Blue Series Hike- Rural Roots ST and Gravelly Point ST

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07/17/2023 08:30 AM

Blue Series Hike- Rural Roots ST and Gravelly Point ST

  • PaceTypes Medium
  • TerrainTypes Moderate
  • PaidOuting No

Hike open to BTC Members only.

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Hosting Club: Peninsula

Location (Google Maps): Meet up at Colpoy's Bay Dock Parking Lot. We will carpool to Rural Rocks ST for our morning hike. Map 35 (Bruce Trail Reference Guide 30th Edition)

Hike Leader(s): Owen Glendon Click here to contact Hike Leader(s)

Pace: Medium
Terrain: Moderate
Distance: 9 km total


Working on your PBTC Blue Series Bear Badge? This is perfect day hike combination for you. Join this moderately paced hike which includes two side trails - Rural Roots Side Trail (4 ½ km) and Gravelly Point Side Trail (4 ½ km). Meet at Colpoy's Bay Government Dock parking lot at 8:30 a.m. We will carpool to Rural Roots Side Trail, from here. Rural Roots Side Trail is the only part of the Bruce Trail which is not connected to the main trail. The sidetrails found here follow some difficult terrain – passing through cathedral type rock formations, over verdant patches of moss and fern, and passing by an active beaver pond. Learn about Rural Rootz Nature Reserve and be inspired by its history! Leaving Rural Rootz Nature Reserve, we will drive to Colpoys Bay and stop at the dock for a short lunch break. Porta potties are available here. From Colpoys Bay, we will carpool and make the short drive to the Mallory Beach parking lot. Gravelly Point Side Trail will be a moderately paced hike on fairly even terrain, following an old logging road. Gravelly Point Side Trail is found in the Malcolm Bluff Nature Reserve – a lovely area protected by three Conservation groups – Ontario Nature, Bruce Trail Conservancy and Nature Conservancy Canada. The end of this sidetrail leads us down to the water’s edge. Then, we retrace our steps to our vehicles. Bring a light backpack with plenty of water, snacks, lunch, insect repellent, sunscreen, hiking poles (recommended but not required). Wear a hat and sturdy footwear.