This morning we headed out to the Spencer Gorge conservation area in Hamilton on a recommendation from a friend. We still can’t believe how lucky we are to live so close to so many amazing scenic places – this was just a 25 drive away!
Our plan was to hike from Webster’s Falls, to Tews Falls, to Dundas Peak and back. It’s about 5.2km total and we did it under 2 hours. Most of the trail is hard-packed dirt and there are some stairs, some bridges, some areas with a pretty steep drop with no railings but it was totally doable. It was a beautiful sunny morning and we figured by heading out in the morning, we’d beat most of the afternoon heat. I brought this map with us but we didn’t really need it as everything was clearly marked.
We parked at the parking lot near Webster’s Falls on Fallsview Road ($10 parking fee) and at 10am it was mostly empty. We explored the area surrounding the falls; the story says that the area was developed to resemble the English countryside and we were completely enchanted.
View from the lookout closest to the parking lot. We could hear the roar of the falls as we approached.
We walked down to the cobblestone bridge you see in the distance. You can see people on the bridge as well as at another lookout point just to the left of where the waterfall goes over the edge:
Coming up to the cobblestone bridge:
Taken from the cobblestone bridge facing away from the falls:
Taken from the lookout point right where the falls go over:
So charming 🙂
Coming up to the other bridge – beautiful 🙂
View from that bridge up the creek:
From here we followed the trail up towards Tews Falls (about 20 minutes) – the trail is clearly marked.
These are Tews Falls – it’s 9m wide so much narrower than Webster’s but a lot taller – just a few metres shorter than Niagara Falls.
We continued on to Dundas Peak and got to enjoy some great views from up there:
There were various bridges…
Some steep drops…
which provided some cool tree root photos opportunities…
Some scenic paths…
Maps along the way to tell you where you were…
On that last map, we noticed that there was a dam (Christie Dam) west of Webster’s Falls (about 2.8km from Webster’s Falls to the dam) so that will likely be our next hike.
It was a great morning!