Monday, October 21, 2019

Dundas Peak scenic lookout

Spencer Gorge Conservation area encompasses two waterfalls, a significant natural area with nature trails along the top of the Niagara Escarpment the Dundas Peak scenic lookout. During fall the area is overwhelmed with tourists and on the weekends and holiday Mondays between April 19 to October 27, 2019 parking is shut down on site and access is only from shuttles bringing in people from Christie Lake Conservation Area. During the rest of the week you can park at Tew's Falls parking lot at 581 Harvest Road, Dundas ON at a cost of $15. The website says that there is still no walking trail access between the two falls.

The two waterfalls in the conservation area are Webster's and Tew's Falls. The highest of the two is Tew's Falls which is an astounding 41 metres, almost as high as Niagara Falls. It plummets from the top of the Niagara Escarpment and crashes down to the broken rocks far below. Webster's Falls is a tiered waterfall. These falls are part of the reason Hamilton is known as the City of Waterfalls. The river from Tew's and Webster's join together and flow down through Hamilton and into Cootes Paradise.

Some of the best views are at two separate lookout stations overlooking Tew's Falls and at the scenic lookout at Dundas Peak. While it is always a nice view from the lookout points, in fall the colours are spectacular and worth battling the crowds. With Peak fall colours underway, there won't be much time left before the leafs fall from the trees as winter approaches. Probably only a week or two of bright colours remain - just be careful along the trails and at the lookouts.

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