Thornton Bales Conservation Area Loop Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews

Thornton Bales Conservation Area Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near King, Ontario, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
672 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

muddy

Thornton Bales Conservation Area is famous for its steep slopes and rugged beauty. This Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) is part of the Oak Ridges Moraine, and has an elevation that drops 54 metres from its southwest corner to its northern boundary. Nicknamed "The 99 Steps", this conservation area is best suited to people who are in good physical condition and enjoy a challenge. Water bottles and comfortable footwear are strongly recommended for hikers targeting these woodland trails. Among the wildlife that can be found in this ravine-like setting are pileated woodpeckers and white tailed deer.

hiking
13 days ago

It's a great set of trails: slippery but gorgeous in winter, buggy but gorgeous in summer, and stunning in the spring and fall. The only downside, unfortunately, is as others have noted (thought it was only me that was bothered by this) that *very few* dog owners follow the dogs on leashes sign. It's not an off-leash dog park and with so many dog-walkers, it can feel like that to anyone just trying to hike, or with an on-leash dog or skittish kid, and not interested in your "he's well trained and only wants to say hi" dog. It can also get very busy, but hitting the side trails with higher elevation changes tends to fix that.

2 months ago

Short but fun!

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

very different in winter then fall// many locals walk dogs off leash.

hiking
4 months ago

Love these trails!!! Dogs are exhausted by the end of it! Every season looks splendid here.

walking
5 months ago

6 months ago

Run in snow for 2 loops.

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Hiking shoes are a must. Some mud - some hills - overall a very moderate trail with great views.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

it was nice, but could use a more accurate mapping system. I ended up at jokers hill and not on purpose.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome trail! Definitely wear your hiking shoes! A great workout with lots of ups and downs. Very easy to get lost this app is very helpful!

10 months ago

10 months ago

Great trail be careful I went with my kids and got lost

hiking
11 months ago

There was a lot of hills, it was a great and challenging trail for us!!! We loved it!!

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

It was a good trail that took approximately 1hr 15min to complete. While on the trail there were a few forks with different difficulty levels. We picked the hardest route which meant climbing up two steep slopes. This trail wasn't that scenic, more of a nature walk perfect for dogs. If I had to rate the the difficulty of this trail it would be a 2 out of 5 with 5 being the most difficult.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Great trail. Only thing is that no one abides by the on-leash rule and random dogs kept running up to me and my Shepherd.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016