This hike combines the blueblazed Standing Rock and Singhampton Side Trails with the white-blazed main Bruce Trail. In this section, each blue-blazed side trail leads you back to the main Trail, and each junction is signed. You should not get lost! From your car, the white blazes will lead you straight north to a lookout area.
Before you is the forested beauty of the Pretty River Valley; its mature deciduous forest is especially beautiful in the fall. The edge of the Niagara Escarpment is cut here with narrow, deep crevices, and you can clamber through the tight fissures.
These crevice caves, open to the sky, were created when huge blocks broke away from the cliff face. Mosses and liverworts form a moist green carpet on the crevice walls, and 27 species of fern have been recorded within this small area. The blue-blazed Standing Rock Side Trail heads down the Escarpment to a rock pillar, isolated 80 m north of the edge. It is a testament to the powers of erosion over eons.
Move carefully among the rock debris as you follow the blazes. The Singhampton Side Trail at its eastern end will connect you back to the main Trail, which then swings to the west to return you 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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