Gros Morne, part of the Long Range mountains, is what many people come to see and to climb at this amazing Canadian national park. The rock face towers over the town of Norris Point.
It is visible from the south side of the park, and while cruising in Bonne Bay.
Hikers take the boat from Western Brook Pond and get let off at the mouth of the pond, to set off on 4-5 day hikes across the Long Range mountains, culminating their trek in climbing down Gros Morne.
But many of us simply content ourselves with looking. The landscape is rugged. Boulders, rock scree (loose rock that has slid down the mountain until it reaches the ‘angle of repose’) covers the lower reaches of the mountain. Rivers flow at the base of the mountain, offering stunning views of the landscape.
No, not all of us long to spend a day or two or more struggling up and down precarious footholds. Many of us have neither the experience, the skill, the strength, or the stamina to climb to the top. I am quite content to look, and not touch this stunning mountain in the park that is its namesake.
Writing about a visit to this park is not complete without mentioning, or at least offering a few photos of Gros Morne, but at least for me, it was not the main attraction. Easy Walks in Massachusetts headed to Newfoundland and found more places to walk than we could squeeze in during about a ten day visit.
We ran out of time before we could check out the handicapped accessible trail to Berry Pond. But a incidental search for a bathroom at the park campground took us directly to Berry Pond, where we got a stunning view of the pond and the surrounding mountains, a perfect place for a picnic lunch. There is so much more waiting for a return visit. Someday, I hope to come back, having become a little familiar with the area, and better prepared to enjoy all this wonderful place has to offer.
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are.
She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress.