Hike the Dundas Escarpment

Dundas Parking Area

Take in the waterfalls & endless views packed into a short & easy hike through the Dundas Escarpment. This hike offers amazing colours in the fall, but great at any time of year.

Starting at Webster's Falls, this hike continues down the trail to Tews Falls and then leads to the Dundas Peak, with panoramic views of the surrounding towns, Dundas & Hamilton. This is a short hike and totals around 3km. There are some side trails that could be taken to offer variety and additional trail length on the way back, but for the most part this is an out-and-back hike. The trail itself is dirt with exposed roots and there are a couple of man-made stair cases that have been added in recent years in the steeper sections of trail.

Websters Falls is a beautiful 30 meter high tiered waterfall that, during the summer months, you can swim at the bottom of! Tews Falls towers at 41 meters and is only slightly shorter than Niagara Falls! When you arrive at the Dundas Peak there is an observation rock that is ideal for a picnic lunch on a nice day.

One thing to keep in mind is that this has become quite a tourist area attraction on the weekends. Best to go during the week if you want a more quiet and peaceful experience!

This trail is maintained by Hamilton Parks and there is a $10 parking fee, but it really is well worth it. The trails are clean and well marked, plus the views alone are worth the cost of parking!

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RT Distance 1.9 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Waterfall

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Great hike in southern Ontario

Southern Ontario is relatively flat, but the escarpment trail is quite an amazing gem. It's also home to dozens of waterfalls. Anyone looking for a little adventure in the area should head here.

Fun, but can get a bit crowded

Come here during the week if you can, and very early in the day during the fall

Simple way to get out of the city

If you're in the urban sprawl of western Lake Ontario and you're feeling the need for a break immersed in nature, head to the escarpment and get lost in the trees. You won't regret it. If you can, though, get farther away from the city!


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