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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.
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-Mapped by Steve Howe
- Distance: 14.3
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Green Gardens trailhead
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Pass the first junction with the connector trail.
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Cross bridge. This stream is a good water source.
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Old Mans Cove campsites
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Optional: Descend stairs down cliff to Old Mans Cove Beach.
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The Green Gardens campsites are not the best.
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Ford Wallace Brook.
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Skinner Cove Campsite
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Pass the trail junction with the connector trail.
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Cross a ridgeline saddle.
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Cross a suspension bridge over the Wallace Brook.
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The route ends at the Wallace Brook trailhead.