Rural Rocks Side Trail

HARD 5 reviews

Rural Rocks Side Trail is a 6.9 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
6.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
199 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

forest

rocky

no dogs

hiking
18 days ago

Rural Rocks is a great trail. Inspiring rock formations, dense deciduous Forrest and a beautiful pond/bog. This trail is 4.1km and is sign posted as such. Not sure where 6+ came from. The sign also suggests it takes about 2 hours which is pretty accurate. I completed in 1 3/4 hour with a short break at the pond. One thing I love about this hike is that it's a full loop with no roads minimal back tracking. The south section along the road including Obese Side Trail is by far the more challenging section. There is not a lot of elevation gain but you must be able to climb over huge boulders and gaps. The other 2/3 of the trail is single track through the woods. Either head clockwise from the parking lot to complete the difficult section first, or head counterclockwise to warm up on the easy stuff and save the best for last. Mosquitoes were abundant but the sunny pond had so many dragonflies that there literally wasn't a single pest. I stood there eating an apple while the dragonflies snatched up anything that came close to me. My only complaint is that the noise from the surrounding quarry was not exactly peaceful. We need to stop destroying these amazing places.

trail running
21 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail. Maintained. Beautiful natural escarpment with challenging terrain.

The trail is actually 2.548 miles= 4.1 km.

1/2 of the trail is BREATHTAKING, the other half is completely plain. It's worth it. Do it!!
I'd say is moderate not difficult.

10 months ago

Good idea to start this loop trail on the left and go clockwise. The first kilometer is very challenging! Keep an eye on the blue blazes that mark the trail. Over rocks and boulders with some remarkable views. The trail does even out into a fairly easy trail through a beautiful forest and back toward the parking area.

This trail is located just north of Wiarton, Ontario. Turn left onto 13 side road and turn right onto Northacres and the parking spot (for 2 cars) is right there on the left.