Trail Talk 225 July 27-August 3rd 2022

The bench in last week’s Trail talk was one on the Maitland Trail on the section between River Line and Sharpes Creek Line.  I installed it so that hikers could rest after climbing up the hill that I labeled Skunk cabbage hill after the large number of skunk cabbages on either side of the steps.

The new bridge on the Hullett blue trail
Four Great egrets on the Maitland river

I had a few interesting sights lately. The first was a milk snake in our garden, only the second time I have seen one, unlike garter snakes which we often see in our garden and quite often when hiking on the local trails. I also saw four great egrets in the Maitland River near the bottom of the Lobb trail hill. Last year I saw two on another section of the Maitland river.  They are similar to the white morph of the great blue heron, but they have black feet rather than pale yellow legs.  On July 19th on the Sugar Bush trails I noticed that the bridge has now been completed.  At the pond at the side of the white trail there was a button bush in full bloom.  The only place I know of one in our area.

I have been enjoying a good crop of black raspberries.  I used to be unfamiliar with black raspberries and thought they were blackberries.  However a blackberry has a soft white or green centre while black raspberries are hollow on the inside, because they separate from their stem when plucked.  Blackberries are also glossy compared to the dull black of a black raspberry.


Button Bush

The bridge on the blue Sugar Bush trail is now completed. I have also learnt that the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority are about to (or have already started on) replacement of the long boardwalk on the  Naftel’s Creek trail.

Saturday August 6th 9.30  a.m Explore the Natural World. Meet at 77759 London Rd (from Clinton on Hwy 4 this the second driveway on the right after the yellow “Hidden” sign – before Huronview on the left). Leisurely pace about 1 ½ hours (Rain date Sunday Aug 7th). We will look at the 40 tree species that are commonly found in the wild, plus many shrubs, some of which are native.  We will also look at wild flowers, butterflies and other insects which we may be able to identify.  Then we will walk down to the Clinton Conservation area to see what we can find on the trail there.  Pre Register with Patrick Capper  at

Monday August 8th 9 a.m. Hike River Line to Auburn on the Maitland Trail-about 16 km. Meet at the end of Bridge road to car pool back to River Line. Bring lunch. Expect to take about 4 ½ hours. This is for people who want to get in shape for longer hikes. Pre register with Patrick Capper

Saturday September 24th and Sunday Sept 25th Hike the Maitland Camino event.  Instead of the Saturday Harvest supper there will be a Saturday pot luck supper at a pavilion. Details to follow.

Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to hike for about an hour  If you wish to be on this email list, send an email to All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland

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