Tuesday Hikes

The Tuesday Hikers have been active in the spring and fall since 1986. 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 August 7: Caledon Hills Section,  
Forks of the Credit, Map 15,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Roadside parking at km 8.8 on the north side of Forks of the Credit Road at Dominion Street.
Directions: Head north on Hwy 10 to Forks of the Credit Road (just north of Olde Baseline Road) and then west to Dominion St. (about 1 km west of McLaren Rd.).
Hike Description: A nice loop in the park. Bring a snack or lunch for a break on the trail.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday August 14: Rockwood Conservation Area,
This 10 km loop hike will take approximately 3 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. Parking lot in the conservation area. There is an admission fee – 2018 rates not yet available – approximately $6, less for seniors.
Directions: From Guelph Line, go east on Hwy 7 to Falls St. Turn south to entrance to park. After going through gatehouse, turn left to parking area near washrooms.
Hike Description: Spend a relaxed day in this recreational area on the Eramosa River. We’ll explore the interesting geological features including potholes and caves (challenging climb into North America’s second largest pothole is optional) as well as some of the history of the area as evidenced by the ruins of the Harris Mill.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838; cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday August 21: Iroquoia Section,  
Crawford Lake/Nassagaweya Canyon, Map 11,
This 12 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. Crawford Lake Conservation Area, outer parking lot.  Note there is an admission charge: $7.50 per adult; $6.50 per senior (65+); rate at time of printing.
Directions: Take Guelph Line to Conservation Road and enter Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Park in the outer lot.
Hike Description: Crawford Lake trails and Nassagaweya Canyon.
Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson 519-831-9474 before 9:00 p.m. susanatkinson19@gmail.com

 

Tuesday August 28: Toronto Section,  
Kelso, Maps 11/12,
The Friendship Trail
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. Meet at Hilton Falls Conservation Area on Campbellville Rd.
Directions: From Hwy 401 take Regional Rd. 25 north 2 km to Campbellville Rd. (5 Sideroad). Turn left and follow 5 km to Hilton Falls on your right. There is a parking fee.
Hike Description: We will meet at Hilton Falls and then do a car shuttle to Pear Tree Park. Hike back along the section of the Main Bruce Trail that is paired with the Kythera Hiking Trail in Greece.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

 

Tuesday September 4: Toronto Section,  
Terra Cotta, Map 14,
This 15 km loop 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. On Winston Churchill Blvd. where the Caledon Trailway crosses the road just north of King Rd. Roadside parking.
Directions: From Hwy 401, Hwy 7 or King Rd., go north on Winston Churchill. From 32 Sideroad/Boston Mills Rd. or Regional Road 24/124, go south on Winston Churchill.
Hike Description: Hike through terrain with enough variety to be interesting but not overly challenging. It includes a new section through a recently acquired BTC property. Some road walking. If the weather is unfavourable, the hike can be shortened to approximately 11.5 km
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838; cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday September 11: Sydenham Section,  
Inglis Falls, Map 32,
This 11 km loop 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: 10:00 a.m. Centennial Tower km 90.1 on the west side of Highway 6 & 10 at the top of the hill above Owen Sound.
GPS Coordinates: N44.558005/W80.925858
Directions: Head north on Highway 10 or Highway 6 to Owen Sound. Parking is at Centennial Tower at top of hill above Owen Sound.
Hike Description: Hike the main trail from Centennial Tower to beautiful Inglis Falls and return via the Harrison Park Side Trail. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader. Email or text so that we don’t leave without you or if the hike is cancelled for some reason.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 Text shapirors@msn.com

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Tuesday September 11: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 10 km loop hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain.
There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. We will meet in the designated parking area on the 3rd Line EHS approximately 1.5 km north of Hockley Road.
Directions: Take Hwy #10 or Airport Road to Hockley Road, which is north of Hwy #9.  The 3rd Line is halfway between these two roads.
Hike Description: This will be a figure 8 loop consisting of the Isabel East Side Trail, the Cam Snell Side Trail, the Glen Cross Side Trail, and the Jeju Olle Friendship Trail.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry 905-216-7559 louise.carberry@rogers.com

 

Tuesday September 18: Beaver Valley Section,  
Hogg’s Falls, Eugenia, Map 26,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is a dropout point after greater than 7 km. No dogs please. Bring water and snacks. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Hogg’s Falls parking area – km 63.2 on the west side of Lower Valley Rd., about 750 m north of East Back Line.
GPS Coordinates: N44.285307, W80.543081
Directions: From Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton – take Hwy 10 North to Flesherton. At the intersection of Hwy 10 and 4 in Flesherton (Collingwood St.) Turn right onto Hwy 4. Turn left onto East Back Line. Turn right onto Lower Valley Rd. Parking is on the left about 750 m.
From Guelph, KW area – take Hwy 6 north to Arthur. Continue through Arthur to the intersection of Hwy 6 and Grey Rd. 14. At the roundabout, exit back onto Grey Rd. 14. Continue on Grey Rd. 14 until the stop sign at the intersection of Grey Rd. 14 and Southgate, Rd. 8. Turn left to remain on Grey Rd. 14. At the intersection of Grey Rd. 14 and Hwy #4, turn right onto #4 to Flesherton. At the intersection of Hwy 10 and 4 in Flesherton, continue on #4. Turn left onto East Back Line, then right onto Lower Valley Rd.
Hike Description: We will meet at Hogg’s Falls, then shuttle to Johnston’s Side Road and hike back to Hogg’s Falls on a section of the trail designated as part of the Bruce Trail Friendship Trail – Pacific Slope Trail (Sandero Pacifico.) This section of the trail is twinned with the Pacific Slope Trail leading into the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest in Costa Rica. Hikers can drop out after 10 km when we pass by the Hogg’s Falls parking lot, or continue for another 2.4 km and loop around the Upper and Lower Hogg’s Falls Side Trails back to the parking area.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

Tuesday September 25: Grand Valley Trail,
Big Creek to Grand River, Map GVT 5-6,
This 10 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Front Street near Brant Road 54 in Onondaga, GVT km16.8
GPS Coordinates: 43.111300, -80.126509
Directions: From Hwy 403 exit 55, go south on Rd. 52 (Trinity Rd.) 1.2 km, turn right (west) on Rd. 2 = Wilson St. 6.5 km, turn left (south) on Rd. 8 = White Swan 3.7 km, continue on Rd. 8 = McBay 1.5 km, turn left (south) on Rd. 8 = Painter Rd. 2.0 km, turn right (west) on Rd. 54 1.3 km, turn left (south) on Front Street. Park on roadside.
Hike Description: We’ll shuttle to the start point, Big Creek Rd., at km 6.4, then follow the Grand Valley Trail across country to our meeting point. This hike passes through Carolinian forest and Six Nations land, near the home of poet Pauline Johnson, with views of the Grand River and possible sightings of bluebirds, osprey, maybe even an English-style hunt with horses and hounds. Caution: vegetation is often lush and close – gaiters can help avoid ticks. Some poison ivy.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 cell 226-600-4280 rec@sweettalker.ca

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Tuesday September 25: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 10 km loop hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain.
There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Meet at the designated parking area on the 3rd Line EHS, approximately 1.5 km north of Hockley Road.
Directions: Take Hwy #10 or Airport Rd. to the Hockley Rd. which is north of Hwy #9. The 3rd Line EHS is approximately halfway between these 2 roads.
Hike Description: We will hike the Isabel East Side Trail, the Cam Snell Side Trail, the Jeju Olle Friendship Trail and the Glen Cross Side Trail.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry 905-216-7559 louise.carberry@rogers.com

 

Tuesday October 2: Caledon Hills Section,  
Glen Haffy, Map 17,
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. at the dead end of Innis Lake Rd. (km 33.2)
Directions: From Airport Rd., go east on Finnerty Sideroad 1.5 km, turn left onto Innis Lake Rd.
Hike Description: Celebrate fall on the Main Trail, a side trail and part of the Oak Ridges Trail. The leaves should be starting to turn. Some fairly challenging hills but worth the effort for the views. If you would like a shorter hike (a loop of approximately 10 km), you can meet us at 10:30 where the trail crosses Coolihan’s Sideroad (km 35.1)
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday October 9: Beaver Valley Section,  
Duncan Crevice Caves/ Metcalfe Rock/ Kolapore, Map 25,
This 12 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the parking area at km 33.3 on 9th Sideroad.
Directions: From Flesherton, drive northeast on Highway 4 about 4 km then turn left (north) on Hwy 13. Drive about 8 km to the Artemisia-Euphrasia Townline road on the right: it is signposted to Duncan. Take this road for 2 km then turn left on 3rd Line A. After about 5 km, the road bends sharply to the right & goes through the hamlet of Duncan. Cross over the Blue Mountains – Euphrasia Townline here and you are now on the 9th Sideroad. Parking spot is about 300 metres on the right.
Hike Description: We will hike a loop made by the Chuck Grant Side Trail and the main Bruce Trail. The scramble through the middle of Metcalfe Rock is fun, but optional.
Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson 519-831-9474 before 10:00 p.m. susanatkinson19@gmail.com

 

Tuesday October 16: Iroquoia Section,  
Dundas Valley, Map 8,
This 12 km shuttle 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. Chedoke Golf Club, km 38.7 Map 8 of the Bruce Trail Guide.
GPS Coordinates: N43.246205, W79.906935
Directions: From north of Hwy 401: take Hwy 401 to Hwy 6 South and follow directions below. From south of the 401: take Hwy 403 west to Hamilton; get on ON-403 west in Hamilton, 22 minutes (26.0 km). Continue on ON-403 west to Aberdeen Ave. Take exit 69B from ON-403 west, 4 min (5.4 km). Merge onto ON-403 west, 4.8 km. Take exit 69B for Aberdeen Avenue, 600 m.. Continue onto Aberdeen Ave., 550 m. Turn right onto Studholme Rd., 350 m. Turn left onto Beddoe Dr. 1.0 km to the Chedoke Civic Golf Course, 563 Aberdeen Ave, Hamilton, ON L8P 2S8
Hike Description: From Chedoke Golf Club we will shuttle to the parking area at the Gate House Museum off Mineral Springs Rd. at Dundas Valley Conservation Area, and hike back to Chedoke Park, through Dundas Valley Conservation Area, past Sherman and Tiffany Falls, through Iroquoia Heights Conservation area and part of the Chedoke Radial Trail. Bring water and snacks
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

Tuesday October 23: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 14 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace over strenuous terrain.
There is no dropout point. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Hockley Road parking area
GPS Coordinates: N43.972857, W80.056330
Directions: North on Highway 10 just north of Orangeville to Hockley Road, east on Hockley Road at the Hockley Road Side Trail.
Hike Description: From the main parking lot on Hockley Road hike north on the main trail about 4 km and return via a combination of side trails, Cam Snell, and Isabel East, and the main trail.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday October 30: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,  
Mulmur Hills & Boyne Valley, Map 20,
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. 2nd Line ECL Side Trail (to begin shuttle)
GPS Coordinates: 44.1457, -80.1013
Directions: Go north on Hwy 10 to Hwy 89, right (east) on Hwy 89, 2.7 km, left (north) on 1st Line ECL 4.6 km, right (east) on 8th Sideroad 1.3 km, left (north) on 2nd Line east 0.8 km. Park on roadsides, not blocking driveways.
Hike Description: From the start point at km 29.4 (BT ed. 29), we’ll follow the main trail south to the Mulmur Lookout (km 21.9) for lunch then return to the meeting point via the main trail, Oliver Creek Side Trail and 2nd Line ECL Side Trail. Easy surface and pretty creeks. The autumn leaf drop may reveal good views.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 cell 226-600-4280 rec@sweettalker.ca

 

Tuesday November 6: Toronto Section,  
Hilton Falls, Map 11,
This 11 km loop hike will take approximately 3 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: 10:00 a.m. Hilton Falls Conservation Area parking lot. Note: there is a parking fee, Adult $6.75, Senior $5.75 at time of writing.
Directions: From Hwy 25, north of Hwy 401, turn west on Regional Rd. 9 (Campbellville Rd.) and go to the conservation area on the north side of the road. From Guelph Line, north of Hwy 401, turn east on Regional Rd. 9 and go to the conservation area on the north side of the road.
Hike Description: Hilton Falls Conservation Area trails.
Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson 519-831-9474 susanatkinson19@gmail.com

 

Tuesday November 13: Caledon Hills Section,  
Palgrave Forest North, Map 17,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Palgrave Forest parking lot on the south side of Finnerty SR.
Directions: Take Hwy 50 south 0.8 km from Hwy 9 and turn west onto Finnerty SR. Drive 750 m to the Palgrave Forest parking lot on the south side of the road.
Hike Description: Enjoy a nice loop hike in the Palgrave Forest.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday November 20: Caledon Hills Section,  
Forks of the Credit and Belfountain, Maps 14/15,
This 15 km loop hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Forks of the Credit Rd. and Dominion St.
Directions: From Hwy 10 go west on Forks of the Credit Rd.
Hike Description: This is a double loop, using trails in Forks of the Credit Conservation Area for approximately 9 km, then in Belfountain Conservation Area for a second loop.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday November 27: Toronto Section,  
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Scotsdale farm parking lot.
Directions: Take Hwy 401 west to Trafalgar Road (exit 328). Follow Trafalgar Road north to Hwy 7, turn left (West) on Hwy 7 about 4 km to Trafalgar Rd.  Follow Trafalgar Rd. north about 2 km to Scotsdale Farm on the right side of the road.
Hike Description: Pretty loop hike incorporating a mixture of main and side trails. Please note that this hike has some very rocky sections that may not be suitable for all hikers.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

 

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