Cycling Route #2:
Dofasco Trail Loop
by Tarquin Adams
Notes: This route runs from the Devil’s Punch Bowl on
the “mountain” in the community of Stoney Creek to the border of Niagara
Region. The route is largely rural and much of it forested. The punch
bowl is a natural formation carved out of the face of the Niagara
Escarpment; and in 1966, a cross was erected on the site to tower over
the city below. At night the cross is illuminated and the view can be
most impressive with the glimmer of the city.
Easy - flat, with a few gently rolling hills
Stone/gravel, a combination of multi-use trail and on-road.
0.0 km to 0.5 km
Start at the Devil’s Punch Bowl
Conservation Area. There is a parking lot if you are driving to this
starting location. (Grid E-15 on Bikeways map) Take a few minutes to walk over to the
observation platform which offers a spectacular view of the Devil’s
Punch Bowl, the western end of Lake Ontario, and the lower city which
includes the historic core of Stoney Creek (now a part of the unified
City of Hamilton). From the parking lot you will head south, across
Ridge Rd. to the Trail Head. The trail meanders through tender fruit
orchards and vineyards before reaching First Road East.
0.5 km to 3.0 km
After crossing First Road East the
trail continues on an unopened road allowance. (Powerline Rd.).
3.0 km to 4.0 km
The off road trail ends and you will continue on
Powerline Road Rd. until reaching Fifth Road East.
4.0 km to 5.0 km
Turning right (south) at 5th Road
East you will travel to Green Mountain Rd.
5.0 km to 7.5 km
Turn left (east) on Green Mountain
Rd. and ride to Eighth Road East. Along this portion of road you will
see rural farmland.
7.5 km to 8.5 km
Turn left (north) at 8th Road East
returning to the trail on Powerline Rd. The trail along Eighth Road East
is on the east side of the road.
8.5 km to 11.0 km
Turning right onto the trail at
Powerline Rd. you will continue past farmers’ fields and several
drainage ditches for nearby quarries.
11.0 km to 11.8 km
East of Tenth Road East on your
right side will be 87 Acres Park. The park’s large quarry pond is
habitat for several species of migratory waterfowl and a popular area
for viewing hawks such as the Red-tail Hawk. Continue past 87 Acres Park
through a wooded lot until you reach Eleventh Road East.
11.8 km to 12.9 km
At this point the trail portion
ends and the remainder of your ride will be on road. Turn left (north)
at Eleventh Road East and ride to Ridge Road.
12.9 km to 19.2 km
Turn left (west) at Ridge Road.
The route has gently rolling hills for the first section. Continuing on
you will enjoy beautiful vistas from atop the Niagara Escarpment.
19.2 km to 22.0 km
Just west of Dewitt Road (a very
steep street which climbs the escarpment) is the Erland Lee Home/Museum.
The house was built in 1808. Erland Lee and his wife Janet were
instrumental in founding the Women’s Institute in 1897. The Women’s
Institute was instrumental in establishing the standard practice of
pasteurizing milk to prevent salmonella poisoning. Continuing along
Ridge Rd. you will return to the Devil’s Punch Bowl Conservation Area
where your journey began.
Along the Way:
Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Area & Falls
Devil’s Punchbowl Gorge &
Lower Punchbowl Falls (short hike down escarpment)
Erland Lee House/Museum