Gros Morne National Park
Learning to love winter? Want to stay fit for summer hiking? Snowshoeing may be for you. You can snowshoe almost anywhere in Gros Morne. There are tons of options with varying degrees of challenge, from a short, easy jaunt to a long, hilly climb. Some of the park’s hiking trails are also suitable for snowshoeing:1. Berry Head Pond Trail – This 2km flat trail is ideal for the beginner or anyone who wants a short and easy winter outing. The trail takes you through forest, across a bog, and along the shores of the pond. Caution: Always check ice conditions if you intend to leave the trail and travel across the pond.
2. Coastal Trail – Explore the coastline in winter. Start from the Green Point campground where the trail is sheltered by Tuckamore and snow conditions are more reliable. The southern section is exposed to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and is often windswept. When finished return to the campground and enjoy a picnic in the kitchen shelter.
3. Southeast Brook Falls – a short (700 m) snowshoe to see the falls in winter can be the part of any winter visit to Gros Morne National Park.
4. Base of Gros Morne Mountain – from the parking lot to the base of the mountain is 4 km, making this a good half day trip. Along the way you will climb 300 m in elevation rewarding you with winter vistas of both the park’s lowlands and up close views of the Long Range Mountains. Caution: It is not recommended to climb the mountain or follow the trail into Ferry Gulch. Icy conditions make the mountain treacherous without proper ice climbing gear and skills. The Ferry Gulch portion of the trail crosses active avalanche zones and should be avoided.
5. Stuckless Pond (Closed due to trail damage)– Sheltered in the Lomond Valley, this 9.5 km loop provides a good day of snowshoeing. After the steep 100 m climb from the Lomond River to the pond, the trail is relatively flat. This area is known for deep and reliable amounts of snow.
Caution: None of the above trails are maintained or groomed in winter. Particularly in open areas, snow may obscure the trail making it hard to follow. If you come to a point where you can no longer follow the trail, retrace your tracks back to where you started. For your safety, bring a map and other navigation tools, dress for the conditions, and monitor the weather.
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