Lewis Hills Trail
The Lewis Hills Trail crosses the Lewis Hills from Fox Island River in the south to Blue Brook in Serpentine Valley in the north. The “hills” themselves are located approximately 18km (11miles) north of Stephenville and 27km (16miles) southwest of Corner Brook, and at the 814m (2,671ft) Cabox, is the highest point on the island of Newfoundland. From the southern trailhead off Cold Brook Road the trail crosses a 2km wetland revealing spectacular views of a rust-colored peridotite mountain range. This is a section of mantle similar to the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park.Descending over 150m (500ft) to cross Fox Island River, the trail rises through a rust-colored peridotite valley to a height of 640m (2100ft), before the final 4km (2.6mile), 174m (571ft) ascent to the Cabox. From the Cabox the trail route continues west across the hills to the ruggedly scenic Molly Ann Gulch, a steep fiord-like valley with sunsetting views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, before continuing north to Rope Cove Canyon and Buds Ponds overlooking the awe-inspiring Serpentine Valley. An alternate route is down Red Rocky Gulch, named after the peridotite rocks and boulders strewn along the valley floor.
On the north side of the hills, the route provides magnificent views of Serpentine Lake and the Blow-Me-Down Mountains, before crossing Blue Brook and connecting to Logger’s School logging road at the northern trailhead.
The southern trailhead is located off Cold Brook logging road, which is located just north of Route 460 at Stephenville.
The northern trailhead is located off Serpentine logging road, which in turn is off Logger’s School logging road. The latter exits the Trans Canada Highway approximately 10 kilometers west of Corner Brook.
Length: 32 Km (19 Miles)
Time: 2-3 Days / 1-2 Nights in Tent
Trail Type: Wilderness Trail and Route
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