Blue Mountains Bruce Trail: Pretty River to Nottawasaga Lookout
ElevationAscent: 920' 280 m
Descent: -89' -27 m
High: 1,756' 535 m
Low: 898' 274 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Climb out of the valley to beautiful lookouts and technical cave/rock exploring.”— Nicholas Keast
Features Cave · Views
From the parking lot, follow the Bruce Trail as it follows the Pretty River through the forest out to a sideroad. The trail follows the road a short distance and ends with a climb up a wide snowmobile trail. The trail has a break in the climb as it opens up to a pasture and joins another short section of road. This provides views of the rest of the climb and the surrounding valley.
Continue on the trail and climb to the top of the ridge. Follow the Bruce Trail until you reach the Standing Rock and Caves Side Trail. This is a rocky, technical trail so watch your footing. Options for exploring abound!
The Bruce Trail descends from here to the trailhead, so enjoy the cruise back down the valley. But stop to take in the viewpoint overlooking the valley and your descent before you go!
Return down the Bruce Trail to the parking at the valley bottom.