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.
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:
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