Tuesday Hikes

The Tuesday Hikers have been active in the spring and fall since the early 1990s. Now there are Tuesday hikes year round. As the name suggests, we meet at various locations on Tuesdays.

The Tuesday Hikers have neither speed nor distance as their objective. Most of the hikes are under 12 km in length and the pace is around 3 km/hour. We enjoy exercise, fresh air, conversation and the scenery. We frequently enjoy an optional refreshment stop after the hike.

There is a voluntary collection of a loonie or toonie at each hike which is sent to the Bruce Trail Conservancy to support the Trail.

Details of the Tuesday hikes are published in the quarterly newsletter, the Caledon Comment, available to members, and are on this website. Weekly reminders are also sent by way of a email list. To have your name put on the Tuesday Hikers email list, or to receive further information, contact info@caledonbrucetrail.org .

See our on-line list of Scheduled Hikes (or access our printable version)

 

What’s a Tuesday Hiker? By Joan Richard

When I first joined the Caledon Club about a two years ago, I started to hear stories about the Tuesday hiking program that had existed for quite a few years.

One of the features of the Tuesday hikers was their collection each week for a donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy. For their generosity, and for their longevity, the Tuesday hikers were awarded the Isabel East Award last June by the Caledon Club.

But there’s more. Rather than a group resting on its laurels for successful hikes and fundraising in the past, the Tuesday group has forged on to new adventures, seeking out new members and new trails.

This September the group could be found in the Beaver Valley, where about 20 stalwart hikers explored the Duncan Crevice Caves Provincial Nature Reserve and Metcalfe Crevice. They even had the excitement of quickly and quietly walking through a field containing a bull and many loudly mooing cows. Fortunately, the bull was pretending not to notice us.

Another day, in spite of the best efforts of the Tuesday coordinator, Marilyn Ross and the leader of the day, Roger Broadwell, to encourage people to postpone, 14 hikers set out on a piece of the end-to-end in a drizzle, which turned to a deluge, and it basically rained all day. The only other hikers we saw out that day was an even larger group from the Dufferin Hi-Lands Club. It was a very wet but still cheerful bunch who gratefully arrived at their cars. My boots took days to dry.

So if you are looking for a weekday hike, you will find a welcome with the Tuesday group. Although they have been around for a long time, they are open to new ideas, new members and new adventures. Take a look at the schedule and consider coming out.

 

 Scheduled Hikes

 

Tuesday January 2: Iroquoia Section  
Waterdown, Map 9,
This 9 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 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. Great Falls on Mill Street in Waterdown, km 72.4, at the Smokey Hollows Side Trail.
GPS Coordinates: N.43330803, W.79.886980
Directions: Mill Street just off Highway 5/Dundas Street in downtown Waterdown. From Hwy 401, head south on Guelph Line or Highway 6 and head to Waterdown.
Hike Description: Using the combination of the main trail, the Norman Pearson Side Trail and the Upper Grindstone Side Trail, we will hike the hills and valleys along Grindstone Creek. This hike has some rocky terrain and a few challenging climbs. The views along Grindstone Creek are awesome. We will meet at the parking lot at the Great Falls at km 72.4 on Mill St. and shuttle to the parking at the north end of Old Guelph Road at km 66. Please bring icers for the winter conditions. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader in case the hike is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 email or text shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday January 9: Caledon Hills Section,  
Palgrave, Map 17,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Palgrave Forest parking lot off Duffy’s Lane.
Directions: Go 11 km north of Bolton on Highway 50. Turn west on Patterson Sideroad. Continue west one concession to Duffy’s Lane then north on Duffy’s Lane for about 2 km. Parking lot will be on the right.
Hike Description: From the meeting point, we’ll car pool to Old Church Road and Duffy’s Lane. The hike will proceed north on the Humber Valley Heritage Trail to the Caledon Trailway, then east on the Caledon Trailway to Palgrave where we will pick up the Oak Ridges Trail through Palgrave and into Palgrave Forest.
Hike Leader: Gary Hall 905-880-4037 garyhall@rogers.com

 

Tuesday January 16: Iroquoia Section,  
Waterdown, Map 9,
This 11 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 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. Old Guelph Road Side Trail parking, next to the tunnel under Highway 6.
Directions: Just south of Clappison’s Corners on Highway 6, exit via York Road, turn right on Old Guelph Road and follow it to parking lot at the Old Guelph Rd. Side Trail.
Hike Description: Hike from City View Park in Waterdown west to the Old Guelph Side Trail, 11 km.
Beautiful hike along Grindstone Creek. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader in case the hike is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

 

Tuesday January 23: Caledon Hills Section,  
Glen Haffy, Map 17,
This 10 km loop hike will take approximately 3.5 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. Coolihans Sideroad, off Airport Rd. km 35.1 on map 17 of the Bruce Trail Guide.
GPS Coordinates: 43.937035 /-79.936040
Directions: From Airport Rd turn east onto Coolihans Sideroad which is south of Hwy 9. Continue on Coolihans Sideroad for about 1.5 km to roadside parking area.
Hike Description: Hike and/or snowshoe through and around Glen Haffy Conservation Area. Using the main trail and Glen Haffy Blue, Green and Red Trails we will loop through the conservation area, passing the fishing ponds and return to our cars on Coolihans Sideroad.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com or dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday January 30: OPEN. Check website for updates

 

Tuesday February 6, Toronto Section,
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
An easy loop hike of 10 km (about 3 hrs) at a medium pace on variable terrain. Hiking boots and icers recommended, but take snowshoes if snow conditions are suitable. No dogs. Bring a drink and snacks. Refreshment stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the Scotsdale Farm parking area.
Directions: The entrance to Scotsdale Farm is 1.5 km north on Trafalgar Rd. from Hwy 7 (passing the hamlet of Silver Creek) and on the east side of Trafalgar Road. Follow the gravel road to the parking area.
Hike Description: The hike will start at Scotsdale Farm then proceed to include the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, passing the beautiful Snow’s Creek and Silver Creek, taking us back through forested escarpment territory on the main Bruce Trail. In total it will be approx 10 km. Take hiking boots + icers, but if we get snow be prepared for snowshoes.
Leader: Hamish Duthie: 519-822-8686 evenings, or email: hduthie@uwaterloo.ca

 

Tuesday February 13: Iroquoia Section,  
Dundas Valley, Map 8,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 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. Gatehouse Museum parking lot.
GPS Coordinates: 43.236866/-79.998555
Directions: From Hwy 6 and 5, Clappison’s Corners intersection, travel west on Hwy 5, turn left onto Brock Rd., at Bullocks Corners, turn right onto Hwy 8, turn left onto Weir’s Line, turn left onto Governor’s Rd., then immediately right onto Sulphur Springs Rd. Parking lot will be on left at a bend in the road.
Hike Description: Hike or snowshoe this 10 -12 km loop hike through Dundas Valley. Using the main trail and combination of side trails we will loop through the valley, exploring some historical sites along the way. Remember to bring icers, snacks and water.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com or dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday February 20: Toronto Section,  
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
This 13 km loop hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Parking lot at Scotsdale Farm.
Directions: The entrance to the Farm is from Trafalgar Rd. about 1 km north of where it separates from Hwy 7.
Hike Description: A loop hike using the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, the Main Trail and the Great Esker Side Trail. If the weather is poor, we will omit the second side trail and the hike distance will be 9 km. Pub lunch in Georgetown.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday February 27: OPEN. Check website for updates