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Great trail but please hikers...pick up after your dogs!

3 days ago

nice open trails and easy to follow

Decent outing but the cliffs were a little underwhelming - even by southern ontario standards. Still made for an enjoyable hike

This used to be one my favourite local spots. Back in 2012-2013 I would have given this a solid 5/5 star rating. The trail since then has been seriously overused and suffers from lots of erosion (the whitevale section in particular). And now a construction site for a new subdivision boarders the southern portions of the trail.

Late sept - oct is the best time to go, as the mosquitos & deerfly are BRUTAL throughout summer.

Having said all that, the trail does have nice sections especially in late fall and early spring. If you do the whole trail return trip is 5-7 hours pending on your pace, which is longer than most of the other trails within the area.

6 days ago

Today we went with our 3 dogs and had a great time, it was clean snow and clear markings of the trail.

A really great 2 hour walk with lots of beautiful natural features like downed trees. Lots of little creeks and ponds to poke with sticks! Lol. My daughter and I had a great time trying to guess the animal tracks! And inventing our own possible animal answers!! Lol. Definitely a nice winter hike! Agreed with another reviewer who said it’ll be amazing in spring. Will definitely be back!

Waaaay too icy! Definitely would be a lovely walk in spring with the broad leaves in bud. But some nice trees, a river view and quiet solitude! A nice little piece of exercise and fresh air! Watch out for dog poop! Lol. ;)

We take our dog to this trail year round and we love it. We have used our snowshoes but it’s well packed down to hike in boots. There are several little side trails and it’s good excersise. Not very flat though so if you are walking with someone that struggles with hills, it’s probably not the trail for them. It’s very pretty and peaceful.

Was a nice trial to walk in the winter, looking forward to seeing it in the summer. Slightly icy on some paths but easy to follow and nice scenery. Was hard to find using the directions on this app. The entrance we found was on Mutual street in Pickering. Had a parking lot there that was fee. Also has a play ground and a soccer field. Will defiantly be back again.

Always love Mono Cliffs! It was snowing and beautiful up at the Lookout off McCarsten Lake. Magic.

Very good

Nice trail that meanders along an out of service rail line. I have heard that bears have been seen in the area of the Fort so might be an idea to wear bells or have spray.

The trail itself is amazing! It’s gorgeous with lots of different elevations. There’s also an off-leash fenced dog park in the south end of the trail. Dogs must be on leash on the trail though. Unfortunately enforcement of this rule is minimal as everyone let’s their dogs off leash on the trail. We probably won’t be back again because our pup was attacked by two different dogs who were off leash on the trail. One lady claimed her dog “didn’t like dogs who were not neutered”. Our pup was 4 months at the time and isn’t scheduled for a neutering until 1 year. Nevertheless, how could you allow your dog to roam free off leash when you KNOW your dog may potentially be a threat to other dogs, dog owners and walkers? Definitely such a negligent act. Wouldn’t trust having our pup on the trail again. Even though we kept him on leash, it’s hard to control other dogs and the actions of other owners.

1 month ago

this is a much smaller tract then you'd think by walking through it. this tract actually ends at a spot where the trail crosses over a fence that's been knocked down. most folks step over the fence line and keep walking. this is the point at which you'd also start to notice small piles of household debris dumped in the forest. they are usually pretty clandestine, but it is sad, regardless. the trail is a pretty well known one locally and well traveled. generally, dogs here are off leash. if you have a problem with that, this isn't the trail for you. I've never seen anyone doing anything but walk their dog or take photos (scenic background) here. it would be great for a beginner's trail run as it is pretty flat. if you go past the fence line, then use a mapping programme like all trails record function to mark your turns (or you could end up wandering for quite some time)!

there are a few entrances and parking areas. currently there is a heavy skim of ice and melt over all the established tracks. unlike any of the other Simcoe county forests I've visited, this one has a throughway drive in it. this single track road is wide enough for a pickup to drive through it. there are multiple well grooved mountain bike trails cross-crossing through both sections of this forest. there is a small section on the south east side of a road, and a larger section on the south west side. it was reasonably common to hear traffic as the cross roads is fairly busy. we did see one other person walking their dog, but it was otherwise ours alone. this is old growth, and it's possible the roadway is to facilitate active logging in the forest.

cross country skiing
2 months ago

We'll marked trails. Snowshoes respect the ski track.

2 months ago

the trail starts away from the naming sign ( continue down 12th line to the green sign for 3332 12th line). initially, there is an uphill slog that makes you wonder about terrain, but you must come down gradually as you make the loop. to the left is the well traversed uphill where you will eventually ramble below a few fallen trees. nothing crazy, but you need to be reasonably mobile. there are a few fallen trees to the right from the entrance loop (or off the finish if you go left). I got lucky and was mostly able to follow a snowmobile/Nordic ski track. it was just near the finish where a large tree had fallen that I lost track of other's tracks. if you're headed here soon take long snow pants as the snow is deep (especially where it hasn't been trodden over). fabulous trail with beautiful tall pine. at the top of the initial climb there is a great view to both left and right where the terrain drops away.

Really good trail. Peaceful in winter. I am definitely going to return to either cross country ski or cycle in the spring/fall.

Great trail.

mountain biking
3 months ago

This was a great ride and a wonderful trail. Also some spots along it said it was equestrian, which I suggested an edit with. This is the third trail i've tried in the area and now my favorite.

3 months ago

we started at HWY 7, the trail was closed at the 407 bridge (I think) there were signs up saying use at own risk. We did, went down to Whitevail and back, its bit a not a bad trail to walk, the trails are well marked. the weather wasn't the greatest, damp and foggy so we only seen 1 other pair of hikers on the trail. There wasn't that much took look at other then dead bent trees from the ice storm a few years ago.Going to start at Whitevail and head south next time and eventually finish the whole trail

I love this place!

3 months ago

Nice hike, can be made much longer if you add in some of the Bruce Trail side trails. Beautiful scenery and pretty level ground throughout. Would rate this ‘easy’ for any type of regular hiker. Dogs loved it and there is parking on site! $6.75 entrance fee.

Falls are worth the trip. Bruce trail sections are fun.

Liked it alot. So many trails to explore. Nice creeks that will be nice to chill by in the warm months.

Lots to explore, you can make this quite a bit longer if you want to add the side trails. Parking lot at trail head, trail was quiet but we did see a few mountain bikers (even in the snow!). Trail was a little snow covered and muddy in some spots, but well maintained and easy to navigate. Would recommend. Great for the dogs also!

Lots of trails to explore, beautiful lookouts, and a lot of up and downs provide a good workout while enjoying nature.

Good views and good trails. Very busy trails and sometimes horses.

Well maintained, flat, easy. great trail!

the trails were well marked and easy to follow, but it would have been nice ìf the main attractions of the park had directions on the trail signs, lots of people were asking directions to get to the cliffs. The main trail that's marked in red is fairly easy but once you get into the cliff or Bruce trail there is lots of steep climbing and decents. High traffic on weekend, the parking lot was almost full by 11 am

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