Gros Morne National Park
Backcountry Hiking Routes of the Long Range Mountains
Reaching 800 metres out of the bogs along the Gulf of St Lawrence, the ancient Long Range Mountains mark the northern end of the Appalachian mountain range. The arctic-alpine bogs and barrens are home to caribou, moose, arctic hare, and black bear. © Parks Canada
The Long Range Mountains provides hikers with some of the most scenic and challenging hiking terrain in eastern North America. Hiking in the Long Range Mountains is physically and mentally challenging. It is remote, strenuous, and potentially hazardous. There are no built trails on the Long Range although there are a number of suggested backcountry routes. These routes are not marked with signs or maintained in any manner. Hikers need backcountry travel experience, be self-reliant, and proficient using maps, compass, and GPS to navigate unfamiliar wilderness terrain.
Within Gros Morne National Park, there are six recommended backcountry hiking routes leading onto the Long Range Mountains. All are unmarked routes or include sections of unmarked routes that require wilderness navigation skills. These routes vary in length, difficulty, and hiking times but all climb onto the Long Range plateau and are challenging.
Please review the Long Range & Northern Traverse Backcountry Hiking Map (PDF, 8.1 MB) for Gros Morne to identify the sections of interest to you.
For details on permits and fees associated with backcountry hiking and camping please review the Hiker Preparation Guide to the Long Range Mountains (PDF 922 KB)
Hiking times are estimates. Actual times will vary due to weather, delayed departures of the boat shuttle, and individual ability of hikers. Hikers are advised to plan for delays and allow for extra time to complete the hike.
Western Brook Pond Gorge (7-8 hours)
Western Brook Pond gorge, NL Tourism
Enjoy a challenging guided day hike to the top of Western Brook Pond gorge with Clem’s Trekking Adventures and Bontours. For all additional information on this experience, visit Bontours.ca or call 1-888-458-2016.
Snug Harbour to North Rim (1-2 nights, 24 km)
North Rim, S. Stone
Backpack the primitive Snug Harbour trail and camp at Snug Harbour. Then day hike to a viewpoint on the cliffs of the North Rim looking down on Western Brook Pond gorge.
Snug Harbour to North Rim Route Description (PDF, 200 KB)
Ferry Gulch to Bakeapple Pond (1-2 nights, 20 km)
Backpack along the Gros Morne Mountain trail and camp at Ferry Gulch. Then day hike onto Crow Cliff towards Bakeapple Pond and the view over Ten Mile Pond.
Ferry Gulch to Bakeapple Pond Route Description (PDF 190 KB)
Northern Traverse (3 nights, 27 km)
Climb onto the Long Range plateau through the rugged gorge at the east end of Western Brook Pond. Then return by a challenging westerly route north of Western Brook Pond.
Northern Traverse Route Description (PDF 241 KB)
Long Range Traverse (3-4 nights, 35 km)
Long Range Traverse, S. Stone
Climb onto the Long Range plateau through the rugged gorge at the east end of Western Brook Pond. Then backpack south across the plateau towards Gros Morne Mountain. Click here for detail on the Long Range Traverse.
Long Range Traverse Route Description (PDF 205 KB)
Hiker Preparation Guide to the Long Range Mountains (PDF 922 KB)
Combined Northern and Long Range Traverse (5-7 nights, 60 km)
For a longer backpacking route, combine the Northern traverse and Long Range traverse. Access the Long Range plateau by Snug Harbour and then follow the routes east and south towards Gros Morne Mountain.
Who Should Hike in the Long Range Mountains?
Hiking in the Long Range Mountains should only be attempted by persons who are physically fit, have good wilderness navigation skills and are experienced in backcountry travel and backpacking. There are no trails on the Long Range. In places you will encounter beaten pathways from previous hikers but they are often indistinguishable from game paths. Hikers need to be experienced at navigating unmarked routes. If nobody in your group has the necessary navigation skills you need to learn and practice them before you arrive or have other hikers with the needed navigation skills join your group. Route finding can be further complicated when low cloud and other weather conditions reduce visibility. For more information on what to expect please review the Hiker Preparation Guide .