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 September 3: Waterdown,
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: City View Park, southern parking lot, near City View Park Side Trail, km 77.
Hike Leader(s): Ralph Shapiro
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 11 km
Description: Park at City View Park in Waterdown, shuttle to parking lot at Old Guelph Side Trail near Clappison’s Corners and hike back to cars. Refreshment stop after.

 

Tuesday September 10: Toronto Section,
Terra Cotta, Map 14,
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Meet on Winston Churchill Blvd. where the Caledon Trailway crosses the road just north of King Rd. Roadside parking.
From Hwy 401, Hwy 7 or King Rd., go north on Winston Churchill. From 32 Sideroad/Boston Mills Rd. or RR24/124, go south on Winston Churchill.
Hike Leader(s): Barbara Euler
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 15 km loop hike
Description: Hike through terrain with enough variety to be interesting but not overly challenging. It includes a relatively new section through a recently acquired BTC property. If weather is unfavourable, hike can be shortened. Some road walking. Refreshment/pub stop after.

 

Tuesday September 17: Blue Mountains South,
Map 21,
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Roadside parking at the cemetery just east of Lavender, Map 21 km 56. Take Hwy 10 to Primrose, then left 4 km to Road 124. Turn right and follow 15 km to Road 21 (25 SR). Turn right towards Honeywood and in 4 km turn left at Centre Rd. Follow 3 km to the village of Lavender. Turn right on Townline Rd. for 500 meters to parking on the left.
Hike Leader(s): Peter Leeney, cell phone 905-301-4091
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 13 km shuttle
Description: We will hike the southern 13 km of the Blue Mountains Section.

 

Tuesday September 24: There and Back on Hockley Heights Side Trail,
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Caledon Hills – Hockley Valley. Meet at the parking area on 5th Line EHS, just south of Hockley Road on the BTC Hemlock Ridges Nature Reserve. Take Hwy 10 north and turn east/right onto Hockley Road. Turn right onto 5th Line EHS
Hike Leader(s): Doris Harper
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 12 km
Description: A loop hike encompassing the main trail, Hemlock Ridge and Glacier Valley Side Trail, then hiking there and back on the Hockley Heights Side Trail. We will turn around where the Hockley Heights Side Trail meets 15 Sideroad. This is a hilly, but scenic hike.

 

Tuesday October 1: OPEN – check website for updates

 

Tuesday October 8: Scotsdale Farm,
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Scotsdale Farm Parking lot. Take Hwy 401 west to Trafalgar Rd. (exit 328). Follow Trafalgar Road north to Hwy 7, turn left (West) on Hwy 7 and drive about 4 km to Trafalgar Road. Follow Trafalgar North about 2 km to Scotsdale Farm on the right side of the road.
Hike Leader(s): Tessa Shelvey
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 9 km
Description: Pretty loop hike incorporating a mixture of main and side trails. Some rocky footing.

 

Tuesday October 15: Fall Colours in Glen Haffy,
Map 17,
9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
Location: Meet at dead end of Innis Lake Rd. (km 33.2). From Airport Rd., go east on Finnerty Sideroad 1.5 km, then turn left onto Innis Lake Rd.
Hike Leader(s): Barbara Euler
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 16 km
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 it 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)

 

Tuesday October 22: Hockley Nature Reserve,
Map 18,
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Take Highway 10 or Airport Road north to Hockley Rd. The 3rd Line is midway between these two main roads. Meet at the designated parking area on the 3rd Line about 2 km north of Hockley Road.
Hike Leader(s): Louise Carberry
Pace: Leisurely – 3 km/hour or less
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 10 km
Description: We will hike the Isabel East Side Trail, the Main Trail, The Cam Snell Side Trail and the Glen Cross Side Trail. The terrain is undulating and mostly hardwood forests with several streams flowing in the ravines.

 

Tuesday October 29: Rattlesnake Point & Crawford Lake,
Map 11,
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area Parking lot, lower level. Entrance fee per person $7, seniors $6. Directions: From Hwy 401 exit 312, take Guelph Line (Rd. 1) north. Very soon, go right (east) on Campbellville Road 3.5 km, right (south) on Appleby Line 5.5 km, right into Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area.
Hike Leader(s): Bill McDonald
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 15 km loop
Description: From Rattlesnake Point we will hike the Rattlesnake Point Side Trail, the main trail and the Crawford Lake Side Trail to the Visitors’ Centre at Crawford Lake. We will have a rest/lunch stop here before looping back to Rattlesnake Point.
Afterwards: refreshment/pub stop.
There is no dropout point. No dogs please.

 

Tuesday November 5: Scotsdale Farm,
Map 13,
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Scotsdale Farm. The entrance to the farm is from Trafalgar Rd. about 1 km north of where it separates from Hwy 7.
Hike Leader(s): Barbara Euler
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 13 km loop hike
Description: A loop hike using the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, the Main Trail and the Great Esker Side Trail. If the conditions are poor, we will omit the second side trail and reduce the hike to 9 km. Refreshment/pub stop in Georgetown after.

 

Tuesday November 12: Dundas Valley – Main Trail Head Waters Trail,
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Iroquoia – Dundas Valley Conservation Area. Meet at the Gatehouse Museum parking lot. Enter from Sulphur Springs Rd., just east of its’ junction with Mineral Springs Rd. Directions: From Clappison’s Corners, intersection of Hwy 5 and 6, travel west on Hwy 5. Turn left onto Brock Rd. At Bullocks Corners turn right onto Hwy 8. Turn left onto Weirs Line, turn left onto Governors Rd., turn right onto Sulphur Springs Rd. Parking lot immediately on the left.
Hike Leader(s): Doris Harper
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Moderate – some hills and/or some poor footing
Distance: 14 km
Description: Looping through Dundas Valley Conservation area using the Headwaters Trail and part of the Bruce Trail. Along the way, we will pass the historic Griffin House, rolling hills, forests, meadows, deeply cut valleys and sparkling streams.

 

Tuesday November 19: OPEN – check website for updates

 

Tuesday November 26: Culham Trail – Mississauga,
10:00 AM – 1:15 PM
Location: Streetsville Arena – 335 Church St., Streetsville – lower lot near ball diamond.
From Hwy 401 go south on Mississauga Rd. Pass Argentia Rd. and at the next lights, turn left to stay on Mississauga Rd. Follow 3 km into Streetsville (where Mississauga Rd. becomes Queen St.) and turn left on Church St. Or from QEW or Hwy 403 go north on Erin Mills Pkwy. Just south of Erin Mills Town Centre Mall, turn right on Eglinton Ave. W, then left at lights on to Mississauga Rd. Follow for 2 km to right turn at Church St.
Hike Leader(s): Tessa Shelvey
Pace: Medium – 3 to 4 km/hour
Terrain: Easy – mostly flat and usually good footing
Distance: 8 km
Description: Nice easy walk along the Credit River. We will hike north for approximately 4 km and then return the same way. Cell on day of hike 416-320-8555.

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