It’s going to be a while before we continue on the Bruce Trail so my friends and I wanted to hit the trail one more time before a few of us are away. We had anticipated a hot and humid day but mother nature had something different in mind for us. We also didn’t anticipate so many cyclists on the road but they were all riding for a great cause to conquer cancer. This slowed us down a little so we started the hike a little late.
Immediately I was impressed by the scenic environment as we hiked along the escarpment from Woolverton Road. Everything was so lush and green and reminded me of worlds I’ve read of in fantasy fiction novels. We simply stopped and took it all in.
Along the way we encountered an incredibly large tree trunk — no roots or stump. We’re not sure how it got there but we hypothesized that it could have rolled down the hill. This tree must have had quite the stories to share in a manner of speaking.
Much of this section of the trail we hiked this time were covered with a carpet of green. I was surprised how it spread or at least grew so rapidly that it easily covered so much ground. It does bring a sense of ‘magic’ to the trail though.
Along the way, I spotted some peculiarities on this section of the trail. I often wonder how people hike through entire sections of the trail — on occasion, I’ve noticed campfires. Not sure if these are often permitted but this section had an awesome campsite. That said, I don’t know how I feel about it being right next to the trail.
We had our own happy moment when we realized we had passed the 100km mark of the whole Bruce Trail since starting from Queenston. What we were surprised to encounter as we trekked into Hamilton were fences set up right next to the trail. I realize the property owners may be concerned about trespassers but it seems a bit extreme. I have my doubts whether there are (or would be) trespassers but I admit anything is possible and am actually curious if these folks actually have had thru-hikers trespass deep into their properties.
Right before we got into the vicinity of the Devil’s Punchbowl, we encountered another old car wreck. One day, it would be awesome to hear about the stories behind these car wrecks along the trail. Perhaps they also served as a small home for animals at some point.
It happened to start raining pretty hard but thankfully the tree canopy kept us pretty dry for the most part. We took a little side trip to the Devil’s Punchbowl but there wasn’t really a lot of water coming down the falls. It was getting pretty wet so we only spent a little time there and moved on. Unfortunately despite us moving pretty quickly, my allergies were driving me nuts and I ended up getting separated from my friends. Ended up walking up a steep hill twice trying to find my way back on to the right trail!
Passing through a section of the trail along the tracks — there was a lot of interesting graffiti. More elaborate than the typical graffiti tags that I have encountered along the trail next to bridges or the random wall. I realize there is a downside to graffiti but one has to acknowledge good artwork despite the medium that may on occasion be considered inappropriate.
This section of the hike had some pretty steep climbs to tackle but the cool temperature that day made it a little easier. We were really pushing the distance achieved this time around (20km rather than the average 15 to 18km) and not everyone had a good night of sleep (i.e. late night party) but everyone ultimately survived!
Near the end of the hike, we ended up finding an awesome treehouse in-progress. It reminded me of Calvin and Hobbes — and how I often wished I had grown up with a cool treehouse. It’s weird how no one I knew in Toronto actually had a treehouse. Maybe it’s an urban neighbourhood thing.
We also enjoyed viewing Felkner’s Falls briefly but we ended up rushing to the car because the rain was really beginning to come down — and it was no longer too much fun to be a little ‘moist’.
This is the last Bruce Trail hike for some time as there are a number of travel plans in place so the core Bruce Trail hiking group won’t be around to make any progress. Check out the full gallery from this hike but in the meantime, I’ll be training for Japan.