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.

 

October 12: Hockley Valley Area,
Map 18,
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Category: Introductory
Location: Km 44.3 Trail Guide Edition 29, Map 18. Airport Road, north of Highway 9, East on 5th Sideroad, approximately 0.5 km to parking area
Hike Leader(s): Louise Carberry
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hour or less
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing
Distance: 6 km
Description: This hike will explore Hockleycrest Side Trail and Harmony Side Trail and the main trail north east of Airport Road and 5 Sideroad. In the winter, some of these trails are groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. We will also pay a visit to the Dr. Philip Gosling Nature Reserve, which is located nearby.

 

October 20: Introductory Hike,
Map 12,
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hosting Club: Iroquoia, Toronto, Caledon Hills
Category: General Hike
Location: Toronto Section/Limehouse BTC Map 12
Hike Leader(s): Robert Gillespie. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader at robert_gillespie@bell.net
Pace: Leisurely – 3km/hr or less
Terrain: Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 6 km
Description: Depart: 10:30 am Ball Park parking lot on Fifth Line south of the village of Limehouse
Directions: From Hwy 401 take Trafalgar Rd north for 10 km to 22 Sideroad just north of where Trafalgar Road merges with highway 7. Turn left onto 22 Sideroad then after about 3 km you will bear left to pass over a narrow bridge over the railway tracks in the village of Limehouse. Continue a short distance on and turn left (south) onto Fifth Line. Continue down Fifth line until you see a Recreational Baseball Park on your left (east side). We will meet in the Ball Park parking lot. The hike leader’s car will have a Canadian flag attached to the window behind the driver’s door.
Hike Description: This hike is designed to give new hikers a sense of what hiking on the Bruce Trail has to offer. We will walk into the Limehouse Conservation Area, down into the valley along the Black Creek side trail and then up the main Bruce Trail to examine the lime kiln restoration. We will then reverse back down the main trail through the interesting “Hole in the Wall” feature and back to the cars in the parking lot. Hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes suggested. Bring water and a snack. Please consider carrying these in a knapsack or fanny pack to be more comfortable. Please arrive at meeting place at least 15 minutes before hike begins.

 

October 27: Kelso Conservation Area,
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Category: Introductory
Location: Kelso Conservation parking lot is at NW corner of Steeles and Bell School Line.
Directions: Take Hwy 401 west toward Milton. Exit at Regional Rd. 25 South. Turn right (west) on Steeles Ave. Follow for 4 km to Bell School Line and paid parking lot on right.
Hike Leader(s): Peter Leeney, cell phone 905-301-4091
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hour or less
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 9 km
Description: We will hike along the edge of the Escarpment in Kelso Conservation area. Fine views over the Escarpment.

 

November 3: Introductory Hike,
Map 19,
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Category: General Hike
Location: Area of Hike: Dufferin Hi-Land Section Map Number: Mono Centre, Map 19
Hike Leader(s): Robert Gillespie. Please pre-register by emailing the hike leader at robert_gillespie@bell.net
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hr or less
Terrain: Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 9 km
Description: Directions to Meeting Place: Mono Community Centre parking lot. 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.
Description of 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. We will hike into Mono Cliffs Park along the Spillway Trail and back along the Cliff Top Trail to return to the Mono Community Centre parking lot around noon. 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.

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