TRIP REPORT PHOTOS
While driving through Gros Morne National Park, there is a pull-out with this incredible view of Gros Morne Mountain (left) and Old Crow Mountain (right):
On clear days, Gros Morne Mountain stands out distinctly with its bare appearance and 2,644 feet in elevation:
Arriving at the trailhead at 5:30am on a Friday morning.  There were no other people here starting this early:
These tall white flowers are known as Cow Parsnip.  Cow Parsnip is related to Giant Hogweed but not as poisonous:
Buttercup flowers are bright yellow and quite striking in appearance:
These small blue flowers look like Water Forget-me-nots:
After passing through the short wildflower garden lining both sides of the trail, the route turns into the forest:
This is the first bridge crossing, not far from the beginning of the trail:
Looking downstream from the middle of the bridge at the fast-moving water:
Wooden steps climb through the forest at steeper sections of terrain:
Balsam fir and Black spruce trees can be found along the trail.  Balsam fir is the main tree found within the forests of Gros Morne:
A carpet of Bunchberry (also locally called Crackerberry) found along the side of the trail:
Bunchberry plants have very distinct white flowers that thrive in shade:
Getting a glimpse of the creek below from a gap in the trees on the trail above:
Spotting a Downy woodpecker.  The red spot on the head reveals this to be a male:
A boardwalk has been installed across a marshy area of terrain:
This was my first view of Old Crow Mountain upon getting high enough to be above most of the thick fog:
For much of the lower trail, views are limited by the thick forest:
Climbing a long steep section of installed wooden steps:
Old Crow Mountain rises up above the top of the boreal forest:
A narrow section of trail works its way through thick greenery from the forest:
Upon gaining enough elevation, I was now above the fog line and could see more of the surrounding mountains within the national park:
Zooming in on the Tablelands, a unique place where the earth's mantle has been exposed and very few plants are able to grow due to the toxic soil:
The trail had turned away from Old Crow and was now heading directly toward the base of Gros Morne:
Looking back at Old Crow Mountain.  The actual summit is located on the left side although it is set back out of view slightly:
Panoramic taken at the base of Gros Morne Mountain with a scenic pond (click to enlarge):
Base of Gros Morne Mountain panoramic
This is the viewing platform for Gros Morne Mountain located at the halfway point in the hike.  It is also the spot where families with children should turn around and everyone should turn around if there is deteriorating weather:
From the viewing platform, the treacherous gully which must be ascended in order to reach the summit is clearly visible:
To begin the second half of the hike (and much harder portion), a stream is crossed over:
Looking up the stream into Ferry Gulch, which is a small valley between the mountains:
The gully climb starts out without a clear discernable path.  You must choose your own route through the rock slides:
Looking back down after doing a small amount of climbing up the loose rock:
Getting a picture with some small ponds, Old Crow, and the Tablelands in the background:
Notice that the fog was continuing to lift and more of the landscape beneath the Tablelands was becoming visible:
Hikers have trodden a path through this first snow patch in the gully on the left side:
Looking back once again, the trail and bridge crossing the stream far below are visible:
Really enjoying the hike especially with the lack of other hikers on the trail.  Notice there is nobody else visible climbing up the gully.  This picture was taken just about 3 hours after starting the hike:
A vast forest of trees covers the slopes of the mountains:
Scree climbs with an abundance of loose rocks are always fun to deal with:
Elevation is gained quickly while climbing the gully.  In fact, 1,600 feet in elevation is gained from the viewing platform to the summit:
The fog has now lifted enough to see Bonne Bay and some of the houses of Woody Point town:
After climbing the hardest, longest portion of the gully, the trail curves to the left and then right as it continues uphill:
The path becomes more clearly defined and easy to follow past all the heaviest rock slides:
In just a couple of hours, this portion of the trail could have been filled with hikers.  So getting pure landscape pictures would be much more difficult:
Old Crow Mountain has some incredibly steep slopes that are fully covered by trees:
Portions of the East Arm (left) and South Arm (center) of Bonne Bay were visible:
The small pond at the middle right is Neddy Harbour Pond. Also faintly visible beneath the Tablelands on the left is Shoal Brook village and on the right is the large town of Woody Point:
Another large patch of snow was encountered near the very top of the gully:
Looking back to the southwest at the vast landscape now visible:
A zoomed view from the snow patch showing Bonne Bay and the Tablelands:
Flat rock steps lead from the gully to the mostly flat summit plateau:
Much more of the Long Range Mountains are now visible.  The actual summit of Old Crow Mountain is located directly behind the smaller of the two snow patches visible on the right side across the way:
Green trail markers help lead the way to the summit.  These would be really helpful in fog or white-out conditions, although it is not recommended to be up here at such times:
Looking back, you can see the very top of the gully as it comes to an end on top of the mountain:
Much of the rock strewn across the top plateau is made up of quartzite:
From the summit plateau, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence was now visible (upper right) along with much more of Bonne Bay:
At the top center, you can see the portion of the Tablelands which contains the official hiking trail.  The trail follows the brook through Winter House Brook Canyon (seen cutting into the mountain to the left):
On the right side you can see the sheer cliffs of Eastern Head, located northwest of the Lookout Hills:
The summit sign was now visible in the distance as the trail continued across a vast amount of large and small rocks:
This is the actual summit of Gros Morne Mountain at 2,644 feet in elevation:
Upon leaving the summit, the trail continues to the northeast (and then north) for 1/2 mile heading for the Ten Mile Pond viewpoint:
A much more expansive view of the Long Range Mountains can now be seen:
Once there are less loose rocks, the path is much easier to see and follow:
The trail changes over to an elevated boardwalk for a short distance while still on top of the mountain:
Looking across Ten Mile Gulch, this high mountain pond is visible.  The pond has a natural dam holding it in place which is made up of sheer vertical cliffs:
Ten Mile Gulch comes to an end in this deep valley seen to the northeast:
This was the first view that I had of Ten Mile Pond.  This shows the western end:
Looking at the center area of Ten Mile Pond with dramatic cliffs rising up above it:
And this shows the eastern end of Ten Mile Pond as it transitions into Ten Mile Gulch:
The first of three panoramics taken of Ten Mile Pond.  This was taken from the first viewpoint (click to enlarge):
Ten Mile Pond panoramic #1
Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse is faintly visible to the west from this vantage point by zooming in:
Berry Hill and Gull Pond are also visible being about 7 air miles away:
Notice how the cliffs begin to take shape above Ten Mile Pond as they rise up out of the Rocky Harbour Hills:
There are a couple of deep narrow cuts into the mountainside seen here:
Zooming in on the eastern end of Ten Mile Pond.  You can see here where the creek (or brook) flows into the pond:
Moving on from the first viewpoint, I followed the trail for a short distance searching for additional views:
This was the second viewpoint that I found for Ten Mile Pond.  This spot was notable for the large hillside of possibly unstable boulders:
From this spot, a little bit more of Ten Mile Gulch was visible:
The second of three panoramics taken of Ten Mile Pond.  This was taken from the boulders area (click to enlarge):
Ten Mile Pond panoramic #2
One of the outstanding aspects of Ten Mile Pond is the pristine blue water which reflects the cliffs above it:
A stunning reflection of the pond as seen from the second viewpoint.  The "spots" seen on the water are actually just mosquitoes that were buzzing around my camera:
Ten Mile Pond sits over 2,000 feet in elevation below the viewpoints along the trail:
Zooming in on the reflection seen in the beautiful blue water below:
The third of three panoramics taken.  This shows both Ten Mile Pond and Ten Mile Gulch (click to enlarge):
Ten Mile Pond panoramic #3
After spending adequate time taking a break and enjoying all three viewpoints, I continued hiking along the trail as it circles around the upper portion of the mountain:
A long wooden staircase has been installed to help hikers down an especially steep section of terrain:
More of the valley at the back end of Ten Mile Gulch becomes visible:
But the highlight in this area is the view of the high mountain pond across Ten Mile Gulch:
Zooming in on the pond, waterfalls can be seen draining it down the sheer cliff walls which help form the pond:
There was a large icy and slippery snow patch at the bottom of the wooden staircase:
After heading east for some time, the trail then turns to the south and then southwest as it begins completing the loop portion:
The Ferry Gulch campsite is located at the back end of the pond seen here.  This would be a truly beautiful spot to camp overnight and enjoy the pond and the views looking down Ferry Gulch from the saddle:
Wooden steps help hikers get down safely to the shoreline of the pond:
A bright yellow Dandelion flower spotted along the trail:
This gray bird with white tail feathers had its back turned to me:
The trail passes through a few sections of small trees which limit visibility:
A small stream flows down the middle of the trail at this spot:
A panoramic showing Ferry Gulch on the left and Gros Morne Mountain on the right (click to enlarge):
Ferry Gulch and Gros Morne Mountain panoramic
Cones of a fir tree, perhaps the Balsam fir, which is the most common tree in the park:
Coming out of the short forested section into an area of a giant rock slide:
Carefully navigating through the loose rocks and boulders:
Looking back across the rock slide toward the saddle (seen on the left) where the trail crossed over earlier:
Looking across Ferry Gulch, I was able to zoom in on this series of small waterfalls:
Panoramic showing the entire length of Ferry Gulch beneath Old Crow Mountain (click to enlarge):
Ferry Gulch panoramic
Looking down at the creek which passes through Ferry Gulch:
There is one final forested section which the trail passes through before completing the loop back to the viewing platform:
Spotting a colorful Mourning Cloak butterfly sitting on a tree branch:
During the hike back of the lower portion of the trail, additional views of Gros Morne Mountain could be seen.  Views such as this one had been fogged in during the hike up in the morning:
View from the Old Crow Mountain viewpoint as marked on our included topo map:
One last look at Gros Morne Mountain above the tops of the trees:
Later in the day, we drove to the Tablelands to do a family hike and we found this nice view of Gros Morne and Old Crow from an overlook near Woody Point:
A final look at Gros Morne Mountain as seen from Woody Point:
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