Hiking Buffalo Crag Trail
Coming back home exhausted from the hike, which I will describe shortly. I somehow ended up clicking on something where I ended up finding out a woman, Megan Scraper or Mindy the Lion as I knew her from her blogs, had passed away in an accident. I first read her blog back when I returned from Australia and was trying to figure out my next steps in life. Again, I’m at that point where I’m trying to figure out what makes me happy. Megan went after what she wanted and lived her life how she wanted. I was saddened when I read about her death, but it really makes you stop and think about what you want out of life. I think I’m at that point in my life as well.
One of the seven hiking trails that belong to the Halton Parks, the Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area boasts of soaring turkey vultures, scenic look-out points, and thousand-year-old cedars. Take in panoramic views from Rattlesnake Point, Nassagaweya and Buffalo Crag lookouts and shuffle to the edge to watch the rock climbers ascend.
Getting to Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
Coming down Appleby Line, there will be a sign to turn into the Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area. At the entrance, I paid with cash but possibly call ahead about paying with your card if you don’t typically carry cash on you. Follow the signs to the two parking areas – upper and lower. If you want to start at Rattlesnake Point lookout, proceed to upper parking. Go to lower parking if you want to start at Nassagaweya lookout. The difficulty level of the Buffalo Crag Trail is low and can be easily accomplished with running shoes.
We stuck to the Buffalo Crag Trail for our hike, but you can proceed further to Crawford Lake using the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail which according to online is a 4-5 hour hike. We did end up driving around to Crawford Lake Conservation Area.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Bring water – hydration is essential!
- Parking is included with your park pass, so just display it on your dashboard
- There are washrooms (similar to an outhouse) on site but not throughout the trail
- The trail isn’t difficult and would be easy for small children and the elderly
- Your daily entrance fee receipt provides access to ALL Halton Parks for that same day, so if you can hit up multiple parks.
- Bring bug spray as the trails are shaded
Total Cost = $7 CAD
- Admission $7 CAD per person