Thursday, December 21 – 2006
08:00 – 11:40
Roads: Dry / Clear
Vehicle: Suburban REBMA
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Trail Conditions: Dry with some mud
Hikers: Tori, Wolf, Lupis, Merlin Morgana
Plan: Hike wood-end part of bruce trail on Yule.
08:00 Parking by the road, we could see part of the trail go off over a fence. We headed away from that area and along the escarpment where we ran into a girl who had a falcon in the park. She mentioned the bird was scared of dogs and that she had a JRT at home. Continuing the hike we eventually hiked along the ridge of the escarpment. We could see some amazing boulders and rocks of massive size. In the distance we could see Niagara College.
As we hiked along we saw a large semi-circle structure sticking up the side of the escarpment. Wolf touched a part which started a small rock collapse which Tori sustained a bump on the head. After a short rest from the rock fall, we climbed up the escarpment towards the trail. There was a large white house with beautiful decks and even a small pet cemetery. The house is probably owned by the government as part of the park now. Hiking around the house we descended down the other side of the escarpment to our south side there was a farmers field. To the East was the QEW highway. We hiked up along the escarpment until the trail crossed over the parking lot and led us back to the truck. There were very few people here which was very nice. We wore our knee-high rubber boots in anticipation of cold, wet conditions but could have almost hiked barefoot. This was a great early-morning hike on a very important holiday of ours – Yule. We returned to the truck and headed home.