Trail Information for the Blue Mountains Section


Last update 2021-10-04



Our Area of the Bruce Trail runs from Lavender to Craigleith.

The terrain changes abruptly as the Bruce Trail enters the area known as the Blue Mountains. Here are Ontario's best-known ski resorts, set among high bluffs interspersed with deep wide valleys. From the Trail, there are excellent views of the rolling countryside and Nottawasaga Bay. Our area has wonderful hiking opportunities year round. Come on out and enjoy them. We hope to see you on our trails. New hikers are always welcome on our outings. Check our Newsletter for times and locations.



Update to Payment Instructions for BMBTC Badges

Sep. 10 2021

All BMBTC BADGES are $10 each + postage

Email all enquiries regarding badge requests and payment option to:
Badges@BMBTC.org

Email the following info:

  1. When requesting a badge please ensure you identify the name of the specific badge requested.
  2. You must complete, and include in email, a hiking log with the name of Badge and name of hiker (Moonlight Hike Badge excepted).

    *The hiking log can be a list of the dates of your hikes and where you started and ended each day. Or you may want to use the Hike Ontario template hiking log. https://hikeontario.com/programs/hiking-log/
    DO NOT include photos or maps.
  3. Include FULL and COMPLETE mailing address (including Civic address if applicable).
  4. For E-transfer option:
    Email all enquiries with the above info in order to receive E-transfer payment instructions.
    Allow up to 10 days for a response.
    DO NOT E-TRANSFER $$ to "BADGES@BMBTC.ORG ".
  5. For cheque payment: Include all above info (do not forget the hiking log) and mail it, together with a cheque for $10 per badge plus a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage, to:

Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club
P.O. Box 91
Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 3Z4



Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Changes & Notices


Map 22 - Blue Mountains - Muddy Conditions in Duntroon Highlands

Map 22, Edition 30 :
Oct. 04 2021


Muddy Conditions

UPDATE:
Due to the nature of the event held on 25 Sept, combined with continued rainy weather, the approx 1 km stretch of trail noted in the post is extremely saturated and muddy. As such, hiking conditions are poor.

Hikers are advised to avoid the area for the next few weeks. The trail may not likely improve before Nov 1, when that section is typically closed for the winter at the landowners' request.

In the meantime:

- Northbound hikers should use Highlands Side Trail along Conc 10 as an alternate route.

- Southbound hikers originating from Cty Rd 91 would be advised to turn around at the location illustrated on the map.

Note: Trail closed signs have not yet been posted on site.

Original Post: September 23, 2021: 
Hikers are advised of an event (www.mudhero.com) taking place at Woolner Place near Highlands in Duntroon, September 25, 2021.

The course will impede access to approx 1 km of Main Trail that runs north from the intersection of Nottawasaga Concession 10 South and Sideroad 21/22 (Map 22).

Hikers can circumvent this by following Highlands Side Trail along Concession 10 as an alternate route. (Map of Highlands Side Trail available on  this trail notice from 2020 )




Map 24 - Blue Mountains/Beaver Valley - Event at Blue Mountain Resort (2-days)

Map 24, Edition 30 :
Sep. 25 2021

Hikers are advised of a trail running event (Summit 700) taking place at Blue Mountain Resort, September 25-26.

Expect the local area, trails and parking to be busy on those dates.

The course will overlap with the following stretches of the Bruce Trail:

  • km 65.2 to km 67.3 km - Blue Mountains section
  • km 0.0 to km 0.5 - Beaver Valley section

Moreover, due to the large number of anticipated participants, parking at the Blue Mountain Resort lots located off Scenic Caves and Swiss Meadows Blvd could be limited/restricted.




Map 21 - Blue Mountains - Bridge Closure - Noisy River Provincial Nature Reserve - LIFTED



Noisy River Bridge Re-Open

Map 21, Edition 30 :
Aug. 19 2021

Original Post: December 12, 2020:  The bridge that spans the Noisy River within the Noisy River Provincial Nature Reserve is closed for repairs until further notice. The trail located on either side of the river remains open to hikers. No alternate route is proposed at this time. Please do not attempt to cross the river. 

Closure indicated above has been LIFTED August 19, 2021

The bridge reconstruction across the Noisy River has been successfully completed and the bridge is open.




Map 21 - Blue Mountains - Noisy River - Temporary closure for bridge repair- LIFTED

Temp Trail Closure Recinded

Map 21, Edition 30 :
Aug. 19 2021

Original post, August 10, 2021: Effective August 16, the main Bruce Trail on either side of the Noisy River will be temporarily closed to hikers. This encompasses the Bruce Trail in Noisy River Provincial Nature Reserve from the parking at County Rd 9 south through to Garden of Eden Road. This temporary closure is in place to permit the safe transport and removal of materials related to the repair of a bridge over the river. Duration of the closure is unknown.

Closure indicated above has been LIFTED, August 19, 2021

The bridge reconstruction across the Noisy River has been successfully completed. The bridge and the main trail on either side have reopened.




Map 21 - Blue Mountains - Bridge Closure - Noisy River Provincial Nature Reserve - LIFTED



Noisy River Bridge Re-Open

Map 21, Edition 30 :
Aug. 19 2021

Original Post: December 12, 2020:  The bridge that spans the Noisy River within the Noisy River Provincial Nature Reserve is closed for repairs until further notice. The trail located on either side of the river remains open to hikers. No alternate route is proposed at this time. Please do not attempt to cross the river. 

Closure indicated above has been LIFTED August 19, 2021

The bridge reconstruction across the Noisy River has been successfully completed and the bridge is open.




Map 24 - Blue Mountains - Reroute, Scenic Caves Rd

Reroute, Scenic Caves Road

Map 24, Edition 30 :
May. 20 2021

As per the map above, three sections of the Bruce Trail that were previously found within the Blue Mountains Resort property have been moved onto the road.




Map 22 - Blue Mountains - New Side Trail

The Bruce Trail has been rerouted off Concession 10 South Nottawasaga near Duntroon.

As a result, three new side trails have been created. The former route of the main Trail has become Highlands Side Trail. The former Duntroon View Side Trail has become a combination of the main Trail, and the newly named Lime Kiln Access Side Trail and Walker Aggregates Side Trail.

This new reroute permits approx 2.5 km of off-road hiking through mixed forest and open fields, with scenic lookouts of Nottawasaga Bay. It also provides a short stretch of trail running adjacent to the Duntroon Quarry.

Trail Reroute