Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration Side Trail

It’s a little wet out, but nothing too deterring. The sun is struggling to get out there, and so am I. Seems fitting. Today I decided to knock off a section of the Bruce Trail that I saw from the road while driving home after a previous hike. Through the trees I saw a bridge, and according to Google there was a hiking trail. Obviously I had to hike it. This section is a there and back from Scotch Block down to Restoration side trail, which is just across the street from the Hilton Falls side trail.

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

Parking for this trail can be found in Scotch Block on Helena

I headed out today with the intention of doing a little trail running. I had my playlist ready and I remembered to grab my headphones. It turns out this is not the trail to run on after a rain. It’s one of the more rocky/rootbound sections, and with everything as slick as it was, I was sure to go down with my luck. 

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

I still tried, nearly killed myself a few times. But I was successful in small bursts. Which is really all I can manage because despite taking nine flights of stairs every day, and hiking every week, my cardio is quite terrible. But I digress..

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

The trail meanders through a lovely green forest, despite the awful grey day it was. There’s a small stream with a low bridge to cross. According to another hiker, if you follow the stream to the escarpment there’s a nice little waterfall. That all stands to reason, but there was no trail so I didn’t venture that way.

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

Further down the path I finally came to the bridge I had spied from the road so long ago. This actually goes over an active quarry. Today, being a weekend, there was no activity. But I’ve seen photos from other hikers on week days, and it is a hopping spot!

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

At the quarry bridge there’s a trail to the right. It leads to a picnic area, overlooking the quarry. Probably a good place to watch the trucks come and go.

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

Farther we go down the trail, through more lovely forest and over more slick rocks and roots. About 150m from the road, and subsequently the end of my hike here, is Restoration ride trail. 

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

This is a quick little jaunt up the hill and over a style, leading to a clearing overlooking a section of the quarry. You’ll be there and back before you know it. 

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

Afterwards, it’s a quick hop, skip and jump to the road, where you can cross and continue in to Hilton Falls Conservation Area (and beyond!) – I turned around at this point, partly because that was always my intention, and partly because it had begun to rain ever so slightly. Back to Scotch Block now.

The way back is always faster, I find, on a there and back trail. I was also half-running, partly because that was always my intention, and partly because of the rain. But I can’t even keep using the rain excuse because it let up shortly and the sun came out!

Hiking Bruce Trail: Scotch Block to Restoration side trail - Halton Hills, Ontario - Merely McCool

All in all, another solid part of the Bruce Trail.

2hrs 46mins
12.32km
262m 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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