Hike log; March 16th, 2014.
I hiked the Webster’s Falls and Glen Ferguson Side Trails last Sunday. I started the Webster’s Falls side trail from where it leaves the main Bruce Trail along Sydenham Road in Dundas, Ontario. After leaving the road, the trail heads over a bridge, and, starts making its way up the escarpment not long after. Cutting under the CN railroad tracks, it follows an old allowance, left over from the old quarry that was converted into a survey of homes over a decade ago. After another 200 metres or so, there’s a long climb to the top of the escarpment. It was icy there and I was glad I had my trekking poles.
Another 100 metres or so after the path I was at the top. The amount of ice on the trail was surprising and I had to be careful for the whole hike. After a number of awkward hills and a total of 4.5 kilometres I was at Webster’s Falls.
After some GORP and a brief rest, I made my way back. Just past Tew’s Falls, which the trail description notes is nearly as high as Niagara Falls, but with less water flow, I took the Glen Ferguson side trail, which heads inland from the edge of the Spencer Gorge; the path the Webster’s Falls trail takes and which used to be part of the main trail. There was almost no ice and I wish I had taken that route earlier, while making my way toward Webster’s Falls. I carried my poles at times as the snow and narrow trail made it difficult to plant them in the ground. The terrain wasn’t bad so it didn’t cause any difficulty.
Joining the Webster’s Falls trail for the final stretch along the escarpment’s edge, my over confidence led to my first, and only, fall of the hike. Considering the amount of ice and the fact I don’t have a pair of icers to strap over my boots for traction, it was fortunate that I only went down once. The fact that it was on a level part of the trail stung a bit; better there than on a steep hill!
Not long after that I completed the descent to Sydenham Road, and my hike was done. I did a total of 10.5 kilometres and could easily have done more. My feet were a bit sore when I got home, only because the last part of my walk home was long concrete sidewalks; the firm soles on my boots are great for mud, snow, grass and rocks, but concrete is a bit too firm.
I’m pleased that I was able to walk that far, especially given that I plan to walk 50 kilometres over two days in September!
The photograph was taken along the Glen Ferguson Side Trail; I used my Nexus 5’s camera.