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Hamilton Waterfalls – The Lookout Version

Devil’s Punchbowl, Albion Falls, and Buttermilk Falls…in one day. Welcome to Hamilton Waterfalls – The Lookout Version.
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terWater WAWATWe call it the Hamilton Waterfalls – Lookout Version, because all 3 Waterfalls were viewed from Lookouts. We did it this way for a number of reasons. Mostly because it was done on a whim, so we weren’t prepared. I was in jeans and Sheri was in sandals. I don’t imagine jagged rocks feel too good on the soles of your feet while you’re wearing sandals. We found ourselves in Hamilton on this day and it seemed like a good idea. We’re mavericks afterall…
Albion Falls can’t be accessed from below anyway, where the terrain is so treacherous. Neither can the Punchbowl as I understand it.

Devil’s Punchbowl

So we started at The Devil’s Punchbowl. This being my first time seeing them, I was pretty excited. Apparently there’s a trail that takes you around the Punchbowl. But we didn’t venture onto that. We went straight for the Lookout, and passed a few spots where it was possible to crawl through their fence to get a closer look. At first this seemed like a bad idea, safety wise. On the way back we were much bolder, as we discovered the best views were on the edge of the escarpment. Thankfully I’m still alive to write this blog. And you can benefit from my experience.

The view from the lookout is rather breathtaking. They say on a clear day you can see the Toronto Skyline, and we did, though obstructed by a small amount of haze. It was still pretty cool though. The CN Tower can be seen below, glistening in the sunlight (if you squint).

Toronto Views
Toronto Views

Albion Falls

By far the most voluminous falls we took in that day. From the Lookout they’re pretty impressive. I can only imagine how they look from below. Unfortunately, due to some fatal accidents, access to the falls from above the trail is forbidden. As of this writing, I believe it’s still not possible to access these falls from below. Hamilton Conservation Authorities are still patrolling these falls for trespassers.
The viewing decks are newly installed to allow people to view them safely. Which is my preference.

Albion Falls Viewing Deck
Albion Falls

Buttermilk Falls

This one is new to me. I’ve not heard of this one before. Found further up the trail on Mountain Brow Road, this Waterfall is a little cutie. Though there’s not a whole lot of water running over this one, it was still quite a sight. I imagine after a rainfall it competes with its big brother down the trail.
There was no viewing deck for this one, just a trail that runs alongside.
By the time we got to this one, I was hot, sweaty and more than a little cranky. It was last on our Waterfall Tour and came just in time.

Being the mavericks we are, I expect the next time we find ourselves in Hamilton with time on our hands, we’ll be more prepared. Shorts, water, and hiking shoes are a must to take in the Hamilton Waterfalls properly.

We’re only at the beginning of the Hiking season. There’s so much more to come.

Until next time…