Kelso Conservation Area

Kelso Conservation Area

Headed out to Halton region this weekend to check out Kelso Conservation Area, along the Bruce Trail. This is a lovely little park, well within a day trip from the big city, and includes some stellar views off the escarpment. This would be an awesome trip in the Autumn with the changing leaves!

There is a bunch of parking off Kelso Road, and another lot at the other end of the park, off Steeles Avenue – I ended up at the Steeles parking lot.

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My journey began up Old Bell School Line, hooked around to #6 Wide Open, and kept to the right at #17 Deer Run to get to the Escarpment Trail.

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Beautiful spring blooms in the trees, and along the trails everywhere.

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The park borders on some property with a pretty pond – might have been a quarry?

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And as usual, some one abandoned their vehicle for future generations to gawk over. This one is only the bed of a pick up truck. I didn’t see the rest of it.

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Keep right!

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This is where the park gets less refined, and less crowded.

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A beautiful spring day stroll through the forest.

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The Trilliums were out in full force along the Escarpment Trail.

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Through the trees, you can see the views opening up over the escarpment.

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I wish I could bring my dog to the park to read, and have her watch over me as a silent guardian. But she is anything but silent when strangers are around.

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Caught sight of a turkey vulture soaring about through the trees.

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I caught these two from the lookout point about halfway along the Escarpment Trail. This has some pretty nice views too, and I may have taken more photos but, people.

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The end of the Escarpment Trail comes out on a wide opening. The view from here are spectacular.

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Looking back at the face of the escarpment that the trail follows.

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From here I headed back in the trails of Kelso CA along the #21 Rock Garden.

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Keeping to the right along #23 Declined.

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At this point I may have strayed along a bike only path, to cut over to #27 Lime Kiln Trail. Oops. Anyway, lime kilns!

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Peeking through the fence at the main structure. Would be nice to see one of these up close someday. I feel like they are all closed off.

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I’m not sure if I was still on #27 Lime Kiln Trail or if I had passed on to #25 Heaven Trail, but this section was quite pretty with its rock lined trails.

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Up, up and up I go.

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Keeping to the right as ever, I carried on to #10 Appleby Alley, along #9 Hawthorn Run, to #8 Rocky Road. From there I took a small loop, #7 Old Dump along the top edge of the park.

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And that small loop has an even smaller loop, #35 Rogue Trail.

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Then it was off to find #1 X-Treem Bypass Trail to get back to the parking lot. Except there was a bunch of people on that trail, and so I ended up going back up Old Bell School Line. Oh well.

2h 7mins
9.03km
225 elevation gain

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What have your experiences been like with shared trails between bikers and hikers?

Happy trails,
-Mia

About Mia

I'm a weekend warrior, escaping the bustle of Toronto by exploring a new trail in south central Ontario nearly every weekend. Hiking, camping, backpacking, crafting, baking and beer are a few things you'll find here.

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