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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, but no bug net (just me - I hate them). 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. It clearly heard me which is amazing given the distance, and slowly meandered, then bounded away. 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 (around 11am) to my camp at Harding's Pond (around 7pm) 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. 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. Always best to go around if possible, but sometimes not possible to avoid. The other thing to be prepared for 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.

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

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.

Excellent hike with varied landscapes.

Beautiful trail. Freshly maintained. Nice views.

a very nice trail with two ways to go up. Make sure to Take the Governor’s stairs as well either up or down.

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 did this hike earlier today, it is a great hike, wilth an awesome waterfall at the end. The hike itself is easy with only slight elevation changes along the route. The surface is a mix of boardwalk (lots thru swampy areas) and dirt or crushed rock. The hike takes you thru many different vegetation areas and a detour thru the moose (free) enclosure easily demonstrates the impact that moose have on the local vegetation. The other detour to little pond is worthwhile, but is a little more challenging with more elevation changes... a great hike, the falls are truly spectacular.

Hiked the first week of July, it was early spring time conditions which meant the bugs were not bad, we still had to traverse snowy sections and the grass was just starting to grow. Amazing part of the world! It’s difficulty made it that much more rewarding and the views are incredible!

hiking
1 month ago

Didn’t have time to do the entire length but went approx 1/2 way. Absolutely delightful.
Not always well marked, but you can find your way.
A lot of climbing involved so make sure to wear good footwear.

hiking
1 month ago

A lovely moderate level hike. Varying topography from scrambling over exposed granite rock faces, to through a forest tunnel to along the edge of a bay plunging down to the water. Simply lovely.

Beautiful places to see Eagles and Wales, Possibly seals!

Nice trail, beautiful look out points

nature trips
1 month ago

Love this park! We do it every year :) so close to home!

1 month ago

Fun to explore

The only reason I'd suggest this hike is if you are trying to complete the ECT.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favourite hikes!

It's an okay hike. Far better choices on the east coast trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike for a sunny day. Very easy trail well maintained paths. Very scenic views close to ocean.

nature trips
2 months ago

Great spot to see native wildlife who have been rescued from the wild

Easy hike with beautiful falls at the end. Can also be a great place to snowwshoe with a remote cabin available to rent in the winter months

This quick hike leads you to one of the best swimming holes I've ever been to. Absolutely beautiful! However, there was lots of garbage left from people partying at the waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Was pleasantly surprised with this trail. Always ask the locals what their favourite hikes are. Would hike this again in a heartbeat!

Enjoyed the hike. Glad I took my.walking stick.

Great easy walk with all the awesome outdoor/ water sounds.

backpacking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike, I’ve done it twice now, like others have said be prepared for a gruelling first day while you walk up and out of Western Brook.

Be aware of moose & caribou leads as they’re easily mistaken for trails and can lead you the wrong way.

Camping sites have tent pads and bear boxes for easy storage and comfort.

Map and compass skills are a great asset to have on this hike in case of gps failure. Plus it’s always a good time to dust off the ol’ M&C skills and just use them for a pretty authentic hiking experience.

hiking
5 months ago

Lovely trail network. Super easy. Most trails are flat enough to take stroller or maybe even a wheelchair on. A short sidetrail takes you to a look out over the marsh. Excellent place for bird-watching. Playground and community vegetable garden located at trailhead. The pond is small but is a nice place to throw your kayak in for a quick paddle.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a nice easy trail which has an option for an additional side trail to a look-out which overlooks Trinity Bay and the community of Trinity. Well maintained with many educational signs which showcase the areas rich logging history. There are also volley ball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds and a swimming area with change rooms at the trail head.

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