Bruce Trail - Hockley Heights (7th Line)
Meet at the Bruce Trail parking area on the east side of Airport Rd. Take Airport Road 1.7 km north of Hwy 9, then east on 7th Line to parking area.
The Hockley Heights Loop Hike
Hockley Valley is part of the Niagara Escarpment which was created by a long process of erosion. The escarpment cuts dramatically across the southern heartland of the province. The Nottawasaga River cuts a picturesque gorge across the escarpment. Forested moraines and open meadows lie upstream, and swamp and bottomland forest spread across the valley floor, stretching for several kilometres. Hockley Valley is part of the Niagara Parks System, and the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. There are no visitor facilities, but Hockley Valley is a favourite site for hiking and nature appreciation. The Bruce Trail, as well as several side trails, wind through the reserve.
The Hockley Heights hike is a very challenging hikes. The trail is a bit isolated and you are not likely to meet many other hikers on the trail. Some sections are particularly difficult with very long and steep climbs in the area of three big hills known as “The Three Sisters”. Do not attempt to climb The Three Sisters in wet weather. The trail is poorly routed over the last “Sister”. This is a great hike if you are looking for a good workout and a total ascent of almost 900 m.