This trail is well used by local hikers and by rock climbers who like to do beginner's training at the top. It is a bit rocky though and except for a couple of times it is a constant uphill battle :-> If you aren't in shape, like me, it may be a bit of a struggle.
When you get to the top take in the panoramic view. There is usually a nice breeze at the top so if the bugs were eating you alive on the climb up you may get to cool off and get a bit of peace.
Good luck. The elevation at the top is 713ft.
When arriving in Welsford on the #7 take the 101 North. Go past Burton Lane and under the overpass then take the next right to a parking area. Immediately look up to your right, in the North West corner, you will see 8ft wide trail heading up into the woods. Start up the trail.
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Posted By: HoofingIt
- Thu Nov 01 20:52:35 UTC 2012
CommentI do this hike every Fall to take in all the gorgeous colours ~ it's a steady uphill hike ~ bring some water,a walking stick and of course your camera!!! Fab View! (no bugs in the fall)<BR>You can also traverse the Rock Wall if you bring your gear ~ about a 60 ft wall.
Posted By: j1vvy
- Tue Jun 19 18:50:08 UTC 2012
UpsideThe trail was easy to follow and the view from the top is well worth the drive and hike up to the top. DownsideThe river bed like trail at the beginning is a little rough going. CommentSeveral of my panoramic views from the top.<BR>http://photocreations.ca/welsford/
Posted By: ranger170
- Mon Jul 19 12:36:21 UTC 2010
UpsideGood steady climb. Excellent view of Mt Champlain & Grand Bay/Westfield. DownsideTrail head not that easy to locate; didn't find the old abandoned truck, but did find the trail after passing through the new highway construction site gravel making yard. If you park by the west side of the railway tracks and cross over the bridge enter the construction site ignoring the "Authorized Personnel Only" sign and it's 100 Meters/100 yards from the road. CommentGreat view and invigorating climb in preparation for longer more strenuous climbs.
Posted By: funkprink
- Wed Jun 09 13:53:02 UTC 2010
UpsideAmazing view at the top. The trail is nice and clear and is well established. Lots of space at the top. DownsideBugs can be bad so take some spray. CommentA nice quick hike with a great view at the top.
Posted By: The Big X
- Wed Apr 07 12:53:02 UTC 2010
UpsideRelatively brief but invigorating uphill hike to easily accessible peak. Awesome view - well worth the effort. CommentDirections are slightly dated as of my visit (April 4, 2010) because highway construction has all but erased any semblance of the old Welsford school (which was later converted to apartments apparently) which used to be the primary landmark from which to find the trailhead. I had to park atop the rubble pile that will eventually become the highway, amid the parked construction vehicles (this was a Sunday, so no work was going on ;) On the opposite side of this man made hill was a narrow, water filled ditch and boulder pile, just beyond which was the visible remains of the trailhead (and old road). If you pass a rusty old 1950's truck in the woods you are on the right track. The path to take is to the right, shortly after the old truck, and is impossible to miss as it is very unique: a deep, natural ditch slices the trail in have for about 40 feet - this is the way to go.
Posted By: THAT GUY
- Tue May 06 12:58:17 UTC 2008
UpsideAmazing view. Nice spot on top to grab lunch or have a picnic. Great hike for almost everyone. DownsideThe bugs were really bad bring the bug spray. CommentSuch a nice hike and the view is a great reward when you get to the top as you can see in the pics.
Posted By: hiker101
- Wed Oct 03 14:54:27 UTC 2007
UpsideEasy to get to and a awesome hike, view is super! DownsideCan't come up with anything negative to say about it! CommentI live fairly close by and wanted to do the hike for quite some time, now that I have I want to do so much more! I would like to try it in the winter but I'd say spring is the best time to do it. Pick a nice sunny day and go!
Posted By: Senjion
- Thu Mar 02 17:10:23 UTC 2006
UpsideGreat View, easy to get to, can be done by just about anyone with a will to walk. DownsideThe insects are ravenous! CommentI have to disagree with your decision to say that it is not accessible year round. Having family in Welsford I have climbed Mt. Douglas/Devil's Rock/Bald Peak in many conditions throughout the entire year.
It is climbable in the Winter, you may run into Ice and Snow. Wear proper footwear and use caution and you shouldn't have any problems. The view of the region in winter is spectacular so bring a camera or at least some binoculars!