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 July 11: Iroquoia Section,  
Crawford Lake, Map 11,
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: 10:00 a.m. Crawford Lake lower parking lot (by the Gatehouse). Parking fee applies.
Directions: Take Hwy 401 west to Guelph Line in Milton, go south on Guelph Line to Conservation Rd. (formerly) Steeles Ave., turn left and follow to the end.
Hike Description: We’ll hike from Crawford Lake down the Nassagaweya Canyon and up the other side to Rattlesnake Point Park and then loop around back. There are some nice lookouts on this hike. Be aware that this is a rocky hike in some areas. Please RSVP if you would like to come for lunch at Thai House Cuisine after in Campbellville. Please pre-register “ONLY” if you plan to join for lunch after so I can make reservations. No need to pre-register if just joining for the hike.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

 

Tuesday July 18: Caledon Hills Section,  
Forks of the Credit, Maps 14/15,
Hike #1 of 150th series,
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: 9:30 a.m. Roadside parking on Forks of the Credit Rd. near Dominion St. Map 15, km 8.8.
Directions: From Hwy 10 (Hurontario St.) drive west on Forks of the Credit Rd. about 5 km to roadside parking just east of Dominion Rd.
Hike Description: We will follow the Main Trail through Brimstone then up the Dorothy Medhurst Side Trail to the McLaren Side Trail. At Grange Rd. we will pick up the Main Trail again and return down the Devil’s Pulpit to Forks of the Credit with a side trip on the way in to the Ring Kiln.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 before 10 p.m. peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

 

Tuesday July 25: Iroquoia Section,  
Smokey Hollow to Royal Botanical Gardens, Map 9,
This 10 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3 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. Royal Botanical Gardens Centre parking lot.
Directions: from Plains Rd. West, turn south on Botanical Rd. or Spring Garden Rd.
Hike Description: We’ll follow Grindstone Creek from the falls at Smokey Hollow through Hendrie Valley arriving at the Garden Café in the RBG Centre where we have a reservation for lunch.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday August 1: Caledon Hills Section,  
Glen Haffy, Map 17,
Hike #3 of 150th series,
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. Roadside parking at Finnerty Side Road and Innis Lake Rd. Map 17, km 33.8.
Directions: Take Airport Rd. to Finnerty Side Road (6 km north of Village of Caledon East). Then follow Finnerty 1.4 km to roadside parking at Innis Lake Rd.
Hike Description: We will hike south through Glen Haffy.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 before 10 p.m. peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

 

Tuesday August 8: Caledon Hills Section/Oak Ridges Trail,  
Palgrave Side Trail, Map 17,
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.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Coolihans Sideroad where the trail crosses the road, km 37.4.
Directions: From Hwy 7 go north on Airport Rd. to the town of Caledon East, then continue north about 9 km to Coolihans Sideroad. Turn right on Coolihans for 2 km then park on the road at the intersection of Coolihans and Glen Haffy Rd.
Hike Description: Pretty hike along the Palgrave Side Trail (now part of the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail). We will car shuttle over to the Palgrave Forest on Hwy 50 just north of the town of Palgrave and hike back to Coolihans Sideroad.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday August 15: Grand Valley Trail Association, Brantford area,
Map 7-8 Grand Valley Trail,
This 13 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium 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. Brantford Powerline Rd. west of Oak Park Rd., GVTA Carolinian Crest section, km 53.3
GPS Coordinates: 43.1742, -80.3510
Directions: From Hwy 403 exit 30, go north on Oak Park Rd. 0.5 km, then take Powerline Rd. 22 left (west) 0.8 km to the end.
Hike Description: We’ll hike the Trans Canada Trail, view the Eagle’s Cry plaque about the Six Nations legend of the Peacemaker, and return via the Grand Valley Trail along the Grand River.  This is an area of hackberry forest, provincially significant wetlands, and former oak savannah, with several rare plants and animals.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 rec@sweettalker.ca

 

Tuesday August 22: Caledon Hills Section,
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
50 in the Fiftieth Series,
This 16 km shuttle hike will take approximately 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. Parking lot on 5th Line EHS at km 53 (Map 18).
Directions: 5th Line EHS km 53 (Map 18). Take Hwy 10 North to #7, Hockley Valley Road, turn right at the lights; continue to 5th Line EHS, turn right and parking lot is immediately on the left.
Hike Description: Hiking through Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve, with hilly terrain. Scenic.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday August 29: Rockwood Conservation Area,
This 10 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a leisurely pace over easy terrain. There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Parking lot in conservation area. There is an admission fee – 2017 rates not yet published, approximately $6 per person, less for seniors.
Directions: From Guelph Line, go east on Hwy 7 to Falls St. Turn south on Falls St. to the entrance to the park. After going through the gatehouse, turn left to the parking area near the 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. We’ll be mostly on nature trails. Bring your bathing suit to make use of the beach after our hike or you can rent a canoe or paddleboat. On the way home, stop at Andrew’s Scenic Acres and Scotch Block Winery (Sideroad 10 between Hwy 25 and Trafalgar Rd.)
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com