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The Long Range Traverse In Newfoundland – Day 4

The Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland – Day 4

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 in Newfoundland 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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The Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland - Day 4

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 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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