Featured Hike: Hockley Valley - Caledon Hills Club

Posted on October 27, 2010

Brilliant fall colours and great views await hikers to the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve & Tom East Side Trail.

From Hockley Road in the Township of Mono, the Bruce Trail climbs 2.2 km to a hikers' bench with outstanding views of the Hockley Valley. It then enters a hardwood bush and follows an old logging track. Hikers can return to the starting point along the Tom East Side Trail for a complete loop of approximately 5 km.

Tom East was the President of the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club from 1965 to 1969, and later the President of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. He laid out much of the Bruce Trail in the Caledon Hills section in the 1960s, and today we all benefit from those early volunteer efforts.

Directions and Parking:

  • In the Township of Mono, take Hockley Road through the Hockley Valley between Airport Road and Highway 10. 
  • Just to the east of the 2nd Line is a parking lot constructed by the Ministry of Natural Resources for visitors to the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve. 
  • Walk west from the parking lot along the side of the road for 100 m to meet the white blazes of the Bruce Trail.

Hike Directions:

  • From Hockley Road, climb the hill on the white-blazed main Bruce Trail. 
  • After a short distance you will meet a trail junction with the Tom East Side Trail. Continue on the white-blazed main Trail on the left. You will be returning on the blue-blazed trail on your right.
  • After 2.2 km it rejoins the blue blazes of the Tom East Side Trail; follow these to the east along a small stream. The Trail then swings uphill to travel along an old fence line and across abandoned farm fields. Reentering a hardwood bush, it swings south on an unopened road allowance to complete the loop.
  • Turn right and follow the blue blazes back to the junction near the road.  You can then follow the white-blazed Trail back to the road. 

  5 km return. Allow 2 hours.

Map Reference: Map 18 (26th edition of the Bruce Trail Reference Guide)

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