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Metcalfe's Rock

From your car, head east uphill through the property of the University of Toronto Outing Club which has developed a 60 km network of wilderness cross-country ski trails on the surrounding lands. The white blazes of the Bruce Trail cross a small stream and climb into the tumbled rock of the Niagara Escarpment. Here you have a choice of climbing to the top on either the main Trail or via a blue-blazed side trail. The adventurous will want to take the latter through a rocky gorge 30 m high. The Trail reaches the summit of Metcalfe’s Rock with splendid views to the west over Kolapore Creek Valley. It is hard to believe that 100 years ago there was a community here thriving on lumbering and other resource industries.

The Trail continues north through a succession forest. Then, where the white blazes turn sharply to the east (right), continue north on the blue-blazed Chuck Grant Side Trail. Soon the route drops sharply over the scarp edge, twisting around some fascinating rock formations. When the Trail reaches the 10th Line, turn left (south) and walk back along the road for about 400 m to your car. For those with time and energy, you might consider the full 9.3 km of the Chuck Grant Loop, which explores the west side of the valley and Duncan Crevice Caves Nature Reserve.

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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