Where to start and finish
To get the most out of this 16km point-to-point run, you’ll want to bring a friend along to do a car drop. Meet up at the end point of the run with both of your cars to drop one car off, and then head to Highland Gardens Park in the other car. From here, you’ll head out along the Bruce Trail and past Hamilton’s escarpment stairs, weave through several conservation lands and finally make it to your destination near the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club.
Turning up the mileage
This distance is one that deserves some preparation. If you’re still building up your mileage, start out by training on the first part of this run; the Hamilton escarpment stairs are a great challenge for working on your stamina.
If you’re already a runner, this route is a nice distance when you’re training for longer races, like half and full marathons. While this point-to-point run doesn’t technically include the escarpment stairs, you could definitely add in the Dundurn and Chedoke stairs for an extra challenge at the beginning of your run.
What to bring along
This route includes technical patches of trail and a rolling landscape through Hamilton. You should pack extra water and nutrition in your trail pack, and have plenty of snacks, water and a fresh pair of socks waiting for you in the car at the end of the run. Adding electrolyte tablets to your hydration system is also a great idea for replenishing your body, especially on hot and humid days when you’ll be sweating a lot.
Waterfalls along the way
Hamilton is known for its waterfalls, and you’ll pass by a few on this run. Tiffany Falls is a worthwhile site and will also require a slight diversion from your route. Duck south at the Tiffany Falls parking lot just before you reach the 8km point. Another one is Canterbury Falls, a 31ft waterfall with year-round flow. The direct route to reach this waterfall has been closed, but if you’d like to add a short distance to your run, you can take the Canterbury Falls Side Trail from the Bruce Trail at about the 10.5km mark (the trail between Sherman Falls and Little Canterbury Falls is no longer open).