Starting off the New Year with a hike on The Bruce Trail at Hilton Falls

Listed in The Toronto Bruce Trail Club’s quarterly newsletter Footnotes as a level II car hike, the most appealing item was the late start of 11:00 am. That, it seems, generated a great turnout. Bob Humphries, our hike leader, started us out on Conservation area trails, over the dam and then hooking up with side trails of the Bruce in this area. A wet but enjoyable hike. The trail was its typically rocky self when you got off the wide park trails but quite manigible. Commendations to the Trail Captain for this area for a well blazed (blue markings) and routed trail as it follows creeks and over waterfalls. Our first stop for a lunch break was at a bonfire that was already going with a large wood pile handy for those who cared to add a log. A second bonfird near the Hilton Falls itself was an added bonus. You pay to enter the Hilton Falls CA but it does seem worth it for the parking available and those fires. Many of us  enjoyed a hot chocolate after at the Mohawk Inn just along from the park.
Looking forward to the next hike that Bob is doing up at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. (Saturday January 7)  He seems to like his parks and those after hike stops for refreshments. His apparent large following seems to like that as well. For a full list of public is invited bus, car and urban outings check the home page of the club’s website at http://www.torontobrucetrailclub.org While you are there sign up to receive the club’s periodic  e-mail newsletter, E-Notes.

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