HIKING THE BRUCE TRAIL: LION’S HEAD TRAIL

Location: Lion’s Head Provincial Park
Starting Point: Around the corner from Mcurdy Drive Parkette (trail map below)
Total Distance: 8 km
Time: 4 hours (taking our time)
Level of Difficulty: Easy

If you’ve read our previous posts about the Bruce Trail, you know this is one of my favourite destinations in Ontario.

For this trip I met up with my sister Jen, her bestie Andrea, and my bestie Steph at an Airbnb on the first Friday in November.  Although Andrea could not join us for the hike it was still a nice quiet place for a girls weekend.

Jen, Steph and myself started the Lion’s Head trail Saturday morning.  Our reason for picking this trail?   We needed to find a trail along the Bruce that didn’t weave in and out of private land during hunting season (also the reason we’re wearing the orange hats).  Lion’s Head Provincial Park is also a nature reserve, but after lots of research I still couldn’t find out if hunting was allowed there.  Luckily, we saw no hunters and did not get shot so thats a bonus.

It was a chilly November day (about -5C) so we layered up/brought a few with us.  We parked along the road and around the corner from McCurdy Drive Parkette.  The Bruce is VERY well marked with blue blazes and the gate where we started was quite obvious.

Map – yellow indicating our path.

 

The snow had freshly fallen, so it made for a very pretty hike and a nice contrast against the freshly fallen leaves and mossy rocks.  We also discovered “glacial pot holes” along the way that made for fun pics.

 

Discovering “pot holes”

 

There are multiple lookouts along the way exposing the bright blue water and cliffs.  The best destination is Lion’s Head Lookout – although quite cool on this day it would be a great spot to chill and have lunch on a summer day.  The trail itself is quite leisurely with some up and downhill and lots of rocks along the path.

Steph and I staying warm on Lion’s Head Lookout.
One of our favourite views.
The beach was beautifully frozen.

This was a leisurely beautiful hike that you can make as long or short as you want.  Here’s a couple more Bruce Trail hikes you may be interested in:

HIKING THE BRUCE TRAIL: DAY 1 – HALFWAY LOG DUMP TO STORMHAVEN
HIKING THE BRUCE TRAIL: DAY 2 – THE GROTTO AND INDIAN HEAD COVE

Lots of hiking love,
Mary Anne

Mary Anne Ivison

Mary Anne loves hiking, mossy rocks and her gig as a radio personality. She is in pursuit of becoming an ADK 46er and touching every mountain on planet Earth.

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4 thoughts on “HIKING THE BRUCE TRAIL: LION’S HEAD TRAIL

  • November 24, 2017 at 10:36 am
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    Really enjoyed your article. I solo d the Lion’s Head Loop, a moderate 9.6 mile hike in early November. What a fantastic, but little known place. The cliffs and what caught my eye about your blog, the mossy rocks are my favorite. I hike often at Lake Superior Provincial Park for the mossy rocks and the waterfalls.

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    • May 23, 2018 at 12:32 am
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      Hi Ken!

      Thanks so much for taking time to read our blog. I’m so glad you enjoy the mossy rocks too, they’re the best.

      – Mary Anne

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  • December 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm
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    I love hiking. I went there with my family. This place was great. Such a amazing and calm place I ever seen. The enjoyment of us can’t describe in words. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    • May 22, 2018 at 11:20 pm
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      Hi Justine!

      Yes it’s absolutely serene. Thanks so much for reading.

      – Mary Anne

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