Trail Talk – September 26, 2018

On a couple of hikes some people were stung by wasps. This prompted me to look up my first aid books (Action First Aid, St John’s Ambulance, and Red Cross). They agreed that if a stinger is present it should be remove by scraping, but not using tweezers because pressure can squeeze more poison into the skin. Then wash with baking soda and water (“After bite” is mainly baking soda.) An ice pack may also help. On the web I found my boy scouts remedy for wasp stings of vinegar (but vinegar is not recommended for bee stings). I was reminded of an incident many years ago when a hiker stepped on a wasps nest and dropped his pruners on it. The leader Paul Syme was an entomologist and crawled on the ground to retrieve the pruners, he said wasps won’t bother you if you keep a low profile.

On the September 15th hike a sharp eyed hiker spotted two birds on the far bank of the Maitland river. We were, at first, not sure if they were turkey vultures on juvenile eagles, but they had no red and when one flew off you could see yellow legs so then we were sure they were juvenile eagles. In the section of trail near Bishop’s road there were quite a few Closed Gentian, this is the only place I have seen them grow. Later in the Nature Conservancy section three snapping turtle hatchlings were spotted so we were able to avoid stepping on them. At the 23km mark we crossed over the new bridge which had just been completed. It has steel supports, which cost $2250 and was put in with Glen Carey’s permission, who is sharing the cost. This was a great effort by Glen Carey and the Maitland trail work crew especially Brian McCulloch and Mike Cicchini, who have put in long hours on this project and on cutting down windfalls and long grass on the trails.

I noticed that last trail talk’s photo the green dragon’s red berries were not in the photograph, they are very similar to the berries on the jack-in-the-pulpit.


Duck hunting season starts on September 22nd and lasts through until January 5th, 2019 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 Maitland Trail will be closed November 5th to 11th for deer gun hunting.

Upcoming Hikes

Saturday Sept 29th to Sunday Sept 30th 2 day MTA El Camino registration is now full but there is a waiting list. Cost $25 adults $10 if under 18 detail

Sunday October 14th Millennium Trail 1:30 p.m. 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.

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