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 March 26: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,  
Mono Cliffs, Map 19,
This 12 km loop hike will take approximately 3.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is a dropout point after approximately 6.5 km. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Mono Community Centre parking lot – the gravel section.
GPS Coordinates: N44.026195 W80.071516
Directions: From Orangeville take Hwy 10 north for approximately 9 km to Camilla. Turn right (east) onto Dufferin Rd. 8 and follow it for approximately 6 km where you will see the Community Centre parking lot on the right just as you enter the village.
Hike Description: We’ll do a tour of Mono Cliffs Provincial Park using the South Outlier Loop Trail, the Walter Tovell Side Trail and the main trail. This will take us by McCarston’s Lake for a snack break before returning to the cars on the McCarston’s Lake Side Trail and the main trail. Be sure to bring along your ice footwear as this winter has certainly presented us with icy conditions on the trails!
Hike Leader: Rob Martin 519-993-0659 on the day of the hike rojmart5@gmail.com

 

Tuesday April 2: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 11 km loop hike will take approximately 4 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is no dropout point.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Hockley Road Parking Area east of km 60.1; located on the north side of Hockley Road at the Hockley Road ST.
GPS Coordinates: N43.972857/80.56330
Directions: North on Highway 10 past Orangeville, turn east on Hockley Road. Parking is on north side of road across from the Hockley Valley ski resort.
Hike Description: Hike main trail north of Hockley Road, loop around the Cam Snell ST, and return via main trail and Tom East ST.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

Tuesday April 9: Niagara Section,  
Ball’s Falls, Map 4,
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. Kinsmen Park, Beamsville.
GPS Coordinates: N43.146108, W79.475609
Directions: QEW south to Exit 64, Ontario St. / Regional Rd. 18. Continue on Ontario St. / Regional Rd. 18 / Mountain St. Turn left onto Kinsmen Rd, then turn left onto Frost Rd. to the parking lot.
Hike Description: We will meet at Kinsmen Park near Beamsville and shuttle to Ball’s Falls. We will visit the upper and lower falls and then hike back to Kinsmen Park. The falls should be quite full in the spring. Along the way we will pass vineyards and cross several streambeds. Bring water and snacks.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

Tuesday April 16: Iroquoia Section,  
Kelso Conservation Area, Map 11,
This 9 km “there and back” hike will take approximately 3 hours and is at a leisurely pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Kelso Conservation parking lot at NW corner of Steeles and Bell School Line.
Directions: Take Hwy 401 west toward Milton. Exit at Regional Rd. 25 South. Turn right (west) on Steeles Ave. Follow for 4 km to Bell School Line and paid parking lot on right.
Hike Description: We will hike along the edge of the Escarpment in Kelso Conservation Area. Fine views over the Escarpment. A few hills can be expected.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-301-4091 peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

Tuesday April 23:
Elora Gorge,
This 10 km “there and back” 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. Elora and District Community Center and Arena, 21 David Street, Elora.
GPS Coordinates: 43.684024/80.435863
Directions: Drive to Elora.
Hike Description: Meet at the Elora Arena and Community Center, hike along the Grand River and Elora Gorge.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

Tuesday April 30: Iroquoia Section,  
Dundas Valley, Map 8,
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. Dundas Valley Conservation Area at the Gatehouse Museum parking lot on Sulphur Springs Rd., south of km 50.8. There is a parking fee at this location.
GPS Coordinates: N43.236833 W79.998578
Directions: From Hwy 6 and 5, Clappison’s Corners intersection, travel west on #5 Hwy, turn left onto Brock Rd. At Bullocks Corners turn right onto Hwy #8. Turn left onto Weir’s Line, turn left onto Governors Rd. Turn right onto Sulphur Springs Rd. Parking lot will be immediately on the left.
Hike Description: We will loop through Dundas Valley Conservation Area using trails within the Conservation Area and include a “there and back” hike to Sherman Falls.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

Tuesday May 7: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,  
Split Rock Narrows & Mono Cliffs, Map 19,
This 14 km loop 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. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Splitrock Narrows parking lot.
Directions: From Hurontario St. between Orangeville and Primrose, go east on 25th Sideroad to 2nd Line EHS. Turn north and go approximately 1 km to the parking lot on the right.
Hike Description: We’ll explore side trails in the Splitrock Narrows property as well as a variety of trails in Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. If you prefer a shorter hike (about 10 km), please join us at the junction of 25th Side road and 2nd Line EHS at approximately 10 a.m. There should be lots of spring wildflowers.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838; Cell phone day of hike only 416-578-1744 bjeuler@rogers.com

Tuesday May 14: 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 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 of Scout Camp Manitou, 7484 Twiss Road opposite BT km 102.6
GPS Coordinates: 43.4479, -79.9574
Directions: Via Hwy 401 exit 312 (Guelph Line): From westbound, first go left (south) on Guelph Line. Then from westbound or eastbound, turn right (west) on Reid Sideroad 1.4 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:  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. NOTE: Some rocky portions will make hiking poles valuable.
Hike Leader: Bill McDonald 519-489-0485 rec@sweettalker.ca

Tuesday May 21: Blue Mountains Section,  
Pretty River, Map 23,
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. Snow Drifters parking lot on Pretty River Rd. about 400 m northeast of the main trail, on the right side of the road just after a sharp right bend in the road.
GPS Coordinates: N44.430927, W80.275390
Directions: Hwy 124 north to Singhampton. Continue straight ahead after the stop sign in Singhampton. The Road becomes Grey Rd. #31. The road turns left just after 26&27 Sideroad (on the right). Then turn right onto Pretty River Rd., the first road on the right.
Hike Description: We will hike the main trail and loop back using the Russ McConnell and Pretty River Side Trails. We will also hike the short distance up the John Haig Side Trail for a photo op at the highest point of the Bruce Trail. At this time of year there should be thousands of white, pink and burgundy trilliums lining the trails as well as other spring flowers.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 harpt7c@gmail.com

** OR **

Tuesday May 21: 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: 10:00 a.m. We will meet at the parking area on the 3rd Line EHS, approximately 2 km north of Hockley Road.
Directions: On Highway 10, Hockley Road is north of the town of Orangeville. Turn right.
On Airport Road, Hockley Road is approximately 5 km north of Hwy 9. Turn left. The 3rd Line is between these two main roads.
Hike Description: We will hike a combination of the Glen Cross Side Trail, the Cam Snell Side Trail and the Isabel East Side Trail. The area is hilly through hardwood forest. We will see Spring flowers.
Hike Leader: Louise Carberry 905-216-7559 louise.carberry@rogers.com

Tuesday May 28: Caledon Hills Section,  
Palgrave Forest North,
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 Road.
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 in the Palgrave Forest. Bring a snack or lunch for break on the trail.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey tjshelvey@yahoo.com 416-320-8555

%d bloggers like this: