Sea stacks and isolated beaches near Old Man's Cove (Steve Howe)
Want a smaller bite of Gros Morne than the Long Range Traverse? Try this 10.8-mile overnighter along a cliffy coastline dotted with sea stacks.
From the Long Pond trailhead on Route 431, descend to viewpoints at Old Man’s Cove (mile 2.4), then arrow northeast, alternating between tranquil meadows and steep sidehill track, past secluded beaches and eroded pinnacles. At mile 5.4, cliff-ringed Skinners Cove provides a quiet meadow campsite where Wallace Brook flows into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
From here, follow good trail 3.5 miles upstream along Wallace Brook, past an ankle- to thigh-deep ford, to Wallace Brook trailhead, 1.8 pleasant road-miles from your car. Or return to the start via a less-scenic connector trail (mile 7.2) and another ford of Wallace Brook. Map NTS quad 012H12; ($16CAD for waterproof versions; 888-545-8111; fedmaps.com)
Contact Gros Morne National Park;(709) 458-2417; pc.gc.ca
PermitEntry $10CAD/person/day; Backcountry $10CAD/person/night Map & GPS databackpacker.com/hikes/1395795
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Get There Fly into Deer Lake, Newfoundland, 42 miles distant. Rent a car or hire a taxi (see below) to reach trailheads. Campgrounds, cabins and motels are available in Rocky Harbour.