Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast looking to explore the great outdoors, Blue offers an array of hiking trails that cater to all skill levels. With some stunning lookouts and interesting rest stops, your hike can turn into the perfect photo op, too! Scroll down to read our curated list of must-visit spots on the Mountain that will take your hiking experience to new heights. Lace up your boots, grab your ticket or pass, and embark on a memorable journey through the stunning landscapes of the Niagara Escarpment!
1. Start by Staying Hydrated!
Don’t forget to be prepared! Columbia Sportswear has your back with a convenient Hydration Station located at the mountain’s summit, near the Open-Air Gondola and right next to the Coca-Cola Container. Stay refreshed and replenish your water supply at this stop, ensuring you have the energy to conquer the rest of your day.
2. Sticks & Stones Lookout
Embark on the Sticks and Stones hiking trail, a 1km loop that delves into the geological wonders of the escarpment. Witness the layers of shale rock exposed millions of years ago when glaciers receded. Reach the Sticks and Stones lookout platform and take in the breathtaking panoramic views through the built-in binoculars. Take the moment to appreciate the unique beauty of Blue Mountain’s ancient formations.
3. Cascade Rainbow Bridge
While exploring the Cascade hiking trail on the South side of the Mountain, you’ll come across a remarkable sight – literally! Walk along the newly refurbished Rainbow Bridge presented by Columbia and snap a pic of the beautiful waterfall behind it. This bridge proudly showcases a vibrant progress pride flag, representing Blue Mountain’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Take a moment to revel in the progressive spirit of the mountain as you cross this colourful landmark.
4. Apple Bowl Lookout
Prepare to be awe-struck by the Apple Bowl Lookout on the designated hiking trail. This spot offers two captivating stops where you can truly grasp the grandeur of Georgian Bay and its surrounding regions. Reflect upon the immensity of nature’s beauty and create memories that will last a lifetime!
Remember to download the Blue Mountain app to access trail maps, navigation, and additional information for a seamless journey. Be sure to enter the Columbia Way Out There contest by sharing your fave photo in the Explore Park from July 31 to September 1, 2023 for a chance to win the ultimate Blue Mountain Getaway*. Gear up, get outside, and embrace the beauty of Blue Mountain on two feet this summer.
*Full contest details found at https://www.bluemountain.ca/contests