Bruce Trail Part 20 – 2nd Line to Kilgorie Side Trail

I was hoping for a hike with a milder temperature.  As much as I have the appropriate layers, getting cut down by fierce cold winds isn’t my idea of a good time.  Fortunately throughout the past week, it was really warm but just as the weekend arrived, the temperature got a bit colder though not as cold as the previous week.  It was a long drive up again but it has felt good to return to the Bruce Trail and get outdoors again.

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Resuming where we left off last week from the 2nd Line Side Trail.

After the hike last week, I was hoping for a hike with a milder temperature.  As much as I have the appropriate layers, getting cut down by fierce cold winds isn’t my idea of a good time.  Fortunately throughout the past week, it was really warm but just as the weekend arrived, the temperature got a bit colder though not as cold as the previous week.  It was a long drive up again but it has felt good to return to the Bruce Trail and get outdoors again.

Started out to be a pretty grey day in the morning.  At least it was mild temperature and the snow was receding a little.

We could see the snow was receding in different parts of the trail.  Some areas were definitely experiencing the effects of warmer temperatures more than others.  The drawback to the quick warm and cold effects would be that we end up with a very awkward trail to step on with hardened footprints in the snow.  This may actually be tougher than rough and rocky terrain.

Funny how the trail is the only place where snow exists -- likely heavily packed due to all the foot traffic.Compared to the last hike, there is very little snow in these fields.  The mild temperatures have really made a huge impact over the past week.

This hike was more fun than I anticipated.  Compared to the previous hike, the snow in the open fields had receded significantly with all the warm weather we had been experiencing — making the terrain easier to hike and the landscape appear to be quite scenic and feel as if spring was really returning.

We also had the good fortune to hike through the Rock Hill crevices which was a very pleasant surprise.  It was a beautiful area to experience and fun to observe while walking across from crevice to crevice.  I end up wondering what it has been like over the years and what has changed.  It’s too bad this part of the hike was so brief but it definitely was one of my favourite parts.

Hiking up to Rock Hill CrevicesCrossing a crevice.  This was a beautiful area to visit and I imagine would be very pretty in the spring and autumn times.Crossing the road and encountering a church from the late 1800s.

After passing through the Rock Hill crevices and more wooded areas, we found ourselves on a portion of a country side road — passing by an old church.  Sometimes it bewilders and impresses me how a church dating back to the late 1800s manages to survive in a rural community.

We eventually find ourselves hiking through what I think may be a paved path (although it is named Centre Road) and stop for a brief snack break.  The trail continues and we encounter a few people snowshoeing which was surprising as I didn’t make use of my snowshoes (my friends decided simply not to bring theirs).  The snow was too hard to hike through but I can see why one might opt to make use of them.  With the sun finally out, the temperature was getting warmer that day and the initially tough shell over the snow was beginning to give way and everything was beginning to turn slushy.

Tempted to slide down this steep hill since it was a slightly slushy and slippery hike down.With the sun out and the mild temperature, it's getting pretty warm.  This was one of the best parts of this hike with the thawing river running along side the trail.The remnants of an old mill.  It was in pretty decent condition so we climbed up to get a better view.

Another nice surprise along the way was the remainder of an old mill structure.  There was no real entrance to take a look inside so we had to climb up and over what looked to be windows at the time to gain a better vantage point.  Similar to the abandoned vehicles we find every so often along the trail, it’s always so fascinating to encounter old structures and wonder about their story.  For abandoned vehicles you wonder who moved it there, how they moved it, and why they decided to leave it in the middle of a forest — but for abandoned structures or remnants of a significant building, the story is so much larger because it must have impacted so many more folks back in the day.

Eventually we ended up hiking alongside a beautiful lake.  There was some speculation that this may have been a man-made lake but whether that is the case or not — it was quite the view.

Came across a grand view of what is supposedly a man-made lake.The green amongst the snow is refreshing to see.

The signs of spring were loud and clear on this hike.  With the snow fading and the greens looking more vibrant, we had a great opportunity to quickly hike up a side trail to a pretty good lookout point.  Normally, I’m a bit skeptical of many identified “lookout points” because they tend to be a little lame and include a lot of obstructions but this lookout point turned out to have a nice view.  You could even see the lake that we had passed earlier.

A quick detour to a decent lookout point.Dressed in many layers in preparation for the cold, it got pretty tiring (and a bit too warm) as we hiked up and down these snowy and slushy wooded hills.Finishing off this hike along this small road.

This hike was still challenging for my knee, especially later into the day when the snow was melting significantly.  There were however many great elements that came together to made it an excellent time, many of which were surprises like the crevices and the old mill we encountered.  I don’t know whether I’m looking forward to the muddiness that will soon arrive or if I’d prefer this slushy snow but to some extent, I wish we could just skip spring and into the summer.  I’m not fond of allergies and mosquitoes 🙂

Following up from last week’s visit to Superburger, this time we made a visit to Champ Burger.  Although the fries were pretty good, I have to say I was disappointed with their poutine.  Though this isn’t necessarily a surprise for a lot of places, too many restaurants serve up poutine without actual cheese curds but rather just melt some cheese over the fries.  That’s not real poutine!  Generally speaking the burgers themselves between Superburger and Champ Burger are pretty similar, my friends and I agreed that we enjoyed Superburger more.

Check out the full gallery from this week’s hike here.

Author: Ehren Cheung

An explorer of life and data. Reluctantly philosophical. A seeker of the ultimate cookie. Another tree-friendly soul with an affinity for hiking and sketching.

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