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.

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Annual End-to-End

Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club’s Annual End-to-End of the section 
October 10, 11, & 12 Thanksgiving Weekend (2020)

The Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club invites you to join us for our 2020 “Fall Colours” End-to-End hike on Thanksgiving weekend.

Plan to participate in one of the most enjoyable and challenging hiking experiences of the year, a 71.4 km hike through the spectacular fall colours of the Caledon Hills. You can complete the distance over all three days of the weekend or the same distance over Saturday and Sunday (two-day event held biennially in even years).

The cost for the three-day event is $40.00 and the two-day event is $30.00. This fee covers daily bus transportation, refreshments, and the end-to-end badge on completion. Payment can be made by cheque or Interac e-Transfer. Registration opens May 1, 2020.  Registration is limited!

For further registration details, email Sandy Green, sgreenhikes@gmail.com .

Peninsula Section End-to-End Series

 

Thursday April 30: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #1 of 12, Map 42,

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at the end point at Little Cove Rd. parking area at km 158.3. Shuttle to the start point in Tobermory and meet at the cairn at Little Tub Harbour. We will be hiking this End-to-End series from north to south.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 8.1 km Shuttle hike from km 166.4 – km 158.3

Description: This is hike 1 of 12 hikes that will complete the Peninsula Section. There will be scenic lookouts over Georgian Bay and opportunities for photos, however, the pace will be 15 – 20 minutes per kilometre. Please dress in layers and bring extra socks and shoes for after the hike. Bug spray, sunscreen, rain poncho, hat, lunch, and water are necessary.

*no dogs please.
** we will likely hike in rain but not thunderstorms or high humidity (40+)

 

Thursday May 7: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #2 of 12, Maps 41, 42,

10:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at Halfway Dump Side Trail parking south of km 141.5. Access off Emmett Lake Rd. Fee for parking. Shuttle to start at Little Cove Rd. parking.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: 16.8 km from km 158.3 to km 141.5

Description: This is a long hike and strenuous towards the end. We will not hike in the rain. Highlights include Sinkhole Side Trail, Overhanging Point, Lord Hunt’s Tunnel, boulder beaches, The Grotto, Natural Arch, Indian Head Cove, Halfway Rock Point, and Cave Point. Lunch at The Grotto. Please bring plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, lunch, rain poncho, wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing. No dogs please.

 

Thursday May 14: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #3 of 12, Map 41,

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at Crane Lake Rd. 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 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: 14.1 km shuttle hike from km 141.5 to km 127.4

Description: This hike will be rugged at the start. Hike through Bruce Peninsula National park, Loaf Rock. Lunch around km 132. Please bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing.

 

Thursday May 21: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #4 of 12, Map 40,

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at Lillie parking 40 m south of km 112.8 on Britain Lake Rd. Shuttle to start at Crane Lake Rd. parking at km 127.4 at National Park Gate.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 14.6 km shuttle hike from km 127.4 to km 112.8

Description: There is road walking to start. Highlights include Michiganders Arch, lookouts over Dyer’s Bay, and Larkwhistle garden. Lunch around km 117. Please bring water, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, rain poncho. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing.

 

Thursday May 28: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #5 of 12, Maps 39, 40,

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at roadside parking at the south end of Carter Rd. Shuttle to start at Lillie parking 40 m south of km 112.8 on Britain Lake Rd.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 14.8 km shuttle hike from km 112.8 – km 98.0

Description: Many good views over Dyer’s Bay, Devil’s Monument and beaver pond. Lunch around km 100, Cape Chin. Please bring, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, water, lunch, rain poncho. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing.

 

Thursday June 11: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #6 of 12, Maps 38, 39,

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at Lion’s Head Harbour, south of km 82.5. Park on Phillip Forbes St. right on the trail by the beach. Shuttle to start to roadside parking at the south end of Carter Rd. Access to the trail is via a short side trail.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 15.5 km shuttle hike from km 98.0 to km 82.5

Description: There will be poison ivy in this area. Highlights include many good views, Fred Binding Lookout, White Bluff, cliff caves. Lunch around km 88, White Bluff. Please bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing.

 

Thursday June 18: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #7 of 12, Map 38,

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at BTC parking area off of Bruce Rd. 9 in Barrow Bay just south of West Shore Rd. Shuttle to start at Lion’s Head Harbour south of km 82.5.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: 15.3 km shuttle hike from km 82.5 to km 67.2

Description: There is poison ivy in this area. Highlights include Giant’s Cauldron Pothole Side Trail, Lion’s Head Pothole Side Trail, Isthmus Bay view, glacial erratics. Please bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing. Optional lunch after hike in Lion’s Head.

 

Thursday June 25: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #8 of 12, Maps 37, 38,

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at Jackson’s Cove Rd. parking area located at the top of the hill just to the west of the trail. Shuttle to start to BTC parking area at km 67.2 off of Bruce Rd. 9.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: 16.0 km shuttle hike from km 67.2 – km 51.2

Description: Poison ivy in this area. Hike involves road walking to start, stairs and ladder up and down the rocky shoreline of Rush Cove and Chris Walker Nature Reserve, Jackson’s Cove Lookout Side Trail.  Please bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho, water, lunch. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing. Lunch around Jackson’s Cove Lookout.

 

Thursday July 2: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #9 of 12, Map 37,

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at off-road parking south of km 35.0 on east side of Pit Rd. just before the bend. Shuttle to start at Jackson’s Cove Rd. parking area located at the top of the hill just to the west of the trail.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Strenuous – hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Distance: 16.2 km shuttle hike from km 51.2 to km 35.0.

Description: Highlights of hike include lookouts over Hope Bay, glacial potholes, Sydney Bluff Lookout, view of Sydney Bay, steel staircase. Lunch around km 39. Please bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing. * swimming opportunity if weather permits.

 

Thursday July 9: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #10 of 12, Map 36,

9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at roadside parking at km 24.3 where Jones Bluff Side Trail leaves the trail. Shuttle to start at off-road parking south of km 35.0 on east side of Pit Rd. just before the bend.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 10.7 km shuttle hike from km 35.0 to km 24.3

Description: Hike may be a little tricky at the start and then many great views expected along Jones Bluff. Please bring water, lunch, hat, rain poncho, bug spray, sun screen. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing. Lunch around km 27.

 

Thursday July 23: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #11 of 12, Map 36,

9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at roadside parking north of km 12.8 at the north end of the Crawford Drive Side Trail. Shuttle to start at roadside parking at km 24.3 where Jones Bluff Side Trail leaves the trail.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 11.5 km shuttle hike from km 24.3 to km 12.8

Description: Hike goes through Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve with views over Colpoy’s Bay, Knapp Lookout, Moss Crevice ladder. Please bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho.  Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing. Lunch around km 15.

 

Thursday July 30: Peninsula End-to-End Hike #12 of 12, Maps 35, 36,

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Category: End-to-End
Location: Meet at end point at Bluewater Park, Wiarton parking area opposite the arena. Shuttle to start at roadside parking at km 12.8 at the north end of the Crawford Drive Side Trail.
Hike Leader(s): Nancy Mooney 289-218-6879 
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 12.8 km shuttle hike from km 12.8 to km 0.0; completes the Peninsula Section!

Description: Hike will follow escarpment above Colpoy’s Bay, through Vanishing Stream Nature Reserve, the Corran Ruins, and descends an iron spiral staircase toward Wiarton. Please bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain poncho. Wear appropriate hiking footwear and layer clothing. Celebration lunch or BBQ in Wiarton. Swim opportunity if weather permits.

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