hike over-delivers in the beautiful landscape department from start to finish.

Our day began with a river crossing at our campsite near Green Island Pond. But before we even got going, we enjoyed the sight of a moose checking us out from just across the river.

"A curious moose checked us out over breakfast"

A curious moose checked us out over breakfast

It took us about three hours to get to the Ferry Gulch Campsite, including lots of time for photos at Ten Mile Brook Pond.

"rock-hopping a river on the Long Range Traverse"

Our hike begins by rock-hopping over this river

We're constantly checking our maps

We’re constantly checking our maps on the Long Range Traverse

"The Long Range Traverse - Day 4"

The landscape was dotted with lakes

"An extraordinary amount of up and down on the last day on the Long Range Traverse"

An extraordinary amount of up and down on the last day

"The ice is still holding on in early July - Gros Morne National Park"

The ice is still holding on in early July

Stupendous views at Ten Mile Brook Pond - Gros Morne Mountain is in the distance on the left

Stupendous views at Ten Mile Brook Pond – Gros Morne Mountain is in the distance on the left

Another view of Ten Mile Brook Pond

Another view of Ten Mile Brook Pond

"A perch with a view"

A perch with a view

John looking relaxed now that the navigation challenges are over

John looking relaxed now that the navigation challenges are over

" Ferry Gulch Campsite is our next stop"

Ferry Gulch Campsite is our next stop

"Momentarily hiking through the tuckamore as we try to get back on course"

Another hiker we met – fighting his way through the tuckamore as we try to get back on course

"A knee crunching descent to Ferry Gulch"

A knee crunching descent to Ferry Gulch

"And another view showing how steep it is"

And another view showing how steep it is

"Home free - well almost with only 7 kms left to go"

Home free – well almost with only 7 kms left to go

Once we made it down to the Ferry Gulch Campsite we parted ways with the other two backpackers – Jenny and John from New Brunswick. Instead of continuing to the car, we headed up to the summit of Gros Morne Mountain – so it would be at least four hours before we were back at the campground and heading to the parking lot. Most people don’t do that.

"The trail down from Gros Morne Mountain delivers you at eh Ferry Gulch Camspite"

The trail down from Gros Morne Mountain delivers you at the Ferry Gulch Campsite

It was a mixture of relief and sadness when we finished this trip. It’s one of the best backpacking trips in Canada – both for the scenery and the sense of accomplishment considering there are no marked trails. But it’s not a backpacking trip to take lightly. You need to be prepared physically and mentally but what a reward!

Our plan when we finally got to the parking lot was to find someone who would be kind enough to drive us back to town. John, knowing how tired I was by the end of the day, practically accosted a German couple who were loading up their car to leave. I literally walked off the trail and got into their car. Our timing was impeccable. And they were very gracious about dropping us off at the Fisherman’s Landing Inn in Rocky Harbour. Otherwise it might have been a long wait for a ride. The other bit of luck we had was running into the Gros Morne National Park ranger on the Gros Morne Mountain hike. She remembered us as she had been the one to administer the navigation test five days earlier. We were able to hand back our SPOT GPS (given to every party in case of a true emergency) so we didn’t have to stop in at the park office. It all worked out – as John kept telling me it would.

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Leigh McAdam

 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 14 Comments
  1. The view of Ten Mile Brook Pond is absolutely stunning, Leigh. I’m so glad you had a wonderful 4 day adventure and that the German couple helped you with your ride. That’s awesome that you are given a GPS for those outings. Good post and I hope all is well 🙂

    1. @Mike We were so lucky to get clear weather on this day – as it is one of the two classic views to enjoy on the trip. We brought our own GPS but if we got good and truly lost or had a real emergency we could press a button on the device the Parks people gave us – which would show our location and a helicopter would be sent to rescue us. Pressing the button because you saw a moose – which is what one fellow did a few years ago – does not constitute an emergency.

    1. @Lisa It was definitely a beautiful hike but it’s not for everyone. I’m so glad John and I did it but even happier that we never ended up in pea soup fog and tent bound for a few days.

  2. I love that picture of you and John at Ten Mile Brook Pond. It really magnifies the beauty of the park and the size of the mountains. What an epic trip! Like Lisa, there’s no way I can do this so I’m glad to have virtually followed along on another one of your great adventures. You amaze me with every hike you do.

    1. @Mary It was an epic trip and one I had been quite concerned about as I wondered how we would fare with the navigation. That turned out to be a little easier than I expected but the weather sure made it easy for us. Thick fog would have been awful.

  3. The views from Ten Mile Brook Pond look amazing. What a countryside … dotted with mountains and lakes. Great to have a GPS too 🙂

  4. What gorgeous scenery on this hike, would love to do it – it’s such a big wide world with not enough time to see it all.

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