Trail Talk 133 August 26th 2020

I am taking part in the Do it Yourself (DIY) Maitland Camino. I hope to hike the full Maitland Trail sometime in September. I plan on filling out most of the DIY Camino Bingo card in the period Sept 1-27th

But I expect to have some unfilled squares such as: -get a blister, wonder if it’s possible for your blister to have blisters, wonder if you are lost, wake before sunrise, see an eagle and figure out you are actually lost.  I plan on recording the squares I have completed on the Maitland Trail Facebook page and in future Trail Talks. Then in late September I hope to hike the whole Maitland Trail in two days, considering the prior hikes as warm up hikes.      To see details of the virtual DIY Camino(Sept 1-27th )  at  https://www.maitlandtrail.ca/mta-el-camino/, if you sign up the cost is $10 and you can have a chance to win prizes .

On Thursday we hiked in from the Auburn end of the Maitland Trail and checked out the part of the reroute through the Robertson Tract and the new side trail of about 200m from near the NE corner of the field over to Pinery Line .

Fragrant Sumac

On Friday hiking in from Sharpes Creek Line heading West I was surprised to see three black squirrels running out from the soy beans across the trail and into the forest.

Four hikers came on the Saturday hike at Lobbs, where we saw a small puff ball, which  I have now seen in many other places.  There are now also a great many other mushroom species coming up.  In an evening walk at Huronview I looked at the young trees and shrubs that had been planted last year, and saw some I did not recognize and discovered they were Fragrant Sumac – a native shrub that I had never seen before.

On Sunday a yellow caterpillar was crawling up our back door, it was an American dagger moth caterpillar.  This year I have not seen nearly as many interesting caterpillars or moths as last year.

Tuesday Trompers at Moreland Tract

On Monday at the railway trestle on the Bayfield river I was surprised to see a snapping turtle swimming there, this is the first time in seven years I have seen a turtle there.

A Cardinal Flower

The Tuesday Tromp was at Saratoga (Moreland Tract) and I thought this was the best place to see wildlife tracks,(one of the El Camino Bingo squares) expecting to see deer tracks in the mud. We didn’t see any deer tracks, but at five places there were raccoon tracks and at one spot a canine track.  There were also two cardinal flowers, this is the only place other than the Maitland Woods where I have seen them.

Notes    Hikers are expected to be socially distant from others.

The Woodlands Nature trail is closed across the bridge for an unknown length of time

Saturday Sept 12th at 9 a.m. Hike on the Maitland Trail and John and MaryLo Graham Nature Conservancy trails for about 1 ½ hours at a moderate pace. Meet near 80965 Sharpes Creek Line, just South of Bishop’s Rd. Bring your own pen to sign the waiver sheet.  leader Patrick Capper.

The Maitland Trail between 9.6 and 10.2 km is expected to be closed until the end of the year

The G2G trail has some closures for maintenance work.

The logging at Lobbs is now not expected until after the Soy bean crop has been harvested.

Bayfield River Valley Association will have hikes on Oct 25th at Naftel’s and on Nov 17th  at the Mavis and Taylor trails  both hikes start at 2 p.m.

Tuesday Trompers  restarted on June 23rd Uneven day hikers restarted on July 23rd, we go out at 8:30 a.m. for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesday or Thursday whichever has an odd date, e.g Thursday Aug 27th .  Contact pcapper.

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