I am looking for a trail map of Gros Morne. A Trails Illustrated type map would be great but whatever is out there might work if it has contour lines (or at least elevation profiles) as well as marked campsites.
Alternatively, is there an organization that maintains the trail or cares for the park? Thanks, Steve
But the map we really made use of—due to the GPS coordinates—was one produced by the park on April 28, 2016. It can be found linked on the Long Range Traverse page here. Physical copies may be available for sale from Canada Parks now, but I had to have it printed (on waterproof paper) myself as it had just been released digitally and was not yet available in hardcopy when we did the hike.
If you are thinking of doing the LRT/NRT and want some more info, let me know and I'd be glad to help.
The limit of three groups of four departing per day is mostly a tent pad limitation, I think (and maybe a ferry limitation, if only doing one of the routes). The camp areas tend to only have three tent pads. If you have, say, six people in your group, then I'm sure you could register two three-person groups.
The North Rim was more demanding in terms of route finding—especially around the tuckamore, which sometimes demanded a degree of...creativity. The Long Range was simpler in that regard, but similarly challenging in terms of exertion.
The Snug Harbour to North Rim route would be a great 2-3 day hike. The Snug Harbour campsite is one of the nicest I've ever stayed at, complete with a beach and incredible view of the cliffs. I'd recommend spending the night there before heading up the hill on the following day, then there's no rush. The hike in to Snug Harbour is fairly straight forward and can be completed in a few hours; one shallow, but swift stream crossing shortly after leaving the boardwalk is the only challenging part of it. Then you could either climb/descend the hill and hike out on the next day, or climb and descend back to Snug Harbour. It's another few hours to get up there, but the route has been well worn into a trail.
As for Ferry Gulch to Bakeapple Pond, Ferry Gulch is a nice enough location for camping nestled into the saddle between the plateau and Gros Morne mountain (if a bit busy with all the day GM day hikers passing by), but I personally found the views from Gros Morne mountain preferable to those from that section of the LRT. Now, if you want to experience a bit of the LRT, that short stretch will certainly give you a good idea of what the route provides. Route-finding the way up to and down from the plateau is important, we failed at the latter and found ourselves on a sketchy descent. Completing this area in 2-3 days will give you ample time to check out both Bakeapple Pond and Gros Morne Mountain.
Additionally, the Tablelands area of the park—about an hour around the inlet to the south—looked to be some nice day hiking. Not sure if they still allow it, but hikers were permitted to continue past the viewing platform at the end of the improved trail deeper into the valley. Depending how far you hike, eventually you climb to the top of the plateau. We never got a chance to go beyond the viewing platform as one of our party was injured from the LRT/NRT.
You can buy 1:50000 topo maps at the park when you get there. They also have a 1:100000 map of the whole park. (the one I bought last summer). You can try contacting the park directly to see if you can buy them and have them mailed.
Additionally, the Tablelands area of the park—about an hour around the inlet to the south—looked to be some nice day hiking. Not sure if they still allow it, but hikers were permitted to continue past the viewing platform at the end of the improved trail deeper into the valley. Depending how far you hike, eventually you climb to the top of the plateau.
When we were there last summer we could see several groups of people far in the distance just roaming around. They also encourage you to take some rock samples if you want.