The early flight from St. John's to Deer Lake gets you in around 8:00 am and when it was all done I got to the beginning of my hike near to 9:00, not too bad. The terrain is very open here, owing to the peridotite rock that occurs in this area and is somewhat toxic to plants. The peridotite has a redish-brown colouring and the result is a terrain that has a mars-landing movie-set look to it.
From the car, I simply head up toward the ridge following the line that Darryl and I had taken in winter conditions a few months earlier. Now, I have to dodge around some scrub and a little route finding is needed but there are lots of options. The obvious line leads to what I would describe as a shelf that juts out toward the ocean and where the trail begins. Once on top of the shelf, the route up is not obvious. Being a creature of habit, I simply retraced the route that Darryl and I had used in winter conditions. This worked for me but was not... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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