At the southern edge of Mountain development, St. George's Drain includes an RCP of significant size.

St. George's Drain
Complicated storm system on Hamilton's southern fringe

I named this drain after a cemetery adjacent to its outfall, but I wish I'd called it "Boxed Meat Revolution," the name of a local business that I noticed on Street View while building this page. It's a fairly standard road storm sewer, a warren of round concrete pipes converging in an obscure outfall. However, it is also quite large -- it has probably been slightly overbuilt in anticipation of the further extension of Upper Ottawa Street south from its current terminus in a gravel yard.

The view out the portal of this small waterfall drain.

Goulding Avenue Falls Drain
Very small West Mountain waterfall fed by local storm sewers

This is a very small storm sewer that feeds a marginal waterfall coming off the west Mountain near the Chedoke Radial Trail. A reasonably nice, concrete arched outfall chamber leads to a pair of 1.5m RCPs that head off in opposite directions on Sanatorium Road or Goulding Avenue. We explored the one arm the length of a few access shafts, but that was pretty gruelling, and these days I wouldn't even push it that far.

The view from the bottom of West Cliffview Falls, which like several other Hamilton waterfalls emerges from a Mountain storm drain.

West Cliffview Falls Drain
Moderately-sized Hamilton storm sewer feeds ribbon waterfall

During the summer, you have to look very carefully just to know that West Cliffview Falls exists. Surrounded by forest and located on the western edge of the Cliffview Falls cut, it is almost invisible from Scenic Dr. or from Cliffview Park, which abuts the eastern side of the cut. In fact, my colleague and I almost didn't notice it as we attempted to spot a route down to the East Cliffview Falls drain (which proved too small and inaccessible to be worth reaching anyway).

The bunker-like inlet of the Glover Mountain Falls Drain, nestled on the lower slope of the escarpment

Glover Mountain Falls Drain

Interesting small drain carries run-off from Glover Mtn. Falls to Red Hill Creek

The Glover Mountain Falls Drain was built with an incredibly large inlet structure designed to keep forest debris from entering the drain. Located just downstream of the seasonal Glover Mountain Falls, the inlet gives the impression of a well-fortified keep, or perhaps something out of Jurassic Park.

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