Long Range Traverse

Gros Morne National Park

The Long Range Traverse is an unmarked and rugged backcountry route. It starts from Western Brook Pond, leads onto the Long Range Mountains and south towards Gros Morne Mountain before descending into Ferry Gulch and returning to highway 430 by way of the Gros Morne Mountain trail. Along the way a series of five campsites provide waypoints that help define the route. The route is 35 kilometres long and usually takes 3-4 nights to complete.

These are multi-day hikes over unmarked and difficult terrain posing greater visitor safety risks. Every year, Parks Canada conducts rescues on the Long Range which would be especially challenging in the context of the pandemic. We are, therefore, encouraging visitors to opt for less risky adventures such as an overnight backpacking trip to Ferry Gulch and a day hike to Crow cliff.  Or overnight at Snug Harbour and hike to the North Rim of Western Brook Pond.  Visitors interested in these backcountry hiking opportunities must obtain a permit by calling (709) 458-2417.

  • Long Range & Northern Traverse Backcountry Hiking Map (PDF, 6.9 MB)
  • Long Range traverse Route Description (PDF, 205 KB)
  • Hiker Preparation Guide to the Long Range Mountains (PDF 922 KB) 
  • GPS track files are available for download of the complete Northern Rim and Long Range Traverse (GPX, 319 KB)
  • WARNING: This file(s) contains information on hiking within GMNP. The file(s) may include GIS data of the hiking areas, or GPS track files of commonly used Long Range routes within Gros Morne National Park. These hiking areas or routes are neither marked nor maintained in any manner by Parks Canada. Weather conditions change frequently. It is the user's responsibility to ensure conditions are safe for travel along these routes at all times. This information was prepared by Parks Canada using its best judgment and information available at the time of preparation. Any use you make of this information and any reliance on or decisions made based on these files are your own responsibility absolutely. Parks Canada, its employees and its agents accept no responsibility for damages, if any, suffered by you or any third party as a result of decisions made or actions based on these maps or files. For greater certainty, under no circumstances whatsoever will Parks Canada, its employees, or its agents be held liable for any loss or damage that may occur to you and any person or persons or property by reason of your or their reliance upon these track files or maps.


    Reservations, Quotas, and Fees

    UPDATE ON 2024 RESERVATIONS: Beginning February 26 2024, reservations for the Long Range Traverse and Northern Traverse can be made Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (NST) by calling 1-709-458-2417.

    Note: In order to keep your reservation you must report to the Visitor Centre by 2:30pm on the day before your scheduled departure date and attend the orientation session scheduled at that time.

    Quota: To maintain a high quality hiking experience and to minimize the impact of hikers on the environment, the park uses a quota system. Only 3 groups (with a maximum of 4 people per group) per day are permitted to depart on these routes. Hikers are encouraged to book early as the peak season of mid-July to the end of August is often fully booked. Reservations are required to guarantee your departure date.

    Fees: There is a non-refundable reservation fee payable when you book. The Wilderness Hiking Fee is payable after you attend the mandatory orientation session and pick up your permit at the park Visitor Centre on the day prior to your departure.

    Season: Reservations will be accepted only for departures between June 28 and September 30. Outside these dates seasonal conditions and the availability of the boat on Western Brook Pond may limit access to these hiking routes.

    Mandatory Orientation Sessions:

    All hikers doing the Long Range or Northern Traverse must attend a backcountry briefing in order to receive their backcountry hiking permit. Briefings are offered daily at 2:30 pm at the Visitor Centre near Rocky Harbour.

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