Stair Circuit, Hamilton

Step up your training with this climb

Urban

Beginner-friendly

< 2 hours

Lace up your sneakers and prepare yourself for a 6km climb up the Chedoke Stairs. With nature surrounding you and the ambient noise of a rushing waterfall to boot, you’ll have all the motivation you need to complete this rewarding workout.

Stair Circuit, Hamilton

Chedoke Stairs, Hamilton, ON, Canada

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Planning your climb

What you need to push your way to the top

Where to start

This 6km workout begins at the bottom of the Hamilton escarpment at the Chedoke Municipal Golf Course. You can get there from the parking lot off Beddoe Drive or the Chedoke Radial Trail.

The Chedoke Stairs are segmented into two lanes that provide plenty of space for you to enjoy the surrounding waterfalls and rugged cliffs. The 289 stairs of Chedoke, as well as the nearby Dundurn stairway, have little teeth on the steps for a more secure grip. But runners beware: these stairs are not maintained in winter months, and if you want to bring a furry friend along, be sure to protect their feet, as the teeth on the stairs can be a little rough.

Dundurn stairs

The Dundurn stairs serve up 326 more steps. Compared to its stair-cousin, this secondary course has only a single lane (and no bicycle trough). The climb starts with several platforms, which are separated by stairs at the bottom, and then ascends with no interruptions from roads, trails or the elements. If you’re feeling tired after the Chedoke Stairs, this section is optional; when you reach these stairs you can turn around and go back.

Chasing waterfalls

Along the Hamilton Escarpment, you’ll have a chance to check out some waterfalls. Some, like the Chedoke Falls and Lower Chedoke Falls, will be accessible from the trail’s edge, but getting there can be tough. This mini-excursion off the Chedoke Radial Trail requires waterproof boots and added care, as there’s no designated trail and it’s rugged. You’ll reach the Lower Chedoke falls first, which are beautiful and may be enough of a challenge, especially after all the stairs.

If you just want to the see the falls, they are viewable from Scenic Drive.

Embrace the challenge

Whether or not you’re a runner, this stair circuit is a phenomenal workout and a fantastic way to connect with nature. If you really want an extra challenge, there are five sets of stairs total in Hamilton. Make a day of stair climbing and try them all for the ultimate workout.

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