Best of the Bruce – Rattlesnake Point to Crawford Lake

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

This is the last of my hikes on The Bruce for 2017. I’m planning to return in 2018 to hike  the Bruce Trail Peninsula section, a maximum of 8-9 days averaging 16-20 km per day.

A trail runner friend had recommended the Halton Region area close to Toronto.

I parked at Rattlesnake Point, one of best and most popular destinations on the Bruce.

People come on a nice day to enjoy views from atop the Niagara Escarpment.

It’s popular with rock climbers though I saw none the day I was there.

The trails are well signed. Some would argue there are too many signs.

Still … this sign maker managed to bungle Buffalo Crag.

Rattlesnake is on the Milton Outlier, a section of the Niagara Escarpment that has eroded away from the rest.

I took the Nassagaweya Canyon trail down and then back up to the Escarpment on the other side. I did this hike as a trail run. Boardwalk in the canyon much appreciated.

Arriving at the Crawford Lake Visitors Centre first I was immediately attacked to the Iroquoian village longhouses.

Circa the 13th – 17th centuries over 10,000 artefacts have been recovered from this location.

Artist Robbin Wenzoski has some impressive chain saw sculpture on the lake trail.

Crawford Lake

From here I decided spontaneously to make up a lollypop loop heading back towards Rattlesnake on Woodland and Escarpment trails.

More great views this time from the other side of Nassagaweya Canyon.

By connecting trails it’s to decide how far to hike based on the weather and how you feel. I did about 20kms altogether in a half day.

By the way, you’ll only find harmless garter snakes here. There are no Rattlers.

See my photos on Flickr.

related:

• Bruce Trail app | Bruce Trail Reference Guide – 29th Ed

• BruceTrail.org

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Best of The Bruce – Highest Point

trip report by best hike editor Rick McCharles

For no good reason other than it was the highest point on the Bruce Trail, I headed for the John Haigh Side Trail via Pretty River Valley Provincial Nature Reserve.

I stopped at tourist information in Collingwood and got a good map to find the trailhead.

There were several choices. Best looked to be Pretty River Access Trail. I could make a bit of loop with Pretty River Side Trail.

As a trail run, it was a pleasure. Lots of soft footing.

On the other hand, Pretty River Side Trail turned out to end in a bog. I had to backtrack uphill.

I was bitten by a small dog on a leash. (Actually it bit a hole in my running shorts, missing the skin.)

Later in the day I managed to lose my camera. Including the photos from this hike.

Rats. 😦

related:

• Bruce Trail app | Bruce Trail Reference Guide – 29th Ed

• BruceTrail.org

6th annual Ladakh Marathon (India)

Sunday 10 September 2017.

7 KM RUN LADAKH FOR FUN

HALF MARATHON

MARATHON

KHARDUNG LA CHALLENGE 

Check out the scenery. Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

 

The Khardung La Challenge (72 km) is the Highest Ultra Marathon in the World. … you will be running approximately 60km of the race at above 4000m ( 14,000ft) …

ladakhmarathon.com

the Barkley Marathons

… In the nearly 30 years since the Barkley’s inception, only 14 people have finished the race. …

Outside – How Two Filmmakers Cracked the World’s Most Bizarre Trail Race

Stu Gleman fist pumps at the start of the Barkley Marathons

Stu Gleman fist pumps at the start of the Barkley Marathons

The Barkley Marathons is a 100 miles (160 km) run and a 60 miles (97 km) ‘fun run’ held annually in Frozen Head State Park near Wartburg, Tennessee in late March or early April.

The course itself, which has changed distance, route, and elevation many times since its inaugural run in 1986, currently consists of a 20-mile (32 km) loop with no aid stations except water at two points along the route and the runner’s parked car at the beginning of the loop. Runners of the 100 Mile version run this loop five times, with loops three and four being run in the opposite direction and loop five being runner’s choice. …

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

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