Gros Morne National Park of Canada
The Long Range Traverse
The Long Range Traverse is known across Canada for its challenge and beauty.
Reaching 800 metres out of the bogs along the Atlantic coast, the ancient
Long Range Mountains mark the north end of the Appalachian mountain range.
The arctic-alpine bogs and barrens are home to caribou, moose, arctic hare,
and black bear
The Long Range Traverse is an unmarked route that connects the eastern end of
Western Brook Pond to the Gros Morne Mountain hiking trail. To reach the
gorge at the end of the pond, hikers must complete the
North Rim Traverse
or take the Western Brook Pond boat tour. Tickets are required and the boat
runs from mid-June to October. A series of primitive campsites serves as
(Plan, prepare, & equipment)
Route Description & Campsite Locations
All UTM coordinates
use NAD 83. They are accurate
to approximately 40 metres.
Campsite 1: Western Brook Pond
Coordinates: 21U 452380 5507076
This site is located just in from the dock where hikers are dropped off by
the Western Brook Pond boat tour. It is very sheltered but is often
“buggy.” There are picnic tables and an outhouse, but no tent
Route: Western Brook Pond to Little Island Pond
As you travel up the gorge, you should stay close to the brook. You will see
sections of trail, which sometimes tend to disappear. This is not a
maintained trail, it occurs due to the passage of people and animals, and not
everyone chooses the same path. Depending on the water level, you will cross
the brook several times. Watch for where the “trail” starts after
crossing; there is no need to go very far from the brook. Eventually you will
end up at the waterfall. Now is the time to stay to the right, or south side,
and climb the steep section to get above the falls. Once above, choose a path
that takes you slightly to your left
(NNE), until you start out onto
the big rock slab that leads to the top. There are several ways of getting to
the very top. The easiest passes to the north side of the ridge at the far
eastern end of the Gorge. You will be rewarded with a great view before
heading on to Little Island Pond.
Campsite 2: Little Island Pond
Coordinates: 21U 455426 5503813
This site is located on the western shore of Little Island Pond, 2 km south
from the top of Western Brook gorge, approximately six hours from the dock. A
sheltered site with three tent platforms by a small brook, it is often
“buggy.” There is a “bear box” for food storage.
Route: Little Island Pond to Marks Pond
Watch your navigation here to avoid going southeast down Glanders Gulch. When
you reach the river that connects Marks Pond to Glanders Gulch, head west or
southwest, depending on where you are, to avoid being drawn down the gulch.
Then you either stay on the north side of the brook to head to Marks Pond, or
cross the brook and head south (passing to the east of Marks Pond) to
continue to Hardings Pond.
Campsite 3: West side of Marks Pond
Coordinates: 21U 454720 5501254
2.5 km south of Little Island Pond, this site has grassy areas for tenting
and can be wet. There is a “bear box” for food storage. You can
cross the brook here to head to Hardings Pond.
Route: Marks Pond to Hardings Pond
After rounding Marks Pond, make sure you head south to climb the hill. Aim
for the notch at 21U 454718 5499677. This will put you on track for Hardings
Pond. If you find yourself heading southeast after passing a small pond just
south of Marks Pond, you are heading toward Candlestick Pond. Retrace your
route to head for the notch, otherwise you will end up at Candlestick and the
hike to Hardings Pond past Black Cliff is not considered to be fun by those
who have made that navigation error. You are better off backtracking.
Campsite 4: Hardings Pond
Coordinates: 21U 453882 5497419
This often muddy site is 4.5 km south of Marks Pond on Hardings Pond. There
are three tent platforms and a “bear box” for food.
Campsite 5: North of Green Island Pond
Coordinates: 21U 449043 5494708
This site is located on the east side of a small pond north of Green Island
Pond, 6 km WSW of campsite four.
You will come down a steep hill into a small valley by the brook from Green
Island Pond. There are tent platforms and a “bear box.” The next
day you cross the brook on the way to Ferry Gulch.
Campsite 6: Ferry Gulch
Coordinates: 21U 444338 5493808
This site is located off the Gros Morne Mountain hiking trail in Ferry Gulch.
There are three tent platforms, a “bear box,” and an outdoor toilet.