A PEAK AND TWO FALLS (Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area)

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The scenery was spectacular, especially with the added touch of the black vultures gliding effortlessly on the air currents. Tessi became excited when one of the birds soared right in front of us. It seemed to be teasing her to run after it. Luckily, I had heeded the warning signs and had her leashed. The 41 m (135 ft) fall from Dundas Peak, where we were standing, presented a dangerous chase. Dundas Peak Dundas Peak is on the Niagara Escarpment in the Dundas/Hamilton area of southern Ontario. Helen, Tessi and I were out for the day exploring the open ledge, along with the nearby Tews Falls and Webster’s Falls. Signs in the parking area of each of the natural water attractions indicate that dogs are to be leashed. Not only the peak can be dangerous, but also the trail following the edge of the tree-covered escarpment. From the parking area at Tews Falls, we hiked along the shaded path, which eventually splits. We followed it to the right where the vista opens to reveal the sky and the flat rock that is Dundas Peak. The ledge commands a view of the cities of Dundas and Hamilton. A brick barrier partially blocks the way and is easy to walk around. There is ample room between the barrier and the edge to comfortably observe the scenery, yet I still kept a tight hold on Tessi. Tews Falls Back at Tews Falls, we found two lookouts where we could safely observe the falls and Spencer Gorge from behind guardrails. On this hot, dry summer day, the normally narrow ribbon of Tews Falls was like a leaky tap dripping 41 m (135 ft) into the chasm of the impressive gorge. On the trail between Tews Falls and Webster’s Falls, the path hugs the top of the escarpment and awards amazing views of the tree-carpeted Spencer Gorge below. Dundas Peak emerges in the distance, along with a sliver of the city of Dundas beyond the walls of the gorge. Webster Falls We observed the scenic curtain of the 21 m (69 ft) Webster Falls from behind a fence at the top of the cliff near its parking area. The path along the fence leads down to a charming cobblestone bridge. This bridge spans Spencer Creek, which feeds the falls. We stopped to eat at one of the picnic tables on the other side of the creek, and make use of the portable toilets also located there. Once our physical needs were taken care of, we descended the123 steps to the base of the falls, pausing partway to take pictures of Baby Webster's Falls on right side of the stairs. The well-spaced steps are made mostly of stone and cement, with only one small section constructed of the steel grating that can bother a dog’s paws. On this hot summer day, the bottom of the falls was littered with people. They were climbing on the large diverse rocks scattered along and throughout the creek. We enjoyed some climbing ourselves. The swift moving water threading its way between the rocks distracted Tessi. I think she was trying to figure out if there was something alive under the water. Climbing was precarious with Tessi at the other end of the leash. She didn’t want to wait for me as her four paws could easily conquer the rocks. Although her naked furry feet are fine for climbing, we humans should wear proper footwear - not like the sandals I was wearing - to negotiate the rocks and slick mud. I spotted Helen exploring the area behind the falls. I spotted Helen exploring the area behind the falls. I, naturally, had to check it out myself. With a bit of a struggle, I clambered up the rocks after Tessi and was rewarded with an unusual perspective of the scenery seen through the seasonably sparse waterfall. As I struggled to reach the stairs, I met up with a woman that expressed how much her sons love coming here. The cost of $5 per vehicle keeps her boys busy all day. We benefited from a lot of exercise ourselves while exploring the natural wonders of the escarpment. For More Info

© Cheryl Smyth, 2008

February 2013 - The admission price has since gone up to $10 per vehicle and I noticed the website states that the stairs are now closed to the public.

November 2016 - Stated on the website - "Trail linking Tew Falls and Webster Falls is closed. The section of Bruce Trail that crosses private land between Tew Falls and Webster Falls is closed."

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