Trail Talk – February 21, 2018

The 24th Annual Candlelit Walk on February 2nd in the Maitland Woods was a success.

About 250 people enjoyed the 1.5 km evening walk with fairly good weather and trail conditions.

Over 40 volunteers put in a total of approximately 300 hours of volunteer service to make this event possible. Volunteers offered lantern construction workshops; made and brought lanterns; set up and took down candle lanterns; displayed lanterns at Icetacular in the Square; promoted the event on the website; made and served refreshments; provided food for the volunteer potluck; delivered good hospitality; staffed gates; attended U18 walkers; tended membership and donation tables; loaned hot drink dispensers; sanded the trail; provided wood and braziers; tended the fires and hot dog roasting; made the scramble mountain’ fun; packed up and cleaned up and hosted afters.

Together the volunteers produced a wonderful experience that was enjoyed and will be remembered.

The next generation is now enjoying this event and there are still people who have lived in Goderich for many years who are being introduced to our urban forest for the very first time!

We are certainly blessed with lots of volunteers, especially the landowners who allow hikers onto the trails on their property, without them most of the 49 km of the Maitland Trail would be on roads. There are also several other trails in the Huron County Hiking Guide (available at your local Tourism Office) that are on private property. One that I particularly enjoy is the Lobb Trail. Many hours of work have been put in by Murray Lobb and Boris Decker who regularly groom the trails, cut the grass and repair the bridges. On this trail there are great views of the river, and with five different cut offs you can choose how long a loop you wish to hike.

Courtesy on the Trails

Please clean up after your dog, there is nothing worse than stepping in sloppy dog poop in the spring. Where there is a trail shared by skiers and walkers, hikers should do their best not to step in the ski tracks. When there is a brief thaw walkers can easily create deep holes in the trails, ideally hikers should keep off the trails at this time, failing that keep to the edge of the trail and try to fill in any deep hole.

Beware of icy conditions when icers are useful.

On a somber note the Maitland Trail Trailer was broken into by thieves and among other items two Stihl Chain saws and two grass cutters were stolen.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com.