Date: July 6, 2015
Weather: Sunny, hot and muggy
We hiked along Sideroad 22 for 1.9 km before turning left to enter a hawthorn hedge and slowly climbed the Escarpment. We hiked through a hardwood forest heading south. At a fence, we made a sharp right turn and entered the BTC-owned Beaver Springs Wetland.
Andy, Steve, Karen (our leader), Case, Christine, Richard (co-leader) and Helgy.
We continued west into a grain field with a lovely view to the northwest over the waters of Owen Sound. After dropping int a stream valley, we continued south beside another field before we entered a hardwood forest on the right.
We crossed Brock Road and continued south west into the forest. We hiked close to the Escarpment edge with its fascinating geological forms and cliff-edge vegetation. We left the forest at Highway 26 and followed the highway for 1.6 km.
We then turned right and entered a working farm and continued north along a fence line and then slowly descended toward some large rock formations. We descended into a beautiful small valley nestled between the Escarpment to the west a a hill on the east. We reached the Lloyd Laycock Cave Side Trail which we took to explore a lovely crevice.
We skirted a pond and a wet area before crossing two more fields. After exiting the second field, we turned left and climbed the Escarpment on Sideroad 22 for 100 m before turning sharply to the right into the forest above the scarp edge.
Case arrives at the lunch break a bit late, sloweddown by the extra load he was carrying .....
For the next 1.9 km we followed the edge of the Escarpment beside and sometimes over numerous crevices.
A couple of toadstool photographs .....
We left the scarp edge and turned south through a mixed hardwood forest and continued west on a forested road allowance before descending the Escarpment. We followed a fence to Sideroad 22 to eight Concession N.
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