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To all the dog walkers out there using Walter Bean Trail, came across Coyote Scat this afternoon, close to pioneer tower. The brush is really over grown in parts which of course is fabulous to our non domestic four legged friends.

beautiful trail I have done it many times and have enjoyed each time

Beautiful trails, as some people have said there are some areas that are a little hard to follow. In the fall it can be difficult to see the pale yellow markers, but besides that it’s a really nice place to hike!

Four of us attempted counter clockwise last week of Sept. Got to Heaven Lake ~10 miles in but one of our party partially separated an achilles. We backed him out out slowly. I think the moderate rating is misleading. Parts are definitely difficult. Moderate is kind of an average. From the Crack through Hansen is constant up and down on a lot of irregular surface. If the quartzite gets wet it's slippery.
That said, what a beautiful place. We all intend to go back.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trails, beautiful clearing with a nice view. Very easy to get lost though(even with a map) as there a many little side trails everywhere.

A couple spots with beautiful overlook of the lake. I enjoyed the varied terrain. Note that there are a variety of loop trail options if you don’t want to hike the full 10km.

backpacking
1 month ago

I finished this trail yesterday in 4 days/3nights with three friends and myself. This was our first time on the trail and despite finishing on time, we were a bit ambitious with our pace and had 4 long days of hiking. The scenery was very rewarding. I’ll definitely be doing the loop again, although will be adding one or two nights and including the hike up to silver peak. “The Crack,” which is located about 5 hours from the trailhead travelling counterclockwise, was not very enjoyable as we were inundated with a tour bus of day hikers who were not very trail savvy. The next time I do this loop I’ll be travelling counterclockwise and aiming to pass through the crack earlier in the day on a weekday. Otherwise, great trail overall. However, I would certainly rate this trail as difficult and not moderate.

Just finished 7 nights on the trail. Arrived back at George Lake yesterday. Trail was both challenging and rewarding. Beautiful scenery and weather was very agreeable. Think I would be more inclined to rate the trail as difficult. Maybe I’m just out of shape...lol. Am definitely looking forward to going again!!

backpacking
1 month ago

Spent 9 days on the trails with my wife and had an awesome time. There was SO much to see. Every stop and every camp site offered a wonderful memory. Looking forward to making the trip with my son next.

1 month ago

Great views if you enjoy concrete drainage ditches.

Love this trail, I hike it a couple times out of the week.

Amazing trail

The most clearly marked trail I've ever hiked! Lots of elevation and scenery change, passed maybe 20 people on a Sunday afternoon. Did the full 10km in 2hr 40min.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous view! Great short loop to take dogs on, especially if they like to swim! Most dogs are off-leash and friendly.

2 months ago

A great and flat trail. This trai is also good for running (no all the way).
I parked there without any issue.

hiking
2 months ago

The kids really enjoyed this hike !

Tricky track. Pristine. Filter water well. I had stomach issues both times I did this trail.

We finished it in 3.5 hours. Good hike with couple of beautiful lookouts

Southern part of the loop is poorly maintained. One section of it have to walk in waist high weeds

Beautiful trail with great scenery. It is NOT a loop trail though. Its an out and back on the same trail, 5 miles one way.

Nice variety in the scenery and a bunch of trails to choose from. Our first hike we used their trail map, not the GPS, and found out way through the common trails relatively easily. Views are great and lots of other amenities/activities within the conservation area.

This was my first backpacking trip ever lol. Completed this trail in 7 days/6 nights with my dog. Last week of July. Managed a trip up to silver peak too! Absolutely loved it! I underestimated the difficulty though. If your dog isn’t trail hardened, which mine wasn’t, bring boots and paw moisturizer. The rocks are sharp and will shred the paws without them.

Nice experience!

This is a flat trail. You follow the grand river around the loop. You can begin anywhere off of Grand River road. Lots of free parking. Be mindful of people leisurely walking, they rarely pay attention to their surroundings. I recommend a weekday ride, less congested. I do not recommend solo rides for women in the evening, since the trail is also an artery for many unsavory individuals.

Very beautiful trail. Be very careful of not getting lost though. The yellow trail does become confusing so we ended up bushwhacking to get back on track. I would recommend however!

First time on the trail. Enjoyed it very much will definately come back to try some of the other trails here.

mountain biking
3 months ago

nice trail that's full of mixed levels trails. definitely not for families with young kids. good signage at the start but then trails split and things get confusing due to lack of signage. certain parts definitely require skill and proper gear.

hiking
3 months ago

We enjoy this trail a lot with our dog, MOST dog we meet are off leash and friendly. Occassionally we go down a more minor trail and hit a dead end but we were able to put in 6.5 km on these trails with some hills making for a lovely morning hike!

backpacking
4 months ago

There is not a more beautiful hike in Ontario, in my opinion. It is for more experienced hikers and would absolutely rate this one has hard, as opposed to moderate considering some of the elevations and hiking requisite knowledge required. Trip preparation and proper gear is essential, but absolutely worth it!

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