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Access Issues Escalate At Lion's Head

Climbing at Lion's Head is becoming more difficult due to the recent announcement that parking is no longer permitted on Moore St and the closure of the Moore St approach trail.
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    Access Issues Escalate At Lion's Head. Photo: Ruby Photography

Anyone visiting Lion's Head is asked to park at the Bruce Trail Parking lot located at the McCurdy Trailhead. The lot has a capacity for 30 vehicles, and any overflow traffic is being directed to park at the Lion's Head Arena. The arena is located at 4 Tackabury St and has capacity for 80+ vehicles.
These changes will increase approach times by approximately 25 minutes. It's also worth noting the new approach via the McCurdy Trail is more rugged and technical than the original Moore St approach.

Anyone parking on Moore St will be ticketed with a maximum fine of $200.

Moore St and the land that the Moore St trail crosses are private property.

Climbers have pointed out that the parking capacity at these two new locations may not be sufficient considering the area's popularity with outdoor enthusiasts. Some climbers have speculated that these changes may even result in friction between climbers and Bruce Trail hikers as they compete for available parking space.

The Ontario Alliance of Climbers (OAC) is aware of these new parking changes, has noted this is a "fluid situation" and is encouraging all climbers to abide by the new regulations. The OAC is exploring possible parking and access alternatives with the city council and will provide updates as they become available.

Lion's Head is designated as a provincial nature preserve. It has a history of challenging access issues, including the fact that climbing in the area is considered a tolerated but non-confirming activity.
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Gus Alexandropoulos is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 25 years. During his career he has been the editor at Canada’s national climbing magazine, as well as the gear editor for a national cycling magazine, triathlon magazine and running magazine. His work has been published in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and he has been a guest on television and radio broadcasts. His passion for climbing began in Ontario in the mid 80s and he continues to travel extensively in search of crisp conditions and steep rock.