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Distance

8.77 mi

Elevation gain

1,841 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,841 ft

Max elevation

1,299 ft

Trailrank

96 5

Min elevation

906 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

3 hours 43 minutes

Coordinates

1294

Uploaded

June 2, 2017

Recorded

June 2017
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1,299 ft
906 ft
8.77 mi

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near Glen Cross, Ontàrio (Canada)

Very nice series of trails just a few minutes drive from the town of Orangeville. Beautiful forest with loads of mature maples, rolling terrain and numerous stream crossings. The path is in great condition, is well marked and there are several opportunities to adapt the hike to suit your needs.

There is a parking lot at the start/finish point and the first few hundred meters is along the side of the roadway. A good variety of trees including stands of cedar, red pine and lots of towering maples that would be spectacular in the fall. Birds were plentiful and we spotted a blue heron by one of the ponds near the north end of the Cam Snell loop.

A portion of the hike is on the well known Bruce Trail that winds from the Bruce Peninsula to the Niagara region. This particular portion, known officially as the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve, is a popular area with several access points and it is well worth exploring. One of the best I've seen in the area.
Intersection

Intersection 1

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Get off the main road to the right (north).
Intersection

Intersection 2

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Take a right for the Tom east loop.
Intersection

Intersection 3

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Turn right. Take the ladder over the fence. Edit: The ladder and the fence have been removed!
Intersection

Style 2

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Another of several fence styles. As with streams and bridges, not all are noted as way points in this description. Update: This one has also been removed.
Intersection

Intersection 4

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left turn here.
Intersection

Intersection 5

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Right turn here.
Bridge

Bridge 1

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Over a stream.
Bridge

Bridge 4

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The fourth bridge in quick succession.
Bridge

Bridge 5

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Left turn over the bridge to cross the stream.
Intersection

Intersection 7

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Turn right for the Isabel East trail section.
Campsite

Camping

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Good flat area by a stream. Great spot for a lunch or extended break. Not sure if overnight camping is permitted.
Intersection

Intersection 10

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Turn left here.
Intersection

Intersection 11

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Turn right here.
Intersection

Intersection 12

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Intersection 12
Waypoint

Style

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Fence style followed by another one that I didn't bother to record.
Bridge

Bridge 6

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Lots of bridges and streams.
Intersection

Intersection 13

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Cam Snell side loop.
Bridge

Bridge and stream

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Bridge and stream

4 comments

  • Photo of maxini2001

    maxini2001 Jun 2, 2017

    Beautiful hike, great description, nothing to add.

  • Photo of Port flora

    Port flora Jul 31, 2017

    Oh, and I should give credit to Maxini for finding this gem. You're the best!

  • Photo of mehdi.tabibvand

    mehdi.tabibvand Mar 11, 2020

    What a beautiful path
    Your photos are really exciting and you will surely have a great day
    I would be happy to visit my page and send me your opinion
    With respect and friendship

  • gunjanpiplai Apr 26, 2022

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Beautiful trail. Btw I know the trail is marked as easy/moderate, and as a result some people end up bringing their kids. I heard several kids complaining and wanting to go back. The trail is long and some uphill sections can be difficult for children or old persons.

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