Beaver Valley #3
27.9 km to 42.1 km

April 23, 2015

Weather: Cold and Cloudy with a wind chill, a few flurries.

When we got up this morning there was about a 1/2 inch of snow on the ground and it was still snowing lightly. We got dressed and went down to breakfast. Diana had prepared a good breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, yogurt and fruit compote, orange juice and coffee.

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Helgy, Steve, Karen and Case
at our excellent B&B, the Rocklyn Inn.

After breakfast, Mel drove with us to the end of our hike where we dropped of our car and he then dropped us all off at the beginning of the hike. We crossed 10th line and crossed fields before turning left.  We then hugged the steep valley wall of Mill Creek south and crossed a bridge before taking switchbacks to the top of the valley.  

We then headed south and entered the Pinnacle Rock Nature Reserve, a 130 acre farm donated to the BTC in 2013 by the Richardson family.  This section of the Niagara Escarpment  includes provincially endangered butternuts, bobolinks, a wetland, a waterfall and the impressive Pinnacle Rock itself.

We then headed west and climbed to the base of Pinnacle Rock, a large piece of rock that has separated from the edge of the Escarpment.  At the top we turned right to follow the Escarpment.  To the right we passed the spectacular Duncan Crevice Caves.

We followed the base of the Escarpment before ascending to the top through a spectacular natural pass.  Along the top we skirted McCluskey's Rock and descended a wide east/west valley before turning south.

We then joined Sideroad 7B and followed it south to the parking lot of the Old Baldy Conservation Area.

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