It’s a good morning for day 2 of this year’s birthday weekend adventures! It’s actually not. It’s quite miserable, and wet. But that’s ok! Today we head out to Lion’s Head Provincial Park.
I had planned a couple other trails for today, but with the impending rain we decided we’d just stick to Lion’s Head and try to make the best of it. Which isn’t hard in a place like this.
We parked down at the south end, since we were coming from that way. What’s the point of driving around to the north end when we’re hiking that way anyway? It starts on Cemetery Road side trail, which was suspiciously lacking of cemeteries.
The obvious answer is that it’s closer to the main attraction, that which is Lion’s Head. But whatever. We’re here for the hike! It does start out a little bland at this end. And wet. As is our theme for the weekend.
Soon you come to a crossing, where we chose to continue straight ahead and take the anti-clockwise route around the park. This crossing is the end of Cemetery Road side trail, as it joins Ilse Hanel side trail.
Not far past that you’ve come to the main Bruce Trail. Keep straight (to the right) and we’re on our way to Lion’s Head!
There are so many lookout points along this trail. It follows the escarpment along Barrow Bay. It’s a good thing we altered our plans “for the rain” because we ended up stopping a lot more often than anticipated.
The blue waters do make some lovely views, but the trail itself is nice too. Rocks and trees, my favourite things!
Some of my not favourite things include snow. Some days. Most days. Especially when it’s been about 9 months worth of it at this point. But it’s early spring in Canada, so of course there will still be snow hiding in the crevices of some less traveled paths.
Still worth it for these views. And the trees on rocks. Slippery rocks, but still nice.
We’re barely halfway up the lower side of the trail at this point, but it’s just too much to pass by! Seriously, double your expected time spent here and enjoy it!
Finally we get up to the first crossing, which is the Inland side trail. Rain is threatening. We know it’s a gamble at this point. So what do we do? Obviously we stay on the main Bruce Trail and continue around the outer end.
There’s a little more climbing along this section. Not much, but enough wet rocks to slow you down.
And the views continue, at lookout 13 or 14 here around Gun Point, as my hiking partner mimics the obligatory cliff pose (at my direction of course).
Obligatory selfies were had.
And on we go, at a bit more of a brisk pace. But just a bit. Still nothing crazy as I stop and take all the pictures. Of trees:
And more rocks:
The next fork in the trail is Donna Baker side trail. This one we decided to take as it shaved off a snippet of time, and we were feeling the drops by now. Donna Baker then ends at Inland side trail, take a right and continue back to the main Bruce Trail.
Which of course brings us back to the edge and back to these views.
Once the main trail leaves the escarpment and heads inland, you’ll pass a couple of very short side trails. Lion’s Head Pothole and Giant Cauldron side trails. Both sound more epic than they are, but hey, we’re racing the rain so of course we detoured.
The drops have picked back up again, so it’s time for a little interval training. That’s what we like to call it when we’re half-running and half-stopping for more photos.
There’s another fork in the road where Moore Street side trail. If you parked at the northern lot, you can take that back to your car. But we didn’t. So we kept left on the main trail until the next fork, which is the Isle Hanel side trail.
As you know, Isle Hanel was not the side trail that we parked off of. And it’s now kind of spitting. So off we trot at a decent pace, past yet another fork in the trail for Warder side trail.
We did end up making it back to the car just before the heavens opened up. Perfect timing! But they were only open for a grand total of 15 minutes.. back to camp to decide what to do next!
I’d have loved to have tracked this hike. Our splits would have hilarious.