Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland: Green Gardens Loop

Follow serpentine barrens and stair-steep tracks to a rugged volcanic sea coast.
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Follow serpentine barrens and stair-steep tracks to a rugged volcanic sea coast.

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

Permit Entry $10CAD/person/day; Backcountry $10CAD/person/night

-Mapped by Steve Howe

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 14.3

Waypoints

GGN001

Location: 49.490451, -58.077362

Green Gardens trailhead

GGN002

Location: 49.501427, -58.075254

Pass the first junction with the connector trail.

GGN003

Location: 49.504379, -58.090896

Cross bridge. This stream is a good water source.

GGN004

Location: 49.506048, -58.100244

Coastal overlooks

GGN005

Location: 49.507525, -58.099092

Old Mans Cove campsites

GGN006

Location: 49.508781, -58.098679

Optional: Descend stairs down cliff to Old Mans Cove Beach.

GGN007

Location: 49.520873, -58.072279

The Green Gardens campsites are not the best.

GGN008

Location: 49.523421, -58.065439

Water source

GGN009

Location: 49.52482, -58.060077

Steep descent

GGN010

Location: 49.525165, -58.059298

Trail junction

GGN011

Location: 49.527529, -58.055886

Ford Wallace Brook.

GGN012

Location: 49.5281, -58.056486

Skinner Cove Campsite

GGN013

Location: 49.507618, -58.056381

Pass the trail junction with the connector trail.

GGN014

Location: 49.504215, -58.044968

Cross a ridgeline saddle.

GGN015

Location: 49.496852, -58.037496

Cross a suspension bridge over the Wallace Brook.

GGN016

Location: 49.495339, -58.040085

The route ends at the Wallace Brook trailhead.