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Hike Info

N44.11695  W80.12832

 21 km linear

5+ h



Hilly. Long rolling hills providing views and vistas with rivers and streams. Some road walking on road allowances and roads (mostly dirt roads very lightly travelled.) Rough trails in Pine River area.

Free parking


At Mulmar Hut (006); lookout bench (008); benches (010); sloped ramp at Pine River fishing pond (015); Bell lookout (016)

21 Jun 2010, 29 Jun 2010

Not wheelchair accessible

See Trail updates for changes to L38 & L39 hikes. August 2018: Trail updates by Peter Albert -see comments below.


Pine River fishing pond; Bell lookout



The Site

Boyne River Valley to Pine River

The Boyne to Pine Rivers hike takes place in Mulmur which is a beautiful Dufferin township that straddles the famous Niagara Escarpment. 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. 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.

Pine River Fishing Pond at the ramp

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.  The Pine River area is rugged terrain that takes you to the shores of the huge Pine River fishing pond and climbs to the Bell Lookout for a great view of the pond and the surrounding valley.

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 hike continues the L38 Mulmur Hills Hike ends and extends it northward to 15 Sideroad. The highlights of this extension hike include the beautiful Pine River and the large scenic Pine River Provincial Fishing pond. An easy climb up the Bell Lookout trail brings an amazing panorama into view. This is picture postcard country. This is a very long hike (21 km) one way so some car jockeying would be necessary to reasonably carry out this great hike.

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I did this hike recently (August 2018). It was a long but enjoyable route. A few comments:

1. In 004-005, the "very faded white" has apparently been painted bright white again. (I almost didn't make that turn, as I was looking for a faded...

I did this hike recently (August 2018). It was a long but enjoyable route. A few comments:

1. In 004-005, the "very faded white" has apparently been painted bright white again. (I almost didn't make that turn, as I was looking for a faded marker). Also, it's possible that I missed it, but I believe the shanty/hut has been removed.

2. In 009-010, the new route referenced in the guide is now open. This route, a narrow footpath, runs for 810 meters, extending northwest towards a stream, before curving back. It's possible to shorten it by taking the Moss Haven side trail (470 meters), or taking the Enchanted Forest side trail (670 meters). I think the route that's described in the guide is the Enchanged Forest side trail. (There are several signs with maps in this area, so it'll be easy to pick whichever route one prefers - or see the photo I've attached).

3. I got lost after exiting the trail referenced in 013-014. To find the next trail entrance, you have to turn around (look northwest) - it's only ten or twenty meters away. I headed SW, curving dowm River Road - that's the wrong way.

4. I did this hike alone (so obviously I only had one car), which meant I needed to walk back at the end. It was 9.2 kilometers along some pretty hilly roads (nearly 180 meters of ascents, on top of probably another ~500 meters during the main hike). It's a tough one - the 30 kilometer loop took me just over seven hours.

Peter Albert
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