Below are descriptions and maps of the 20 trails that comprise the Mono Hiking Challenge. Each trail has a short description, a map, whether the parking is free or not, including how many parking spaces are available.

The trails are rated from 1 to 3 with 1 being the easiest and 3 being most difficult. The difficulty rating takes into account a combination of the length of the trail and the terrain. Hikes with steep climbs are rated more difficult than are hikes on level terrain.

With each trail is a small map. Further mapping details are available by clicking on the '» Map' link included with each trail description. This link opens in a new browser tab and displays not only the trail but it includes the location parking and the trail head. You can zoom in to see the trail in detail or zoom out to get an overall picture of the trail and surrounding area.

Nearby businesses, such as restaurants; artist studios; farm to table vendors; and more, are also displayed on this map. Zoom out to see more businesses. Click/tap on any icon on the map, or the name of a business in the 'Info Summary' on the right hand side of the map, to get further details including a link to that businesses' website.

The maps are grouped by location/trail operator:

Bruce   Trail

Burns Cemetery Loop

Distance: 1.8 km | Difficulty: 1

From Mono Community Centre parking lot take the Laidlaw Side Trail west which crosses Mono Centre Road, goes north along the unopened road allowance, then back on the road for about 80 metres, then east through the Burns Cemetery to where the Laidlaw Side Trail meets the Main Trail of the Bruce Trail. Turn right and follow the trail generally southbound to the junction with the Tovell Trail/Laidlaw Side Trail. Turn right and follow to the park entrance in Mono Centre. Cross Mono Centre Road, picking up the Laidlaw Side Trail and follow back to the parking lot at Mono Community Centre.

Parking: Parking Lot (free) | Parking Spaces: 30 | » Map

Griffith Ravine Loop

Distance: 2.7 km | Difficulty: 2

Park on the 4th line, at the sharp bend about 1.5 km north of 5 Sideroad. Climb over the stile and take the short Peter Beecham side trail to the main trail. Take the main trail to the left until you reach the Griffith Ravine Side Trail. Turn right and follow the side trail east until it again reaches the main trail. Turn right and follow the main trail south until it reaches the Peter Beecham side trail. Turn left to return Griffith Ravine to the roadside parking area.

Parking: Roadside (free) | Parking Spaces: 5 | » Map

Hemlock Ridges Loop

Distance: 2.1 km | Difficulty: 3

Park at the small parking lot on the east side of the 5th Line, just south of Hockley Road. Take the Hockley Heights Side Trail south from the parking lot, climbing steeply until you reach the main trail at Sally’s Pinnacle. Keep right and follow the main trail along the ridge top over Dave’s Pinnacle, and then down the hill to the junction of the Glacier Valley Side Trail. Turn left and follow the side trail east until it reaches the main trail. Turn left and follow the main trail uphill until you reach the junction of the Hemlock Ridge Side Trail. Turn right and follow the side trail downhill to the parking lot.

Parking: Roadside (free) | Parking Spaces: 10 | » Map

Hockleycrest Loop

Distance: 5.4 km | Difficulty: 2

Park at the small parking lot on 5 Sideroad just east of Airport Road. Walk north on the main trail, following the white blazes for 2.8 km to the north junction of the Hockleycrest Side Trail. At the junction, take the side trail straight ahead and follow the blue blazes to the south. When it reaches the main trail, keep right and head south. At the junction of the Harmony Side Trail, keep right and follow the blue blazes until you again reach the main trail. Continue south and return to your car after 200 metres.

Parking: Roadside (free) | Parking Spaces: 5 | » Map

Splitrock Narrows

Distance: 3.7 km | Difficulty: 2

Park in the parking lot on the east side of 2nd Line EHS, north of 25 Sideroad. Walk east, up the hill on the Splitrock Side Trail for 1 km until reaching the north junction of the Ralph Tremills Side Trail. Turn Right and follow the Tremills ST south and west until reaching the southern junction with the Splitrock trail. Turn left and follow the Splitrock Side Trail all the way back to the parking area. Enjoy the spectacular views, and explore the crevices along the rock face

Parking: Roadside (free) | Parking Spaces: 20 | » Map

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Hockley   Valley   Provincial   Nature   Reserve

Hockley Valley Nature Reserve Big Loop

Distance: 10.8 km | Difficulty: 3

From parking lot on 3 EHS take the Glen Cross Side Trail to Main Trail, head south at Main Trail to north end of Tom East. Take Tom East Loop, heading back north on Main Trail to Isabel East Side Trail. Follow this side trail back to parking lot.

Parking: Parking Lot (free) | Parking Spaces: 10 | » Map

Hockley Valley Nature Reserve North Loop

Distance: 6.5 km | Difficulty: 2

Park in the small roadside parking area at the sharp bend on the south side of Dunby Road. Walk south on main trail for 1.9 km to the junction of Cam Snell Side Trail. Turn right and follow the side trail for 2.2 km to reach the south junction with the main trail. Turn left and follow main trail north for 2.4 km to reach the parking area on Dunby Rd.

Parking: Roadside (free) | Parking Spaces: 6 | » Map

Hockley Valley Nature Reserve South Loop

Distance: 5.6 km | Difficulty: 2

Park in parking lot on north side of Hockley Rd east of 2nd Line and walk 250m west along the road to the trail head. Follow main trail north for 0.9 km to the junction of Tom East Side Trail. Follow side trail north for 2.5 km until reaching another junction with the main trail. Turn left and return south on the main trail to Hockley Rd and the parking lot.

Parking: Parking Lot (free) | Parking Spaces: 100 | » Map

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Island   Lake   Conservation   Area

Island Lake Community Trails

Distance: 2.9 km | Difficulty: 1

Access this trail from the parking lot on the south side of Hockley Rd, 350 metres east of Hwy 10. From the parking lot, follow the path, turning left onto the Baker Trail. Follow the Baker Trail until you reach the causeway (dam) at Island Lake. Turn right, crossing the causeway and follow until you meet the Island Lake Access Trail. Turn right again and follow the Island Lake Access Trail back to the parking lot.

Parking: Parking Lot (free) | Parking Spaces: 10 | » Map

Memorial Forest Trail

Distance: 2.2 km | Difficulty: 1

The path through this former meadowland consists of gently rolling grass mowed hills and provides a leisurely walk through this section of the Conservation Area. You will also find portions of a nut plantation here including chestnut and black walnut.

Visitors can access the trail using active transportation at no charge. While this community trail is free to use, the importance of maintenance and monitoring must be emphasized. Free parking is available at several locations outside the park. See Credit Valley Conservation's website for details.

Parking: Parking Lot (free & fee) | Parking Spaces: 100 | » Map

Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail

Distance: 7.5 km | Difficulty: 1

The trail is designed to be accessible for all visitors, however there are a few small sections that some individuals may find steep or otherwise challenging. The entire loop takes approximately 2 hours to complete on foot, depending on how often you stop. Parts of the trail are in forested areas that provide shade while other portions, like the bridges, are fully exposed to the sunlight.

Visitors can access the trail using active transportation at no charge. While this community trail is free to use, the importance of maintenance and monitoring must be emphasized. Free parking is available at several locations outside the park. See Credit Valley Conservation's website for details.

Parking: Parking Lot (free & fee) | Parking Spaces: 100 | » Map

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Mono   Cliffs   Provinical   Park

Laidlaw/Clifftop Loop

Distance: 4.7 km | Difficulty: 2

Park at Mono Community Centre parking lot and take the Laidlaw Side Trail east, cross Mono Centre Road and enter Mono Cliffs Park. From the main trail, turn left onto the Clifftop Trail. Follow the Clifftop trail north until the Carriage Trail junction. Follow the Carriage Trail to the junction with the Spillway Trail. Turn right, heading south, on the Carriage Trail. Follow it to the junction with the Walter Tovell Trail, keeping right and follow it back to the hamlet of Mono Centre. Cross the road and pickup the Laidlaw trail, returning to Mono Community Centre.

Parking: Parking Lot (free) | Parking Spaces: 75 | » Map

McCarstons Lake

Distance: 4.3 km | Difficulty: 2

Park on 2nd Line EHS, 1.5 km north of the hamlet of Mono Centre (shown of BTC trail maps as room for 15 cars). Follow the Cliff-Top trail north for approx. 250 metres, to the junction with the McCarston's Lake Trail. Follow the McCarston's Lake Trail which will be to your left, completing the loop around McCarston's Lake, returning to your car along the Clifftop trail. McCarstons Lake trail presents an intermediate difficulty, but presents a rewarding view of a small lake contained in the park.

Parking: Roadside (free) | Parking Spaces: 15 | » Map

Mono Cliffs Park Loop

Distance: 10.6 km | Difficulty: 3

Park in the Mono Cliffs Park parking lot on 3rd Line. Take the Carriage Trail west past the South Outlier Connecting Trail junction and past the Spillway Trail junction to the Walter Tovell Trail junction and go right (north) on this trail past two ponds, make a sharp right and then left at the Spillway Trail junction and climb a long hill to the junction with the Lookout Trail (just before the stile). Continue straight ahead on the Lookout Trail past the lookout to the junction with the McCarston Lake Trail and go left. Follow this trail past McCarston lake to the dodgeway where it meets the Clifftop Trail. Go right and follow this trail for about 1 km, where it goes left and then right at the junction with the Carriage Trail. Keep on the Clifftop Trail for another 3 km. After a fairly long boardwalk and just past a beaver pond the trail ends at the junction with the Walter Tovell Trail. Go left (north) on this trail, past the Spillway Trail junction to the Carriage Trail junction. Take the Carriage Trail to the right back to the parking lot.

Parking: Parking Lot (fee) | Parking Spaces: 30 | » Map

South Outlier

Distance: 4.5 km | Difficulty: 3

The South Outlier trail presents a challenge for hikers as it climbs a rough terrain, leading to a trail atop the South Outlier of the Mono Cliffs. From parking lot on 3rd Line, take Carriage Trail to the South Outlier Access. Follow the loop either clockwise or counter clockwise, returning to the Carriage Trail and to the parking lot.

Parking: Parking Lot (fee) | Parking Spaces: 30 | » Map

Spillway/Walter Tovell Loop

Distance: 5.8 km | Difficulty: 1

Carriage to Spillway, go right (north) on Spillway, to junction with Walter Tovell Trail. Go left of Tovell (south) and follow until it re-joins the Spillway Trail (~2km). Turn left, heading north on the Spillway Trail and follow to the junction with the Carriage Trail. Turn right on Carriage Trail returning to the parking lot.

Parking: Parking Lot (fee) | Parking Spaces: 30 | » Map

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Town   of   Mono

1926 Tract

Distance: 3.1 km | Difficulty: 2

Follow the old round metal blaze marks into the forest. At the intersection of the North (A) and South (B) Loops, follow the fork on the right, taking the South Loop. Shortly thereafter, continue to the right, taking the Hilltop trail. Follow this for 315m until it re-joins the South Loop trail. Continue, counter-clockwise, on the South Loop until it intersects with the North Loop. Follow the North Loop clockwise which will bring you back around to intersection with the South Loop again (the junction of a figure 8). You now want to follow the South Loop west bound to return to the 4th Line where you parked.

Parking: Roadside (free) | Parking Spaces: 5 | » Map

Anderson Tract

Distance: 4.5 km | Difficulty: 3

Hike north from the Cul de Sac at the end of the 5th Line EHS on the Bruce Trail’s Hockley Heights Side Trail following the blue blazes. This will intersect with several trails, including the Shelly’s loop trail. Make sure you stay on the Hockley Heights Side Trail all the way until you are within 130m of the 15 Side Road. At that point, turn left on the Shelly’s loop trail and follow the red blaze signs south all the way back until you again intersect the Bruce Trail’s Hockley Heights Side Trail. At that point, turn south and re-trace your steps back to the parking area.

Parking: Roadside (free) | Parking Spaces: 8 | » Map

Monora Park Orange Trail

Distance: 2.6 km | Difficulty: 1

Park in the lower parking lot just south of the Monora Park Pavillion building. From the lower parking lot at Monora Park head west onto the Orange trail passing the Red A trail junction for approximately 120m. Follow the Orange trail signs in the northwest direction for approximately 500m where it will bend to the northeast leading to a clearing. Part way through the clearing the trail will begin trending northwest where you will cross a boardwalk eventually leading you to the north most point of the Orange trail. From this point the trail will head to the south and southwest alternatively for approximately 800m. Then continue on the trail southeast to the southern most point where the trail will turn north passing the reservoir. At the T-junction turn east to return to the starting point in the parking lot.

Parking: Parking Lot (free) | Parking Spaces: 40 | » Map

Monora Park Red A Trail

Distance: 2.0 km | Difficulty: 2

Park in the lower parking lot just south of the Monora Park Pavillion building. From the lower parking lot at Monora Park head west onto the Red A trail for approximately 50m. At the junction of the Orange trail turn south following the Red A trail signs passing the reservoir, to southern most point of the trail. From this point follow the Red A trail for approximately 850m clockwise to the western most point of the trail. At the western junction the trail will turn to the east leading you back to the north trending trail section. Follow the north trail section passing the reservoir until you meet the T-junction turn east to return to the starting point in the parking lot.

Parking: Parking Lot (free) | Parking Spaces: 40 | » Map

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