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McCarston's Lake Side Trail


Mono Cliffs is a unique area containing fascinating bedrock and glacial geology, as well as a wealth of natural history features. From the parking area, head north, west and then north again along the farm lanes on the west side of McCarston’s Lake. Here you are crossing the Orangeville Moraine.

When climate conditions became less severe, glaciers would often stagnate, and sand and gravel from the melting ice was deposited at the nose of the glacier in knobby ridges called moraines. In the Mono area are two very extensive moraines: the Orangeville Moraine to the west and the Singhampton-Gibraltar Moraine to the east.

These moraines run roughly north-south along the line of the Niagara Escarpment, and would have formed during times when the glacier was stalled in that area. The McCarston’s Lake Side Trail circles around the west and north sides of the lake. Past the intersection with the Lookout Side Trail, it heads south along the shoreline and then swings east to follow the Escarpment edge. You will soon come across “Jacob’s Ladder”, which allows you to descend the Escarpment a short distance, when you have finished at Jacob’s Ladder, return to the main trail and turn left to continue along the 2nd Line road allowance to your car.

With file information from the Bruce Trail, for more information on this and other Bruce trails please purchase the Bruce Trail map and trail guidebook. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. It is 840 km long, with over 440 km of side trails. Every year more than 400,000 visits are made to the Trail as people walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Escarpment. The Bruce Trail was instrumental in the Escarpment being named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990 - one of only twelve such reserves in all of Canada. The Bruce Trail is a member of the Ontario Trails Council through affiliation with Hike Ontario.


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