Bruce Trail Part 24 – Duntroon Highway 91 to Line 3

We took a short break from hiking because of vacation time and the Ride for Heart but on our return just a few weeks later — everything was so much greener and in some cases, taller!  It’s now the first weekend in June and we were anticipating lots of mosquitoes and black flies.  Even the bug reports from the Weather Network were reporting high levels of these pests.

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We stopped hiking for a few weeks and the grass has grown dramatically!

We took a short break from hiking because of vacation time and the Ride for Heart but on our return just a few weeks later — everything was so much greener and in some cases, taller!  It’s now the first weekend in June and we were anticipating lots of mosquitoes and black flies.  Even the bug reports from the Weather Network were reporting high levels of these pests.  Fortunately, luck has been on our side again and there were very few mosquitoes and black flies.

This is one of my favourite photos from this hike.  Taken while crossing an expansive field.

Soon after we started hiking, there were great encounters.  Beautiful photo opportunities and mysterious crevices presented themselves.  My friends and I agreed that it was unfortunate that time didn’t allow us to explore these crevices — I guess it will have to be a different adventure.

The trail crosses paths with a lot of crevices.  It's too bad that the trail doesn't actually take us through part of the crevice network but I guess the traffic would damage this sensitive area.The trail was actually pretty dry this time around.Look out into the valley.

It was a pretty comfortable hike so far — not too hot and not cold either.  What I really enjoyed most was the part this hike that took us through a narrow piece of land where electrical poles were set up.  It’s sort of off the beaten path.  Who goes around following the hydro poles and where the electrical lines lead?  I assume that aside from hydro workers, there are very few that do, so this gives a small glimpse into their world.

One of my favourite parts of this hike. We hiked along a sliver of land that was cleared for hydro poles.There were caterpillars everywhere!  Many of them clumped together on trees.

A really peculiar thing that was occurring during the hike was our constant encounter with caterpillars — in fact a few of them fell on me.  It must be that time of year but these critters were on every tree and leaf — some of them even hitched a ride on our pants.  We found quite a few of them clumped together on trees too.  I’m not sure why this was the case but I’m sure birds and other animals would see this as if it were an all-you-can-eat buffet!

We’ve been talking about tackling the Bruce Trail with an overnight or multi-day trek — but I’ve rarely seen a decent campsite — until this hike.  Actually this hike had one of the most appealing campsites I’ve encountered on the trail.  River running along the side with lots of shade and quite spacious too.  The green ferns on the ground made the area feel quite tranquil.

A really pretty area along the trail.  We passed by a campsite here that would be quite nice to stay overnight at.  It was right next to a small river.Lots of uphill this time around.Coming across more crevice areas.

Similar to our previous hike, there was a lot of uphill climbing and crevices.  In fact, we were stopped by some fellow hikers who suggested we venture into some of them.

Long parts of this section involved trekking through these peculiar bare wooded areas.Passing by lush green crop fields.  Not sure what they were growing.Enjoying a nice lookout area.

We also noticed along this part of the trail as we cut through Pretty River Provincial Park, that there were quite a few people mountain biking.  It’s a pretty tough section of the trail to mountain bike on so I was pretty impressed but sometimes it is startling to suddenly have cyclists rushing downhill with their dogs running after them.

As we were nearing the last few kilometres of our hike, this last bit was actually quite rocky and challenging.  This was actually quite fun although due to the characteristics of this natural environment — it felt quite damp and humid.  My friend commented that this may have been a newer section of the trail but either way, the best way to describe it would be that it’s a bit of “rock scrambling”.

As we got closer to the end of our hike, there was a particularly rocky section.  Challenging at times because of the mossy rocks but fortunately it wasn't a wet day.Hiking past a marsh-like or swampy area towards the car.  The end of another hike!

I enjoyed this hike despite the slightly muggy weather and we had the good fortune of experiencing very few mosquitoes and black flies.  I hope the next hike will be just as bug free!  We were also lucky in that it only started raining when we were heading back to Toronto — after stopping by Barrie for some Thai food.  The Thai food there was so-so.  Unfortunately, we were having some problems finding places to eat so note to self:  plan out the post-hike restaurant before hand!

Check out the full gallery from this 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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