Back in July I walked through the majority of Pretty River Provincial Park before I was defeated by the hills. This park contains the highest point along the Bruce Trail. Today I was determined to finish it and hike beyond its borders into Petun Conservation Area. When I was here in the summer I turned back at the John Haigh Side Trail so today I parked at 6th Sideroad and hiked along the side trail to meet up with the main trail.
Since last week the trees have lost most if not all their leaves. The trail is covered with the now brownish leaves and the branches stretch to the sky naked of any colour. The trail opens up to a lookout point with farmlands visible below. The haze covering the distant city obscures the shoreline of Wasaga Beach.
Hiking along the trail turns onto the Osler Bluff and then turns into Petun Conservation Area. The trail takes you along the north side giving the occasional peek at the shoreline in the distance. Eventually it makes it back to 2nd Line from here I headed back to the car.
I had one more stop to make. There was a two kilometre stretch that I still had to cover from Nature Reserve and Pretty River. As I hiked along this stretch I was confronted with the steepest, muddiest hill to date. I thought last week’s muddy hill was treacherous until I started to climb this one.
Making it to the top was like winning a race, I had conquered and not fallen over from exhaustion. Back down the hill and into the provincial park I enjoyed the last kilometre that took me along the river bank before heading home for the day.