Trail Run to Albion Falls (Hamilton, ON)

Red Hill Trail Sign

Let’s explore the Red Hill Valley Trail and make our way to the gorgeous Albion Falls.

Mt Albion Entrance

This portion of the trail starts on the old road, that is now completely closed to traffic.

Under the Expressway

At this point, the trail continues underneath The Red Hill Expressway. I used to run here all the time when I was a kid. It was my favourite place to run and I was saddened when the new highway was built.

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Fortunately though, the trail system is still really nice and the sounds of the busy city fade away as you get further back into the natural area.

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To get to the falls, you have to take the side trail along the river. It is a treacherous path as it is full of rocks, tree routes, and narrow passages.

Trail along river

The view is incredible and it only gets better the further you make your way up the river.

Mount Albion Falls

I hadn’t been here in about 15 years and I have no idea why. It is absolutely beautiful. And it was such a nice day on Saturday, that several families were out enjoying the view.

Mt Albion Falls

I didn’t slow down. It was like I was running parkour as I ran across small rocks to cross the river, jumping up on larger rocks to get this nice close-up shot of Albion Falls.

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I took a date here once and we sat at the bottom of these falls. It was awesome. It is great how accessible Mount Albion Falls actually is. It’s probably a better hike though than it is a trail run.

Regardless of that, I loved being back in Hamilton for the weekend and I loved running in Red Hill Valley again.

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