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Hiking the Hamilton Rail Trail

Urban greenspace – Hamilton Rail Trail on the Mountain

Chances are if you are climbing up the Kenilworth Stairs up the Niagara Escarpment in Hamilton, Ontario, you have at least two or three runners working up a sweat running up and down the stairs as well. The Hamilton Rail Trail is one of the most popular spots in this city for people walking and exercising.

At 228 stairs, the Kenilworth Stairs give you a great workout while at the same time offering wonderful views of Hamilton. They lead up to a little oasis in what is normally a pretty typical working town. The Rail Trail, which you reach at the top, is part of the trail between Hamilton and Brantford  – it’s a dedicated off-road hiking and biking trail.

Hamilton Rail Trail

According to the City of Hamilton website, other stairs leading up to the Escarpment Rail Trail are as follows:

Trail entrances above the mountain are located at Arbour Road (Albion Falls parking lot), Limeridge Road East and Mohawk Road East (just east of Mountain Brow Blvd.). The trail follows the former CN right-of-way along the escarpment, crosses over the Kenilworth Access, then continues to Wentworth Street South (near the bottom of the Wentworth Street stairs). Upon crossing Wentworth Street South, the trail continues through the lower city ending in Corktown Park located near Ferguson Avenue South and Young Street. The section of the trail from Albion Falls parking lot to Wentworth Street South has a tar and chip surface. At Wentworth Street South, the trail changes and becomes an asphalt surface.

It’s several kilometres long, and in spots has part of the Bruce Trail criss-crossing it.

Bring your camera for some great shots of the city and nature along the way.

More photos from the Hamilton Trail Rail and Kenilworth Stairs:

Hamilton Rail Trail

The Bruce Trail crosses through the Rail Trail

Hamilton Rail Trail

Hamilton Rail Trail

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Some things I would like to point out, the Kenilworth stairs are split into two sections about 200 meters separate them, if you came from the bottom turn left at the top and walk about 200 meters to find the new section. The article says that this is part of the Hamilton Brantford rail trail, it is not that is an entirely different trail system further west several kilometers and there are several other trails and stairwells between these two trails none of them connect in any way. The Wentworth trail”s surface was created in the early 1960″s and has… Read more »