Lion's Head Loop Via Bruce Trail

MODERATE 228 reviews

Lion's Head Loop Via Bruce Trail is a 15.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.3 km Elevation Gain: 427 m Route Type: Loop

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rocky
2 days ago

I'd highly recommend this trail. The hike to the cliffside is roughly 30-45 minutes and it's well worth it. Stunning views of the turquoise water of Isthmus Bay and Lion's Head Harbour is a sight to see. As for the quality of the trail, I would bring shoes with a lot of grip, as it get's quite rocky once you get closer to the lookout. Also, there's no railings at the top, so watch your footing close to the edge.

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rocky
2 days ago

camping
4 days ago

easy hike with little elevation. beautiful view once you get to the water. there's a bit of a walk in the forest before the ascent.

hiking
7 days ago

One of the best hikes I have done this year! Loved the various different landscapes, rocky, sandy, grassy, forest, waterfront. Phenomenal lookouts. Started from the Moore St. Access point. First half from this point is easy, second half gets more strenuous. Finished in under 6 hours with many stops for views and a short lunch. Very rewarding.

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rocky
8 days ago

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rocky
15 days ago

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rocky
15 days ago

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blowdown
private property
19 days ago

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24 days ago

Beautiful hike

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rocky
25 days ago

This was a lovely trail with many gorgeous views. Concur with most reviews here, a few spots to get mixed up in, trail under water at beach... follow the shoreline and watch for markers. Took about 5 hours from Moore St. to Cemetery Road. Lots of ups and downs and very rocky, suggest ankle support. There are also moderate amounts of poison ivy to watch for between the lions head section and the beach, coming along the trail at on the barrels bay side and then some dense patches coming out to cemetery road. Be vigilant in keeping an eye out for it as you won’t see any then all of sudden you see a bit. Had a great day, club and park do a great job here.

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27 days ago

We did the full loop in just over 6 hours with a stop for lunch and many photo opportunities. We were with my in-laws in their 50s so could likely do it faster depending on your speed and fitness level while still enjoying breaks. The first half of the the hike was beautiful with many stunning lookouts over turquoise water and cliffs. It then descends down to a section on a rocky beach. I had the impression this section extended further into the second half of the hike which would have allowed for more opportunity to swim, however the second half was more of a forest hike. The final 5km is a forest trail and easier terrain mainly flat. If I were doing it again I would hike to the water and turn back vs. completing the full loop. As others mentioned do make sure to have lots of water. We did it in running shoes and it was fine but ideally would have preferred to have my hiking shoes for this one as quite rocky and lots of roots.

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27 days ago

Great hike into and out of the lookout points! Took the Moore Street side trail in as time was a factor. Incredible views!

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28 days ago

I love this trail. beautiful views and properly marked signs

hiking
1 month ago

great views, and a lovely rock beach to swim at part way through. took 6.5 hrs with lots of stops for pictures.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked in from the Moore Side Street Trail and proceeded to follow the white Bruce Trail Markets walking in a clockwise direction. The views get spectacular as you walk along the bluff. Best to have proper hiking boots as terrain is quite rocky and rugged, not a flat path. Lots of up 2-3 metres, then down 2-3 metres. If you get the jitters walking close to the edge of the bluff, beware. Lots of close to the edge of the bluff walking, but the views are amazing. We “cut our hike short” and returned via the Inland Side Trail, instead of completing the full loop. Cuts about 3 km off the hike. The Inland Side Trail follows blue markers and is much less travelled, yet easily followable as a trail. No views here. Just a lumpy walk through the forest to get you back to the main Bruce Trail close to the Lion’s Head Lookout. Caution ... bring twice the water you normally bring as there is nothing en route. You can drink out of the Bay if needed with no real concerns. Bottom Line ... A spectacular hike. We completed 13.0 km in 5 hours with stops to enjoy the view and a longer stop for lunch. Plan accordingly. Don’t get caught after dark. It will be a very unpleasant night if you are not prepared. Enjoy!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Took 2 cars and parked at the Moore st lot and Cementary rd lot. Hiked clockwise from Moore lot to the Cemetery lot and the approx 13km hike took our group 5 hours including a stop for lunch at the rock beach. Trail was pretty well marked and easy to follow most of the time except along the rock beach where the trail follows the beach which is under water for a small section. We had to do a little bush wacking to reconnect with the trail but it was a fairly short detour. Views from the top are spectacular and we even got to watch some rock climbers.

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rocky
1 month ago

Do friendly but rocky!! Went out a bit and came back! Was a good hike!

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rocky
1 month ago

This trail is a lot of fun and requires lots of energy and time to complete! Most of it is well marked but it does get a little weird after the white rocky beach. You really have to follow the water’s edge to find the next trail blazer. We stopped a number of times for the views and we also got a little lost near the end and had to backtrack a bit. That was simply due to fatigue and not paying attention. You really need to keep watching for the blazers :)

hiking
1 month ago

We found a good spot to park on Moore street near the Yacht club, ample parking, this took us about 7.5km to hike to the lions head! We hiked through the rain and it was the most amazing hike I’ve been on to this day. Mostly all uphill on stepping stones, careful of tree roots and little potholes! Just absolutely amazing at every look out! Would’ve tried the whole 15km had it not been raining so hard.

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rocky
1 month ago

Very rocky - to the point where ankles/knees hurt. By far the nicest part are the first 2-3 miles (clockwise).

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bugs
muddy
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washed out
1 month ago

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Great trail - if i do it again, i will start through Finnigans forest. I clocked 9.8 miles in less than 4 hours. Either start the trail at an appropriate hour or bring appropriate head gear. Trail is moderate with trail conditions, easy elevation!

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