Hockley Valley


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Trail stats

8.77 mi
Elevation gain
1,841 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
1,841 ft
Max elevation
1,299 ft
98 4.8
Min elevation
906 ft
Trail type
3 hours 43 minutes
June 2, 2017
June 2017
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  •   4.8 2 Reviews
1,299 ft
906 ft
8.77 mi

near Glen Cross, Ontàrio (Canada)

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Itinerary description

Very nice series of trails just a few minutes drive from the town of Orangeville. Beautiful forest with loads of mature maples, rolling terrain and numerous stream crossings. The path is in great condition, is well marked and there are several opportunities to adapt the hike to suit your needs.

There is a parking lot at the start/finish point and the first few hundred meters is along the side of the roadway. A good variety of trees including stands of cedar, red pine and lots of towering maples that would be spectacular in the fall. Birds were plentiful and we spotted a blue heron by one of the ponds near the north end of the Cam Snell loop.

A portion of the hike is on the well known Bruce Trail that winds from the Bruce Peninsula to the Niagara region. This particular portion, known officially as the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve, is a popular area with several access points and it is well worth exploring. One of the best I've seen in the area.


PictographIntersection Altitude 1,056 ft
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Intersection 1

Get off the main road to the right (north).

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,083 ft
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Intersection 2

Take a right for the Tom east loop.

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,112 ft
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Intersection 3

Turn right. Take the ladder over the fence. Edit: The ladder and the fence have been removed!

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,033 ft
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Stile 2

Another of several fence stiles. As with streams and bridges, not all are noted as way points in this description. Update: This one has also been removed.

PictographIntersection Altitude 981 ft
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Intersection 4

left turn here.

PictographIntersection Altitude 997 ft
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Intersection 5

Right turn here.

PictographBridge Altitude 994 ft
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Bridge 1

Over a stream.

PictographBridge Altitude 965 ft
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Bridge 4

The fourth bridge in quick succession.

PictographBridge Altitude 1,027 ft
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Bridge 5

Left turn over the bridge to cross the stream.

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,040 ft
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Intersection 7

Turn right for the Isabel East trail section.

PictographCampsite Altitude 958 ft
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Good flat area by a stream. Great spot for a lunch or extended break. Not sure if overnight camping is permitted.

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,037 ft
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Intersection 10

Turn left here.

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,171 ft
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Intersection 11

Turn right here.

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,211 ft
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Intersection 12

Intersection 12

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,171 ft
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Fence style followed by another one that I didn't bother to record.

PictographBridge Altitude 1,155 ft
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Bridge 6

Lots of bridges and streams.

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,175 ft
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Intersection 13

Cam Snell side loop.

PictographBridge Altitude 1,037 ft
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Bridge and stream

Bridge and stream

Comments  (5)

  • Photo of maxini2001
    maxini2001 Jun 2, 2017

    Beautiful hike, great description, nothing to add.

  • Photo of Port flora
    Port flora Jul 31, 2017

    Oh, and I should give credit to Maxini for finding this gem. You're the best!

  • gunjanpiplai Apr 26, 2022

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Beautiful trail. Btw I know the trail is marked as easy/moderate, and as a result some people end up bringing their kids. I heard several kids complaining and wanting to go back. The trail is long and some uphill sections can be difficult for children or old persons.

  • hawk25 Aug 3, 2022

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Absolutely loved it. Hilly, so you may want poles with you, can be done without of course. Light mosquito activity in early August. I skipped the North-western most loop since the path got narrower with bush encroaching on to the trail (not worth the risk of tick bites so I turned back). Otherwise, gorgeous and challenging!
    Also, pay attention to the map, lots of winding and crossing trails in this one.

  • Photo of Nazar Miloshkin
    Nazar Miloshkin Aug 6, 2022

    Looks really fun, I will make plans to go there asap!!!

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