Trail Talk – October 10, 2018

The Maitland El Camino was again a success with 277 participants who enjoyed great weather and near perfect trail conditions on Saturday. On Sunday the day started with quite heavy rain, but later on there was just intermittent light rain. Due to the rain and/or joint aches about a quarter of the 240 who originally registered for Sunday decided not to hike. The rain and heavy traffic resulted in a few spots that became very slick, which was especially a problem for people poor knees and/or with foot ware without good treads. Fortunately there were no injuries that required evacuation from the trail. Nearly all the comments were positive about the whole organization and trail conditions, which would not have been the case without the hard work of the trail rangers, work crew and the 73 volunteers during the weekend covering 128 roles. Needless to say we are very grateful to the numerous landowners who give permission for the trail to go across their property, without which this event would not even have been possible. Well done to everyone involved.

I was not out on Saturday but Chewy and I hiked the 20 km on Sunday. I have noticed that in the wooded sections there are not many wild flowers so I was surprised at how many species I saw during the hike, some of which were on the roadside verges. They included New England asters (purple and pale purple), small white asters, several varieties of golden rod, sow thistle, Jerusalem artichoke, chicory, Himalayan balsam, butter and eggs, crown vetch, snakeroot, jewelweed and spotted knapweed. There were also a lot of mushrooms and colourful berries along the trail including red berries on barberry, high bush cranberry and cotoneaster. Some of the maple trees are now turning yellow and red, there was a beautiful one at the edge of Saltford road.

Thanks to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation authority the gravel parking lot at Naftel’s has been repaired and some very good maps installed at the parking lot and at various trail intersections.

I recently lost my red Felco hand pruners, probably on the Naftel’s or Bayfield Woodland trails. While checking for them on the Naftel’s trail on Wednesday afternoon I nearly stepped on a garter snake. Unfortunately this is my third pair of Felco pruners that I have lost.


Duck hunting season started on September 22nd Turkey hunting is from Oct 9th to 21st (this means the Bayfield Woodland trail will be closed). Bow hunting of turkeys lasts for all of October.

The Lobb trail will be/or is closed for logging the dead ash trees, the operation is expected to last about a week.

The section of the Maitland Trail from about 9.5 to 10.5 km will be closed for hunting from October 1st through to December 31st.

The whole Maitland trail will be closed for gun deer hunting from November 5th to 11th (excluding the GART section and the part within the Falls Reserve).

Saturday October 13th Bayfield River Valley Trails Harvest Dinner. Talk on fly fishing, silent auction , music etc. a fund raiser Cost $40 Call Roger Lewington 565-2202 or Scott Robeson 565-2827 for tickets or details

Upcoming Hikes

Sunday October 14th Millennium Trail 1:30 PM Level 2, Intermediate

Meet Cecile at the very east end of Nelson St (plenty of parking). We will first walk south (towards Mill St) and back; for people with more energy, we will continue north (towards Hwy 21) and back. The trail follows the Maitland River. Wear appropriate shoes. Rain or shine.

Sunday October 14th at 2:00 pm Photography Hike at Hullett. Meet at parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line

Hike at slow pace on the Sugar Bush trails – Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area 2 to 2.5 hours Leaders: from Bayfield RIVER Valley Trail Association. Jack Pal 519.565.5340, Conrad Kuiper 519.482.9724, Dave MacLaren

Saturday October 20th Sharpes Creek Line to River Line Meet at 9:00 AM at River Line to car pool to Sharpes Creek Line  Moderately fast pace expect about 2 hours due to significant hills.
Leader Patrick Capper 519 606-0016 or

Sunday October 21st G2G Fall Colours Ride Register 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM at Beach Street Station. Cost $40 Distance choices of 7, 20 or 28 km. This is a fund raiser: 80% AMGH palliative care and Huron Hospice, 20% G2G. Details at AMGH Foundation website and Events/G2G Fall Colours Ride

Sunday October 28th 2:00 PM Join Bayfield River Trail Association for a hike on the Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area trails.

Saturday November 3rd Owl Prowl at Morrison Dam Conservation area. Two sessions 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM see for details.

Midweek Hikes

The Tuesday Trompers walk for about an hour at a moderate to slow pace starting at 9:00 AM Contact Al Sanders at

The Wednesday hikes start at 9:00 AM for 1.5 to 2 hours at a moderately fast pace. Contact

The Friday L.I.F.E. hikers usually meet at 8:10 AM at the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton and hike for 1.5 hours to 2 hours, one group at a moderate the other group at a moderately fast pace. Contact

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at