8 easy hikes near Toronto to see breathtaking fall views
Fall is such a refreshing time of year in Ontario. Without the humidity that keeps us glued to our air conditioning, the conditions are perfect for spending long afternoons in nature. It goes without saying that the changing leaves only add to the beauty of this season, and with so many scenic hikes to do in Toronto and the GTA, you’ll be spoiled with some of the best views around. Whether you want to climb a staircase lined with sweaty trees or want to meander along a cliff with stunning views all around you, you won’t have to travel too far out of town to find what you are looking for. .
Here are 8 of the best easy hikes with breathtaking fall views near Toronto.
Arguably one of the prettiest places to spend a day in nature near Toronto, Crawford Lake Conservation Area in Milton has it all. Whether you prefer a relaxing and easy walk around the lake or a more adventurous hike to the Buffalo Crag Lookout, you won’t be disappointed. There is no sight as beautiful as the red and orange leaves reflecting on the lake, or the towering thousand-year-old cedars that you will come across as you climb the escarpment. Reservations are required in advance, so be sure to do so in advance.
Or: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton
Distance: 14.4 km
It’s one of the area’s most popular hiking spots, and for good reason. The cliff top trail is both unique and beautiful, and there are 7 moderately difficult hikes to do in the park that vary in length. Due to the colorful leaves and cooler weather, fall is the best time of year to fully experience this park. That being said, this is also when the park tends to have its busiest weekends. You will need to purchase a day pass in advance to guarantee your place.
Or: 795086 3rd line EHS, Shelburne
Distance: 5 km
You’ll want to have your camera ready for this scenic day trip. There are several hikes to do in Spencer Gorge that will take you to both waterfalls and panoramic valley views. You may be a little sweaty, but when you look down from the top of the escarpment at the breathtaking gorge surrounded by trees with colorful leaves, it will be worth it. Tew Falls and Dundas Peak require advance reservations.
Or: Harvest Road, Dundas
Distance: 1.3 km – 2.7 km
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This hike is all about the views and it has some of the best in the area. Soak up the stunning surroundings of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario as you trek through wooded trails and past Upper and Lower Falls. There is no shortage of viewing platforms to stop and take in the views and take photos at your leisure.
Or: 28 Quarry Road, Grimsby
Distance: 4.1 km
You can immerse yourself in nature without leaving the city in the beautiful Rouge Valley. There are several hiking trails to take this range of length and difficulty – you can get all the details here. From marshes and meadows to boardwalks and an ancient mill used by early European settlers, you’ll get a real tour of the city’s fascinating history and geography, all under a canopy of bright autumn leaves .
Or: 1749 Meadowvale Road, Scarborough
Distance: 10.7 km
This 40-minute Blue Mountain trail is further out of town than most other scenic trails, but well worth the trip. Cascading streams and streams flow throughout the area which has 3 connecting trails that are both easy and intermediate. Plus, the beautiful Rainbow Bridge along the trail will make for adorable photos.
Or: The Blue Mountains
Distance: 3.5 km
Boasting “one of the best Niagara Escarpment cliff ecosystems in Ontario,” Mount Nemo is an accessible cliffside trail that will spoil you with views without making you work too hard for it. This peaceful hike is filled with thousand-year-old crevassed caves, ancient cedars, and limestone boulders covered in green ferns. Nature trails like these really make you appreciate the beauty that Ontario has to offer.
Or: 5317 Guelph Line, Burlington
Distance: 5.3 km
There are a few features that make Thornton Bales such a popular place to visit – its steep slopes, rugged beauty, and the 99-step staircase along the Red Oak Trail. If you’re up to the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with unbeatable fall views and maybe even wildlife sightings. The area is home to large woodpeckers and white-tailed deer. Make sure you wear your best hiking boots and pack plenty of water, and get there early to find a spot as parking is very limited.
Or: 260 19th Sideroad, King City
Distance: 1.1 km