End-to-End Hikes

An End-to-End for a hiker of the Bruce Trail is the completion of the entire main trail on foot, after which you’ll have earned a badge to proudly announce to all that you did this!  You can also complete shorter End-to-Ends of the Bruce Trail, where you hike all of the main trail in any of the nine club sections.

Each club typically runs an annual event to hike their entire section of the trail over one or several weekends, depending on how long the section is.  In Caledon Hills, our section is about 72 km long and our annual event has you experiencing spectacular fall colours over the Thanksgiving weekend, with two- and three-day hiking options.

But the annual event isn’t the only time you’ll find organized hikes for completing an End-to-End in a section.  Current End-to-End hikes are listed below.

Completing an End-to-End on the Thanksgiving weekend, or over several hikes throughout the year (either on your own or as part of an organized club hike), will earn you a badge.

2022 Fall Colours

The Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club is looking forward to hosting our “Fall Colours” End-to-End hiking events, over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, October 8, 9, and 10, 2022.

Plan to enjoy the spectacular fall colours, as you hike the 71.3 km of main Trail through our famous Caledon Hills. You can complete the distance over all three days of the weekend or the same distance over Saturday and Sunday only. The cost of the three-day event is $43.00 and the two-day event is $32.00. The registration fee covers the BTC processing fees, daily bus transportation, refreshments, and an end-to-end badge on completion.

Registration will begin June 30, on the BTC Hike Schedule. Participation is limited to one bus of hikers for each of the events.

For further details and event updates, visit the CHBTC website, caledonbrucetrail.ca and follow the Club on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact Sandy Green, E2E Coordinator at info@caledonbrucetrail.org with any additional questions or concerns.


2019 FAQs

Q. How do I register for the event?
Registration is limited to 95 hikers. The cost for the three-day event is $40. The two-day event (held on even-numbered years only) is $30. Registration opens May 1 at www.eventbrite.ca.
2-day event  | 3-day event

Q. Are these hikes the same as a regular hike on the Bruce Trail?
These end-to-end hikes differ from regular Bruce Trail hikes in one important respect. Rather than hiking as a single group with a designated leader, hikers are free to hike at their own pace, either individually or with other participants. An official “end-person” (sweep) is arranged for each day. There are “checkpoints” every 7-10 km along the way with water and snacks. It is expected that hikers aim to hike approximately 4 km/hr or faster.

Q. Can I follow the Trail without a lot of problems?
While the Trail through the Caledon Hills section is clearly blazed and easy to follow, it is helpful (but not essential) to have up-to-date maps (preferably the 29th Edition of the Bruce Trail Reference) or the Bruce Trail App, and be familiar with the blazing system, as described in section III-4 of the Reference or on the Bruce Trail website http://brucetrail.org/pages/trail/using-the-trail. If you are not that familiar with the Trail, it is recommended that you walk with other hikers who are walking at the same pace as you. You will be following the trail marked by
white blazes. These painted rectangles are 15 cm high and 5 cm wide and can usually be found on trees and signposts.  Blue blazes are for side trails. If you do happen to stroll off the trail, retrace your steps until you see the white blazes, and then carry on. If you do not pass through a checkpoint after a reasonable time, a search party will be organized to look for you.

Q. Where do we meet?
All hikers meet at the end point of each day’s hike. The bus will leave at 8:30 am sharp for 3-day hikers (7:30 am for the 2-day event) to take everyone to the starting point of the hike. Hikers hike back to their cars. It is recommended that you arrive at the meeting point, at least 20 minutes early each day. Refer to the “Meeting Places and Hike Agenda Information Sheet” (provided upon registration) for specific locations.

Q. What should I bring with me?
There will be checkpoints every 7- 10 km along the route serving liquid refreshments and light snacks. Please bring your own cup (to save on disposals), your own lunch, some water, and your regular day hiking gear.

Q. Any suggestions about accommodation?
If you wish to stay overnight in the area, check out the tourism and accommodation areas of the Hills of Headwaters website: http://headwaters.ca/
BED & BREAKFAST
Check the Bruce Trail Conservancy website:
http://brucetrail.org/pages/trail/caledon-hills
CAMPING
The closest campground is Albion Hills Conservation Area, 16500 Hwy 50, about 8 km north of Bolton. For information contact the Conservation Authority at 905-280-2287 or https://trca.ca/parks/albion-hills-campground/.

Q. What parts of the Trail are covered each day for the 3-day End-to-End?
Saturday’s hike:
(km 70.2, Map 19 – approx. km 44.4, Map 18) is approximately 25.8 km from the north end of the Caledon Hills section just east of Mono Centre to the Tai Chi Centre. The hike goes through Hockley Valley. There are checkpoints at approximately 10 km, 17 km and 26 km into the hike.
Sunday’s hike:
(km 0.0, Map 14 – km 20.9, Map 15) is approximately 20.9 km from the start of the Caledon Hills section (Creditview Rd near the Cheltenham Badlands), down the Devil’s Pulpit, through Forks of the Credit park and finishing with some road work along Escarpment Road. Checkpoints are at 8 km, 16 km and 21 km.
Monday’s hike:
(km 20.9, Map 16 – approx. km 44.4, Map 18) is approximately 24.7 km. It begins at Heart Lake Road & Escarpment Road with a few kilometres of road, then through Glen Haffy Conservation Area (note the 1.2 km reroute at Hwy 9) and back to the Tai Chi Centre. Checkpoints are at 7 km, 14 km and 25 km. For each of the three days the bus departs at 8:30 am. You should be hiking by 8:50 am.

Q. What parts of the Trail does the 2-day End-to-End cover?
Saturday’s hike:
(km 70.2, Map 19 – km 35.1, Map 17) is 36.3 km from the north end of the Caledon Hills section on County Road 8 just east of Mono Centre (km 70.2, Map 19). This hike descends through Hockley Valley. After crossing Hockley Road, you traverse through South Hockley, pass through the Glen Haffy Conservation Area, and end at Coolihans Sideroad (km 35.1 plus 1.2 km reroute at Hwy 9, Map 17) Checkpoints are at approximately10, 17 and 28 km into the hike.
Sunday’s hike:
(km 0.0, Map 14 – km 35.1, Map 17) is 35.1 km from the beginning of the Caledon Hills section on Creditview Road near the Cheltenham Badlands, down the Devil’s Pulpit and through the very scenic Forks of the Credit Park. It continues along some road sections interspersed with pleasant wooded trail until you get back to your parked car at Coolihans Sideroad (km 35.1, Map
17 ). Checkpoints are at approximately 8, 16 and 28 km. For each of the two days the bus departs at 7:30 am. You should be hiking by 8:00 am.

Q. Are there “cut-off” times?
Yes. The cut-off times are based on a 4 km/hour pace, plus 10 to 15 minute breaks at checkpoints.

Hikers are to be at the second last checkpoint by:
2-day hikers:
– Saturday – 7 th Line EHS by 3:45 pm
– Sunday – Airport Rd & Escarpment Rd by 3:45 pm
3-day hikers:
– Saturday – 4th Line EHS by 1:45 pm
– Sunday – Willoughby Rd & Escarpment Rd by 1:30 pm
– Monday – Coolihans Side Rd by 1:00 pm

Q. Can I drop out at anytime during a hike?
It is possible to drop out at any checkpoint. Arrangements will be made for you tobe transported back to your car.

Map references from Bruce Trail Reference Maps and Trail Guide, Edition 29. If you have any further questions please contact: Sandy Green sgreenhikes@gmail.com

Peninsula Section End-to-End Series

Updated: March 11/2022

May 5, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 1 of 13
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Little Cove Rd. parking area at km 158.9. Shuttle to Tobermory, meet at the Cairn.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 8.1 km
Description: This is hike 1 of a series of 13.  Hike will include observation tower, views over Georgian Bay, natural arch overhang and limestone grotto. Recommended to bring: water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho, hiking poles (encouraged not required), and closed toe hiking footwear.

May 12, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 2 of 13
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Head of Trails parking south of km 146.5, (Bruce Peninsula National Park). Parking arrangements will be made ahead. Shuttle to parking at Little Cove Rd.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Map 42 km 158.9 – km 146.5 12.4 km + 900 m to parking
Description: This is the second hike in the E2E series and includes Sinkhole Side Trail, Overhanging Point, Lord Hunt’s Tunnel, boulder beaches, The Grotto, Natural Arch, Indian Head Cove, and Halfway Rock Point. End time is an estimate as there is so much to explore.

May 19, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 3 of 13
9:15 am – 12:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Halfway Dump Side Trail, south of km 142.0. Accessible via Hwy 6 and Emmett Lake Rd. Shuttle to Head of Trails parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Map 41 km 146.5 – km 142.0 4.5 km + 2 km to and from parking
Description: This third hike of the E2E series is short but includes some of the most rugged parts of the Bruce Trail. Lunch opportunity in Tobermory.

May 26, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 4 of 13
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Crane Lake Rd. (km 127.9) parking at the National Park Gate. Park well away from farm and park gates. Shuttle to Halfway Dump Side Trail parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Map 41 km 142.0 – km 127.9 14.1 km + 900 m from parking
Description: This fourth hike of the E2E series includes part of the most challenging section of the Bruce Trail through Bruce Peninsula National Park with views over Georgian Bay at Loaf Rock.

June 2, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 5 of 13
9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Dyer’s Bay parking, in the community parking area situated in the old quarry, just east of the trail at km 115.6. Shuttle to Crane Lake Rd. parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing, Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Map 40 km 127.9 – km 115.6 12.3 km
Description: This is the fifth hike in the E2E series. There will be road walking to start and views over Dyer’s Bay.

June 16, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 6 of 13
9:15 am – 3:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at roadside parking at the south end of Carter Rd. km 98.5. Shuttle to Dyer’s Bay parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Maps 40, 39 km 115.6 – km 98.5 Approx. 13 km (trail rerouted thanks to newly acquired Cape Chin property)
Description: This is the sixth hike of the E2E series.  Sights to explore include Michigander’s Arch, Lillie Pothole Side Trail, Devil’s Monument. Lunch around km 100 at Cape Chin house.

June 23, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 7 of 13
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Lion’s Head Harbour, south of km 83.0. Park on Phillip Forbes St. right on the Trail by the beach. Shuttle to Carter Rd. parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing, Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Maps 39, 38 km 98.5 – km 83.0 15.5 km
Description: This is the seventh hike in the E2E series and we will be halfway! This hike includes Fred Binding Lookout, White Bluff, cliff caves, and 3 km of road walking along Isthmus Bay Rd.  There will be poison ivy to watch out for.

June 30, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 8 of 13
9:15 am – 3:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at BTC Parking Area, km 67.9, off of Bruce Rd. 9 in Barrow Bay, just south of West Shore Rd. Shuttle to Lion’s Head Harbour.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Map 38 km 83.0 – km 67.9 15.1 km
Description: This is the eighth hike in the series and includes Giant’s Cauldron Pothole Side Trail, Lion’s Head Pothole Side Trail, Isthmus Bay views, glacial erratics and more poison ivy! Ice cream and/or swimming opportunity in Lion’s Head!

July 7, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 9 of 13
9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Jackson’s Cove Rd. parking area, km 51.9, located at the top of the hill just to the west of the Trail. Shuttle to BTC parking area off of Bruce Rd. 9.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Maps 38, 37 km 67.9 – km 51.9 16.0 km
Description: This is the ninth hike of the series and includes stairs and ladder up and down the rocky shoreline of Rush Cove and Chris Walker Nature Reserve and Jackson’s Cove Lookout Side Trail.

July 14, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 10 of 13
9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at km 35.8 parking at Cape Croker campground. Shuttle to Jackson’s Cove Rd.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing, Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: Map 37 km 51.9 – km 35.8 16.1 km
Description: This is the tenth hike of the E2E series. There will be lookouts over Hope Bay, glacial potholes, Sydney Bluff Lookout, view of Sydney Bay and a steel staircase.

July 28, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 11 of 13
9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Crooked Toe roadside parking at km 24.4. More parking available at km 25.0. Shuttle to Cape Croker campground parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Map 36 km 35.8 – km 24.4 11.4 km
Description: This is the eleventh hike in the series and will take us along Snake Trail boardwalk, Park Rd., and around Jones Bluff through Neyaashiinigmiing, formerly Cape Croker. Watch for poison ivy.

August 4, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 12 of 13
9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at roadside parking north of km 12.9 at the north end of the Crawford Drive Side Trail. Do not block entrances. Shuttle to parking at Crooked Toe.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Map 36 km 24.4 – km 12.9 11.5 km
Description: This is the twelfth hike in the series. Almost done! The hike includes Knapp Lookout, Moss Crevice Ladder, hiking through Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve with views of White Cloud, Hay, and Griffith Islands.

August 11, 2022 Peninsula E2E Hike 13 of 13
9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at Bluewater Park in Wiarton, parking area opposite the arena, km 0.0. Shuttle to Crawford Dr. parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: Maps 36, 35 km 12.9 – km 0.0 12.9 km
Description: This is the final hike of the series! Our hike will take us above Mallory Beach with views over Colpoy’s Bay and through the community of Colpoy’s Bay. The hike includes Vanishing Stream Nature Reserve, the Corran ruins and a spiral staircase before being greeted by Wiarton Willie and ending our adventure at the beach and park.