General Hikes

 

 

 

Hikes are listed below, and you can also access our printable version of scheduled General Hikes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday March 18: Iroquoia Section, 
Crawford Lake, Map 11,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is a dropout point after 7 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Calcium Pits on Twiss Rd. between Derry Rd. and Conservation Rd.
GPS Coordinates: 43.448007/-79.953670
Directions: 401, exit south on Guelph Line. Turn right (west) onto Conservation Rd. Turn left (south) onto Twiss Rd. Parking area on left side of road across from Calcium Pits.
Hike Description: A loop/there and back hike from Calcium Pits on Twiss Rd., to Crawford Lake, around the lake and looping back using the Crawford Lake Side Trail and the main trail. We will break at Crawford Lake where light snacks can be purchased. Bring water and snacks. Hiking boots recommended, trails can be muddy in the spring. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper dorisharper@rogers.com 519 589 4114.

 

Saturday April 8: Iroquoia Section, 
Crawford Lake & Rattlesnake Point, Map 11
This 15 km loop hike will take approximately 5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point.
Depart: 9:00 a.m. Crawford Lake Conservation Area, outer parking lot.
GPS Coordinates: N43 28.204′, W79 57.070′
Directions: Take Guelph Line to Conservation Road and park in the outer lot. Note: an admission fee will need to be paid in accordance with Conservation Halton policy.
Hike Description: An opportunity for a warm up hike on well known trails to prepare for a new season of hiking.  A double loop hike, we will be using the leech Porter ST, the Canyon Bypass ST, and Crawford Lake ST, all linked together by the main trail. Dogs permitted, but must be leashed and owners scoop the poop.  Hiking boots required, bring a snack lunch and a minimum one litre of drinking water.
Hike Leader: Bob Humphreys 519-883-1840 Weekdays between 7-10 pm. walk2tobermory@gmail.com

 

Sunday April 9: Toronto Section,  Introductory Hike,
Silver Creek, Map 13,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Scotsdale Farm parking lot.
Directions: Take Trafalgar Rd exit off Hwy 401 and travel north on Trafalgar Rd through Stewartown and continue to lights at merge with Hwy 7. Turn left at lights and continue traveling north for about 4 km where Hwy 7 carries on to left and Trafalgar Rd exits on right. Continue north on Trafalgar Rd and after about 2 km turn right into Scotsdale Farm. Drive east along the gravel road to the parking lot on the left in front of the farmhouse. The hike leaders car will have a Canadian flag attached to the window behind the drivers seat. We will leave all cars at the meeting place while we complete this loop hike.
Hike Description: We will hike from Scotsdale Farm along the Bennett Heritage Trail to join the main trail just south of 27 Sideroad and then return to Scotsdale Farm via the Maureen Smith side trail.
Hike Leader: Robert Gillespie robert_gillespie@bell.net

 

Saturday April 22: Caledon Hills Section, 
Caledon Rail Trail, Map 16,
This 12 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Caledon Community Complex at 6125 Old Church Road in Caledon East. Directions: Heading north or south on Airport Road into Caledon East, turn east onto Old Church Road at the T-junction traffic lights in the centre of town.  Go approx. 0.5km to the Caledon Community Complex.  We will meet in the parking area.
Hike Description: Easy, flat rail trail.  We will hike east 6 km to Humber Station Road then re-trace our steps the same way.  Drop-out anytime. This is a joint hike with the Oak Ridges Hiking club.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Sunday April 23: Iroquoia Section, 
Waterdown, Map 9,
This 15 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Cityview Park off Kern’s Rd. NE of Waterdown.
GPS Coordinates: 43.351721/-79.866259
Directions: From 401, exit 6 South towards Hamilton. At the Traffic Lights at Clappison’s corners, turn left (east) onto Highway 5 to Waterdown. Continue through Waterdown towards Burlington. Turn right onto Kern’s Rd. Parking lot is first driveway on left. From Toronto – west on 403. Exit at Brant St./County Road 18. Turn right (north) on Brant, turn left (west) on Dundas, turn left (south) on Kern’s Rd.
Hike Description: A shuttle hike from Rock Chapel nature sanctuary to Cityview/Kerncliff Park in Waterdown. We will meet in the parking lot in Cityview Park, shuttle to Rock Chapel then hike back through the Highway 6 tunnel. On the way we will pass Borer’s Falls, enjoy views over Hamilton, hike beside Grindstone Creek and Great Falls. Bring water and snacks. Hiking boots recommended, trails can be muddy in Spring.  Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader.
Hike Leader: Doris  Harper dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Sunday, April 30:  Caledon Hills Section,
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 12 km hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate to strenuous terrain. An optional refreshment stop is planned for afterwards.
Depart:  9:30 a.m. Parking lot on Mono 5 Sideroad on the north side of the road where the Bruce Trail crosses.
GPS Coordinates: N 43.974055′ W 79.984988′
Directions:  From Airport Road turn east onto Mono 5 Sideroad. The Trail parking lot is just east of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism.
Hike Description:  The Caledon Hills will be alive with the sounds of nature’s music and beauty as we traverse (sometimes trudge) along the Main Trail, Glacier Valley and Hockleycrest Side Trails. Bring your choice of hydration and snacks or lunch. Hiking boots are required.
Hike leader:  Sandy Green Text 416-317-3689 or email sgreenhikes@gmail.com.

 

Saturday May 6: Dufferin Hi-Land Section, 
Mono Cliffs & Splitrock ST, Map 19,
This 16 km loop hike will take approximately 5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point.
Depart: 9:00 a.m. Splitrock Narrows parking lot.
GPS Coordinates: N44 04.491′  W080 05.050′
Directions: Take Highway #10 north from Orangeville to Side Road 25, turn right, follow to 2nd Line EHS, turn left, and drive 1.5 km north to the fenced parking lot on the right hand side of the road.
Hike Description: An opportunity to hike the Splitrock ST, 2nd Line ST, Walter Tovell ST, and Lookout ST, all linked together by the Main Trail.  Dogs welcome, but must be leashed and owners scoop the poop.  Hiking boots required.  Bring a snack lunch, two litres of drinking water and sunscreen.
Hike Leader: Bob Humphreys 519-883-1840 Weekdays between 7-10 pm. walk2tobermory@gmail.com

 

Sunday May 7: Iroquoia Section, 
Kerncliff Park, Map 9,
This 13 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is a dropout point after 5 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. City View Park in Burlington, south-east corner of Dundas St and Kerns Rd. City View Park is about 3 km east of Waterdown. From Dundas St drive south on Kerns Rd 400 meters to the second (south) entrance to the Park. Turn left to parking. (Might be called “New City Park” in some maps). Near km 75.7 on Map 9.
Directions: From Hwy 401 come south on Guelph Line to Dundas. Turn right and go 3 km to left turn at Kerns Rd. From QEW come north on Guelph Line to Dundas. Turn left, go 3 km to Kerns Rd.
Hike Description: We will hike the Main Trail and side trails in the Kerncliff Park / Waterdown area.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney peter.leeney@utoronto.ca 905-822-1877.

 

Thursday May 11: Caledon Hills Section, Spring Flower Photography Hike,
Hockley Nature Reserve, Map 18,
The pace will be leisurely, over easy terrain. This loop hike will be up to 5 km long and last approximately 3.5 hrs. No dropout point. No dogs please. Refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the 3rd Line parking area about 1.2 km north of Hockley Road.
Directions: Take Hwy 10 north of Orangeville to Hockley Road (Dufferin Road 7), turn right (east), then drive approx. 6.2 km to the 3rd Line at Glen Cross then turn left to the parking area (43.990484, -80.047547)
Hike Description: We will walk up to 5 km on the Glen Cross Side Trail, Main Trail and Isabel East Side Trail stopping frequently to identify and photograph spring flowers. Bring a macro lens if you have one. Please pre-register with the hike leader.
Hike Leader: Hamish Duthie 519-882-8686 evenings before 9 p.m. hduthie2@amtelecom.net

 

Saturday May 20: Caledon Hills Section, 
Hockley Valley, Map 18, This 13 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point.
Depart: 9:00 a.m. Parking location on 3rd Line EHS.
GPS Coordinates: N43 59.562′, W80 02.881′
Directions: Take Highway 10 north from Orangeville, turn right on Hockley Rd (County Rd 7), follow to 3rd Line EHS and turn left.  Roadside parking is 1 km north on right hand side.
Hike Description: We will hike the Isobel East ST, Tom East ST, Cam Snell ST, and Glen Cross ST, linked together by the Main Trail.  All old favourites, but note we are starting from a different location.  Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed and owners scoop the poop.  Hiking boots required, bring a snack lunch, two litres of drinking water, and sunscreen.
Hike Leader: Bob Humphreys 519-883-1840 Weekdays between 7-10 pm. walk2tobermory@gmail.com

 

Saturday May 27: Toronto Section, 
Hilton Falls & Speyside, Map 11 & 12,
This 25 km loop hike will take approximately 7 hours and is at a medium pace over strenuous terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:00 a.m. Pear Tree parking lot, at km 11.2.
GPS Coordinates: N43 34.676′, W79 58.619′
Directions: Exit 401 at Milton, and take Highway 25 north to 15th Sideroad at Speyside.  Turn left, and the parking lot is 300 metres along on the left hand side.
Hike Description: A favourite BIG loop on a section of the Main Trail, plus the Hilton Falls ST and Al Shaw ST.  We will enjoy great views familiar to many of us and the opportunity to enjoy spring flowers including trilliums.  A long hike, hiking boots required, bring at least two litres of drinking water, a snack lunch and sunscreen.
Hike Leader: Bob Humphreys 519-883-1840 Weekdays between 7-10 pm. walk2tobermory@gmail.com