Hikes

Mount Nemo


Just the Facts about hiking at Mount Nemo:

Mount Nemo hike website
Mount Nemo google maps
Mount Nemo hiking trails16 KM
Mount Nemo distance to Toronto69 KM / 1 Hour

“The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.”

-         Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Mount Nemo - View from the top Technically in Burlington , Ontario , this hike is a short drive from downtown Toronto .  Mount Nemo conservation area is very popular with hikers, climbers and spelunkers who come to explore the Escarpment’s caves and cliffs. 

You’ll truly enjoy hiking along the cliff-side and forest-hugged paths, especially the scenic lookout that provides for an amazing view of surrounding farmland and countryside.  Be careful when exploring the deep ravines and when walking along the cliff’s edge because often there is no guard rail or rope-off.  Rock climbing is permitted but top-roping is a no-no!  Though we didn’t see any climbers when we were there (it was winter afterall), we have no doubt that this would be a busy place during the warmer months. Also, the caves are home to a variety of bat species and are used for nesting and hibernation.  Be very careful not to disturb the bats!

The view from the top of Mount Nemo
(Nancy probably won't be there though)
Mount Nemo - Hiking Trail Mount Nemo - Open scrub

Visiting Mount Nemo in the winter has its advantages and disadvantages.  On the one hand, you see a lot more of the ruins and perhaps even a bit more wildlife when there isn’t any brush to serve as camouflage.  The trails are pristinely silent and you can be easily lulled into a state of relaxation by the soft crunching of the snow beneath your feet.  It’s also pretty fun to figure out the animal tracks in the snow!  On the other

hand, it’s pretty dangerous to check out the caves or get close to the cliff’s edge in the colder months.  A trade-off but there’s nothing saying you can’t come back!

There are two main loops to explore, the North Loop and the South Loop .  Heading out on the North loop will take you on a 2 ½ km tour along old quarry road to the Brock Harris Lookout and then back through the forest along the escarpment.  From the Brock Harris Lookout, provided that you have a nice clear day, you may even be able to see the CN Tower (so we’ve been told ).  At almost 3 km, the other trail choice to the South will start you off along the same old quarry road but then veer off along the edge of the escarpment in the opposite direction to the North Loop .  This loop steers away from the cliffs and guides you through a variety of settings, including fields and meadows, an old quarry and some densely forested paths.  Both loops eventually bring you back to the old quarry road— which is a quick walk to the little parking lot closer to the main road.

We are pretty excited to head back to Mount Nemo in the fall or summer, when we’ll be able to get a better impression of the cliffs and caves!

Mount Nemo Ruins 1 Mount Nemo Ruins 2 Mount Nemo Ruins 3
There are some definate advantages to hiking in the winter. We would never have seen these ruins if there had been leaves on the trees. Anyone know what this was? I know there was a quarry here at one point- Could be part of that...
Why not try Geocaching at Mount Nemo?

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