Bruce Trail Part 27 – 9th Sideroad to Eugenia Falls

Walking further down the road, we walked through Duncan, what seemed to be a very small village.  If this was main street, it definitely didn’t feel like it because all we encountered was an old refitted schoolhouse and a couple of houses.  A couple of residents enjoying the morning on their porch waved to us.

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After the last hike’s rather wet experience, I had my fingers crossed for a drier day and perhaps less tall grass to deal with.  The weather seemed to be going our way but it definitely felt hot and humid as soon as we started the this trek. This part of the Bruce Trail kept us on a small country road for a while but we were amused as we passed by a yard sale.  It was a pretty elaborate and diverse sale and there was very little traffic on the road but I do hope there are more prospective customers in the latter part of the day!

Passing by a yard sale.  A very quiet yard sale.Entering the hamlet or village of Duncan. Seemed pretty quaint but really interesting.

Walking further down the road, we walked through Duncan, what seemed to be a very small village.  If this was main street, it definitely didn’t feel like it because all we encountered was an old refitted schoolhouse and a couple of houses.  A couple of residents enjoying the morning on their porch waved to us.

A beautiful yellow-green green crop field we passed.Bumped into some fellow hikers who were trekking for a cause.  A Walk of Kindness to fundraise for ALS.

As we weaved in and out of the woods and back on to another country side road, we noticed some folks on the road and a woman approached us and explained that they’ve been hiking the Bruce Trail since July 4th raising money for ALS and for the Brain Injury Association as a Walk of Kindness.  Visit the link to read about Marie’s very inspirational story and her effort to walk the Bruce Trail for her sister.  She provided us with a card which I took a picture of above.

It's a steep hike down parts of the escarpment.... and a steep hike up the escarpment through a large crevice.

There a number of sections that were quite steep and after some climbs and descents, this hike took us further up the escarpment that led us through a hauntingly beautiful crevice section.  I wondered what it’d be like a night but this eventually took us into the Grey County Conservation Area where lookout points were quite plentiful.  We encountered quite a few young Mennonites who were enjoying the view as we hiked further up past where they were taking a break.  It’s interesting to see them dressed so formally on a rather hot day and hiking.  We would later see a number of them speeding by along the road on their bicycles.

A great little lookout area with a bench.Hiking through another field of tall grass filled with flowers.Along the hike further up the escarpment.

As we hiked up and down along the escarpment, we began to encounter small groups fellow hikers, as well as one large group — particularly where there were major lookouts.  The lookout points were fantastic places for lunch but unfortunately my friends weren’t really in lunching mood so we pushed onwards.  We would end up lunching in a rather plain area on a dirt path.

The grand view of the valley from a high lookout point on the escarpment.

There were a number of road sections along this hike and thought we initially were quite cheerful about the lack of bugs, we eventually found ourselves hounded by flying pests who refused to leave us alone.  There were as many bugs as there was plenty of blazing sun that day.  We either had to endure the thirsty bugs or the crazy hot sun.

It was rather surprising given that areas were so dry even some of the streams we passed over were completely dried out.  One crossing point that would made for a very pretty little waterfall.

On a bridge with no stream running beneath it.Looking at the stream from the bridge, it's completely dry.So many ferns...The remnant of an old bridge.

Unfortunately for my friends and myself, we were running low on water.  One of my friends had been experiencing a leaky water bladder but the hot day and tough climbs meant our water consumption rate was higher than normal so as we got to the last two kilometres of our hike, everyone was pretty much out of water.

We kept pushing forward until we got to Eugenia Falls at which we made the call to cross over to the other side of the Falls (since the water level was really low) and call it a day.  At least we had the opportunity to take a few neat photographs of the waterfall, albeit we’ll be back.

Looking down from the top of Eugenia Falls, there are a few guys starting up a campfire.A view of Eugenia Falls from the side.We ran out of water for the day so we had to find a shortcut across the waterfall and back to the parking lot.

It was a long hard day on the Bruce Trail.  It was hot (and humid at times) with plenty of bugs bothering us.  Initially, we thought we might head back to my friend’s place for some barbeque but once we go to the highway 400 — there was some crazy cottage country traffic.  So after some discussion over the cell phone in bad traffic, we decided to stop in Barrie and visit a Montana’s.  I splurged on a taco salad and poutine, which was very satisfying after such a tiring day.

We’ve got plans to hit up the Bruce Trail for a full 5 days later in August, but in the meantime, take a look at the full gallery from this hike.

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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