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Through a Sumac canopy

 



TRAIL GUIDE

001 - 002 | 1.0 kmFrom the “Speyside Crown Land” sign on the side of Sideroad 15, take the main Bruce Trail into the woods. where another sign says Bruce Trail Access. At a Y-intersection with the Speyside Side Trail trail going off to the right, continue straight ahead on the left part of the Y. At a second Y, while the Speyside Side Trail goes off to the right, continue along the main trail to the left (002).

002 - 003 | 1.8 kmThe trail becomes very rocky for the most part as it passes through a young woods with a lot of fallen moss-covered branches littering the woods. The main trail meets the returning end of the Speyside Trail (003).

003 - 004 | 2.2 kmKeep to the left on the Main Bruce Trail where it soon meets the 17th S.R. Access Trail (004).

004 - 005 | 2.5 kmStay right on the main trail following a series of rocky ridges. At a slanted T-intersection (005) stay on the Main Bruce Trail  going to the left.

005 - 006 | 2.9 kmThe trail crosses a wooden plank bridge, swings to the left past what is left of an old foundation and passes along a ravine to arrive at Sideroad 17. Watch the blazes carefully in this area to avoid getting lost. Keep left on 17th Sideroad until the Main Bruce Trail soon leaves this muddy sideroad.  The trail turns right on an old lane-way into the woods (006) across a chain fence between two large coniferous trees that act as a gateway entrance.

006 - 007 | 3.4 kmA set of descriptive signs describe the special features of this area. The dirt trail strewn with a few rocks widens to 1.5 m in width, passes a regenerating field and climbs into mature woods where it meets the Vanderleck Side Trail (007).

007 - 008 | 3.9 kmKeep right on the Main Bruce Trail. The trail meets 3rd Line road allowance which is a wide mud trail. Keep left along 3rd Line until it swings right into the mixed woods along another wide mud roadway (008).

008 - 009 | 5.6 kmPassing a pond habitated with young ducks the trail continues straight ahead to 4th Line.  Cross busy 4th line, turn left for a short distance and go right over the stile leaving 4th Line (009).

009 - 010 | 7.8 kmThe trail passes the foundations of an old farm house on the left and continues along the fence to a farmer’s field (where sheep dogs were seen at work rounding up sheep). Keep to the side of the field through some fresh manure fields -say goodbye to clean hiking boots and be prepared to scrape. Crossing a stile into a small woodlot, the trail emerges under a hydro line onto a farm lane. At 5th Line turn left and soon the trail turns right (010) leaving 5th Line.

010 - 011 | 8.2 kmThe trail climbs a rock face into the Limehouse Conservation Area where it passes through fields and crosses an abandoned roadway to meet the Black Creek Side Trail (011). Keep to the left on the Main Bruce Trail.

011 - 012 | 9.3 kmThe trail passes a number of rock fissures before dropping through the “Hole-in_the_Wall ” on two ladders. Here you can explore the inner "cave" by squeezing through the rock opening. The trail turns right and follows an old rail bed where it meets the returning Black Creek Side Trail (012).

012 - 013 | 9.5 kmThe Main Bruce trail turns left to cross Black Creek on  a bridge near the remains of an old mill. The path passes a number of old lime kilns and a large area map before arriving at Regional Road 43 and the village of Limestone (013).

013 - 012 | 10.0 kmOn the return hike we again meet the Black Creek Side Trail and take this side trail to the left (012).

012 - 011 | 11.2 kmThe trail descends through mature woods and winds it’s way down to creek level for a good look at Black Creek before climbing back up through a cedar forest high above Black Creek where it meets the Main Bruce Trail again (011).

011 - 010 | 11.6 kmKeep left on the Main Bruce Trail where you meet 5th Line in 400 m (010).

010 - 007 | 16.0 kmThe trail descends a rocky slope to 5th Line where it turns left along the road and then right back into the woods past a large tree. Soon the trail turns to the left and passes back through the manure field and then two other farmer’s fields before heading back into the woods and crossing a stile. Past the stile the trail goes left along the edge of a third field and runs parallel to the hydro lines reaching 4th Line (009). Continue along the Main Bruce Trail and for variety take the side trails on the return hike. The next side trail we meet is the Vanderleck Side Trail which heads to the right down a rocky slope (007).
You can also take the new Brown-Benton and Canada Goose side trails back for a change of scenery.

007 - 006 | 17.4 kmContinue along the Vanderlick Side Trail. At Sideroad 17 turn left and follow the sideroad until you rejoin the Main Bruce Trail (006).

006 - 004 | 17.8 kmTake the 17th S. R. Access Trail back to where it meets the main trail and keep right (004).

004 - 003 | 17.9 kmIn 100 m you meet the Speyside Side Trail (003).

003 - 002 | 19.0 kmTake the Speyside Side Trail to the left across rocky terrain as it turns right along another track and then right along a logging road to rejoin the main Bruce Trail (002).

002 - 001 | 20.0kmTurn left on the main trail until you meet the next loop of the Speyside Side Trail which heads off to the left through the woods meeting 25 Sideroad. A right turn along this sideroad bring you back to the start (001).
Enjoy the hike and the day!
[Updated: Feb 2010] {Updated: July 2010 -added Brown-Benton & Canada Goose Side trails}

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