Trail Talk 210 March 9th 2022

In the last trail talk, the bench with Irene Brooks and Anne Storey was on a trail in the Naftel’s Creek Conservation area and was installed in the last couple of years.

Richard, Anne, Irene, George, Rick, Paula and Gabi on the Sugar Bush blue trail

I recently found out the significance of the Manchester sign near Auburn.  Manchester was the original name for the village of Auburn, but I don’t know when the name change occurred.

Janie VanEssen, Brent and Carol Bowyer and Don Proctor at a large Burl on a Sugar Bush trail

This time of year one often comes across surprises on the trails.  When hiking the Maitland Trail from the Auburn end, I found that the trail from Pinery Line upstream for about 0.5 km was impassable due to the ice left behind after the flooding from the Maitland river.  Sometimes the ice would break under foot, when you might drop up to one foot, sometimes the ice was at an angle and very slippery, so I ended up making my way through the trees, but should have returned and taken the second cut through to Pinery Line.  The rest of the trail through to the field was in fairly good shape. After the Bayfield river was down enough to cross the causeway at the Clinton Conservation area, the trail was again very challenging due to ice left behind from the Bayfield river flood

At Hullett I have been hiking in from the Hydro Line parking lot  at 40672. Generally speaking the logging operation has only left small debris on the trails.  I had the closest sight of deer one day as three of them crossed over the trail.  The parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line was still closed on March 3rd, many of the logs   there had been removed, but there remained a fair sized.

Ice on the Maitland river at the Menesetung bridge

On Tuesday March 1st I hiked on the GART and saw lots of birds in the open stretch of water on either side of the Menesetung bridge.  These included lots of Canada Geese as well as many Common Golden Eye, Mallards and a few Buffleheads ( my 61st bird species since May 18th). Overhead were a few gulls and a Common Merganser. Later on near Meneset I saw and heard a male cardinal.

It is worth checking to see when the Tundra swans return on their Northern migration which usually occurs in March.  -They were first sighted on Greenway road on March 7th

Thank you to all the participants and supporters of the Coldest night of the year walks.


Saturday March 19th 9 a.m. hike on the Lobb  trail  leader Patrick Capper .

Saturday March 19th 11 am. All about the Morrison Reservoir, Morrison Dam Conservation Area with Denise Iszczuk  ABCA.

Saturday March 26th 7-9pm self guided candlelit walk on the Taylor trail. (no dogs.  Donate to light a candle $30,$50 or $100. All proceeds to children’s room at Huron Hospice.Donations and more information at 8 p.m.dedication ceremony at Trailhead

The Hullett  parking lot at 80602 was still closed on March 9th as not all of the logs stored there have not yet been removed.

The Wawanosh Nature Centre trail may still be closed due to logging which started on Jan 4th.    The Falls Reserve is closed until the end of May, except for the Maitland Trail’s main trail with white blazes and the blue blazed trail.  This is due to work on installing a new septic system.

Tuesday Tromper’s  meet at 9 a.m.on Tuesdays to hike for about an hour. Contact Al Sanders  at

Uneven Hikers hike for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays, contact Patrick Capper. Both groups meet at 9 a.m.  and are open to non-members provided they sign the MTA on-line waiver.

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