Trail Talk 235 October 25th 2022

Pat and Tristan Foley, Helen Bailey with Chester, Oak and Fen at Little Lakes Rd.

The weekend  of October 15th and 16th was a great  one for hiking with good weather and splendid fall colours, – the best they have been for several years.  It was also a very busy one on the local trails. On Saturday about 30 hikers from Southern Ontario were hiking on the Maitland Trail, there was a  dual celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Hindmarsh  Trust and completion of the  new Naftel’s Creek bridge,  a meditation walk in the Maitland Woods, and a group planting 50 trees on the GART at McGaw.   On Sunday most of the Southern Ontario hikers were back on the Maitland Trail and a local group was hiking the third of the Maitland Trail end to end hikes.   I joined a group of 15 hikers on Saturday hiking from Sharpes Creek Line to Auburn. I wanted to do this as I had not been on parts of this section this year. I had missed the Camino hikes because of a poor Achilles tendon which was now better.   On talking to one hiker I found that her brother and I had both attended Stockport Grammar School in Cheshire (but not at the same time). Many years ago I met a Guelph hiker who was in my kindergarten class in Southampton. You never know what you may find in common with other hikers!

Tree planting on the GART at McGaw

The tree planting at McGaw was due to the volunteer efforts of the planting crew of Brian McCulloch, Cristen Watt, Roger Goddard, Phil Paquette, John Myers, Holly Westbrook and Daniel King. The cost was shared between the Maitland Trail Association and Huron County. Many thanks to everyone involved.

Earlier in the week, twenty three Trompers enjoyed a hike on the Maitland Cemetery area trails on October 11th and six “Uneven” hikers braved the drizzle on October 13th to hike between Jenkins and Morris Tract.

One of the butterflies still around is the cabbage white seen sometimes on the New England aster


A cabbage white on a New England aster

The NCC and Maitland Trail Work crew have now finished removing the invasive buckthorn from the reroute near the pond at Riverbend (12.7km) so the reroute is now part of the main trail and thus avoids the part adjacent to the pond that beavers regularly flood.

Saturday October 29th 9 a.m. The secret to well-being? A meditative walk in the woods!

The second walk is at a revised location – now in the Robertson Tract and meeting place is now at the end of Pinery Line. Designed for those who want the benefits of meditation but prefer to move! Dress warmer than usual as we will be moving slowly, please leave your pets at home (dogs are already very Zen!).  Our group number is limited to 10 to not block the trail.  These are all Level 1, easy pace, 1.5 hours. For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Janie van Essen at 519 955-4402.

Sunday October 30th 9 a.m.  4 hours, bring a drink and snack. The fourth End to End Hike  from Sharpes Creek Line to Boundary (B. Edgar) bridge. There are some rugged sections, as well as a couple of areas that tend to be muddy. Sturdy footwear is required. For car shuttle arrangements and to confirm your attendance, please contact George Cantin at or Patrick Capper at This is a Level 2-3,moderate pace..

Saturday November 5th 9 a.m. at Naftel’s creek the third meditation walk.

Thursday November 17th 2 p.m. hike the Taylor and Mavis trail with BRVTA.

October 1st to 31st Bayfield Woodland Trail will be closed for Turkey hunting-  Bow hunting for the month, and  gun hunting 11th -23rd.

October 1st –Dec 31st the Maitland Trail between 9.5 and 10.5 km is closed for hunting.

November 7th to 13th The Maitland Trail will be closed due to gun deer hunting, however you can still hike in the Maitland Woods, Sifto Loop, Millennium trail, the Falls Reserve  and the G2G/GART.

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