Big Pond Overlook Trail

Total Miles
3.0

Elevation

452.32 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail provides access to the two radio towers on the top of the plateau. It traverses up the narrow valley and opens up onto the plateau about two thirds of the way to the top. The trail is mostly rounded rocks in the valley and rocks and gravel at the upper section. The lower section has narrowed due to vegetation growth and will likely add to your trail stripe collection. The very top is mostly tundra type vegetation so be considerate where you drive. It is impossible to get lost or off track as it is the only defined trail. There is an unmapped trail branching to the north near the top end.

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Big Pond Overlook Trail
Big Pond Overlook Trail
Big Pond Overlook Trail

Difficulty

One section has been encroached by vegetation that will likely produce some trail stripes. Almost all of the trail is one vehicle wide with very few places to pass, especially on the steep valley section. Washouts on the valley section have left the trail with medium to large (12-18 inch) rocks making up the trail base. Lockers are helpful but not required. There are several large puddles in the top area but with hard bottoms.

History

The US Army used the plateau to construct an unmanned long-wire radio repeater station during WWII. The Canadian Armed Forces also used the plateau to later build an early radar station also during WWII. There is some interesting history at http://www.c-and-e-museum.org/Pinetreeline/rds/detail/rds77-5.html

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

Access Description

The trailhead is 9.5 miles/15.4 kilometers north of the ferry dock at Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland, on the east side of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH). The entry off the TCH is small and somewhat hidden. There is a line of power poles that follow the trail that give a hint as to the location of the entry point. Once off the TCH, there is a small wooden bridge over a creek. The bridge appears plenty sturdy. There's a small, unused structure also on the right as you start the trail. There is a single pipe gate, but it appears to have been open for quite some time.

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