Hare Hill

Hare Hill near Stephenville, NF


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4 kms
4hours
moderate
Mountain Biking, Hiking
Summer, Fall
Stephenville, NF
User clarpelley
Hare Hill is a prominent elevation in the Long Range Mountains of western Newfoundland. At 1957 feet above sea level, it commands an inspiring view of the surrounding wooded countryside. Wildlife sightings are common. Caribou graze on and around the summit, rock ptarmigan nest among the tuckamore and arctic hare have been known to live here.


It is a wilderness area in every respect. There are no developed trails. The hillsides are crisscrossed by caribou trails and have been used for centuries, deeply etched into the landscape.
This route is a one-day hike, covering 4 kilometers of wilderness, 800 feet elevation gain, 1957 above sea level. Access to the mountain includes a seven-kilometer walk or drive over forest access roads. There are no marked trails. Terrain is moderate to difficult, for expert map and compass navigators and experienced hikers.

Directions:

General description:
This hike can be done by a person of average physical fitness and novice level hiking experience. Some basic knowledge of topographic map reading is required, in order to understand the grid reference numbers and compass bearings given in the route guide. A concise explanation of grid reference is usually printed in the right margin of most topographic maps.


The total distance is approximately 2 kilometers and can be done in 2 - 3 hours. Altitude is gained rapidly in the last 1.5 k. The elevation rises from 1100 feet to 1957 feet at the summit. The first 1 k is through a newly planted evergreen forest and alder groves. Most of the route is over dry solid ground. For some
of the route you may encounter wet or boggy conditions and thick tuckamore.


Navigation equipment such as map and compass is recommended. If you venture onto the route without it, getting lost is a real possibility. Before you leave, make sure someone knows your route plan and report back to them upon your return.


Location of Hare Hill:
Hare Hill is located approximately 35 kilometers east of Stephenville, Newfoundland. The
highest elevation of Hare Hill, 1957 feet, is located at 172883.


Topographic map needed:
All references to Hare Hill are from Canadian 1:50 000 topographic map "Harrys River 12
B/9", universal transverse Mercator grid zone 21, square identification VD, mean declination
1985 (center of map) 24º 00' W, annual change decreasing 6.5'. Compass adjustments must be made accordingly in order to navigate accurately. The bearings can be read as they are given in order to verify location on the map. 6-digit grid references are given to help pinpoint major points on the route and may be used with a GPS to aid in navigation.
Note that elevation is given in feet and horizontal distance is given in meters and kilometers. Older Canadian topographic maps are printed like that. More recent publications give both horizontal and vertical measurements in meters.


Maps may be available from:
Canada Map Office, Surveys and Mapping Branch,
Department of Energy Mines and Resources,
Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0E9


Gear and equipment suggestions:
A 25 liter day pack should be sufficient to carry all you will need for a day trip. Carry a camera, binoculars, standard first aid kit, snacks or a substantial lunch if you intend to make it a day. A walking staff may be among your list of essential equipment. Depending on the season, the amount of clothing you need will vary. Determine the weather
forecast before departure, and act accordingly. During any season, dress for the current weather conditions. However, be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Carry extra clothing such as wind pants and jacket, even in the summer. At least, light hiking boots are
recommended; waterproof boots would be better, some parts of the route may be wet. It is highly recommended that you carry your own drinking water, even if you intend to boil it.


Animals such as moose, caribou and black bear are known to live in this area. Smaller animals such as fox, beaver and squirrel, as well as a variety of birds, make this area their home. On the mountain top you may spot rock ptarmigan or arctic hare.
Minimum environmental impact policy:
It is recommended that hikers observe a minimum environmental impact policy. Avoid open fires, leave wildflowers for others to enjoy, be cautious of wild animals and carry out whatever you carry in.


Detailed route guide:
To get to Hare Hill from Stephenville, drive 30 kilometers east on White's Road (route 460) to the Trans Canada Highway. On the TCH continue another 5 kilometers east. Turn right (east) onto a forest access road. Proceed cautiously, heavily loaded logging trucks may also be using this road. Continue on about 5k to an intersection, grid reference 149893. Hare Hill is at a bearing of 118º from here. Continue on to the left for about 2 k to grid reference 171895, at the top of a small hill. You may be able to park here on the left side of the road. The summit of Hare Hill is almost exactly on a bearing of 180º from here. Study the hill carefully before leaving the road, and you will notice a green shoulder, compass bearing 199º, with a caribou trail snaking up toward the top. That is where you hope to begin your ascent. However, you do not approach the hill directly from here. On the southwest side of the road, the route proceeds through a dense alder thicket on a bearing of 224º. (Search very carefully for the trail, it may have grown over since the date of the writing of this guide.) Within 100 meters the alders thin out and you find yourself on an open trail. Follow the trail for approximately 800 meters to 167891. Here you must turn off to the left onto another trail which ascends noticeably and may be less distinct, compass bearing 143º. Follow it uphill to 168889. Again be careful of your route finding. The trail is a moose/caribou route to Hare Hill and may have many twists, turns and branches. You must ascend by way of that "green shoulder" you saw from the road. The moose/caribou trail is the best route up. Follow the meandering trail up to 166884. The route is now somewhat steep, 600' elevation gain in 500 meters. The top of this intermediary hill is mostly bare rock, low bushes and tuckamore. The best route through this landscape is always by way of the caribou trails. The trails disappear on the open barrens, where the animals fan out to graze, but reappear whenever a wooded or low tuckamore grove must be crossed to reach the next barrens.


The summit of Hare Hill is on a compass bearing of 108º from here. Study the hillside very carefully, and a prominent caribou trail can be seen ascending. Once you have attained the 1900' contour, follow it to the south and east. The scenic route to the summit is along this ridge. You may have already seen several caribou. Rock ptarmigan nest and feed among the sparse vegetation here. Moose may be seen anywhere, but especially in the lower valleys. The forested landscape stretches out for miles, broken only by the flash of many pristine ponds and lakes.
General description:
This hike can be done by a person of average physical fitness and novice level hiking experience. Some basic knowledge of topographic map reading is required, in order to understand the grid reference numbers and compass bearings given in the route guide. A concise explanation of grid reference is usually printed in the right margin of most topographic maps.


The total distance is approximately 2 kilometers and can be done in 2 - 3 hours. Altitude is gained rapidly in the last 1.5 k. The elevation rises from 1100 feet to 1957 feet at the summit. The first 1 k is through a newly planted evergreen forest and alder groves. Most of the route is over dry solid ground. For some
of the route you may encounter wet or boggy conditions and thick tuckamore.


Navigation equipment such as map and compass is recommended. If you venture onto the route without it, getting lost is a real possibility. Before you leave, make sure someone knows your route plan and report back to them upon your return.


Location of Hare Hill:
Hare Hill is located approximately 35 kilometers east of Stephenville, Newfoundland. The
highest elevation of Hare Hill, 1957 feet, is located at 172883.


Topographic map needed:
All references to Hare Hill are from Canadian 1:50 000 topographic map "Harrys River 12
B/9", universal transverse Mercator grid zone 21, square identification VD, mean declination
1985 (center of map) 24º 00' W, annual change decreasing 6.5'. Compass adjustments must be made accordingly in order to navigate accurately. The bearings can be read as they are given in order to verify location on the map. 6-digit grid references are given to help pinpoint major points on the route and may be used with a GPS to aid in navigation.
Note that elevation is given in feet and horizontal distance is given in meters and kilometers. Older Canadian topographic maps are printed like that. More recent publications give both horizontal and vertical measurements in meters.


Maps may be available from:
Canada Map Office, Surveys and Mapping Branch,
Department of Energy Mines and Resources,
Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0E9


Gear and equipment suggestions:
A 25 liter day pack should be sufficient to carry all you will need for a day trip. Carry a camera, binoculars, standard first aid kit, snacks or a substantial lunch if you intend to make it a day. A walking staff may be among your list of essential equipment. Depending on the season, the amount of clothing you need will vary. Determine the weather
forecast before departure, and act accordingly. During any season, dress for the current weather conditions. However, be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Carry extra clothing such as wind pants and jacket, even in the summer. At least, light hiking boots are
recommended; waterproof boots would be better, some parts of the route may be wet. It is highly recommended that you carry your own drinking water, even if you intend to boil it.


Animals such as moose, caribou and black bear are known to live in this area. Smaller animals such as fox, beaver and squirrel, as well as a variety of birds, make this area their home. On the mountain top you may spot rock ptarmigan or arctic hare.
Minimum environmental impact policy:
It is recommended that hikers observe a minimum environmental impact policy. Avoid open fires, leave wildflowers for others to enjoy, be cautious of wild animals and carry out whatever you carry in.


Detailed route guide:
To get to Hare Hill from Stephenville, drive 30 kilometers east on White's Road (route 460) to the Trans Canada Highway. On the TCH continue another 5 kilometers east. Turn right (east) onto a forest access road. Proceed cautiously, heavily loaded logging trucks may also be using this road. Continue on about 5k to an intersection, grid reference 149893. Hare Hill is at a bearing of 118º from here. Continue on to the left for about 2 k to grid reference 171895, at the top of a small hill. You may be able to park here on the left side of the road. The summit of Hare Hill is almost exactly on a bearing of 180º from here. Study the hill carefully before leaving the road, and you will notice a green shoulder, compass bearing 199º, with a caribou trail snaking up toward the top. That is where you hope to begin your ascent. However, you do not approach the hill directly from here. On the southwest side of the road, the route proceeds through a dense alder thicket on a bearing of 224º. (Search very carefully for the trail, it may have grown over since the date of the writing of this guide.) Within 100 meters the alders thin out and you find yourself on an open trail. Follow the trail for approximately 800 meters to 167891. Here you must turn off to the left onto another trail which ascends noticeably and may be less distinct, compass bearing 143º. Follow it uphill to 168889. Again be careful of your route finding. The trail is a moose/caribou route to Hare Hill and may have many twists, turns and branches. You must ascend by way of that "green shoulder" you saw from the road. The moose/caribou trail is the best route up. Follow the meandering trail up to 166884. The route is now somewhat steep, 600' elevation gain in 500 meters. The top of this intermediary hill is mostly bare rock, low bushes and tuckamore. The best route through this landscape is always by way of the caribou trails. The trails disappear on the open barrens, where the animals fan out to graze, but reappear whenever a wooded or low tuckamore grove must be crossed to reach the next barrens.


The summit of Hare Hill is on a compass bearing of 108º from here. Study the hillside very carefully, and a prominent caribou trail can be seen ascending. Once you have attained the 1900' contour, follow it to the south and east. The scenic route to the summit is along this ridge. You may have already seen several caribou. Rock ptarmigan nest and feed among the sparse vegetation here. Moose may be seen anywhere, but especially in the lower valleys. The forested landscape stretches out for miles, broken only by the flash of many pristine ponds and lakes.
The summit is at 172883, a bare barren rock, topped by a man-made cairn. Add a stone to it. It is a hikers' tradition. You may want to spend some time here. If the weather is suitable, the view is inspiring.


When you must descend, continue on around the hill to the east, north and west. Follow the rocky ridges to the intersection of your ascent. Follow the same route back to your vehicle.

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