The perfect hike for Thanksgiving Weekend.
The view from the Devil’s Pulpit could be the best view in Caledon.
Paula Coats/Devil’s Pulpit Loop
Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes #13
This is a great Thanksgiving Day loop. Put the turkey in the oven and head off for this rigorous hike. For two hours or more, you will climb up and down the Niagara Escarpment. When done, you will be home in time to prepare potatoes and vegetables before sitting down to a sumptuous, well-deserved meal. You might even tuck into an extra piece of pie.
The route takes you down the Niagara Escarpment, along the Forks of the Credit Road and then back up the escarpment via the Devil’s Pulpit – even though it isn’t the actual Devil’s Pulpit. There is also a side trip into the Mayan-like ruins of a lime kiln.
When you get back to the top of the escarpment, having climbed the last bit with the aid of a cable, look out over the best view in Caledon. Across the broad Credit River valley, look for a lone house, a mansion really, that was built by George Eaton of the Eaton’s store Eatons.
Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides
Near-Urban Hiking Guides with Attitude.
Not just books, these essential pieces of hiking equipment, keep you on track and suggest places to follow up your hike with lunch, ice cream or a frothy latte.
Praise for Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides:
“I just want to expressed how much we have enjoyed your two hiking books. As certified hike leaders and avid hikers, we find your books very well written and easy to follow. We love the area history and the places to eat. So far we have done four of the hikes in Halton Hikes: Loops& Lattes.”
“We have found your book Caledon Hikes to be a wonderful resource for exploring the area. Love the fact you have short and long walks and the recommendations for food breaks along the way. Great book!”
“I’m an avid runner/hiker and have enjoyed many routes through Caledon over the years. I recently picked up your book and have already been on trails I never knew existed thanks to your book. Awesome stuff.”
“Before working in tourism, I spent many years working in publishing, and I’d like to pass along that your book hits the right note on many, many levels. The font choice and size of font are very readable, you’ve found a good balance of being informative and interesting without being overly wordy, the map illustrations are fun, informative and attractive and the tone is excellent – approachable, informative and personal. There are many books out there that have tried to do the same thing but missed the mark.”
Dana Murray, Hamilton
If you walk or hike in the Greater Toronto Area, these are a must-have for your enjoyment on the plethora of fabulous trails throughout the area.
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More Praise for the Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides:
“Nicola Ross’s two hiking books are collections of circle walks that end back at your car, eliminating the need to park vehicles at both ends of a trail or to return the whole way you went in…the notes about where to buy refreshments make for highly civilized outings.”
Niagara Escarpment Views
“With every trail loop she has included distance, level of difficulty, estimated length of time, the calories you’ll burn, highlights, places to eat and drink and possible entrance fees…”
Matthew Strader, Caledon Enterprise
“She shows readers how to navigate local trails, including the Bruce Trail and the Trans Canada Trail, without having to backtrack or arrange to leave a car at a hike’s endpoint.”
In the Hills magazine
“A brilliant way to explore the beauty and natural diversity of the area – it makes Caledon come alive.”
Christopher Carnegie, Caledon
“We’re about half way through our planned Caledon loop hikes, using your delightful book as our guide, choosing many of the 10 km or so lengths. We’ve only got lost once. We’ve also enjoyed your recommended post-hike sojourns.”
“My family and I are excited to get started trying out your loops. We are hoping to do at least one each Saturday at this point as our schedules permit and may try to fit a couple shorter ones into a single day.”
Trudy Cowan & family
“If you want to explore the hiking trails of southern Ontario with a latte in hand, pick up Nicola Ross’s new book.”
The Toronto Star
“I suspect this book will be a staple for Ontario bookstores for years to come.”
Ben McNally, Ben McNally Books
“So much more than just hiking – lots of interesting background, history…”
“I often find that trail books like yours tend to have very vague maps that aren’t super useful, but yours are much more detailed and user-friendly.”
Rebecca Petre, Bolton
“Happiness is being able to find the darn trail guide! I couldn’t find my copy of Caledon Hikes: Loops and Lattes for months.”
Rebecca Petre, Bolton
“The newest hiking guide takes its readers through 37 different loop routes throughout the Region from Burlington to Oakville, and all the way through Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Glen Williams, Erin, Rockwood, Cheltenham and Terra Cotta.”
Danielle Marr, Caledon Enterprise
“Following in the bootprints of Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Nicola Ross’s newest guidebook explores the woods and escarpments of the Halton area.”
Tracey Fockler, In the Hills magazine
“Today I hiked the Bear Den Loop from Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes. It was great! Lots of variety. I loved the cedar forests! And the boardwalk is wonderful. Great instructions,..”
“Better still for those who love to get close to nature are the precise directions, terrific photographs and local lore that’s also included. It’s always nice to know the “whys” of your hike, before you’re on the trail.”
Julie Slack, Milton Canadian Champion
“Halton Hikes Loops and Lattes, not only gives detailed directions and trail maps, it also includes area restaurants and cafés so you can be sure you’ll get your caffeine fix and a bite to eat following the hikes.”
Julie Slack, Milton Canadian Champion
“It’s like carrying around your own set of historical plaques — only much lighter.”
Sarah Harmer, singer/songwriter in the Foreword
“Thanks Nicola for publishing this beautiful book, now I will have to pick up Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes.”
About the Author
A hometown girl, NICOLA ROSS is part of Caledon’s landscape. Years spent hiking local trails, wandering down country roads and exploring villages prompted her to start the Caledon Countryside Alliance to help protect the area from urban sprawl. A columnist with In The Hills magazine for almost two decades and the award-winning author of five books including Caledon and Dufferin County, Nicola lends her knowledge of Caledon’s past and present to her familiarity with the trails that crisscross its dramatic landscape.