2200 Stairs? No thanks.

2200 Stairs? No thanks.

There are 2200 human-constructed wooden steps on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King’s Point, Newfoundland &  Labrador. That makes for an awesome 3+ hour workout, with the reward of a fabulous view at the top (1100 ft elevation).

But what to do if you want an afternoon out in Central Newfoundland without taking on the physical commitment of 2000+ steps? There are several points on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail that are great turn around locations, drastically lessening the number of steps and leaving more time to go enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee afterwards. You will get fresh air, exercise and a great opportunity for some foliage-filled selfies.

Turn Around Point #1:
Grouse Brook

Grouse Brook Rest Area on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail
Grouse Brook Rest Area on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail

Grouse Brook is a tiny brook about a 5 minute brisk walk from the trail entrance. There is a small bridge there with two benches. The trail winds a bit heading to Grouse Brook, and is lush and pretty. There are two flights of stairs, and a few board walks. It is a nice short walk, perfect for families with younger children.

Turn Around Point #2:
Moose Barrens

Moose Barrens Rest Area on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King's Point
Moose Barrens Rest Area on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King’s Point

About a 30 minute walk in, the trail’s woods open up to a large clearing, known as Moose Barrens. There you’ll find a broad view, short stubby trees, and lichen. The view to the top of the trail is good from there and you’ll see the ‘Haypook’, which is the top elevation of the trail and the destination for many hikers.

At Moose barrens there is a fork in the trail, providing a left/right choice to do the final leg of the trail which is a loop.

Moose Barrens is actually the final destination for quite a few people because it is a nice half-way rest spot in a one-hour walk. There is a wooden platform with benches at Moose Barrens, more than enough room for you and your pals.

So, there you have it — two easy options for enjoying some fresh air in King’s Point!

Distances on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King's Point
Distances on the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King’s Point