We started off the day at a local Tim Horton’s thinking that it would rain — and it would, but by the time we arrived where we last ended our previous hike near the Fisher Access, it was merely a little bit of overcast sky. This time we were a full crew with 5 people, or at least this is the maximum number of people we could accommodate on the hike with only two cars available.
I was aware of the fact that this section of the trek was going to involve a lot of road so I was quietly hoping that the trail would have some fun surprises for us this time. At the same time, I was thinking that we should all begin picking out trail names — either for ourselves or for one another. I was thinking of “Tumbleweed” for myself, but it seemed to have gotten a little out of hand when hilarious trail names like, Water Boy, Mud Girl, Smokey Owl, and Mosquito Magneto start appearing.
The section of the trail this time around was not very well maintained. I felt like we should have been equipped with machetes and I would recommend wearing hiking pants rather than shorts. That said, it was pretty cool and jungle-esque.
One of the part timers who hadn’t joined our Bruce Trail hike since the spring had returned and we all joked — much to her chagrin — that it seemed to be an odd coincidence how both she and the mud returned at the same time. It’s always fun to hike with different people and personalities — makes life on the trail more interesting. Of course this is assuming that these people are actually interested in hiking and are up for the challenge in the first place.
It wasn’t too long until we ended up along country roads for long stretches. The roads were rather straight and not necessarily too interesting so I spent most of my time chatting with friends and observing the quirkiness of things and places we passed by. From long stretches of private ranches where horses were being raised all the way to places where big sky and vast fields would meet, these were elements that reminded me of those long road trips — except for the fact that we weren’t really on a road trip.
Fortunately, the hike on the road didn’t last too long because we then began the trek up Mount Nemo. It was about a 90 metre hike up — not too strenuous for the experienced hiker but it may be a challenge for the average or casual hiker. Near the top of Mount Nemo is a neat little ladder and crevice that will only fit an individual. Once at the top, the trail is pretty flat and has plenty of lookout points to enjoy. It was particularly spectacular to have been able to spot the CN Tower.
We’ve experienced some pretty amazing views along the Bruce Trail but Mount Nemo is by far one of the best ones. The lookout point above is one we all wished we had sat down and enjoyed lunch. We had ended up enjoying lunch in the middle of nowhere along the trail. It is somewhat ironic that if we had continued along the trail, we would have found these perfect lookout points. I couldn’t help but grab a photosphere here, it would have been a missed opportunity to take in just a great view. Note: Be sure to check out the photosphere to really see what it looks like from Mount Nemo.
You can’t help but end up goofing around with friends and fellow hikers when you’re on a boring part of the trail. Seriously, having us walk along the side of the road through a strip of grass in single file is rather boring. We might as well just walk on the road itself!
Thankfully, it doesn’t last too long and before we know it, we’re back on the road — passing by random places of interest with fun photo opportunities. It’s also amusing to see what diverse interests the hiking group has. Some of us were excited to say rolls of hay in the field while others were curious why anyone would be interested in something so ordinary.
As we got closer to crossing over to Milton, one of the significant landmarks along the trail was a school in Kilbride. We got a bit lost trying to look for the trail markers but fortunately someone driving by noticed us and pointed us in the right direction. Thank you random stranger!
Growing up in Toronto, many schools that I attended as a part of growing up, summer camp or activity programs, or those that I merely passed by — often reminded me of the 60s and 70s. I imagine that many of these schools were built at that time. I was surprised to see that this school had more than one playground. Population growth?
This was a longer hike than usual with us pushing 23 kilometres. Not everyone was pleased about it but with encouragement and some nudging, we achieved the longest hike yet on the Bruce Trail. We anticipate striving for 25 kilometres in the near future. In the meanwhile, feel free to check out the full gallery for this section here.