Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I spent my time with family in Brampton. First for a big bash on Christmas Eve, then dinner and presents on Christmas Day. Boxing Day is my chance to escape now! Out to Burlington I head to cross Mount Nemo off my list.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Mount Nemo Conservation Area is part of Halton Conservation, and is found along the Bruce Trail.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

One of these days I will finally get everything together to finish the Bruce Trail end-to-end. One of these days..

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Anyway, I came off of Colling Road, which is directly across Guelph Line from Mount Nemo (and also where the dotted blue line of the Bruce Trail would continue in that direction), and headed up to the first junction in the park.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Here, I made a right and headed on my usual route of anti-clockwise around the perimeter. They had snow here in Burlington!

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

I mean, it’s not much, but it’s more than I have in Toronto. It didn’t last long, though.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

The north end of the park, skirting the escarpment, was decidedly less snowly. I guess the wind blew it all inwards? That’s what I am going to go with.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

It wasn’t terribly chilly today so there were a few others on the trails with me. Some of the unofficial Mount Nemo lookouts were occupied, but this one was wide open for me.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

I hung out here for a bit and just enjoyed the view, and the solitude, and the wind though it was cold.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Then I heard people approaching so it was time to move again. Fortunately, they were heading in the opposite direction of me.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Nearer to the center of the park, where all the loops converge, there was some snow again! Not sure why this section of the escarpment doesn’t get cleared.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

And then we have the official Mount Nemo lookout here, dedicated to Brock Barris.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Uneven lookouts bother me. I want tall trees on both sides and one wide open window. One lone oddball tree needs to be relocated, or given a partner.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Heading on to the next loop of Mount Nemo now. Do you ever pass someone on the trail and then make up a life for them? Probably just me.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

I’ve subconsciously started a collection of “bench views” photos. Now I am consciously adding to them.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

This South loop trail eventually breaks away from the Bruce Trail, but I wanted to add to my KMs so I continued to follow the Bruce Trail to the edge of the park.

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

I didn’t go all the way to edge, because I didn’t want to climb back up the cliff it drops off from. Though I passed a couple, and a group of hikers, and a lone hiker from this direction. Seems to be the place to start your journey here!

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

Backtrack to the South loop again and then in to the center of Mount Nemo for a look at the quarry. Then it was time to hit the road again!

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

You may recall that I mentioned I came in off of Colling Road, which is where the Bruce Trail continues out of Mount Nemo. That is because I added some interval training to this outing, as per my latest news years resolution.

Running the Bruce Trail - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

So I ended up parking a ways away from Mount Nemo, down the stretch of Bruce Trail that follows the road, rather than the trail. It’s just cold enough to be slushy/slippy so I’m not pushing my luck with trail running (yet). This allowed me to run/walk from the top of Blind Line at Britannia Road in to the park, and then back out again.

Running the Bruce Trail - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

With the hiking in between, I decided to cut down my running splits to 0:45 seconds running and keep the 2:00 minutes walking. Turns out I definitely could have either increased the running or decreased the walking. Win!

Hiking the Bruce Trail through Mount Nemo Conservation Area - Burlington, Ontario - Merely McCool

All in all, a great Boxing Day to get outside and work off some of that turkey. Now to go home and have some leftover turkey..

2hrs 40mins

14.3km

288m elevation gain

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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