So, a little while ago, while searching for a new and interesting place to hike–I came upon this article from the Globe and Mail
Spring has not yet sprung here, despite the warm(ish) temperatures. Everything is drab and grey. So I was searching for a place with a view…of something…..anything….. For elevation gain, you can’t beat the Devil’s Pulpit on the Bruce Trail. Do you know the Bruce Trail? It’s this ridge of rock, a cliff face, that runs all the way from Niagara Falls to beyond Tobermory. (For more info on the Bruce Trail, go HERE)
The Globe and Mail called the hike to the top of Devil’s Pulpit ‘the MOST INTENSE QUADRICEPS WORKOUT on the Bruce Trail’.
Now, I have to warn you, this trail is not part of a conservation area or a provincial park. There are no picnic areas and no attendants at any gate. It is simply a section of the Bruce Trail, so while it is well-signed, it is sandwiched between parcels of private property, so please do stay on the trail out of courtesy.
It’s not a long trail, either–but it is entirely up or down, making you scramble over and around boulders sized from washing machines to small houses. The trail is absolutely a workout and well worth the trip to Caledon.
We didn’t really know what to expect from this trail. There isn’t a terrible lot of information about it. But we were surprised, and impressed! The forest was a moss-covered utopia, and even with no signs of spring at all, the moss covered everything—it was a sea of soft, squishy greenery.
And the view? Stellar.
There’s a whole side trail leading out to the old abandoned Lime Kiln, a very cool place to poke and climb around…
The whole area around the old Lime Kiln has gone back to forest. It’s such an odd thing in the middle of the woods…
For the history on the Hoffman Lime Kiln
Was a great hike with my girls, who are back home from University. But it was brief. And there wasn’t anywhere flat enough to eat a picnic lunch.
We headed over to the Cheltenham Badlands, thinking we’d picnic there. It was only about 10 minutes drive back the way we’d come from, and I’d always wanted to check them out. that, alas, was a complete disappointment…
I don’t advise going there. Too many people have caused too much erosion. The entire place is fenced off, the trails closed. Lunch-bag letdown.
Instead, we drove another 10 minutes to Terra Cotta Conservation area to eat our sandwiches on a park bench by the little lake. We didn’t actually spend any time hiking around, though–we’d had enough for one day.
There’s always the next weekend.
Next weekend could be anywhere within a 2(ish) hour drive from Toronto (ok, from Ajax–I’m in Ajax)
Whatever the “google machine” finds for me.
To all of you people blogging with story lines like ‘my 10 favorite places to hike in Ontario’, I am listening. I will go there.
Location: Chisholm Street, off of Forks of the Credit Road, Caledon
Distance from Greater Toronto Area: About 45 minutes
Devil’s Pulpit 1.4 km (out & back)
Hoffman Lime Kiln Side Trail: 1.2 km (out & back)
TRAIL MAP for purchase Bruce Trail Map #15