Sydenham Lookout, Tew's Falls and Dundas Peak

Bruce Trail: Sydenham Lookout, Tew’s Falls and Dundas Peak

It’s a beautiful Sunday, as Toronto enjoys a serious heatwave – better late than never, I guess! It brought the group out, and we headed to Hamilton for some hiking along the escarpment. The goal for this trip was Tew’s Falls, with a couple lookouts along the way.

Tew's Falls side trail along the Bruce Trail

Parking was easy to find, as there is plenty of space along Sydenham Road, alongside of the lookout.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

There is a plaque telling you about our Olympic athlete, Clara Hughes. We spent a couple minutes just enjoying the views here.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

Tew's Falls Side Trail

The trail is off the right side of the road, just north of the parking area. Be sure you take the first right, otherwise you will be on the main Bruce Trail heading towards Waterdown (which is also a very nice place to hike, with a lovely waterfall of its own).

The main trail heads down in to the valley and then back up to the road just before the train tracks. To follow the Tew’s Falls side trail, you’ll need to cross the road here around a nearly-blind corner; the cars tend to be speeding, so don’t dawdle here.

On the other side, the Tew’s Falls side trail heads back in to the trees. Here you will pass your first waterfall of the day. It is quite stunning.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

This section of the trail is an easy hike – straight, flat and shaded by trees.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

At the bottom of the switchback, the trail continues on straight but you need to make a hard right (nearly a U-turn) to stay on the Tew’s Falls side trail. And then you go up.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

As you near the top of this switchback, there is another trail to the right but you want to make a hard left and keep going up. And up, and up, and up.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

The trail levels out again here, and the much loved shade returns. The next junction forms a small loop heading to the same destination; we took the right trail, which is Glen Ferguson side trail. By the time you get to the end of this side trail, you can hear the falls.

Coming up along Tew’s Falls side trail again, you reach the upper viewing platform first along the left side.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

The upper viewing platform is accessed by a set of stairs. The lower viewing platform was much more accessible, and offered great views as well.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

There is another plaque here at the bottom of the stairs dedicating a part of the Tew’s Falls side trail to Mark Shurvin.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

Off we went down the Shurvin Mile towards our next destination; Dundas Peak.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

There were no trains passing while we were up here, which is too bad. I’d have liked to try a longer exposure to get a blurry train landscape shot.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

Oh well, I got a Mommy#2-enjoying-the-views shot instead.

Tew's Falls Side Trail

The going down was much faster than coming up, but by this point the sun was high in the sky and it was scorching hot. We were very glad to get back in the car and blast the AC.

2h 18mins
9.78km
328m elevation gain

Trail route to Tew's Falls

How did you end up spending your time through the heat wave?

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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