Indian Lookout Trail
Beginning at the trailhead sign at the base of the Flat Hills, Indian Lookout Trail is a 40KM (24 Mile) loop around Portland Creek's Southwest Feeder Gulch. Rising to a height of 640 meters (2100 ft) to the summit of the Flat Hills, hikers soon get a sweeping panoramic view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence coastline from Bonne Bay to the Highlands of St. John overlooking Port aux Choix.
The barren sub-arctic mountaintop is home to arctic hare, partridge, and caribou, often in such great numbers that they're said to be "thicker than flies!" Nearby Southwest Feeder Gulch offers spectacular views of steep verdurous cliffs and towering waterfalls, including 1200ft Partridge Pond Falls. The area is also home to moose, rock ptarmigan, and the occasional black bear.
The eastern ridge above Southwest Feeder Gulch brings hikers to Indian , which provides magnificent views of the nearby inland fiord of Portland Creek Inner Pond, as well as Portland Creek Outer Pond and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The return trek to Five Mile Road via the north side of Southwest Feeder Gulch provides more scenic views of lake and waterfalls, and the Appalachians north to Blue Mountain and the Highlands of St. John. Fording knee-deep Southwest Feeder provides the opportunity to spot Atlantic salmon on their journey to the spawning grounds, and completes the watershed loop.
Access to the Indian Lookout Trail is via Five Mile Road, a 9KM (5 Mile) gravel road that extends to the base of the Flat Hills. It begins 2-3km (1-2 miles) south of Arches Provincial Park on Route 430 (Viking Trail) halfway between Parsons Pond and Portland Creek. From Route 430 to the halfway mark, the road is passable by cars. However the inside half (approx 4.5km) is accessible only by SUV, pick-up truck, ATV, and foot.
Length: 40 Km (24 Miles)
Time: 3-4 Days / 2-3 Nights in Tent
Trail Type: Wilderness Mountain Trail and Route
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