Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family, Lillie Pothole

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Lillie Pothole Side Trails

It’s that time of year again – time to escape and forget about aging! So happy birthday to me, and off we go to the Bruce Peninsula to knock off a few more pieces of the Bruce Trail – starting with the Devils Monument!

Bruce Trail: Devils Monument for birthday adventures

That’s right. I started my birthday celebrations with the devil. And we had a great time.

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

We started off at the southern parking lot, which is off a sketchy dirt road and floods in one corner where I thought I’d lose my car for sure. But we made it, and all was well. Off we go down Minhinnick side trail to start our adventure!

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

We didn’t get very far, as the flooding apparently extends to this area as well. And it being early spring in Ontario, neither of us were bright enough to wear our waterproof boots. So we backtracked and went across the Devils Monument side trail instead.

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

This brought us out to the main Bruce Trail and along the coast for Georgian Bay. It also brought us right to the Devils Monument, which my plans had put at the end of our hike, but whatever.

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

It was a nice rock formation but it wasn’t extraordinary. I guess after the Flower Pot Island adventure, this type of water magic loses its charm a bit!

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

Also, I clearly didn’t get very good pictures of it, so there’s that. But we did make peace with the Devil(s Monument).

Camping at Sauble Falls, hiking the Bruce

I think the coastal views overshadowed it anyway.

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

And who doesn’t love a good slice of tree?

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

There were quite a few lookouts along the main Bruce Trail as we headed north towards Lillie Family side trail. And of course we stopped at every one of them. (Ignore the lens dirt.. I’ll clean that eventually)

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

That’s not to say the trail itself wasn’t very nice, of course. It is generally flat, but still had some interesting features. Like this itty bitty rock climbing challenge:

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

At the top of the trail piece that we did, the Lillie Family side trail branches off to a mini Lille Pothole side trail. Watch your step here as its a bit of a downward angle, and then you have a hole.

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

The idea was to loop, but knowing the Minhinnick was water-logged, we headed back down the main Bruce Trail.

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

The way back always seems much quicker than heading out. It may be because I don’t stop to take as many photos.

Bruce Trail: Minhinnick, Devils Monument, Lillie Family and Potholes

No tracking for my birthday adventure, because we were camping for the weekend and my phone doesn’t maintain a charge nearly as well as I want it to. Anyone have any good suggestions for solar chargers that actually re-charge themselves?

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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