Scheduled Hikes

Contact us if you’d like to come on any of the hikes listed below, or if you’d like more information.

April

Port Albert Village and Shoreline Hike

Saturday, April 14 – 10AM | Leisurely Pace – 1.5 hrs

There is excitement at the Fishway in Port Albert during this time of year

when volunteers transport fish up the ladder to the portion of the river

above the falls. If we are lucky with timing, we can meet and watch the

action before heading out on a hike through the village. If the beach

cooperates, we will go out for a portion of that, as well. Port Albert General

Store is slated to be open again in April, so we’ll see if that would work out

for lunch after the hike. Park at the Fishway parking lot. The entrance is just

below the bridge to the right.

Contact: Anne Storey (519) 529-3050 to register.

River Line to Sharpes Creek Line (35.6 to 29.9 km)

Saturday, April 21 – 9AM | Moderately Fast Pace ~ 2 hrs

This section is part of the Maitland Trail and although a lot of the trail is

close to the river this section has the most hills. Meet at 9 a.m. at 80918

Sharpes Creek Line and car pool to River Line.

Contact: Leader Patrick Capper (519) 606-0016 pcapper99@gmail.com

Lobb’s Wildflower Hike

Saturday, April 28 – 1:30PM | Level 2, Leisurely Pace ~2+ hrs

Come out to discover the many beautiful flowers that decorate the woods

before the leafy canopy obscures the needed sunlight. This kind of walk

tends to be slower than most hikes because of the frequent pauses to view

and help each other identify the blossoms – but it’s a photographer’s

bonanza! The variety and quantity of these gems may vary depending on

what the weatherman has provided up to that date. Lots of scenery, forest

and riverfront, a couple of long inclines on this private property near

Holmesville. Remember your water/juice, snack, hat, camera and if warm,

insect repellent.

Contact: Faye Ribey at (519) 524-2070.

 

Terrain Rating:

 

Level 1:  Well defined trails, gentle inclines. Good walking shoes recommended.

Level 2:  Generally on trail.  May be hilly, light bushwhacking, some rough spots or obstacles.  Boots recommended.

Level 3:  Rough terrain. One or more sections of extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams or other obstacles, rock scrambling.  Boots required. Fit, experienced hikers only.  Long pants & sleeves recommended.

A reminder for all participants of any MTA led hike.

All participants are required to sign a waiver which states:

I acknowledge that this activity of the Maitland Trail Association, in which I am participating, involves risks that are beyond the control of the Association. Notwithstanding the acknowledgement of such risks, I hereby release the Maitland Trail Association, Hike Ontario its contractors, employees, volunteers, agents, assigns and executors from all claims for the damage how ever so arising as a result of my participation in this or any other activity organized by the Association.

I agree to pay the costs of any emergency evacuation of my person or belongings that may be necessary. I affirm that I am aware of the nature of this activity, its distance, duration and degree of difficulty and that I am properly equipped and physically able to participate. I have no medical or other conditions that might preclude my participation. I agree to follow the directions of the leader. My signature below confirms that I am at least 18 years old, that I have read this document, I am signing voluntarily and that I fully understand its effect. I understand that this document must be properly completed before I will be allowed to participate in the event.

Speeds:

Leisurely:  2-3km/hr

Moderate:  3-4km/hr

Brisk:  +5km/hr