Looking for a hike in southern Ontario, with views that never fail to impress? Old Baldy should be at the top of your list. The lookout is situated along the Bruce Trail near the Village of Kimberley. In the spring the forest floor is blanketed with Trilliums, during the fall the view is beaming with colour. Reds, oranges and yellows light up the Beaver Valley, making it a spectacular place to enjoy the season. The cliffs are not only a popular spot for hiking and photography but climbing.
The hike has two main entrance points, providing a shorter hike or a longer one.
If the shorter & less strenuous hike is chosen, in 15 minutes you will find yourself along the Niagara escarpment, 152 meters above the Beaver Valley and Village of Kimberley. From the main parking lot the main trail will guide you to several breathtaking lookouts.
If you are up for the longer hike, a lot about 1-3 hours to complete depending on if you decide to loop or backtrack on the return.
The beginning of the hike is a constant incline on rocky terrain. When you get to a Y you will see a wooden bench on the left, follow that trail into the bush. You will meander through the forest before approaching several lookouts. To return you can either follow the trail back to the car park, or complete a loop. Following the trail back will take less time, making a loop will add up to two hours onto the trek.
For the full loop follow the trail along the escapement, after walking on a few narrow wood bridges over a wetland area you will see a parking lot ( this is the main park used for the shorter hike). The rest of the loop is done on the road. You'll reach a Y shortly after leaving the parking lot, take your immediate left onto Sideroad 7B. Follow that road down the steep hill, you will eventually reach a T. You have made it to the main road, go left onto Grey Road 13. You will walk through the Village of Kimberley, which has a few wonderful local shops. Eventually you will reach the No Exit road, Sideroad 4B, in which you parked on. You've completed the full 5 km loop!