Gros Morne Mountain - James Callaghan Trail
Climb the park's namesake peak, the 2nd highest mountain in Newfoundland
||16.0 km (return)
||Linear - Return
The trailhead is located 7km north of Rocky Harbour. Watch for the signs on your right.
The first 4 km of the trail takes you to a cluster of small ponds at the base of the mountain, at an elevation of 320 m. The ascent to this point is gradual, and offers a view of Bonne Bay to the south. If time or tiredness do not permit the full hike, this can still be a worthwhile half-day outing - simply return by the same route.
Next the trail follows a steep boulder gully to the summit of the mountain, passing through a series of zones, each of which has its characteristic plants and animals. Hikers moving through these habitats are exposed to the same conditions as the creatures that live there. These are indeed harsh places to live, so be prepared for rapid temperature changes, lack of water, high wind, and blistering sun. This is the most difficult part of the hike, and is not recommended for small children. The climb will take at least one hour as the trail gains almost 500 m in elevation.
Gros Morne's mountain top is flat and its stunted vegetation hugs the ground. Stone cairns mark the trail across the mountaintop to the viewpoint overlooking Ten Mile Pond.
The trail descends the north-east flank, winding back 6 km through Ferry Gulch, and connecting with the first section of the trail.
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