Winter 2018 Weekend Hike Schedule
Thanks for checking out our Winter Weekend Hike Schedule. All km trail references are to Edition 29 of the Bruce Trail Maps and Trail Guide.
Hike Rating Criteria:
Leisurely – 3 km/hr or less
Medium – 3 to 4 km/hr
Brisk – 4 to 5 km/hr
Fast – 5+ km/hr
Easy – Mostly flat and usually good footing
Moderate – Some hills and/or some poor footing
Strenuous – Hilly with steep climbs and some poor footing
Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 4: Killbear Provincial Park – Group 1
Sunday, February 4 to Tuesday, February 6: Killbear Provincial Park – Group 2
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Killbear Provincial Park. Contact Frieda Baldwin at [email protected] for info and registration.
Sunday February 4, 1:00-4:00 pm: Holland Landing to Newmarket
Newmarket; Linear Car shuttle hike. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Easy; Distance: 6 km. Meet at Seniors Meeting Place, Newmarket, opposite Go Station. Bring lunch snacks and water. Leader: David Francis 905-936-4446, or 416-579-5432 on day of hike
Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Dufferin Hi-Land Winter Badge, Hike #3 of 4
Dufferin Hi-Land, Map 21. Snowshoe loop hike. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate to Strenuous; Distance: 8 km. Meet on Prince of Wales Rd near km 46.2 where the main trail turns east off of the road (GPS: N44.216390°, W80.168172°). Take Hwy 124 north from Shelburne for 15 km and turn right on Dufferin Road 21. Head east for 4 km and then right on Prince of Wales Rd. The meeting place is 1 km. ahead. This hike will take us to Black Bank and back. Pub stop to follow. Hike Leaders: Les Babbage, 416-763-8854 or [email protected] Helen Bailey, 905-936-1119 or [email protected]
Saturday February 24, 6:15 – 9:00 pm: Moonlight Hike, Dufferin Hi-Land Winter Badge, Hike #4 of 4
Dufferin Hi-Land, Map 19. Loop Hike. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: approx 8-10 km.
Meet at 6:15 pm at end of 1st Line EHS, south of 25 Sideroad (km 7.9) to sign in, put on snowshoes, etc. HIKE STARTS PROMPTLY AT 6:30 PM. From Orangeville, continue north on Hwy 10, turn right on 25 Sideroad (just north of Shell Gas Stn), then right on 1st Line EHS and continue to end. Please turn and park on east side of 1st Line. Becareful of ditches when parking!! Bring snowshoes, water, snacks, headlamps. Dress for the weather!! Leaders: Bryan and Carol Foley [email protected] or 519-942-6488
Saturday March 3, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Dundas Valley Winter Waterfall Hike.
Iroquoia Section, Map 8. Car shuttle. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate with some slippery and steep sections; Distance: 9 to 13 km depending on weather/trail conditions. Drop out possible after the first 9 km. Meet at the upper end of the Old Ancaster Inn north side parking lot. From Hwy 403 going west up the escarpment past Hamilton, take Exit 64 following Mohawk/Rousseau road north. Turn right on Wilson St, continuing for 0.75 km to the next traffic light. Turn left on Montgomery Dr, then another left on Old Dundas Road. The parking lot is on the right (north) side of the road, about 75 m past the Old Ancaster Inn. We’ll car pool to Tiffany Falls Side Trail (km 45.2) and hike back, taking in Canterbury, Sherman, and Tiffany Falls in their full winter glory. We’ll then car pool to the north end of the valley where we’ll walk around Webster’s Falls, and hike down the side trail from Tews Falls to Sydenham Rd. Bring icers, hiking poles, and snowshoes in the event of heavy snowfall. RSVP to leader via email or phone. Pub stop to follow. Conservation Area parking fees apply at these locations. Leader: Gilles Gagnon, 289-237-5663 or [email protected]
Sunday, March 4, 1:00-3:30 pm: Beeton Forest
Beeton, Loop hike. Pace: Leisurely to Moderate; Terrain: Easy; Distance: 6 km. From Hwy 9, go north on 10th Sideroad for 8.3 km to the junction with 7th Line or from Beeton, go south on 10th Sideroad to 7th Line. Leader: David Francis at 905-936-4446 or cell phone on day of hike 416-579-5432
Saturday, March 10, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Humber Valley
Humber Valley Heritage Trail. Car shuttle/snowshoe hike. Pace: Leisurely to Medium; Terrain: Dependent on conditions, slippery sections likely; Distance: 6 km, shorter if conditions or weather are adverse. Meet at HVHTA parking lot on the west side of Emil Kolb Parkway, 2 km west of Highway 50 and 2 km south of Castlederg Road. We will shuttle to the bridge over the Humber River on Castlederg Road. Icers mandatory in case of icy conditions, snowshoes if deep snow. Bring proper clothing and footwear for conditions, plus water. Leader: Bob Slack 519-215-7696 or [email protected]
Saturday, March 17, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Scotsdale Farm – St Patrick’s Day Hike
Toronto Section, Map 13. Loop hike. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: 12.5 km.
Meet at Scotsdale Farm off of Trafalgar Road, just north of 27 Sideroad (GPS: N43.687772°, W79.990300°). We will follow the Bennett Heritage Side Trail, Main Trail and Great Esker Side Trail looping back to the parking lot. This hike offers shenanigans, leprechauns and general St Patrick’s day tomfoolery, lots of hills, forests and very pretty vistas! Bring lunch, snacks and water. Wear green, snowshoes/icers/waterproof foot wear according to the weather. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Pub stop to follow; be prepared for Green Beer! Leaders: Pat Foley, 416-578 3772 or [email protected] and Tristan Goguen, [email protected]
Saturday, March 24th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Crawford Lake
Iroquoia Section, Map 11. Loop hike. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate; Distance: approx 11.1 km. Meet at Calcium Pits roadside parking on Twiss Rd (km 103.8; GPS: N43.447743°, W79.953436°) which is the first road west of Guelph Line between Conservation Road and Derry Road. We will hike a loop on the Main Trail and Crawford Lake Side Trail, including the village and visitor centre. Bring lunch and snacks. Snowshoes, icers or hiking boots depending on the weather. Well-mannered dogs welcome. Possible pub stop at the end. Leaders: Pat Foley, 416-578 3772 or [email protected] and Tristan Goguen, [email protected]
Sunday, April 1, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Happy Valley
Happy Valley, south of Pottageville. Loop hike. Pace: Leisurely to Moderate; Terrain: Easy; Distance: 6 km. Meet at 7th Concession, south of Pottageville. Leader: David Francis at 905-936-4446 or cell phone on day of hike 416-579-5432
April 7, 14, 21 and 28 (4 hikes), 8:30am-3:00pm: Quadzilla Series, 4,500 M of climb over 96 K
Caledon Section, Map 18. Loop hike. Pace: Brisk; Terrain: Strenuous; Distance: 24 km. While we cover only 24 km at a moderate pace each day, this STRENUOUS terrain series covers many steep grades found along the Hockley Valley trails. The series is designed for experienced hikers wanting a head start to their season. Depart from parking lot on 5th Line EHS just south of Hockley Road, west of Airport Road (GPS: N43.993572°, W80.014057°). No dropouts. No badge, just satisfaction! Leader: Tristan Goguen [email protected] or 416-250-5600, x205 (24/7)
Hike Schedule for the Dufferin Hi-Land Side Trails Badge Series
This new series is a modification of the Dufferin Hi-Land Side-to-Side Series. Hikes are combined to offer fewer hikes (4 instead of 7) which are longer and still cover all of the side trails in the section. Join in on the challenge!
Sunday, April 15, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm: Dufferin Hi-Land Side Trails Series, Hike #1 of 4
Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Mono Cliffs, Map 19. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate/Strenuous; Distance: 8.7 km. Meet at the Mono Cliffs parking lot on 3rd Line (GPS: N44.046603°, W80.061953°). From Hwy 10 north of Orangeville, drive east on Mono Centre Road (Dufferin Rd 8) to 3rd Line EHS and north to parking lot. We will hike Carriage, South Outlier Loop, Walter Tovell and Laidlaw Side Trails. Bring water and snacks. Leaders: Helen Bailey [email protected] or 289-231-4566; Margery Cruise, [email protected] or 519-217-5414
Sunday, April 22, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm: Dufferin Hi-Land Side Trails Series, Hike #2 of 4
Dufferin Hi-Land Section, Mono Cliffs, Map 19. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate/Strenuous; Distance: 8.8 km. Meet at 2nd Line EHS parking lot at Split Rock Narrows, north of Mono Cliffs Park (GPS: N44.074962°, W80.083756°). From Hwy 10 north of Orangeville, drive east on 25 Sideroad to 2nd Line EHS, then about 1.5 km north to parking lot. We will hike Split Rock, Narrows and Ralph Tremills Side Trails. Then we will car shuttle to hike Walter Tovell, Lookout, McCarston’s Lake and Carriage Side Trails. Bring water and snacks. Leaders: Helen Bailey [email protected] or 289-231-4566; Margery Cruise, [email protected] or 519-217-5414
Sunday, April 29 1:00 pm-5:00 pm: Dufferin Hi-Land Side Trails Series, Hike #3 of 4
Dufferin Hi-Land, Primrose, Map 20. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate/Strenuous; Distance: 15.6 km. Meet at roadside parking (next to bridge over Boyne River) on the east side of Dufferin Rd 19, north of Hwy 89 (GPS: N44.100049°, W80.137339°). From Hwy 10 north of Orangeville to Primrose, continue north on Dufferin Rd 19/Prince of Wales Road to roadside parking. We will hike Primrose Loop, Prince of Wales, Murphy’s Pinnacle, and Boyne Valley Side Trails. Then we will car shuttle to Kilgorie to hike the Kilgorie and Bell Lookout Side Trails. Bring water and snacks. Leaders: Helen Bailey [email protected] or 289-231-4566; Margery Cruise, [email protected] or 519-217-5414
Sunday, May 6, 1:00pm-4:30 pm: Dufferin Hi-Land Side Trails Series, Hike #4 of 4
Dufferin Hi-Land, Rock Hill Park, Map 20. Pace: Medium; Terrain: Moderate/Strenuous; Distance: 12.7 km. Meet at the parking lot (km 29.4) on 1st Line E just south of Dufferin Rd 17/10 Sideroad (GPS: N44.148246°, W80.118529°). From Hwy 10 north of Orangeville to Primrose, east on 89 to 1st Line E and north past 8 Sideroad to parking lot. We will hike Rock Hill Park, David Hahn, Enchanted Forest, Moss Haven and Oliver Creek Side Trails. Then we will car shuttle to 8 Sideroad to hike out and back to Boyne Creek and Mulmur Lookout Side Trails. Leaders: Helen Bailey [email protected] or 289-231-4566; Margery Cruise, [email protected] or 519-217-5414
Dufferin Hi-Land Two Day End-to-End: May 12 and 13.
Join this very popular two day hike and earn your End to End Dufferin Hiland Bruce Trail Badge. Approximately 56km over two days.
Club members receive free end to end badge with proof of membership.
Saturday, June 2: Take a Hike for Headwaters
Want a fun hike with a different twist? Come out and support Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club – and another worthy cause, Headwaters Healthcare Centre.
The Hike for Headwaters will offer three richly rewarding routes along the beautiful and rolling trails of the Dufferin-Hi-Land section of the Bruce Trail in Mulmur Township:
1. The Challenge (approx. 3 hours) designed for the seasoned hiker
2. The Intermediate (approx. 2 hours) and
3. The Family (approx. 1 hour).
All 3 routes incorporate sections of spectacular private land opened up for this annual fundraising event.
Hike starts will be staggered on the hour beginning at 8:30am for the longest route, 9:30am for the middle distance, and 10:30am for the family hike. Each hike will have a leader and a sweep organized by the Dufferin-Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club. The registration fee is $50 for adults (18 years +), $25 for youth (5-17 years old), and children under 5 are free. Hikers will be treated to “fuel-up” snacks, prizes and an excellent post-hike lunch at the finish, Lyric Pond (Mulmur).
For more details and to register, visit hhcfoundation.com/events or contact Headwaters Health Care Foundation at 519.941.2702, ext. 2303.
Your suggestions for future additions to our hike schedule, be sure to let us know.