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The landscape was dotted with lakes
The landscape was dotted with lakes

Long Range Traverse Newfoundland Hike – Day 4

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The last day of our four day hike on the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland  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 final day on the Long Range Traverse Newfoundland hike 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.

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

(Updated April 2020)

On the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland a curious moose checked us out over breakfast
On the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland a curious moose checked us out over breakfast
On the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland our hike begins by rock-hopping over this river
Our hike begins by rock-hopping over this river
On the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland we're constantly checking our maps
We’re constantly checking our maps on the Long Range Traverse
The landscape was dotted with lakes
The landscape was dotted with lakes
An extraordinary amount of up and down on the last day
An extraordinary amount of up and down on the last day
The ice is still holding on in early July
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
A perch with a view for this couple in the corner
A perch with a view for this young couple in the corner
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
On the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland you sometimes have to fight your way through the tuckamore to get back on course
Another hiker we met – fighting his way through the tuckamore as we try to get back on course
On the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland it's 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 the Ferry Gulch Campsite
The trail down from Gros Morne Mountain delivers you at the Ferry Gulch Campsite

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Relief and sadness 

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.

Visit the Gros Morne National Park website for more information.

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