Gros Morne

The hiking we did in Gros Morne this year was one of our highlights of 2016. When Jason and I arrived at 8am one day this fall at the Deer Lake Airport, we may have been a bit overambitious about what we could accomplish in a couple of days. We wanted to get three hikes in on day 1. So we started with Green Gardens, a 9km trip with coastlines of cliffs, sea stacks and green meadows that eventually lead us down stairs along the beach to see a sea cave! By the time we had finished, we knew we only had time for one more hike that day. So we decided to do the Lookout trail at sunset. This one was my favourite: a 5km loop with a pretty steep incline through the woods at first that brought us to boardwalks and a highland plateau with panoramic views.

The next day, we were picking up a friend at the airport to continue on. Jason and I figured we would have to choose a shorter hike that day, because we had an important event to get to that evening! 😉 When we got Alex in the car though, he figured it would be best if we hiked Gros Morne Mountain, the longest and hardest hike possible haha. He volunteered to carry my camera bag (see photos below) so we went with it. Meg & Steph agreed to join for part of the way and off we went!

So the Gros Morne trail was a 16km hike to the highest point in the park. We all enjoyed a pretty sweet view after the first 4km at the mountain’s base and then that’s when it started getting interesting. The next few km’s were no joke, even taking Jason to “his dark place” haha. Seriously though, it was steep and rocky and even with Alex basically flying up, there were a few times that I felt like we were never going to make it to the top, but we did…and the views were unbelievable.

Can’t wait to go back someday and check out more. Hope the pics do it some justice!

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