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 May 15: Iroquoia Section,
Crawford Lake and Forestry Tract, Map 11,
This 12 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace. Terrain is flat alternating with rocky; hiking boots are strongly recommended. Bring water and lunch/snack. No dropouts. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. from parking lot of Scout Camp Manitou, 7484 Twiss Road opposite BT km 102.6,
GPS: 43.4479, -79.9574.
Directions: From Hwy 401 exit 312 (Guelph Line), immediately turn right (west) on Reid Sideroad 1.3 km, left (south) on Twiss Rd 5.0 km to Camp Manitou gate on right, 250 m to camp parking lot.
From QEW/403, take Guelph Line north 14.8 km, turn left (west) on Derry Rd (Halton Rd 7) 1.5 km, then right (north) on Twiss Rd 2.0 km to Camp Manitou gate on left, 250 m to camp parking lot.  NOTE RE PARKING LOT: If you arrive before 9:00, the camp gate may not yet be open. In this case, park on one side of the driveway until the ranger arrives, NOT blocking the ranger’s access.
Hike Description: We’ll follow the main trail north through Crawford Forestry Tract, along the escarpment edge overlooking Nassagaweya Canyon to km 108.5, then south on the Crawford Lake Side Trail to the boardwalk for lunch. Finally, we will continue south to the cars.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 (cell 226-600-4280) rec@sweettalker.ca

 

Tuesday May 22: Caledon Hills Section,  
Caledon, Map 17,
This 10 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a leisurely 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. from the northeast corner of Finnerty Sideroad and Innis Lake Rd. (km 33.8)
Directions: Airport Rd., north of Caledon East to Finnerty Sideroad. Turn east to meet Innis Lake Rd.
Hike Description: We will hike “The Dingle”, which is uphill to meet the Oak Ridges Trail. This is through a wooded area.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry 905-216-7559 louise.carberry@rogers.com

 

Tuesday May 29: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,  
Boyne Valley, Map 20,
This 13 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. We meet at the parking lot on 1st Line E. at km 29.4.
GPS Coordinates: N44.148246 W80.118529
Directions: North on Highway 10 to Primrose, then turn east on Highway 89, and then north on 1st Line East about 5 kilometres. Parking lot is on the right side of the road, east side, just before 10 Sideroad.
Hike Description: We meet at the parking lot on 1st Line E. at km 29.4 and then shuttle to parking at km 15.2 in Primrose, just off Highway 89. We will hike north along the Main Trail and Boyne Valley Side Trail. This is a challenging, beautiful hike. Refreshment stop before and after the hike at the Superburger in Primrose.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 text on day of hike shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday June 5: Caledon Hills Section,  
Glen Haffy Conservation Area, Map 17,
This 9 km loop hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a leisurely 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. Park on Coolihans Sideroad, one concession east of Airport Road. The road widens where the main trail meets the road, allowing for parking on either side of the road. The Bruce Trail enters the park at this point.
Directions: Take Airport Road to approximately 5 km north of Caledon East. Turn right (East) at Coolihans Sideroad and it is 1 km to the parking area. Coolihans Sideroad is 3 km south of Hwy 9.
Hike Description: We will explore the trails in Glen Haffy Conservation Area, including the Bruce Trail. It is a well-forested area with plenty of shade.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry 905-216-7559 louise.carberry@rogers.com

 

Tuesday June 12: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 10 km shuttle hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over strenuous terrain. There is no dropout point. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Hockley Road Parking Area, east of km 60.1.
GPS Coordinates: 43.972857/80.056330
Directions: Highway 10 to Hockley Rd., north of Orangeville, east on Hockley Road just east of 2nd Line EHS.
Hike Description: Meet at main parking lot on Hockley Road, just east of 2nd Line EHS, shuttle to parking lot at 5th Line EHS; then hike back to main parking lot by main trail and access side trails. Hike has some ups and downs.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday June 19: Toronto Section,  
Terra Cotta to Scotsdale Farm, Maps 13/14,
This 14 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. Scotsdale Farm parking lot.
Directions: From Trafalgar Rd. north of Hwy 7, turn east at the sign for Scotsdale Farm.
Hike Description: Interesting walk through conservation areas with a variety of terrain and vegetation.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838; cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday June 26: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,  
Boyne Valley, Map 20,
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. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Parking lot is 1 km north of Primrose, on the right hand side of County Rd. 19.
Directions: Parking lot on County Rd. 19, (Prince of Wales Rd.), about 1 km north of Primrose, on the right hand side of the road.
Hike Description: We will hike the Boyne Valley Side Trail through the Provincial Park and the Primrose Loop Side Trail, and part of the main Bruce Trail connecting them.
Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson 519-831-9474 before 9:00 p.m. susanatkinson19@gmail.com

 

Tuesday July 3: Beaver Valley Section,  
Blantyre, Maps 27/28,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is a dropout point after greater than 7 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. John Muir Epping Lookout – km 92.8 map 27. Enter from Eric Winkler Parkway, 300 m north of Sideroad 19.
GPS Coordinates: N 44.461522, W 80.554756
Directions: From Kimberly, continue north on #13. At the fork in the road, go left onto #7 Eric Winkler Parkway; DO NOT STAY ON #13 WHICH GOES RIGHT. Once you cross Sideroad 19 watch for the parking lot on the right.
Hike Description: From the parking lot we will shuttle and park cars in 2 locations; on Sideroad 22B by the Fairmount Side Trail and then shuttle to road #40 and park where the main trail crosses the road and enters the Gordon and Daphne Nicholls Nature Reserve. This land was donated by the Nicholl’s family. Gordon often joins the Tuesday hikes. We will hike the trail through the nature reserve there and back, and then head south on the main trail back to the cars on 22B Sideroad using the main trail and the Fairmount Side Trail. Hikers can drop out here. For those hikers who would like to continue, we will use the main trail, and the Siegerman Side Trail forming an additional 3 km loop. This side trail affords great views across the Beaver Valley and a ravine, and past the remains of an old homestead. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader. Because this is a distance to drive and it is a shuttle hike, knowing the number of participants to expect is helpful. Although it may be a longer drive, the scenery is worth the effort.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

Tuesday July 10: 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 North parking lot on Finnerty Sideroad.
GPS Coordinates: 43.960580-79.863394
Directions: Take Hwy 50 south 0.8 km from Hwy 9 and turn west onto Finnerty Sideroad. 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 July 17: 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. No dogs please. 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 phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday July 24: Grand Valley Trail,
Brantford, Maps GVT 7/8,
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 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/cell 226-600-4280 rec@sweettalker.ca

 

Tuesday July 31: Blue Mountains Section,  
Devil’s Glen, Map 22,
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. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Devil’s Glen Provincial Park parking lot on Hwy 124; km 30.1, Map 22 of the Bruce Trail Guide.
Directions: Hwy 10 north to Hwy 89. Left onto Hwy 89 at Primrose, then right onto #124 at the next traffic lights. At the stop sign in Singhampton, turn right to stay on #124. Parking lot will be on the right, about 3 km, just after a gentle curve in the road.
Hike Description: From the parking area on Hwy 124, we will hike the main trail and Mad River Side Trail to form a loop back to the parking area. There are some steep hills. Bring water and snacks
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

 

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