The Ross McLean Side Trail is named after a long time local Bruce Trail volunteer. You start your hike at a Bruce Trail parking area on Lundy Lane. Be careful to follow the parking signage as this is private property and a private lane.

Follow the main Bruce Trail white slashes for about 1 km as the trail ascends the escarpment and follows along the top. Tread carefully as there are several open crevices that you have to cross over. After about 1 km you come to the start of the Side Trail. Turn left and follow the blue slashes. At the base of the slope you will meet a small stream with a small waterfall. The water is emerging from the cliff wall and if you listen carefully you can hear the water falling in a subterranean cave behind the cliff.

The trail follows the stream downhill to Bass Lake. The trail turns right and follows along the shores of Bass Lake with good views. When the trail reaches the marsh area at the end of the lake it turns right and follows the hedgerow of a field back to a junction with the main Bruce Trail. Turn left and follow the white slashes back to your parking spot.

This loop trail falls within the Sydenham section of the Bruce Trail. For more information on other loop and side trails and the portion of the main Bruce Trail in this section please visit the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club’s website at

With file information from the Bruce Trail.

For more information on this and other portions of the Bruce Trail please purchase the Bruce Trail Maps from the Bruce Trail Conservancy at

Trail users are advised to obtain an updated version of the Bruce Trail guide before venturing out as trail information may change from time to time.

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Ross McLean Side Trail characteristics

Length: 3.3 km loop
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural and Rock
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported

Amenities: none

Attractions: none

Sydenham Bruce Trail Club 

Find it: West end of Lundy Lane, Georgian Bluffs, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.7202810
Longitude: -80.9755340

Ross McLean Side Trail Image Gallery

Photo credits:

Don Knight