Gros Morne

Gros Morne is the second highest peak on the Island of Newfoundland, exceeded only by Lewis Hill. Often capped with clouds, or clothed in fog or snow, the mountain's mystery is reflected in its name: Gros Morne...big lone mountain. This 807 m high flat-topped mountain used to be the quiet domain of Rock ptarmigan, Arctic hare, and Woodland caribou but now a trail leads to the top of this landmark. The complete trail is 16 km long, a seven or eight hour hike at a leisurely pace. To fully enjoy the wildlife and spectacular scenery along this trail, be sure to allow yourself enough time. Growing on Gros Morne's summit is a slice of Arctic tundra far south of its usual range. In this arctic-alpine habitat live plants and animals usually found at higher elevation, or much farther north. Around the summit there are views of a spectacular glacially-carved landscape--the deep fjord arms of Bonne Bay and the U-shaped trough of Ten Mile Pond.

Elevation (feet): 2,648
Elevation (meters): 807
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Appalachians
Latitude: 49.5833
Longitude: -57.7833
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Deer Lake
Convenient Center: Rocky Harbour

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 5 trip reports for Gros Morne.

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  • Log #14314 - by Jonathan Parham on July 19, 2004
    It was a perfect day to climb Gros Morne, clear with great visibility. I climbed with Erin Kuri, my girlfriend. The route to the summit, though not too long was steep and pretty tiring, but the views...
  • Log #14315 - by Rod Helbert on Dec 19, 2003
    Beautiful surrounding area full of fjords and hanging valleys. This part of Newfoundland definately has a special feel with some of the oldest rocks found on earth--yellow, full of chemicals and a pH...
  • Log #14316 - by Dan Bloomer on Feb 12, 2003
    I'd been wanting to get to NF for years, finally pulled it off this summer, Gros Morne was a marvelous trip, great views most of the way up, and down. I didn't see caribou, but did see a small family...
  • Log #14317 - by Ed Synakowski on Oct 14, 2000
    I had an absolutely stunning view of 10 Mile Pond from the top. I was in good company with some impressive caribou that had not yet descended the Long Range for the lower altitudes. The previous day...
  • Log #14318 - by Thomas A. Mullins on July 29, 2000
    Truly a rigorous workout and challenging hike. I can't understand why there are no signatures on this log. Gros Morne (and all of Newfoundland) is such a magnificient place. Many rock scrambles,...