14. Long Range Traverse, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland (23 miles)Learn More
The Long Range Mountains mark the northern terminus of the Appalachians. It’s an imposing landscape of coastal arctic bogs, tightly packed tuckamore (stunted spruce and fir trees), and caribou paths running every which way. With no trail to speak of, you’ll have plenty of chances to test your backcountry skills over a four-to-five day adventure. In fact, the park warden may very well ask you demonstrate your map reading and compass proficiency before issuing a backcountry permit. The trail starts at the massive freshwater fjord of Western Brook Pond, follows migration paths of woodland caribou, and ends with a spectacularly steep descent off the Long Range plateau. July is the driest and warmest month, with temperatures hovering in the mid-60s, and solitude is assured.
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