The Best of Milton Hiking Spots Photo by: Harold Stiver

The Best of Milton Hiking Spots

Some people will tell you that autumn is the best season for hiking. The days are warm, but not too warm, the air is crisp and skies are blue. Landscapes have turned a cornucopia of rich hues, so what better way to get out and enjoy them than on a hike? Milton, located along the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, is certainly lovely in autumn, but the hikes available in the area are great at just about any point in the year. Spring, summer, fall or winter, here are 6 great hikes to enjoy in Milton.

6. Rattlesnake Point

Rattlesnake Point is perhaps the best-known of Milton’s hiking options. Although the name might seem offputting, the conservation area is actually named for the snake-like path that was cut into the side of the escarpment by glaciers. As such, Rattlesnake Point is home to many beautiful caves and craggy cliffs, which offer prime lookout points. Popular with cyclists, hikers and climbers, the park offers 12.7 kilometers of trails, with 4 loops. Part of the Bruce Trail cuts through the park, and you can actually hike from Rattlesnake Point to Crawford Lake, a trek of approximately 7 kilometers that will take you roughly an hour and a half. For a shorter, yet challenging hike, try the 3-kilometer Buffalo Crag loop. This trail will take you past some fantastic lookout points and challenge you to climb some steep hills—a workout indeed.

5. Mountsberg

Mountsberg isn’t exactly known for its trails. In fact, residents will more readily tell you about Mountsberg’s raptor center, which is home to a number of birds of prey. Nonetheless, Mountsberg is tucked away in Escarpment country and features 16 kilometers of trails. There are ample opportunities for bird-watching along the trails, and you might even spot the park’s resident bison herd along the Wildlife Walkway. The Walkway and the Sugar Bush Trail both clock in around 1.5 kilometers, making them great choices for families looking to get outdoors. Mountsberg’s other features also make the park a great educational choice—kids and adults alike will learn something new, whether out on the trails or at the raptor center. More serious hikers will find the 5.6-kilometer Lakeshore Lookout and 6.5-kilometer Pioneer Creek trails more challenging.

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