Spirit Rock Trail

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Easy
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1-1.5h
Distance
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4.0 km
Elevation
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118 m
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Spirit Rock Trail

The Spirit Rock Trail is a fantastic hiking route near Wiarton at the south end of the Bruce Peninsula that will provide you with stunning views overlooking Georgian Bay. While out on the trail, you will trek through a lovely stretch of woodland terrain and experience beautiful views of the water and nearby town of Wiarton. An easy-to-navigate route and very little elevation gain makes this hike perfectly suitable for people of all skill levels.

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Route Description for Spirit Rock Trail

While out on the Spirit Rock Trail, you won’t be exposed to much in the way of overly challenging or technical terrain; however, there will still be some uneven ground underfoot that could prove troublesome if you are ill equipped. Be sure to wear proper hiking footwear when setting out on this adventure. Additionally, a fair amount of poison ivy can be found along this route, so make sure to keep an eye on any children or dogs that you may be hiking with to avoid any potentially painful interactions.

Even considering the potential risk of running into some poison ivy, hiking along the Spirit Rock Trail is a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors on the Bruce Peninsula. This trail will allow you to explore the peaceful woodland setting of the Spirit Rock Conservation Area, all while taking in some amazing views overlooking Georgian Bay. Combine that with the laid back nature of the trail and you have a winning recipe for a fun family excursion on the weekend.

Setting out from the parking area, head south through the tree cover for a short distance to pick up the trail, heading to the right to follow it in a southwest direction. Continue along the meandering path through the first for the next 1.1 km and enjoy the beautifully scenic views looking out across the waters of Georgian Bay before descending the hillside slightly to arrive at a junction in the trail.

Head right here to make your way back up the hillside, continuing along the path for another 0.9 km to arrive at the terminus of the trail where it meets Jenny Street. At this point, you can turn back and retrace your steps along the trail to experience a different perspective of the beautiful views that you have already witnessed. After 2.0 km, you will arrive back at the parking area having completed your adventure along the Spirit Rock Trail.

Insider Hints for Spirit Rock Trail

  • Be sure to wear proper hiking footwear, as there is some uneven terrain along the path.
  • There is a fair amount of poison ivy along this route, so keep a close eye on dogs and children.
  • Bring bug spray for this hike, as mosquitoes will be present in the spring/early summer.

Getting to the Spirit Rock Trail Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Spirit Rock Trail from Wiarton, make your way north on ON-6 for 2.0 km and turn right. You will arrive at the parking area in 700 m.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Bluewater Park Campground

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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