Distance hiked: 13.2km
Location: Bruce Trail, Ontario
Date: January 4, 2020
In an effort to spend more time outdoors (and to exercise more), one of my New Year’s resolution and goals for 2020, is to complete the 52 Hikes Challenge. The idea of the challenge is that you hike 52 hikes throughout the year. And after spending the holidays cooped up inside recovering from the flu, I was ready to get some fresh air and move around.
For the past few years we’ve been trying to complete the Bruce Trail – an 885km trail in Ontario that follows the escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory. To date we’ve completed about a third of the trail. We drove up to the end of the Dufferin Hi-Land section and hiked along a new part of the Bruce Trail. It’s been a pretty mild winter so far and we figured that conditions on the trail wouldn’t be too bad.
We parked on Mulmur-Nottawasaga Townline in front of the cemetery. The first little stretch of the trail was along the road before it turns onto a smaller unmaintained road. The trail was relatively flat, which was good considering that there were some snowy and icy patches.
One of the highlights along this portion of the trail includes walking by a partially frozen waterfall.
Another highlight was coming across a porcupine on the trail.
The unmaintained road eventually narrows through the woods before reaching a farmer’s field. We crossed the field and turned around at the road.
The hike took about three hours to complete. We were pretty tired by the time we finished up and returned to the car. Overall, it was a lovely day for a hike as the temperature hovered around 0°C. One hike down, 51 left to go.
My progress on the 52 Hike Challenge can be found here