There are sections of the Bruce Trail that allow bike riding; the Caledon Trailway is one such section. The Trans Canada Trail also runs along this old railway line. The path here is relatively straight and flat, with a hard surface of coarse stone or packed earth. This is NOT a mountain bike trail. Hybrid bikes shouldn't have much problem, but I was thankful for the front shock on my mountain bike in places. At the time I used to ride my bike a lot (back and forth to work 4 days a week in the summer, once or twice a week in the winter), but I still found this a tiring trip.
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|General Location:||East Caledon
You can see the map of this biking trail along with other Web sites in the same area
|Bruce Trail Reference 20.0||Start||Map #16 Caledon East|
Caledon Hills Club
|Far End of Ride||Map #17 Albion Hills|
Caledon Hills Club
|Total Bruce Trail Distance||17.3 km|
|North beyond Bruce Trail turnoff||7.7 km|
|Total round trip distance||(17.3 + 7.7) * 2 = 50 km|
The trailway heads both south-west and north-east from Hwy 10, I thought I would explore both sides, but I ended up riding too far north-east so I ran out of time to head south-west once I got back to the car.
You're going to ride out and back along the same trail which makes it easy to judge your time. Hwy 10 is at km 23.5 of the Caledon Hills section of the trail.
Just north of Hwy 10 you'll cross over a bridge that was re-built in the summer of 1999). Here's a picture looking off the bridge. The path goes through marshy areas, past houses and schools, over bridges, etc... This section is also part of the new Trans Canada trail; there is an information booth along the way.
After about an hour there is a trail heading east around km 39.5 or so. This is the Humber Valley Heritage Trail. It is a hiking trail, not a bike trail, so you'll have to lock up and your bike and head out on foot (although there were no bike racks there). For more information on this trail see http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Trails/5400/
It took me about an hour and 10 minutes to get to km 40.8, where the Bruce Trail leaves the Caledon Trailway (at this point you are about 17.3km from the car). The Bruce Trail heads to the left just after you cross the bridge over Duffy's Lane.
I decided to follow the Trailway for another 7.7km. It passes under a tall bridge (Hwy 9?) and along a railway track. Back in 1999 the path became worse and worse. There is a section of rolling mounds, with a number of sandy sections. I'm not sure if this was as a result of removing the railway ties. *** If you have been there lately and have an update, let us know by adding a comment to this Bruce Trail blog entry. ***
I finally turned around at a road, 25km from the car, an hour and forty-five minutes after starting out. When I turned around I realized that the path was marked "No Tresspassing" at that point, but I had never seen the same warning heading in the other direction.
The trail was pleasant enough, with some nice views, but it lacked the character of hiking through a forest along the escarpment edge. It would certainly suite families looking for a safe bike ride with the kids, away from the city.