Long Range Traverse
The Long Range Traverse is an unmarked and rugged backcountry route. It starts from Western Brook Pond, leads onto the Long Range Mountains and south towards Gros Morne Mountain before descending into Ferry Gulch and returning to highway 430 by way of the Gros Morne Mountain trail. Along the way a series of five campsites provide waypoints that help define the route. The route is 35 kilometres long and usually takes 3-4 nights to complete.
These are multi-day hikes over unmarked and difficult terrain posing greater visitor safety risks. Every year, Parks Canada conducts rescues on the Long Range which would be especially challenging in the context of the pandemic. We are, therefore, encouraging visitors to opt for less risky adventures such as an overnight backpacking trip to Ferry Gulch and a day hike to Crow cliff. Or overnight at Snug Harbour and hike to the North Rim of Western Brook Pond. Visitors interested in these backcountry hiking opportunities must obtain a permit by calling (709) 458-2417.
Reservations, Quotas, and Fees
Parks Canada is pleased to announce that we will be taking reservations for the Long Range and Northern Traverse for the 2022 season. Hikers are reminded that access to these wilderness hikes is by the Western Brook Pond boat tour which may operate on a limited basis due to COVID restrictions Beginning Friday, February 18, 2022 reservations can be made Monday through Friday (except holidays) by calling: 709-458-2417.
Note: In order to keep your reservation you must report to the Visitor Centre by 2:30pm on the day before your scheduled departure date and attend the orientation session scheduled at that time.
Quota: To maintain a high quality hiking experience and to minimize the impact of hikers on the environment, the park uses a quota system. Only 3 groups (with a maximum of 4 people per group) per day are permitted to depart on these routes. Hikers are encouraged to book early as the peak season of mid-July to the end of August is often fully booked. Reservations are required to guarantee your departure date.
Fees: There is a non-refundable reservation fee payable when you book. The Wilderness Hiking Fee is payable after you attend the mandatory orientation session and pick up your permit at the park Visitor Centre on the day prior to your departure.
Season: Reservations will be accepted only for departures between June 25 and September 30. Outside these dates seasonal conditions and the availability of the boat on Western Brook Pond may limit access to these hiking routes.
Mandatory Orientation Sessions:
All hikers doing the Long Range or Northern Traverse must attend a backcountry briefing in order to receive their backcountry hiking permit. Briefings are offered daily at 2:30pm at the Visitor Centre near Rocky Harbour.