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To put it simply, the Western Brook Pond trail is a wide gravel access road across a flat marsh with views no better than what you can see from the road. While the pond itself is beautiful, you can see barely any of it from the trail itself, though there is a typical dirt trail extension along the shore that I sadly didn't have time to walk. There is, however, a small restaurant that services the boat tours at one end of the walk, as well as a tiny beach along the edge that I believe you can paddle in (but don't quote me on that).

Gros Morne mountain is a wonderful trail with spectacular views and a fairly difficult climb that should be attempted only under the right weather conditions. When we set off, cut example, clouds obscured only the top of the mountain, though it had trained the night before. However, roughly three km into the four km walk in, it began to rain heavily and fog descended, turning parts of the trail into a literal river. We continued onwards to where the scramble through 'the Gully' begins, but due to the thick fog, we opted to wait half an hour for the fog to clear before attempting.
After sitting for what seemed like an infinite period of time at the base of the rock field, watching a handful of other groups make the ascent, we finally decided to give it a try. The scramble was steep, but not too bad, though the fog remained heavy throughout our climb. The more vertical parts made finding the path a tad difficult, but it's generally well-signposted and has enough of a well-worn path that you're able to make it out; we only had one real struggle when it came to which side of a streambed to walk on. At the top, however, there are large cairns with neon signs stuck in every ten to twenty feet: a distance that may seem ridiculous to those who hike in sunny weather, but a lifesaver in the fog.
Whether or not the views from the summit are worth it want clear, since we weren't able to see anything more than a solid bank of grey and the wind shelters that were a helpful shield against the incoming drizzle. Nevertheless, we continued on, along a trail that, while mostly rocky, does gradually begin to cross more and more patches of marshy tundra (helpfully covered by boardwalks) until stunted trees finally make an appearance. Not long after that you'll find a set of steep stairs; the rest of the trail is a gradual downhill of several kilometres back to where the trail branched off (this is the way Parks Canada instructs you to hike, though a few do it the other way round).
This is a hard section, made worse by the pouring rain that had descended, simply because the trail is rocky to point of sections feeling more like a rock scramble than a hiking path, especially in the weather conditions we found ourselves walking in: the drizzle from the top had long since turned into a downpour. There are, however, open-air toilets belonging to the campsite roughly a quarter of the way along this stretch, though they didn't offer any worthwhile shelter from the skies that had opened up above us.
Finally, after roughly two hours of hiking from the summit onwards (with a snack break in the middle), we ended up back at the 'stem' of this lollipop-shaped trail and took about an hour to return down the moderate (and very wet) trail, taking about an hour to do so. This meant we ended up with a five and a half hour hike, with two hours dedicated to the four km hike in and out, one to the scramble up the Gully, two to return to the trail junction, and half an hour of waiting for fog to clear (though it instantly returned).
So, wind, rain, and fog, as well as a hard scramble up the rocks and a few slips down: I certainly didn't have the typical Gros Morne experience (or at least the one recommended by Parks Canada). And though this wasn't an easy trail by any means, it certainly says something that it still gets five stars; in sunny weather, this would have to be a six. Exquisite.

hiking
3 days ago

Some very nice views easy hike very near st johns worth the effort.

Wonderful dog walk. Great for visitors like us

Amazing hike. I pushed it (for me) and managed to get through with two full days of hiking and one night camping. The bugs were definitely a nuisance and I used a lot of bug spray. Generally where there's no wind you're going to find bugs. I emerged from my tent on the second day around 6am to see a large male moose feeding near the water's edge at Harding's Pond. Later on the second day I spotted a Caribou running down a distant valley. Still amazed how they can do that given all the sink-holes and boulders. The sight-lines were clear and views spectacular. Made for much easier navigation, although I did manage to get lost at one point for an hour or two. I found from getting off the boat at Western Brook Pond to my camp at Harding's Pond that the trails were pretty easy to follow. The second day I found the trails harder to follow, interspersed with game trails, faded or non-existent and needed the compass several times to navigate. From Green Island Pond onward, the trail was pretty distinct and easy to follow all the way to the parking lot. Ferry Gultch is where the trail meets that of the day-hikers who go to Gros Morne, so the trail is very well-traveled from that point to the parking lot. I learned what "Tuckamore" is on this hike. Picture walking into a thick hedge will full gear and wondering as you plow through whether its twenty feet to the other side or half a mile. Sometimes not possible to avoid. Other challenge is the mud. It's rich, black, and seems like it could swallow you whole with a wrong step. I was once literally up to my knee and had to grab onto a branch to pull my leg out against the suction. I highly recommend hiking poles. They were invaluable when walking through the tall grass to poke in front and locate the countless rocks and sink-holes you'll encounter, as well as helping push away branches in the tuckamore. A high point was discovering "bakeapple berries". They are plentiful along the hike and yes they do taste like baked apples. They seemed to all be ripe while I was hiking (mid-August) so I lucked out and was continuously picking-eating along the trail. All in all, an amazing experience that I hope to do again.

What a great hike! Going up the steep hill can be tough on the legs but well worth it for the views on the other side!!
The walk down the other side of the mountain is nice and steady not to hard
The walk is probably more like 18/19km.
You know you’ve done a hike after this one as your legs will tell you!
Fantastic hike well worth the hard work!!!

Easy coastal Trail. Good views. Well maintained.

Wow..... wonderful lookout. Great hike for seniors.

Love this trail so much . Great spot to picnic or beach out .

Hiked this trail today on the 200th anniversary of Regatta Day. Very unseasonably warm 85 degree day.

hiking
20 days ago

Well maintained trail with some nice views of the lake.

Nice little trail with good interpretation center at the trailhead. Friendly staff serve up BBQ daily.
We only walked a small portion of the trail because our little one was getting eaten by bugs so bring bug spray since much of the trail is through forested area and there is very little windy to keep them away.

They revamped the trail by turning it into a broad gravel road, which while I understand it I don't have to like it. The pond, however, is still amazing. I recommend taking the scenic loop extension, literally nobody else did while I was out there.

The view at the end is worth the trek with the tablelands on one side of the valley and the more familiar hills stretching out opposite. As you travel along the small pond you cross a ton of streams, dipping the trail down and up, otherwise it would be flat until the narrows where you climb up to the base of the tablelands. Depending on the flow you may be able to fill up bottles with cool crisp water flowing down off the edge of the tablelands (I drank it unpurified, I'm fine)

The main trail is quite easy, mostly flat, most of the way is narrow boardwalk over soft boggy ground. There's optional extensions through a fascinating moose "exclosure" and a more moderate difficulty scenic branch. The falls are very impressive.

Steadily rises from the parking lot to the base of Gros Morne, basically if you found that part difficult turn back now. Signs greet you warning to not continue if the summit is obscured or the weather is bad because you will risk death. Fun! Scrabbling up the scree filled gully brings you to the summit soon enough, but your day is nowhere near finished yet. The descent around the backside of the mountain is long and rough but provides some great vistas along the way. Remember to bring plenty of water, unless there's still some snowpack in the gully that you plan to melt the only water on the trail is the stream crossing at the base.

Short and easy trail that takes you to a viewing platform with a magnificent view.

hiking
23 days ago

At the end of the trailsthe view is amazing! But the way there through the forest isn't something special.. The view makes up for it!

walking
24 days ago

Short walk down to a few lookouts and ocean view. Really nice to go down on the rocks and at low tide can go through some tidal pools. Overall more of a walk than hike.

Excellent hike with varied landscapes.

Beautiful trail. Freshly maintained. Nice views.

This used to be a beautiful trail but Parks Canada built a forest access road over top of it. Shame you on, Parks Canada. So sad. RIP Western Brook Trail

Not a boardwalk trail as some older photos suggest. This is a wide gravel road leading to the pond. There's plenty of other woods roads in NL that offer scenic views of Western NL, don't waste your time and money unless you really need to take the boat tour.

Incredible views, it was 30 degrees and I ran out of water 3 hours before the end. I had brought 3 litres. Definitely a very challenging hike, if I would do it again , I would pick a slightly less hot day.

Very easy trail and you never meet anyone on it even if there’s a crowd there

The tablelands portion was beautiful with great views of the surrounding area. Not a lot of traffic on this trail either compared to some of the others so the solitude was nice. The second mile to mile and a half is fairly narrow and muddy with a lot of vegetation overhanging the trail. Some of it was either hogweed or cow parsnip so keep an eye out for it and steer clear. I wouldn’t go out of my way to do this trail again but it definitely was a nice time and had its moments. If I could skip ahead to the tablelands portion somehow I’d probably rate it higher

We saw an eagle nest with a young bird. We also enjoyed the view all along our ascension. Nice path to discover St-John

We went down this trail for the boat tour. The view is nice at the end of the trail and the trail is pretty accessible and well groomed (more of an unpaved road). I wouldn’t go out of my way to walk this though unless you’re going on the tour.

Beautiful ocean views with lookouts intertwined with magical forests. Love the sporadic muskoka chairs along the way to sit and reflect on the beauty around you.

nice trail with stunning views, but I wouldn‘ t call it easy; I am used to hike in the Swiss Alps, there a trail like this would be labelled moderate or even difficult (as the tourist map of Twillingate does it)

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