Thornton Bales Conservation Area Loop Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

Thornton Bales Conservation Area Loop Trail is a 3.9 kilometer 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
3.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
205 m
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
8 days ago

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25 days ago

A little confused about the trail map - first half was clearly marked then trail got narrow and a bit overgrown but it was the actual trail on your map. Gorgeous tall, old maple forest - lots of hills and valleys. ❤️

nice forest, few visitors, poor signage

walking
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
2 months 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.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Short but fun!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

walking
7 months ago

8 months ago

Run in snow for 2 loops.

9 months ago