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Hike Info

N44.11695 W80.12832

18 km loop or 14 km linear

5 h loop; 4 h linear


416 m

The Mulmur Hills area is, as the name implies, hilly. Long rolling hills provide views and vistas with rivers and streams. There is some road walking on road allowances and roads (mostly dirt roads very lightly travelled.)

Free parking lot


At Mulmur Hut (006); lookout bench (008); benches (010)

21 Jun 2010

Not wheelchair accessible

See Trail updates for changes to L38 & L39 hikes.
May 2012: A new and more pleasant route has taken place on this Bruce Trail managed land just past the creek between waypoints [009] and [010]. Opened in May 2012.

At (007), you can skip the newly built (2009) reroute of the main trail and take the 2nd Line ECL Side Trail directly to (009).

For a loop hike (18 km): From waypoint (011), walk west on paved 10th sideroad to Centre Road at the church. Turn left and walk south on Centre Road for the long walk to the car parking lot (001). For a linear hike (14 km): Park one car at (010) and then drive to 001 with the other car to begin the hike. The entrance to the parking lot at (010) is difficult to see due to surrounding brush until you are right on top of it. When you hike to (010), continue on to (011) to see the caves. At 10th sideroad, turn right and then right again onto 1st Line E back to (010).

Mulmur Hut; Lookout bench; Rockhill corner



The Site

Mulmur Hills

The Mulmur Hills Hike takes place in Mulmur which is a beautiful Dufferin township that straddles the famous Niagara Escarpment and contains the Mulmur Hills trails. Renowned for its natural beauty and scenic hills, it is an area of rolling hills, views and vistas, rivers and streams. Provincial parks, including the Pine and Boyne River systems inhabit the area. Mulmur and Mono are dominated by the Nottawasaga river system, which has its headwaters in Melancthon.

The Mulmur Hills exhibit great fall colour

Two of the Nottawasaga's tributaries, the Pine River and the Boyne River, rise west of the Niagara Escarpment and flow in an easterly direction. Dufferin County is called "Headwaters Country" with good reason - 5 major river systems, the Nottawasaga, Grand, Credit, Humber and Saugeen River Systems all have their headwaters in Dufferin. The Mulmur Hills present a dramatic natural feature, particularly during the time of the fall colours.

Dufferin County takes in the central and northern most reaches of Headwaters. The County consists of three towns: Mono, Orangeville and Shelburne, and five rural townships: Amaranth, East Garafraxa, East Luther-Grand Valley, Melancthon and Mulmur. Over half of the County's population lives in Orangeville, the heart of Headwaters. The beautiful Niagara Escarpment forms a dividing ridge through the County. It is easily accessed via the Bruce Trail or the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. Other highlights of the County's natural heritage are the Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River, Luther Lake and Marsh and the Nottawasaga river system.

commentThis is one of the great hikes on TorontoHiking.com. It has everything a good hike could contain: challenging terrain, incredible scenery and super lookouts, along with beautiful open meadows and fun river crossings. It also has some special features like the Mulmur Hut and Rockhill Corner, not to mention the incredible Walker's Woods hardwood forest. The hike has a number of options depending on whether you are doing the hike as a linear hike or the longer loop hike, returning to the start with some quiet road walking where you can contemplate the hike and the day.

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