Today’s trip is brought to you by the University of Toronto Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill. We started out at Thornton Bales Conservation Area, which in hindsight probably wasn’t the best idea.
From the parking lot on 19th Sideroad, the trail follows the road for a short jaunt, and then immediately drops 54m. This is called 99 Steps, but we counted and there’s only about 78.
The hindsight that kicked in after descending this, was that we would have to go back up at the end of the hike.
The area is known for its ups and downs. This stretch is only recommended for hikers that are in shape.
Apparently a lot of in-shape lovers have made their way down here to carve their names in to this tree.
There are some deceptively flat sections of the trail, and we were grateful for those.
I’m not sure if we were in Jokers Hill or Thornton Bales when it dawned upon me, but the trail made me realize I was probably not as “in shape” as I wanted to pretend to be.
We found a really fun looking tree, and might have used it as an excuse to stop and catch our breath. I wanted to climb it, but there was a family passing by and things like that are apparently frowned upon.
Another flat section of trail through Jokers Hill. Apparently I didn’t take too many photos of the ups and downs, as I was trying to concentrate on getting oxygen in to my lungs. I also wasn’t bright enough to bring water with me (it was in the car).
If it wasn’t for all the algae, and yet another passing family, I might have considered sticking my feet in the pond with these ducks.
Back in Thornton Bales and it was time to go up – and up and up and up!
205m elevation gain
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