Trail Conditions

Current as of May 19, 2020

 

NOTE to all hikers:  Under no circumstances is it OK to place anything on the trail.  The Trail Crew and Trail Rangers are responsible for trail maintenance, and do so with the knowledge and permission of the landowners.  If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us.  Thanks 🙂

1.  GENERAL TRAIL STATUS

Current MTA Trail Closures:

  • Maitland Trail from km 8 to km 29, except for Falls Reserve Conservation Area
    (from County Road 31/Saltford Rd at Black Hole Rd to Sharpes Creek Line)
  • There may or may not be signage indicating closures
  • Hikers are asked to be responsible, respect land owners’ wishes, and stay up-to-date on these closures.
  • Here is information from the Provincial Government, dated March 30.
  • Trail Etiquette and Covid-19
  • For the safety of our volunteers, our trails will be maintained at a minimum level to maintain safety for all.
         As always, use the trails at your own risk.
  • Hikers must follow the physical distancing requirements of 2m.
  • Hike only with your family or the people you live with.  It’s not an opportunity to socialize.
  • Minimize the total number of contacts you have, and we’ll get through this quicker.

MTA TRAILS OPEN:

  • The Maitland Trail (our main trail) – from the beach in Goderich to km 8 at Saltford Rd/Black Hole Rd (trail guide maps 1 & 2)
    • Be sure to check out the Menesetung Trail, the lime kiln, and Colborne Riverside Park
  • Falls Reserve Conservation Area – trails only (click to see map)
    • Be sure to read #3 below.  If you don’t have an MTA membership to use the MTA-permitted trails, you must purchase an FRCA permit.
  • The Maitland Trail (our main trail) – from Sharpes Creek Line to Bridge Rd near Auburn (trail guide maps 4-7).  
    • With the new re-route noted below, this section is now over 30km of hiking beauty
    • Be sure to read #2 below and watch for the new signs and blazes
  • The Maitland Woods – 3.2km through our urban forest (trail guide map B)
  • The Millennium Trail – accessible from the east end of Nelson St in Goderich (trail guide map C)
  • The Sifto Loop – accessible from the north side of the Menesetung Bridge (trail guide map D)
  • The GART! – from the Goderich beach to the Maitland River south of Auburn … 13km of cycling freedom (trail guide map A)
  • And if you haven’t cycled the G2G Rail Trail yet, this would be a good weekend to check it out before it becomes all boring-smooth-spick-and-span with new stone dust and improved drainage

 

If you’re not familiar with any of these trails by name, consider purchasing an MTA Trail Guide.

 

2.  RE-ROUTE BETWEEN PINERY LINE and SCHOOL RD/HERON LINE

This section has been re-routed around the field, adding an additional 2km approximately.  Watch for the new signs and blazes.

Map 7 of the trail guide is updated through THIS section.

 

 

 

 

3.  MTA MEMBER USE OF TRAILS WITHIN FALLS RESERVE CONSERVATION AREA (FRCA)

Year-round Trail Usage for MTA members:

  • Includes only the MTA Trail Use Area shown on the map with the yellow highlight. Does not include other trails or other areas within FRCA.
  • Includes the use of the washroom at the north west, also highlighted (opened seasonally from April to October).  Currently closed due to health restrictions.
  • Trail use is for foot traffic only (hiking, running, skiing, snowshoeing). No motorized vehicles.  Cycling is permitted with an FRCA permit.
  • Parking at the gate is not permitted from April 15-October 15.
  • Follow the Trail Users Code, and the rules and regulations of the Conservation Area

Additional Winter Usage for MTA members for the period from Oct 15 – April 15:

  • Allows parking at the gatehouse with MTA membership card on the dash of the vehicle
  • Includes walk-in access from the gatehouse to the orange trail near the pond to access the Maitland Trail and Blue trail sections with yellow highlight.

FRCA Permits:

  • To have full access to the FRCA property (all trails, playground, parking, etc.), MTA members can purchase an FRCA Season Membership Pass and get $25 off, OR 25% off a Daily Pass. All overnight use is excluded from the discount. Click here to see the current FRCA Fees.
  • Any users outside of the designated MTA Trail Use Area shown on this map with the yellow highlight must purchase an FRCA permit.
  • Permits can be purchased at the park during open hours, or by an e-transfer to payment@mvca.on.ca. Then, email your name and contact information to falls@frca.on.ca indicating you made this purchase of a permit.

 

4.  RE-ROUTE of the MENESETUNG TRAIL

WHEN:  For the foreseeable future
WHERE: The west end of the Menesetung Trail
The trail will no longer be accessible from the Sifto Loop. The new western access point is on the GART (see map), and the rest of the trail eastward is unchanged.  The reason for the closure is due to erosion along the river, and slumping of the slope. New signs have been posted and blazes have been updated.