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 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

 

On this Fall’s Tuesday Hikes schedule there are 3 hikes that are farther away from home than we usually travel (“away” hike). Two of these are in conjunction with the Sydenham Club. On those dates alternate hikes have been offered “closer to home” (“home” hike). Be sure to check the website for updates.

 

Tuesday September 5: Toronto Section,  
Hilton Falls, Map 11,
This 16 km loop hike will take approximately 5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain.
There is a dropout point after greater than 7 km. No dogs please.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Hilton Falls Conservation Area parking lot.
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 Road 9 and go to the conservation area on the north side of the road. There is an admission fee of $6.50 ($5.50 for seniors) per person unless you have a Conservation Halton season pass.
Hike Description: A varied hike using parts of the Hilton Falls Side Trail, Philip Gosling Side Trail, the Main Trail and conservation area trails. Lunch by the Falls. Several opportunities to drop out (all trails lead back to the parking lot!)
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday September 12 (“home” hike): Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
This 10 km shuttle 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. Parking lot on the 5th Line of Mono just south of the Hockley Road – address 873603 5th Line. From here we’ll carpool to the Bruce Trail parking lot on the 7th Line of Mono.
GPS Coordinates: N 43.993791 W 80.014111
Directions: From Hwy 9 and Airport Road, proceed 7 km north on Airport Road to Hockley Road, then turn west on Hockley Road for one concession to 5th Line Mono. Turn south on 5th Line then an immediate left to the parking lot – address 873603 5th Line.
From Highway 10, take Hockley Road (north of Orangeville) and follow Hockley Road east to 5th Line. Then south on 5th Line to address 873603.
Hike Description: This hike will mostly be on the Main Trail from the 7th Line of Mono to the 5th Line of Mono passing through 10 Bruce Trail managed properties. We’ll also hike the side trails at Hemlock Ridges.
Hike Leader: Gary Hall 905-880-4037 garyhall@rogers.com

 

Tuesday September 12 (“away” hike): Sydenham Section,
Wiarton, Map 34 and 35,
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. Bluewater Park in Wiarton. We will shuttle to Colpoy’s Range Road parking at km 15.2.
Directions: North on Highway 6 to Wiarton. Bluewater Park is off the Main Street on the bay, home of Wiarton Willy.
Hike Description: The first 10 kilometres of this hike is along Skinner’s Bluff which provides many magnificent views of Colpoy’s Bay and some unique and ancient tree growth from the escarpment rock face. A short side trail is available to Bruce’s Caves, at the halfway point. The final 6 kilometres of the hike will travel through the Wiarton airport and finally into Bluewater Park in Wiarton. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader. Email or text
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday September 19: Iroquoia Section,  
Kelso/Rattlesnake Point, Map 11,
This 13 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. Kelso Conservation Area- in the parking lot by the pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks.
GPS Coordinates: 43.509312 -79.940506
Directions: from Hwy 401 exit at Guelph Line Exit 312 South. Turn left onto Reid’s Sideroad; turn left onto Guelph Line; turn right onto Campbellville Rd.; turn right onto Kelso Rd. Follow to the entrance kiosk for Kelso.
Hike Description: From Kelso Conservation Area we will shuttle to Rattlesnake Point. We will hike back to Kelso using the main and side trails. Scenic views from the top of the escarpment at Kelso and Rattlesnake Point. NOTE: there is a per person entrance fee at Kelso.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday September 26 (“home” hike): 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 north east corner of Finnerty Sideroad and Innis Lake Road. (km 33.8)
Directions: Airport Road, north of Caledon East to Finnerty Sideroad. Turn east to meet Innis Lake Road.
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

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Tuesday September 26 (“away” hike): Sydenham Section,
Inglis Falls, Map 32,
This 11 km loop hike will take approximately 4.5 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: 10:00 a.m. Parking lot on Highway 6 at the Centennial Tower in Owen Sound at the 86.2 km point of the Sydenham section.
Directions: Travel north on Highway 6 to Owen Sound. Parking lot is at the intersection of Superior Street and Highway 6. The Centennial Tower is a local landmark near parking on the west side of Highway 6.
Hike Description: From the parking lot on Highway 6, the hike climbs and winds up a rocky incline of the main trail toward the incredible Inglis Falls, 5.3 km, and then we turn around and loop back down to the parking lot through Harrison Park Side Trail. The hike has some strenuous inclines and declines on rocky terrain.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday October 3 (“home” hike): Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
Hike #2 in the Canada 150 series,
This 10 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.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. Parking lot on Hockley Rd. near km 60.1
GPS Coordinates: N 43.972857 W 80.056330
Directions: Take Hwy 10 north. Just north of Orangeville turn right on Hockley Rd. Follow 5 km to parking lot on the left.
Hike Description: This is hike 2 in the Canada 150 series. See the Caledon Hills Club website for details. We will cover the Main Trail and Tom and Isabel East Side Trails.
Hike Leader: Peter Leeney 905-822-1877 peter.leeney@utoronto.ca

 

Tuesday October 3 (“away” hike): Niagara Section,  
Queenston Heights, Map 1,
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. Entrance of Woodend Conservation Area, St. Catharines.
Directions: QEW south to St. Catharines. Exit at Regional Road 89/Glendale Ave. South. Turn left onto Taylor Rd. The conservation area is on the left, about 500 metres.
Hike Description: The beginning: for anyone who some day may want to hike the Bruce Trail E2E, here is the southern terminus, a good place to start; or for anyone else. Have your picture taken by the cairn. Varied and interesting terrain. Pre-register for the hike with the hike leader.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 – prefer email dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday October 10: Caledon Hills Section,
Glen Haffy, Map 17,
This 16 km shuttle hike will take approximately 4.5 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. There is no dropout point.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the dead end of Innis Lake Rd. (km 33.8)
Directions: From Airport Rd., turn east on Finnerty Side Road, then turn left (north) on Innis Lake Rd. Please observe “no parking” areas.
Hike Description: A short car shuttle. We’ll use the Main Trail and two side trails to explore the wonderful views in this area. If you would like to join us for a shorter hike (11 km), meet us on Coolihan’s Side Road where the trail crosses the road at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday October 17: 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 24: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,  
Boyne Valley, Map 20,
This 13 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. BTC parking lot on 1st Line E. at the 29.4 km point of the Dufferin Hi-Land section.
Directions: North on Highway 10, north of Orangeville to Primrose. Turn east on Highway 89. The first left on Highway 89 is 1st Line E. Head north on this road about 6 kilometres, the parking lot is on the east side of the road, just south of Sideroad 10.
Hike Description: From the parking lot at the 15.2 km point of the Dufferin Hi-Land section, hike the main trail and the Boyne Valley Side Trail to the parking lot at the 29.4 km point.
Hike Leader: Ralph Shapiro 226-821-3288 shapirors@msn.com

 

Tuesday Oct. 31: Dufferin Hi-Land Section,
Mulmur Hills & Boyne Valley, Map 20,
This 12 km shuttle hike will take roughly 4 hours and is at a medium pace over moderate terrain. Bring lunch and water. No dropouts. No dogs please. There will be a refreshment/pub stop afterwards.
Depart: 9:30 a.m. 2nd Line ECL Side Trail.
GPS Co-ordinates: 44.1458, -80.1013.
Directions: Go north on Hwy 10 to Hwy 89, right (east) on Hwy 89 2.7 km, left (north) on 1st Line E 4.6 km, right (east) on 8th Sideroad 1.3 km, left (north) on 2nd Line E 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 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 7: Toronto Section,  
Scotsdale Farm, Map 13,
This 13 km loop hike will take approximately 3.5 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. Parking lot at Scotsdale Farm.
Directions: The entrance to the Farm is from Trafalgar Road about 1 km north of where it separates from Hwy 7.
Hike Description: A loop hike using the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, the Main Trail and the Great Esker Side Trail. If the weather is poor, we will omit the second side trail and reduce the hike to 9 km.
Hike Leader: Barbara Euler 416-695-1838 cell 416-578-1744 (day of hike) bjeuler@rogers.com

 

Tuesday November 14: Caledon Hills Section,  
Hockley Valley, Map 18,
Hike #2 in the Canada 150 series,
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 on Hockley Road, just east of 2nd line EHS.
Directions: From Hwy 10/24 turn right (east) on Hockley Road (County Road 7). The parking lot is on the left, just past 2nd line EHS.
Hike Description: Tom East and Isabel East Side Trails and the main trail.
Hike Leader: Susan Atkinson 519-837-9470 before 10:00 p.m. susanatkinson19@gmail.com 

 

Tuesday November 21: Iroquoia Section,  
Mount Nemo, Map 10,
This 13 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. Kilbride Public School parking lot, off Panton St., Kilbride.
GPS Coordinates: 43.427278 -79.936830
Directions: Hwy 401 to Guelph Line. Exit south on Guelph Line/312. Turn right onto Derry Rd. Turn left onto Twiss Rd. Turn right onto Kilbride St. Turn right onto Panton Rd. and continue down the lane behind the school to the parking lot.
Hike Description: We will meet at Kilbride Public School and shuttle to Mount Nemo. We will hike the main trail and side trails as we hike back to Kilbride Public School. NOTE: there is an entrance fee for Mount Nemo.
Hike Leader: Doris Harper 519-589-4114 dorisharper@rogers.com

 

Tuesday November 28: Caledon Hills Section,  
Forks of the Credit, Map 15,
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.
Depart: 10:00 a.m. Roadside parking at km 8.8 on the north side of Forks of the Credit Road at Dominion St.
Directions: Head north on Hwy 10 to Forks of the Credit Rd. (just north of Olde Baseline Road) and then west to Dominion St. (about 1 km west of McLaren Rd.).
Hike Description: A nice loop hike in the park.  Bring lunch or a snack for a break on the trail.
Hike Leader: Tessa Shelvey 416-320-8555 tjshelvey@yahoo.com