Gros Morne Mountain (James Callaghan) Trail

Gros Morne Mountain (James Callaghan) Trail

Gros Morne Mountain (James Callaghan) Trail
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  • C Sulliman
    Fall River, Canada9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gruelling hike - so worth it!
    This hike has been on my "to do" list for sometime. As an avid day hiker, I have done many difficult hikes in the past. NOTHING hold a candle to this one. The climb to the top is rewarding and even with the fog and lack of wide panoramic views that we hoped for, it was worth it. We saw lots of wildlife, including a moose on the trail. For those who have done this hike more than once - kudos! It is a knee pounder coming down.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Cathy S.
    Queens, New York21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult Hike with Grand Views
    This hike is not for beginners! I'm in excellent shape and this hike pushed me to my absolute limits. It took us 10 hours round trip from the parking lot to complete this hike; other members of my group had to take more frequent breaks, but I still want you to have a realistic idea of how long this could take. It took about 90 minutes just to get from the parking lot to the base of the mountain. Going up is quite rocky, and the stones can shift under your feet - we saw a couple of people give up and turn back. Going down was more difficult, especially because it started raining and the rocks were slippery. Make sure you have the recommended 2L water per person, legit footwear, Gatorade, and protein bars. Also, bug spray and sunscreen as you are quite exposed up there. Two people in my group had hiking poles and I think that was a good idea. I decided not to take them because I'd never used them before and didn't think this terrain was the best place to experiment, but they were imperative for the people in my group with older knees! I don't say any of this to discourage you! It was totally worth it and the views brought a tear to my eye. But be prepared for this challenge!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • pdotnndd
    68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just do it
    We are both 50yrs old and in ok shape. All the reviews are correct in saying that this is not easy. But it is achievable. Just be prepared. We each carried 3L of water and had just enough. It was suppose to be sunny all day but in the mountains you never know and it did rain. We took our time and stopped ALOT especially going up the gully which that part alone took us 2 hours to get to the top. The views are incredible and totally worth it. I enjoyed the way down even more but just be prepared that it takes a long time to get back down to the base and then you still have another 4kms. Total time took us older folks 8 hours. Once in a lifetime.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
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Sean C
Ottawa, Canada13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I have been planning our trip to Gros Morne National Park on August 2024 and was really disappointed today. I spoke to a Gros Morne National Park Visitor Services person and I requested an $27.50 GM early bird pass. I was told that GM senior management had changed their policy about sending out early bird passes via mail even if you pay for it and the postage. Wow! But guess what you can now only buy it in person. Is there an online ability to buy GM early bird tickets online? NO. So a unilateral decision was made in order to force all adult visitor to pay more $11 dollars per day times 4 days so $44 in total. How many Canadians are getting squeezed by this unilateral decision by a GM Park’s Canada Warden? Hundreds! Maybe a few thousand but Parks Canada revenues will increase significantly and Canadians will continue to feel the inflation squeeze. I hope Minister Guilbeault addresses this matter.
Written May 21, 2024
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pdotnndd
Ontario68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We are both 50yrs old and in ok shape. All the reviews are correct in saying that this is not easy. But it is achievable. Just be prepared. We each carried 3L of water and had just enough. It was suppose to be sunny all day but in the mountains you never know and it did rain. We took our time and stopped ALOT especially going up the gully which that part alone took us 2 hours to get to the top. The views are incredible and totally worth it. I enjoyed the way down even more but just be prepared that it takes a long time to get back down to the base and then you still have another 4kms. Total time took us older folks 8 hours. Once in a lifetime.
Written September 11, 2023
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Heather S
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Gros Morne national park is beautiful. It is one of the most spectacular places I have been in all of Canada. I love to hike big Mountains and have hiked many in Canada as well as over seas, this Mountain got the best of me. I did tons of research before and have hiked difficult level mountains in the past, but this mountain was a beast. I don't feel that most reviews and information is 100% honest with regards to the difficulty and the danger involved in hiking this mountain.

To begin most reviews state that the first 4 km of the trail is relatively flat, this is not true after about 200 meters into the hike you begin a slow decent up hill, so for those that would like to get to the bottom of the mountain just to take in it's beauty up close it is not an easy trail walk.

There was a sign at the bottom of the mountain before you begin the hike up to the summit that states to have 2 liters of water per person before you begin the climb up the mountain. We did not have that much water as we had already drank some, we did have a pure life water filter which was a life saver, there were quite a few streams on the way down to get water from. Between the two of us we drank over 5 liters of water due to the strenuous nature of the hike. I would highly recommend bringing some sort of water filter just in case. Once at the bottom of the mountain you then begin your trek through a steep rock gully at about a 45 degree angle for what seemed like an eternity. From the bottom of the mountain it does not look very far up but don't be fooled you cannot see the summit from the bottom. After climbing the rock gully to the top there is then another hilly climb to the summit.

Once you get to the top the views are amazing, like nothing you have ever seen and picture's don't do it any justice. From the 806 meter summit you think yes its all down hill from here. The decent is mostly downhill, but it is very rock and slippery on most of the trail. Some areas it was hard to tell if we were on the right trail and we were just hoping for the best, there are no signs to mark the trails. Basically the climb down was just as dangerous as the climb up.

The hike is listed as a 17 km hike on all the websites, but by the time we completed the hike and got back to our vehicle our GPS stated that the hike was 20 km and took us 8 hrs. Overall the hike was beautiful for sure, but don't underestimate how hard and dangerous this mountain is. This is just meant to be an honest review for anyone considering the hike, we did not find the hike very enjoyable due to the nature of the trails on the mountain and would only recommend hiking it if you enjoy hiking mountains as described.

Stay safe and have fun!!!

Written August 20, 2023
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Cathy S.
Queens, NY21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This hike is not for beginners! I'm in excellent shape and this hike pushed me to my absolute limits. It took us 10 hours round trip from the parking lot to complete this hike; other members of my group had to take more frequent breaks, but I still want you to have a realistic idea of how long this could take. It took about 90 minutes just to get from the parking lot to the base of the mountain. Going up is quite rocky, and the stones can shift under your feet - we saw a couple of people give up and turn back. Going down was more difficult, especially because it started raining and the rocks were slippery.

Make sure you have the recommended 2L water per person, legit footwear, Gatorade, and protein bars. Also, bug spray and sunscreen as you are quite exposed up there. Two people in my group had hiking poles and I think that was a good idea. I decided not to take them because I'd never used them before and didn't think this terrain was the best place to experiment, but they were imperative for the people in my group with older knees!

I don't say any of this to discourage you! It was totally worth it and the views brought a tear to my eye. But be prepared for this challenge!
Written July 28, 2023
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C Sulliman
Fall River, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This hike has been on my "to do" list for sometime. As an avid day hiker, I have done many difficult hikes in the past. NOTHING hold a candle to this one. The climb to the top is rewarding and even with the fog and lack of wide panoramic views that we hoped for, it was worth it. We saw lots of wildlife, including a moose on the trail. For those who have done this hike more than once - kudos! It is a knee pounder coming down.
Written July 10, 2023
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Michael
Stonington, ME1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
The approach trail to waterfall and base is a worthwhile hike on its own. The summit loop is strenuous, but a highlight of any trip here. The ravine looks steeper than it really is, but some hikers might prefer the more gradual eastern path, which is gorgeous as well.
Written December 15, 2022
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Diane M
Whitby, Canada61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Attempting this trail I knew would be challenging for me both physically as well as my fear of heights. Although I was in general good health and relatively active I knew from watching the videos that I had to step up my strength and endurance. I went to my friend who is a personal trainer with years of experience in helping people meet their health goals. She created a 3 month plan for me and thanks to her I was able to have both the strength and endurance to not only meet the challenge but because somewhere when we descended we must have lost our way because it turned from being a 16km hike to being 26km. Though very sore with banged up toes I was able to finish.
The first part of the trail though you were going up was relatively easy and it was nice to hear and at times see water. The waterfalls was pretty too. There was an outhouse which was good( stinky) but at least gave you some privacy just before you reached the base of the mountain. We were fortunate that the day was clear with no rain in the forecast. We had read to be prepared for a temperature change as you got higher. We had overpacked which added to our weight. This particular day it was quite warm even at the top. The black flies were terrible at the top making it challenging to eat our lunch. As we climbed we were on loose rock and near the top it was quite steep where I found myself using the vegetation to pull myself up. Definitely a workout on the legs. Where I felt safe I would turn around to look behind me ever so briefly because I found it less scary looking ahead of me but the view was incredible because I could really appreciate what I was doing. Reaching the top felt great and I had thought the hard part was done. You could see some great views if you walked closer to the edge but that was over lots of loose rock. I was thankful to be wearing sturdy hiking boots that kept my ankles from turning. As we descended those were some of my favourite views. Walking down the stairs was great and for awhile the path was manageable but then it became a narrow strip of rock that you had to be very mindful of and many knee bends down. After several hours of doing this my knees, hips and feet felt done. We got to a camping spot where we could soak our feet in a small lake of cool water. The black flies were not so bad here. After this point it seemed like we had done an extra loop. We finally reached the base of the mountain but continuing going downwards finished off my toes. I turned my feet slight sideways so they weren’t pounding on the toe of my boot. We went up mid September and the total hike took us 9 hours. The trail seemed fairly well marked until part way down and then we didn’t see a marker for hours. Although I wouldn’t do it again I am thrilled that I did it. Later when going on such trails like Lookout Trail ( behind the Discovery Centre near Tablelands) and you could see it along with other mountains I was very proud of myself for doing it. By the way Lookout Trail has spectacular views of many mountains including Gros Morne and Tablelands. I brought 3 litres of water, lunch and snacks. We started at 8:00am and finished at 5:00pm. We did wander around the top for awhile which would have added to our time and distance ( I also liked watching the Rock Ptarmigan that were at the top) but we did something wrong on the way down.
Written September 30, 2022
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Ben B
Calgary, Canada14,160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We lucked out and had brilliant weather on our hike to the summit and viewpoint, making a challenging hike slightly less so. The first half to the shoulder of the mountain is relatively easy, but from there, it goes straight up a steep, rocky gully. Generally, if you've given yourself enough time to take it easy, and the weather is good, most people with decent fitness can make it. After the steep bit to the summit plateau, all the heavy hauling has been done, and then it's just the distance, which is not inconsiderable, as the summit portion is a loop, with most to the distance coming AFTER the summit cairn and viewpoint. PLEASE do obey the direction sign: it's dangerous to have people descending that steep gully with people coming up - going down loosens rocks more readily and I'm sure they instituted the one-way loop because of incidents doing it two-way. BUT every blister and drop of sweat is worth it in good weather - the views are astounding. The 'out and back' section to the valley below the summit is nice, but the real gem is the summit plateau.
Written September 20, 2022
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John A Carter
Lower Sackville, Canada5,225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
This hike is a once in a life time hike. 800m elevation change. This hike is hard and you need to be in good shape to do it safely. The first 4/1/2 km us the approach trail. An gentle climb of 300m over a good trail. The next 500m is straight up the side of a mountain over steep loose rock. This is the hard part. Once on the top the mountain is very flat and windy, watch your hat if not tied on. From here the views are unreal, you are above the tree line and walk around to the back of the mountain . From here you have a more manageable descent to the approach trail. I had 2.5L of water with me and could of used more. bring a back pack with general supplies for the day . Good footwear, gloves , hiking poles. Over all it takes most people 9 to 11 hours depending on fitness and breaks. There is a outhouse at the end and beginning of the approach trail ( bring TP). A must do for fit hikers.
Written September 15, 2022
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Matt R
Ontario, Canada35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We decided to climb the mountain. It was a great experience but not for the amateur hiker. We considered ourselves able and willing to do the hike up and around and we did complete the journey but now we have been sore for days…! Its not an easy walk up or down. Lots of loose rock and sharp footing. Take your time and have lots of snacks and water and you will trudge thru it. Good luck.
Written September 14, 2022
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