Spirit Rock CA

Spirit Rock Conservation Area

For our third and final trick of the first day of my birthday weekend adventures, we made an impromptu stop at Spirit Rock Conservation Area.

Spirit Rock CA Trail Map

Spirit Rock itself was not yet open for the season, which meant parking at the street entrance, but that didn’t stop anyone. We passed a couple runners, and heard more people out on the trail.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

It’s a long walk in, but it was a nice day so we didn’t mind. Plus, more steps!

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

The first thing that greets you at the parking lot is the ruins. They make it pretty easy for those that aren’t here for the hike.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

There are a couple sets of ruins. One is the main house, and in much better condition. The other is the barn, in not so great condition.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

But I guess that’s about the way with most barns. They fall apart on properties that are still in use, right?

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

I got sidetracked with the pretty flowers and early signs of spring, as I usually do.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

There’s something eerie about walking about dilapidated buildings, even in broad daylight. And I love it.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

The main house looked to have kept a good chunk of its side walls up. This is the library wall, as per the floor plan.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

I do enjoy when they have the history of these places. Not that I commit any of it to memory, but it’s fun to learn of in the moment.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

I definitely took the most photos of this hike at the ruins.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

This was taken from the front porch, looking back to the kitchen.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

You know, what was left of the “front porch”, anyway.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

And then we were on our way! Hiking might be the main attraction, but that doesn’t stop me getting distracted. Like by these stairs.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

A short walk from the parking lot, the trail splits. You can either keep straight and head down those stairs to the main Bruce Trail, or go right and stay in the Spirit Rock side trail. We stayed right.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

The Spirit Rock side trail follows the escarpment along the east side of the conservation area, before looping back through its center.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

It does offer some pretty fantastic views over Colpoy’s Bay.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

There’s also some interesting features along the trail.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

And then, of course, the area’s namesake “Spirit Rock”. Thankfully, with signage, otherwise I’d have never picked it out.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

And more signs of spring!

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

The loop back was a lot more foresty and a lot less rocky.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

And as is typical of spring, it did get pretty wet in some areas.

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

While trying to avoid the watered down areas, I came around a bush and right in to this guy!

Bruce Trail: Spirit Rock CA

That picture is not my immediate reaction. I did move back cautiously, right back in to my friend, and then we moved back together. Our little buddy didn’t seem too perturbed by our sudden appearance, thankfully. So then I took his photo and we took the long way around the bog back to the main driveway, and back to the car!

No tracking for birthday weekend adventures yet. Until I can find myself a good charging set up. Any ideas?

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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