Niagara #5
55.0 km to 70.6 km

December 4, 2014

Weather: Coldish, sun and cloud, no wind - perfect hiking weather.

Today seven pathfinder hikers joined us on our hike.  After parking a car at Balls Falls we drove to the Mountainview Conservation Area. We started the hike on Mountainview Road to Locust Lane to a road allowance. 
We crossed a creek onto the East Dell Estate Winery property and then climbed a steep hill on a road allowance to the escarpment.  We soon passed the Kinsmen Community Park.

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Steve, Karen, our leader, Case* and Helgy.
* I was not a 'bona fide' End to Ender at this time so should not have been in this picture, but .....

We followed the slope to a gully and then followed a narrow entrance back up.  We saw several slabs of rocks left by glaciers atop the escarpment.  Walking through the bush we came to a well worn path to Quarry Road.  We crossed the road and followed farmer's fields for a while.  We passed through a mature stand of beach and maple trees with beautiful views of the vineyards and Cave Springs from the top.

We continued along through meadows and woodlands to Fifth Avenue and Victoria Street.

We followed the escarpment to Balls Falls.

While the drivers picked up the cars, the hikers explored the Balls Falls Conservation area.

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