Sunday, 27 October 2013

Hike #41, October 27, 2013 Standing Rock and Caves, Nottawasaga

Hike # 41
Date – October 27, 2013
Location – Map 22 Devil’s Glen and Map 23 Pretty River
Distance – 16.9 km  
Total Trail Distance – 508.8 (385.2 to go)
Hikers – Steve, Simon, Dean, Marlene, Benjamin, Harold, Janette, Madeleine and Kent
Start – 47.2 Pretty River Access Trail, Blue Mountains Section
End – 30.3 Hwy 124
Direction – South
Weather – Cool and overcast, but bright

This is Day Two of our fall weekend. Elza and Robyn decide it's a good day for reading and drinking coffee, and Floyd's knees have betrayed him, so the group is smaller today. We are also going a shorter distance because we have three or more hours to drive after we're done.

In an unusual move we've switched directions, choosing to hike south. Harold and Janette have parked their car partway through today's distance: they need to get back to Toronto to visit Jenny and in order for Harold to catch a plane to Montreal.

The highlight of today's hike are the crevices and rock walls we encounter along the Standing Rock and Caves Side Trail in the Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Nature Reserve. Spectacular!

We come to the newly approved Walker Industries Duntroon Quarry expansion site, marked No Trespassing! It was hotly contested, but one day, in the far distant future, this land will be restored as a natural area.

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