Introductory Hikes

If you are new to hiking or looking for a gentle way to ease back after an illness or injury, this is the place for you.  You will have an opportunity to learn how to follow trail blazes, chat with the leader and others about gear and make new friends.  There will be an optional refreshment stop after some of the hikes. Each hike is unique.  Choose the ones that appeal to you or attend them all!  Please arrive at meeting place at least 15 minutes before hike begins.  If you have any questions, email robert.gillespie@sympatico.ca.

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

 

Sunday April 14, Dufferin Hi-Land Section,
Mono Cliffs, Map 19, Introductory Hike,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 2.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Mono Community Centre parking lot.
Directions: Take Hwy 10 north to Dufferin Road 8 about 10 km north of Orangeville. Follow Road 8 to Mono Centre. The hike leader’s car will have a Canadian flag attached to the window behind the driver’s seat. We will leave all cars in this parking lot while we complete this loop hike.
Hike Description: This hike is designed to give new hikers a sense of what hiking on the Bruce Trail has to offer. Since the ground on this 9.0 km hike is uneven and rocky (and may be muddy) in some sections, hiking boots or hiking shoes are preferable but since new hikers may not have access to all equipment, just be sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. If you do bring bottled water, snacks or extra clothes, please consider carrying these in a knapsack or fanny pack so your hands are free making walking more comfortable. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before hike departure time. Please pre-register hike leader at robert_gillespie@bell.net
Hike Leader: Robert Gillespie

Saturday April 27, Toronto Section,
Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Map 14, Introductory Hike,
This 6 km loop hike will take approximately 2.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point.  There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Boston Mills Road, where it dead ends west of Mississauga Road. There is parking on the side of the road and the trail loop begins here; km. 47.8.
Directions: Boston Mills Road is approximately 5 km north of Brampton on Hwy 10.  Turn left (West) and go through 4 intersections until you reach the dead end.
Hike Description: Rockside Side Trail and Main Trail Loop. Most of the hike is through hardwood forest with approximately 1 km of trail on Heritage Road. We will see Spring Flowers!
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry 905-216-7559 louise.carberry@rogers.com

Saturday May 4, Caledon Hills Section,
Glen Haffy Conservation Area, Map 17, Introductory Hike,

This 6 km loop hike will take approximately 2.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Meet at the roadside parking area on Coolihans Sideroad 1.5 km east of Airport Road; km 35.1.
Directions: Coolihans Sideroad is north of Caledon East on Airport Road. It is just south of the main entrance to the Conservation Area.
Hike Description: We will hike the main Bruce Trail and a combination of trails in Glen Haffy Conservation Area. The area is mostly hardwood forest and spring flowers will be in bloom.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry 905-216-7559 louise.carberry@rogers.com

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