Distance hiked: 11.2km
Location: Bruce Trail, Ontario
Date: April 4, 2020
We haven’t really left our apartment much over these past few weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we made an exception to go for a hike (or rather three hikes) as it was beautiful outside and we needed to get some exercise. We figured today would be the perfect opportunity to finish up the Iroquoia section of the Bruce Trail as we had three smaller portions of this section left to hike, none of which passed through a provincial park or conservation area (which are currently closed).
The first hike was the shortest, but most challenging and involved hiking up and down many hills (so many hills). The path crosses the Bronte Creek and contains a small boardwalk section that weaves through a marshy area. We were pleasantly surprised that the trail itself was not muddy considering the time of year.
After finishing up, we took a short snack break. It was then a short drive to get to the second hike. The break (and exercise) was most welcome as this hike also involved many ups and downs. This time we left our jackets in the car.
This part of the trail had a few muddy sections, which we tried to (unsuccessfully) manoeuvre around. The trail also involved hiking up, down and around rolling hills. It was quite the cardio challenge, which is probably a good thing considering that we’ve been staying indoors for the past couple of weeks.
Our legs were pretty sore by the time we finished. The third and final part of our “hike” (if you can even call it that) involved walking along a sidewalk through a residential area in Hamilton. Usually we’re not a fan of the road/sidewalk portions of the Bruce Trail, but in this case, it was most welcome to give our legs a break. We didn’t end up including this portion of the hike in our distance total as it’s not really a hike. We wanted to finish this section anyway for completeness though.
This marked our final hike along the Iroquoia section of the Bruce Trail. Since 2015, we’ve been trying to hike the entire length of this 121.7km section. And today we’ve completed it.
My progress on the 52 Hike Challenge can be found here