Scheduled Hikes

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

June

Sunday June 25 at 11 am

Fisherville Hike and Potluck

Level 2, moderate pace, 1 ½ hours 

Larry and Anna Fisher host potluck dinners at their cabin on the Maitland Trail the last Sunday of the month in the summer. They have extended the invitation to us to join in! We`ll meet on Sharpes Creek Line and hike from there to the cabin. Then do an out and back on Maitland Trail before the potluck.

Larry provides a roast and pies. Guests bring whatever else they want to add to the meal. Water and pop are provided and other drinks you wish are on a “bring your own“ basis. We will assign one driver to take our potluck offerings to the cabin and cart them out after. Larry will require three days’ notice of our numbers in order to plan. During the Camino, Larry and Anna lured some hungry hikers to their cabin for yummy pastries, etc. It will be fun to experience more of their generous inclusiveness. Please let Anne know by Thursday June 22 if you are participating. Contact: Anne Storey (519) 529-3050.

July

Saturday July 1st at 6 am

Welcome to Canada Day Sunrise Walk

Level 1 Leisurely Pace, 2+ hours

Start the day by enjoying the beauty of the early dawn awakening the river valley and the cool, early morning air to remind us why we are so lucky to live here. We will start at the parking area at the original location of the old CPR station and walk over the Menesetung Bridge with its always interesting vista, to Tiger Dunlop’s Tomb, then return for breakfast (muffins, cheese, fruit, tea, coffee and juice) at the picnic shelter at St. Christopher’s Beach. Let us know if you are coming, so we can plan food quantities.  Wear your raincoat if possible showers.  Cancelled if pouring rain.

Contact: Wendy (519) 525-6976 or Sjani (519) 524-9136

Saturday July 1st at 8 am

Canada Day G2G End to End Challenge

An exciting way to celebrate Canada’s 150th!!!  Cycle all 127 km of the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail or a portion you want to explore. 8 am to 8 pm. More details to come. www.g2grailtrail.com

Saturday July 8 at 9 am 

Naftel’s Creek

Level 2, Moderately fast pace, 1-1 ½ hours

A 3.2 km loop trail leads through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. For those interested, we will then also hike the George Newton Nature Reserve for about 1/2 hour. See Ontario’s West Coast free Hiking Guide (available at Tourist Information Centres) for details.

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

Saturday July 15 at 10:30 am

Port Albert Shoreline Hike

Level 2, Moderate pace, 1 ½ hours

We have several options for hiking the Port Albert beach. Water levels and surface conditions will determine what the hike will be. Often it is pebbly underfoot, so be prepared with good hiking shoes. The beach here is a real treat to travel on foot and afterwards we’ll check out the food at Port Albert General Store. Contact: Anne Storey (519) 529-3050

Saturday July 29 at 9 am

 Cherrydale Road to Sharpes Creek Line

Level 2, moderate – fast pace, 2 hours

The Trail descends down over 100 steps through Tornado windfalls to then follow the Maitland river to a picnic area then on across the Cherrydale Bridge. There are some slopes until you enter the Nature Conservancy property where you will find several benches and interpretative panels. There can some tall grass in this area which can be wet after a rain or morning dew. On leaving the Nature Conservancy you will soon reach a narrow trail to skirt around the cottages that leads to a road and on to Bishops Road.  The trail from here to Sharpes Creek line may have long grass and now most wet spots have boards and boardwalks.   9.6 km. Meet at 9 a.m. at 80965 Sharpes Creek Line in order to car pool back to Cherrydale Road.   Contact: Patrick Capper (519) 606-0016 or email pcapper99@gmail.com

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 howeverso 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