Good day doing trail maintenance.

Taking rest after blazing and rerouting with friends.
Taking rest after blazing and rerouting with friends.

The weather was a little colder than we would like yet 5 hardy volunteers participated in a reroute around wash out area west of the horse farm. New blazes were added from the east end of horse farm marking the gates all the way to washout and reroute. The horse farm is one of those rare places where hikers are required to open and close gates to get across. It was a very scenic day out with all the fall colours on the ground. Thanks to Brian K our treasurer who blazed the trail and helped create a safe way across the water.

Two other volunteers, Tom and Mark removed fallen trees off a bridge near Fulton Bridge Line and assessed repair needs and possible ways to prevent it from happening again. That might be a tall order with the estimate of 90 percent of all ash trees in Ontario being killed by the emerald ash borer. Thanks to everyone who gave up their Saturday morning to improve the trail for all users. Kudos.

Day 4 of End-to-end

Bridge to nowhere.
Bridge to nowhere.

The weather was great. A wonderful fall day. Unfortunately the rainy summer and great downpour days played havoc on the trail. Two bridges were uprooted. One by trees falling on it and another relocated on land. We managed to get to the fish hatchery and decided to finish the hike on Wednesday at 9 am meeting at parking lot east of Mackies for the final 4 km. Roseann and Linda are getting anxious for their badges.
Special thanks go out to Robert Johnston and Dan Wilson volunteers at Lake Erie Salmon and Trout Club for reinstalling parts of the boardwalk that got washed out by the downpour in September. I spotted two spotted salamander on the hike.

Notice the two spots behind eyes are more orange than the other spots.
Notice the two spots behind eyes are more orange than the other spots.

Day 3 of End-to-end

Everyone is smiling even though it is raining.
Everyone is smiling even though it is raining.

Well it had to happen, the weather was less than cooperative today. Not torrential downpour but a steady mist. The trail was quite muddy and slippery still 8 hardy hikers ventured out. They were rewarded with seeing wild turkeys and many deer including a buck. We all made it out safely after cutting the trip short due to more rain clouds showing to the west. We will make up the other 3 km on Wednesday morning meeting at Fulton Line at 9:15.

Hike leader certification in London

Hike leader certification Nov 15th in London
Hike leader certification Nov 15th in London

Thames Valley Trail Association in conjunction with Hike Ontario will be leading a hike leader certification program on Saturday, November 15th at Kings College.
The course will be from 9 am to 4:30 pm. One also needs first aid and CPR certification to be a certified Hike Ontario Leader. To register go to Hike Ontario website and look under Services then Certification then Certified Hike Leader. There you will find a course outline and shortly this course should show up to register. They need a minimum of 6 registrants to run the program. Course cost is $50.

Day 2 of End-to-end

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Great spot for lunch at horse farm.
Sunflower field.
Sunflower field.

The horses could smell everyones apples and came over for a chomp and visit.
The sunflower field off Lyle road was a nice addition. Several hikers got
to see deer in several locations. Great colours but not a lot of flaming reds.
We had another great day for weather, started off cold but warmed up nicely.
There were slippery spots but all in all a fine fall hike. Thanks to Mark for
looking after the sweep.

Day 1 of End-to-end

Group for end-to-end part 1
Group for end-to-end part 1

Fall scenery
Fall scenery

The weather was not promising when we went to bed last night.
In the morning the radar showed the rain north and south of St Thomas.
The temperature had dropped quite a bit over night and everyone was dressed accordingly.
Mr Sun was elusive and yesterdays rains made the first half of the hike a bit muddy.
We had ten people out including guests Mary and John from Meaford. Everyone enjoyed the
wonderful fall colours and we look forward to next Saturday’s part 2.
Thanks to Jim for leading the hike.

40th Annual Hike Ontario Summit

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To all Friends of the Trail,

On behalf of Hike Ontario, the Guelph Hiking Trail Club invites you to take part in the 40th Annual Hike Ontario Summit. Join us on the banks of the Speed River for our kick-off Friday pub night, a dynamic Saturday program, and a Sunday of great hikes on our beautiful trails. Take this opportunity to learn about new hiking initiatives, check out the latest equipment, participate in stimulating workshops, share experiences with hikers from different Ontario clubs, and celebrate HO’s 40th birthday!

Mark your calendars! See you in Guelph on Oct 31 – Nov 2!

Dave Culham, President
Guelph Hiking Trail Club
www.guelphhiking.com

DETAILS:

Hike on Speed!
2014 Hike Ontario 40th Annual Summit
October 31 to November 2
Guelph, Ontario

Friday: Free kick-off Pub Night

Saturday: A day of presentations & workshop, culminating with a 40th anniversary dinner and musical entertainment by Guelph’s own Katherine Wheatley

The Waterfront Trail
Grand River Trails: The Grand River Conservation Authority shows how trails help celebrate its river systems
A virtual hike across the province – highlights from individual hiking clubs (back by popular demand)
9 breakout sessions including:
Nature photography hikes (bring your camera for an interactive session)
Maps and guidebooks: do we publish online – yes? or no?
Kid’s Hikes: running and growing a program
An update the Kissing Bridge Trail: extending it from Guelph all the way to Goderich
The Mood Walks initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association in partnership with Hike Ontario
Participation in Nordic walking
Seeing the latest and most innovative in hiking gear

Sunday: GHTC offers a choice of 5 free guided hikes to showcase beautiful local trails

For more information and registration visit the website of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club.

Come celebrate hiking, and Hike Ontario’s 40th anniversary!

Maitland Trail near Goderich for inter club bus hike

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Sept.6th This year the Bus/Hike will be on the Maitland trail near Goderich and follows in sections along the meandering Maitland River. We will be hiking sections of the trial that had major devastation damage due to the tornado in August 2011. An amazing job to reopen the trail was done with the help of many volunteers from different hiking clubs. We offer two walks for the day.

Hike #1: 16.5km Faster pace – longer hike will start at 3.5km on Map 1 following the white main trail to the end at 19km on Map 2 near Benmiller. This hike starts with road walking, in and out of the woods until entering the woods again at 7.8km. Here the trail begins to get steep in sections.

Hike #2: 10.5km Moderate pace – shorter hike will start at 7.8km on Map 2 following both the white main trail and some of the blue trail. Here the trail begins to get steep in sections. Hike #2 also will ends at 19km near Benmiller.

To save a seat on the bus, all hikers are to register by email “pat-tilman@rogers.com.” Once hikers are registered Pat will send information on where to send “cheques for $30 made out to the TVTA” and pick up location. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment is necessary to save a seat. There will be two pick up spots. One in Kitchener at 7 am the other in London at 8 am.

After the Hike: The plan is to be on the bus and moving by 2:15 pm with a stop at Boston Pizza in Goderich for drinks and some food before heading back by 4 pm. Each hiker is to pay for their own drinks and food.

ON THE HIKE: Bring water, snacks and a lunch. Poles and hiking boots are recommended. Dress for the weather.

NOTE: Items and a change of footwear and clothes can be left on the bus.

This is a great opportunity to meet like minded people from area clubs, hope to see you there.

No permit required at some Kettle Creek Conservation Areas

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One no longer needs a day permit to walk these wonderful trails and Union Pond.

Dalewood Reservoir Trail – 6.6 km – moderate
This is a loop trail that meanders around 25 hectares of provincially significant wetlands. The trail can be accessed through the Dalewood campground or at the public parking lot immediately across from the Dalewood dam. Located just outside of the city of St Thomas the trail is easily incorporated into a day trip or into a weekly exercise routine. Bird enthusiasts will appreciate the vistas overlooking the wetlands. Cormorants, great blue herons and occasional bald eagles can be seen here.

Dalewood North Trail – 4 km – moderate
This trail connects the Dan Patterson trail to the Dalewood reservoir trail. This robust trail, which includes some hills, will take the more avid hiker into the heart of Kettle Creek’s wild valley lands. Hikers will be treated to vistas of lands hardly touched by urbanization and may be afforded the opportunity to see an array of song birds, beavers, and great blue herons.

Dan Patterson Trail – 3.1 km – easy to moderate
Nestled in the Kettle Creek valley lands, the Dan Patterson walking trail is close to home, but far enough to escape city life. The walking trail starts at the Dan Patterson conservation area, which is a popular picnic spot complete with a playground, pavilion and splendid shade trees. For history enthusiasts, the site is also home to a restored log cabin. The cabin was originally the home of Alexander Patterson, who emigrated from Scotland in 1834. A replica water tower and windmill have also been restored on this site.