Rouge National

Rouge National Urban Park

Happy long weekend, everyone! I had the genius idea of visiting Rouge National Urban Park within the city limits today. Why? Because clearly I was not thinking about how crowded it was going to get, with the holiday and all. This place is already pretty happening when it’s not a day for everyone and their dogs!

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I started at the Twyn Rivers parking lot, mostly because I love driving along Twyn Rivers. But also because it was the entrance I was most familiar with. As I passed the other entrances, I sort of think I lucked out on that – Twyn Rivers was busy, but nothing crazy like the other entrances!

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Followed a family in with some kids that was pretty stoked about going for a hike. A+ parenting when this is what your kids would do rather than stare at a screen all day. I still passed them pretty quickly, because well, kids. And people. I prefer to have the trail to myself. This part of the trail is called Celebration Forest.

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Lots of fun twists and turns along the trail. There are a few extra trails that branch off that are not mapped official by the Rouge. Be sure to follow the white blazes!

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First look at the Rouge in all its glory!

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It’s such a pretty river that even the trees want to get closer to it! But seriously, danger-danger, keep back from here.

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This section is along the orchard trail, which included some pretty fruit bearing trees in bloom.

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There are some markers along the way, but I wasn’t paying attention to where they were counting from. They definitely were not in sync with my log.

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Near the Beare Hill Trailhead was a level train crossing, and I happened to be crossing at the same time as the train. So I took the opportunity to play around with some longer exposure time. Despite not having a tripod with me, and the super bright sunshine, I think it turned out alright.

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There’s a pretty little pond here as well. I tried to stay out of the way of the “professional” with his giant telephoto lens, but it’s his fault if I ended up in his way – he was walking away and decided to follow me through the tall grass. Whatever, buddy.

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I love red wing blackbirds. Noisy little buggers.

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Up around the other side of the pond, we descend to a small creek crossing.

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I had thought the creek crossing would be the lowest point, but after going up the other side, it kept going down. With more odd kilometer markings.

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More markers along Cedar Trail as I neared the end of the line at Meadowvale Road.

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I decided now to detour to the right and take an unmapped route back. Up through the tall wet grass, above the Cedar Trail.

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Snails in trees with orange things. What are the orange things, anybody?

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When I got back to the Beare Hill Trailhead, I had intended to drop down and take another loop back to Twyn Rivers. Well, that didn’t happen because there was a massive army of mindless droves between it and me. Not happening. I took a backroute bike path instead.

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1h 45mins
7.89km
170m elevation gain

Rouge National Urban Park

What’s the busiest park you’ve ever been to?

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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