When my grown-up kids are home for a visit, we love to hike local trails together. As a family activity, hiking is so easy, economical, and adaptable to children of all ages. We try to see a new trail every time but I think it will take awhile to see all the trails Hamilton has to offer.
It’s been a long time since I blogged (big understatement!) so today’s post will cover a few hikes.
Smokey Hollow and Grindstone Creek
On Thanksgiving weekend, we drove over to Smokey Hollow in Waterdown and first saw Great Falls from the viewing deck right next to the parking lot. I had been there in 2014 for an article I wrote on Hamilton’s Waterfalls. What I hadn’t realized then was how easy it is to take the trail down the slope and see the waterfalls from below. You can follow Grindstone Creek downstream for several kilometres and more fabulous views.
Here’s a hike that went on waaaay longer than we thought it would and I’ll take the blame. I had done part of the trail weeks earlier with friends and didn’t realize how much farther it would take to get to the actual water falls. Which I don’t have a picture of. Sigh.
We started off on York Road in Dundas, near the dog park at Valley Road, but if you want a much shorter route, drive up the escarpment to Rock Chapel Road and park there although you will be missing some amazing views through the forested escarpment. You can find out more about this conservation area here.
Crooks’ Hollow Conservation Area
In April when my son was home after finishing his school exams, we explored the trail along Spencer Creek up in Greensville. This area recently went through quite a transformation when a dam was removed for several reasons that you can read about on the conservation authority’s website.
There was some controversy about removing the dam but as we walked along the trail on that beautiful spring day, I could only appreciate what a wonderful place we were in and gave no thought as to how it got to be that way. The sound of the rapids was particularly helpful to de-stress both of us.