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     Rattlesnake Point


Just the Facts about hiking at Rattlesnake Point:

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Rattlesnake Point hiking trails16 KM
Rattlesnake Point Distance to Toronto60 KM / 54 Mins

Rattlesnake Conservation Area is well worth the drive from Toronto. With its stellar escarpment trails, picnic areas, rock climbing points, you are sure to find amazing views and spot some wildlife along your trek. Plus, if you're looking for a full-day hiking extravaganza, consider taking the 10+ km (one way) Bruce Trail hike that connects Rattlesnake with Crawford Lake.

Rattlesnake Point - Donkey on the way
An exciting part of the Rattlesnake Point experience happens before you even enter the main gates of the park.  The drive up the escarpment, round a series of steep switchbacks, is a thrill unto itself that gives you a good idea of the landscape's grandeur.  Once you've made it around the last crazy curve, it's a quick left turn into the park.  Of course, if you'd rather a flatter route, you're best to take Steeles to Appleby Rd. which leads you past sprawling properties and farms, one of which is home to a fairly friendly group of miniature donkeys that hang out at the roadside edge of their pasture.o enter the park, there is a small $4.25 day use fee per person and so we gladly dispensed of our
toonies and searched for a nice place to park our car and proceed with our usual pre-hike routine: practically bathing in both bug spray and sunscreen and double checking that our mini-pack is indeed carrying our fruit and nut snack, water bottle and that our camera is ready to roll.

Hiking paths range from the short and flat to the long and varied path. Each trail is marked by a coloured blaze (notably, yellow, red, orange or blue), though they seem to intertwine at points, making it easy to merge onto another trail.  The longer  trail meets up with the Bruce Trail and takes ambitious nature-lovers on a mission from Rattlesnake Point to Crawford Lake. This is not a loop trail, so if you embark on this mission, it's a good 20 km return trip. As we hiked up and down the escarpment along this Bruce segment of the trail, we came to realize exactly how close to the edge we actually were as we hopped over rock-climber lines and then peeked over as far as we could.
Big boulders, cliffs and caves are in ample supply and provided with some great photos of the Nassagawaya Canyon.  Rob, always the brave one, decided to shimmy down between two of these large rocks once he caught a glimpse of a cave entrance. He wedged his way through the cave in semi-darkness, while I caught momentary glimpses of his journey from overhead. About twenty metres later, he emerged unscathed but a little bit dirtier. These caves are quite abundant but are well hidden.
Rattlesnake point - Rob in a cave
Rattlesnake Point - View from the top
Cutting our hike a little short, we joined up with the yellow trail which brought us back to the trailhead.  After such an energizing hike, we had an overwhelming desire to chug the remains of our water and consume as much food as our stomach's could handle. Taking the scenic farm route, we make plans to stop at our favourite Indian restaurant on our way home.
A Few Candid Moments At Rattlesnake Point:
Rattlesnake Point - Baby Raccoon Rattlesnake Point - Rock Climbing
Rattlesnake Point is very popular among the Rock Climbing crowd! During our visit, we saw several groups conquering the Escarpment-- some novice, some expert. Watch for the climbing cords on some of the trails, you may have to jump over a few on busy days.
At one point during our hike we heard a crazy screaming commotion coming from the trees... what did we see? A mommy Raccoon teaching her young one a lesson.
Why not try Geocaching at Rattlesnake Point?

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Rattlesnake Point - Trees on the edge of cliff
Nature perseveres! We couldn't help but be amazed by the tenacity of the trees and shrubs pushing out from the cracks of the Escarpement. This is a memorable trait of many of the trails along the Niagara Escarpment-- Kelso also has some pretty amazing cedars hanging from its cliffs!