We chose Norris Point as our base for exploring the park on our four-day visit. We toured Western Brook Pond, hiked the Tablelands, visited the Lobster Cove lighthouse, and climbed Gross Morne Mountain. On mountain day, we were at the trail head by 8am. We (me, my spouse, and our 10 year old daughter) had a leisurely hike 4km to the decision point. Then we climbed 4km through the scree field to the top of the mountain. We made it to the top by about 1pm. We had a quick lunch (that we brought with us -- no amenities at the summit, not even a garbage can, everything you take up you take back down) and then descended 4km back to the decision point via the back of the mountain. We then retraced our steps 4km back to the trail head. We got back to the car about 7pm. It was a full day but the experience, and the views, were worth it. The climb was restricted to well-blazed mountain trails. It was long and exhausting but not technically challenging at all. We wore light hiking shoes (Merrells) rather than running shoes but no special hiking equipment (we did bring safety items such as a compass, first aid kit, etc.) We also carried 2 litres of water each and it was just enough.
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