I’ve heard a lot of good things about Hilton Falls, so I figured it was about time I saw it for myself. I took to the Bruce Trail side trail, aptly named Hilton Falls side trail, and followed it in and around the park.
The side trail begins in the Halton Regional Forest Britton Tract, then makes a quick left down in to the Conservation Area.
It’s a very rocky go at first; watch your footing!
There are trails many within the Hilton Falls Conservation area, and the main ones are much like this; wide and graveled. The side trail joins up with the Beaver Dam Trail at the north end of the park, and follows it part way down.
The trails makes it way past a few junctions, some of which are bike-only trails. The bridge marks the point where the Beaver Dam Trail and Hilton Falls side trail will split.
Here the side trail makes it way in to the forested area, and off the multi-use paths that are the main thoroughfares of the conservation area.
Now I’m beginning to see what draws people here. It’s beautiful in here!
The trail winds its way through trees, and over rocks. It’s all well-marked, so no worries about getting lost in here. It also crosses the bigger trails from time to time, so you’re never really that far from getting your bearings.
The path opens up as it nears the top of the falls, pictured here.
There are a few interpretive signs that give you the history of the mill ruins, as well as a plaque dedicating the falls to Benedict B. Andercheck.
The upper platform does a good job at hiding the falls, which is typical of the higher platforms. There is a better viewing platform to the left, down a flight of stairs, that brings you about level with the falls.
The cliffs are wearing away, as the trees desperately try to cling to them.
I believe this is a glacier well, though the sign doesn’t specify. It’s been filled in.
I could have continued on and ventured around the Hilton Falls Reservoir but decided instead to call it a day. The side trail was wider here, and lead up to the Red Oak Trail.
Making a left on to the Red Oak Trail, I followed it back to the Beaver Dam Trail, and back up to the north end of the conservation area.
It was fairly quiet, with the exception of a couple cyclists that sped past me at the bridge. A group of girls kindly informed me about the mud ahead, and they were not kidding!
Finally it was time to reak off the Beaver Dam Trail and head back up Hilton Falls side trails.
Luckily there was a well-used detour to go around this mess, so I was able to keep dry.
176m elevation gain