Much has been written on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in Newfoundland & Labrador. (Check out external links at the bottom of this page) Its entrance is located at the beginning of King’s Point and it is a key Green Bay tourist attraction.
Newfoundland and Labrador draws visitors from all over the world, and quite a few of them each year take on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail.
The trail, in brief:
- 8 kms in total
- 1100 ft elevation at the peak
- Approx. 2200 man made steps in total
- 3 waterfalls
- Rated Medium-Difficult: varied terrain with board walks, rest areas with benches along route
There is a craft shop/information centre at the mouth of the trail, which is open during summer months. Next to the visitor information centre there is an additional building used for community social functions, and picnic tables for public use at any time.
The trail itself is a fairly challenging one, involving boardwalks, a variety of terrain, some steep climbs, quite a number of stairs an some mud puddles to work around.
Time: The time needed to complete the trail can vary greatly, dependent on fitness level and number of stops along the way. Some hikers are up and down in less than two hours, others have needed as least four.
Tip #1: Hikers should keep in mind that temperatures can be much lower at the top of the trail, with considerable wind chill. Although this may not affect a summer hike, it is important to remember during spring or fall. Take extra clothing. And winter hikes to the summit are simply not a good idea unless you are a very well-equipped and much experienced hiker.
Tip #2: Taking plenty of liquids on your hike is also very important. Most people will work up quite a sweat while going up and down 2200 stairs! Water will at the least keep you comfortable.
Tip #3: Especially in early summer, mosquito repellent should be in your backpack.
Tip #4: After any amount of rainfall, portions of the trail can be wet. After significant rainfall, some of the lower elevation portions of the trail will have running water on them. There will also be some sizable mud puddles between the fork in the trail and the foot of the hills. You may wish to take dry socks and/or have dry footwear waiting for you in your vehicle.
Tip #5: Want to quickly nip up to the summit, grab that awesome selfie and still be able to boast to your friends about how speedy you were? Go left at the Moose Barrens fork and come back down the same way, instead of doing the whole loop. Left is the shorter distance to the top. (Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone.)
The Alexander Murray Hiking Trail on the Web
- Alexander Murray Hiking Trail Facebook Page
- Alexander Murray Hiking Trail Facebook Discussion Group
- Alexander Murray Hiking Trail on Google+
- On Keith Nicol’s blog
- Out Doors & On the Go (blog) This blog post includes video
- Bob’s Newfoundland
- Trail Peak
- Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism
and a blog post: newfoundlandlabrador.com/TheLatest/BlogPost
- Hike Bike Travel
- Trip Advisor
- Explore Magazine