Trail Talk 238 Nov 16th 2022

On November 8th 20 Tuesday Trompers enjoyed a sunny morning hike on the Bannockburn Conservation Area trails, where we could hike without worrying about hunters shooting deer.

Beaver dam on the Bayfield river viewed from the Mavis trail
Wendy Merner, George Cantin followed by Diane Wood -(stepping over a windfall) and Faye Ribey

In that afternoon and in the Maitland Woods and on Wednesday morning on the Mavis trail there were quite a few trees down across the trail, due to the recent strong winds and the ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer.  The Bayfield river Valley Trail Association work crew were clearing up the windfalls on the Wednesday afternoon and the Maitland Trail Association work crew cleared the Maitland Woods windfalls on Thursday morning.  We are very grateful to all the volunteers who maintain our trails as well as the staff of the  Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, and Huron County Forest crews who maintain the many local area trails. The Huron County Hiking Guide list 38 trails, a copy  can be accessed on-line or  a printed version is available at local libraries.

It is quite likely that there are windfalls on the Maitland trail that we don’t know about due to the trail closure for deer hunting.  If you come across a windfall , if possible photograph it and note what section of the trail it is on and preferably the value of the nearest km post and send the information to cmelady@miatlandtrail.ca.

Clearing the culverts on the Bayfield river at Clinton Conservation area

When hiking the Clinton Conservation area trail I found the culverts where the trail crosses the Bayfield river had a very large blockage of twigs etc.   Fortunately there was enough water getting through that the river did not overflow the path, and I was afraid this could easily occur so I managed to clear the culverts.

Notes:

Thursday November 17th 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day, Varna Nature Trails with BRVTA.
The title says it all.  National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on November 17 in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 km of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association is proud to participate by managing our 16 km network. The Mavis Trail is named after area community activist Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back.   Meet/Park: Varna Complex in Varna, 5 km East of Bayfield on the Mill Road. Distance: 3.5 km/2 hrs.For more info, call Ralph Blasting 519-525-3205.

Sunday November 20th 9 a.m. The last of the Maitland Trail End to End hikes – Boundary bridge to Auburn contact Paula Deering at paula_deering@hotmail.com. This is a Level 2, leisurely pace, 3.5 hours.

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

Monday December  5th to Sunday December 11th  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 mta@maitlandtrail.ca All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland trail.ca

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 pcapper99@gmail.com