Trail Talk – October 31, 2018

On my evening walk on the Woodlands Arboretum trail, where the trail skirts one of the greens there were about 100 Shaggy Mane mushrooms at the edge of the green.

The monarch butterflies have all headed south, the milkweeds have wonderful heads of silky seeds.

On my way to River Line for my Saturday hike on October 20th I saw four deer cross Base Line road and head into a corn field, fortunately I spotted them from a long way off so I didn’t have to brake hard. On the trail I met twenty of 180 competitors running “The Bad Thing”, all who are a lot fitter and braver than me. Fortunately the weather was cool and mostly dry so the trail was not as slippery as it could have been, however they still had to contend with tree roots obscured by fallen leaves and many hills.

The cotoneasters on the Maitland Trail near the grain elevators were full of red berries.

As of October 21st the beans had not yet been harvested at Lobbs so the start of logging has been delayed longer than first envisioned.

I did not see any white squirrels on my last visit to the Exeter trails but on the way back into Clinton from the Wednesday hike I saw one in town.

Starting in the next trail talk I will be featuring the hiking trails in Huron County, most of which are in the Hiking Guide, available at no cost at the local Tourist information offices.

I apologize for having missed mentioning the hike at Falls Reserve on October 27th.


Duck hunting season started on September 22nd

The Olde Menesetung trail is partially closed due to landslides. The new South entry point in about 380 m along the GART, North of the bridge, where it then descends towards the river.

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

The section of the Maitland Trail from about 9.5 to 10.5 km is 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. (However, there is no hunting in the Falls Reserve or GART sections)

Upcoming Hikes

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

Sunday November 4th 1:30 PM Point Farms Provincial Park Level 2, Moderate Pace – 2 hrs

We’ll begin the hike on the north trail and go down to the beach level. Depending on conditions of the south trail, we’ll hike back up either keeping to trail or taking the road back. For those who wish to take a shorter, more level hike, there’s the option of returning before the rest of the group descends to beach level. This is a delightful hike for the variety it affords. Contact: Anne Storey 519.529.3050 to register

The November 10th 1:00 PM River Line Balls Bridge hike has been rescheduled to November 24th

The November 17th 9:00 AM hike at Lobbs may be moved to another trail depending on when logging occurs.

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