Hiking

Step into nature at Halton parks; you’ll be surprised how close we are. Tie up those laces and head down to your favourite conservation area year round. Yes, you heard right: year round.

At Halton parks, no two hikes are ever the same. And no two of our parks are the same. Hiking is a great pastime, and also a great way to stay in shape. Power down your phone and escape onto the trails.

We have compiled all our major trails in this handy guide for you to browse, plan, and work through at your own pace. 

Where can I hike?

Crawford Lake

hiking crawford lake

19 km of trails - map

Why Crawford Lake? Because Crawford Lake Conservation Area is at the crossroads of science and local cultural history. Crawford Lake boasts the eponymous meromictic lake and recreated Iroquoian longhouse.19 km of forest trails and lookout points along the way on foot, snowshoes or skis. Bonus: turn your hike into a day trip by trekking the 7.2 km trail through the Nassagaweya Canyon to Rattlesnake Point. Walk along the Hide and Seek trail and see the beautiful carved scultptures as you hike. How many sculptures do you see? 

Number of hiking trails: 5

Features: elevated boardwalk, meromictic lake, Hide and Seek Trail

Trail Distance Difficulty
Crawford Lake Trail 1.4 km Easy
Woodland Trail 1.5 km Easy
Escarpment Trail 2.4 km Moderate
Pine Ridge Trail 3.6 km Moderate
Nassagaweya Trail (one way to Rattlesnake Point) 7.2 km Moderate/Difficult

Rattlesnake Point

hiking at rattlesnake point

13 km of trails - map

Forget what you thought you knew about Rattlesnake Point. Beyond the bold-faced cliffs, 12.7 kms of trails  awaiting your footprints. Bring along your hiking buddy, family, and even the pooch (on-leash, of course!). Put the phones away and take in the view as a reward of a trail completed. You’ll feel on top of the world. 
 
Up for a challenge, are ya? The Nassagaweya Trail is your connection to Crawford Lake Conservation Area. How far is that exactly? 7.2 km one way. Feeling up to it? Besides a great story to tell, countless Instagrams, and bragging rights, you’ll also hike through gorgeous forest cover that will make you see Halton in a brand new way.

Number of hiking trails: 4

Features: scenic views and lookout points

Trail Distance Difficulty
Rabbit Run Trail (blue) 1 km  
Vista Adventure Trail (red) 1.5 km  
Buffalo Craig Trail (yellow) 3 km  
Nassagaweya Trail (one way to Crawford Lake) 7.2 km Moderate/Difficult

Hilton Falls 

hiking at hilton falls

16 km of trails - map

Oh, you’ve heard about Hilton Falls. People from across the Greater Toronto Area make Hilton Falls their destination of choice, and locals consider these majestic trails a second home for them and the family dog.
 
The Falls itself is not the only draw to Hilton Falls Conservation Area. Take a hike with us and weave your way around the reservoir, streams, and beaver ponds along 16 km of hiking trails. We’d ask you to count the various plant species, but we understand you don’t have all day. Bring the picnic basket along for a meal at the mill ruins al fresco. Pro tip: make a return trip to the Falls in the late autumn and winter to feed the chickadees right out of your hand. Bring bird seed!

Number of hiking trails: 3

Features: 10-metre waterfall, mill ruins, reservoir

Trail Distance Difficulty
Hilton Falls Trail (yellow) 4 km  
Red Oak Trail (red) 3 km  
Beaver Dam Trail (orange) 9.5 km  

Kelso

hiking at kelso

16 km of trails - map

They say variety is the spice of life. And Kelso is all about variety. Hiking or biking 16 km of marked trails along the Niagara Escarpment, you’ll have a hard time choosing what you like better: the countryside views, the countless lookout points, or the boardwalk. Kelso trails are available from mid-April until mid-November, and closed during the winter and early for spring for ski and snowboard season at Glen Eden.

Features: access from Main or Summit entrances, boardwalk, scenic views and lookout points

Mountsberg

hiking at mountsberg

16 km of trails - map

Raptors and bison and goats and horses, oh my. You may think you’re coming for a hike, but be prepared to get distracted along the way. Mountsberg offers 16 km of trails with levels of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate. 
Bring the little ones and talk a walk on the wild side on the Wildlife Walkway, a reasonable 1.6 km. Looking for a bit more of a workout? We got you. The Pioneer Creek Trail is 6.5 km is perfect for leaving the world behind for a little while. 

Number of hiking trails: 4

Features: Wildlife Walkway

Trail Distance Difficulty
Wildlife Walkway 1.6 km Easy
Sugar Bush Trail 1.5 km Easy
Lakeshore Lookout Trail 5.6 km Moderate
Pioneer Creek Trail 6.5 km Moderate

Mount Nemo

hiking at mount nemo

5 km of trails - map

Great things come in smaller conservation areas. Mount Nemo boasts a humble 5 km of trails, but what it lacks in trail duration, it makes up in scenic views. Arguably some of the best views in the province, Mt. Nemo is not to be overlooked. With two magnificent trails, about 2.5 km each, the North and South Loops are essential if you want to see Halton from a POV uncomparable to anything else.

Number of hiking trails:2

Features: scenic views and lookout points

Trail Distance Difficulty
North Loop Trail 2.3 km  
South Loop Trail 2.6 km  

Robert Edmondson

hiking at robert edmondson

2 km of trails

Who doesn’t love a boardwalk? The Nature Trail Boardwalk is ideal for a manageble 2 km tranquil hike. Find inner-peace, share a laugh with a friend or practice your DLSR skills.

Number of hiking trails: 1

Features: boardwalk

Trail Distance Difficulty
Nature Trail with Boardwalk 2 km Easy

Hiking Etiquette & Safety

Conservation Halton Trails pass through sensitive natural areas that protect fragile plants and wildlife. Staying on the marked trails, not littering, keeping your dog on a leash and not removing natural materials helps protect these beautiful parks. Many of the trails are shared by hikers, mountain bikers, cross country skiers and equestrians. Keeping to the right allows others to pass when trails are busy.

There are some risks associated with hiking on trails through natural areas. Many trails follow cliff edges and shorelines of creeks and lakes with no barriers from steep slopes or water. Trail surfaces can also be slippery when wet or icy. High winds can make hiking unsafe so trails may close during times of high winds. Wearing appropriate footwear, exercising caution in hazardous areas and watching children carefully will help make your hiking adventure safe and enjoyable.

Links

Bruce Trail Conservancy