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Miscellaneous Hikes / Acton Circuit Hike (July29/12)
« Last post by marilyncouture on July 30, 2012, 08:24:03 PM »
A hot summer day, but a great loop hike lead by Mike Mungall for a group of 16. Our first adventure was to check out the Niagara Escarpment cliff on the radial line trail. We explored the valley of the Black Creek along the old TSR radial line trail. We walked into Acton and walked around Fairy Lake and then finished the hike hiking through a new forest of section 7 through the Moroz property on the south side of Acton.

Bill explaining the history of the radial line trail

Climbing up from the escarpment

Miscellaneous Hikes / Hike in Irvine Gorge (July 23/12)
« Last post by marilyncouture on July 26, 2012, 08:37:52 PM »
What a  lovely warm evening to explore the Irvine Gorge!! Thanks Bill for leading a group of 22 on this adventure......starting out from Victoria Park in Elora, descending down the stairs to  check out the Grand River before hiking through the rocky bottom of the cliff-lined Irvine Gorge to Salem. Three options awaited us at the end- getting quite wet wading in water up to the waist, climbing up a steep cliff hanging onto roots or retracking your steps back to the beginning of the hike.

Our beginning


Grand River

Bill explaining our route

A few caves to check out along the way

Getting cooled off

This would be so easy to get up....but "No Tresspassing!"
Miscellaneous Hikes / Hiking (Toronto Speyside Loop) July 7/12
« Last post by marilyncouture on July 08, 2012, 07:44:07 PM »
What a hot, humid day...but  still a good day to go for a hike. Thanks to Norm for leading us on this 10km hike along the Bruce main and side trails which offered variable terrain and rocky sections with the bonus of a great lookout ( a litle hazy, but still able to see the CN tower in the distance).

Miscellaneous Hikes / Hike in Hockley Valley (June 16/12)
« Last post by marilyncouture on June 19, 2012, 07:58:46 PM »
Thanks to Susan & Lynn for leading us on a lovely hike in Hockley Valley. Our route took us about one third of the way on the main Bruce Trail with connecting trails- Tom East Side Trail, Glen Cross Loop Trail and Snell Loop Trail for a total of approximately 15 km. This area offered a variety of terrain- woodlands, meadows, crests and valleys of the escarpment. There were quite a few up and downs.

Susan explains our route

Lunch break

Rita reads the Guelph Hiking Club newsletter

Our group

Cooling off

Returning home from Utah, we decided to get a little taste of the beautiful country in Colorado. We drove to Aspen, then through "Independence Pass" (a magnificent drive through the mountains...this pass is only open mid May to Oct because of the weather). Along the way, we explored a ghost town (panning for gold in the 1800s). No one else was around. It really makes you wonder how they survived the bitter winters in the middle of no where. We passed the "Continental Divide" and into Leadville. The next stop was the the stunning "Rocky Mountain National Park." We hiked some nice trails here in the park. Snow was still on some paths and other trails were closed because of snow. We saw numerous elk along the way. Bonus..... we did see a moose and young calf....they crossed the road in front of us as we were driving into the park.

Independence Pass

What a snow plough!!

Ghost town

Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

Miscellaneous Hikes / Hiking in Southern Utah (May/June 2012)
« Last post by marilyncouture on June 11, 2012, 05:46:03 PM »
Al and I just returned from hiking in southern Utah. Pictures of red rock formations featuring scenic vistas lured us to explore five national parks in Utah.

We chose all moderate hikes because we wanted to do as many hikes as possible so we could get an overview of each park. Hiking in the sand gave us a good workout as well many trails had steep inclines. The heat was also a day it was 37C and I didn't drink enough water. Lesson learned for the rest of the hikes!!

All parks originate from essentially the same geologic raw materials and shaped by the same forces of tension, but all are unique and magnificent in their own way.

We hiked to incredible sandstone arches in "Arches National Park" and explored the ruggedness of "Canyonlands National Park." We hiked trails in "Bryce Canyon National Park" as well as taking a ride down the canyon (Al by horseback & myself on a mule) to view its unique display of red rock spires, pillars & rocky temples called hoodoos. "Zion National Park" offered vast canyon walls & stone formations on a grand scale, soaring thousands of feet above the lush floor of the canyon. We drove through "Capitol Reef National Park" viewing its massive cliffs and sheer water bed canyons. Viewing prehistoric petroglyphs on the rocks was interesting.

We took a day off from the hot desert like conditions to explore the La Sal Mountains. A beautiful (60 mi) "La Sal Mountain Loop" started at the the Colorado River, traveled to the La Sal Mountains, through the La Sal National Forest. We stopped along the way and found a trail to Lake Oowah- a steep trail to the top but it was rewarding to see the tall green trees and wild flowers. We even saw evidence of bear markings on the tree.

Hike in La Sal Mountains

Miscellaneous Hikes / Silver Creek Conservation Area (Apr 29/12)
« Last post by marilyncouture on April 30, 2012, 07:13:16 PM »
What a beautiful spring day!! Thanks to Victoria for leading a group of 27 hikers on this wonderful excursion.... following the Bruce Trail and side trails through the Silver Creek Area from Fallbrook Trail to 10th line. From the boardwalk, we had the opportunity to look for pond life and many beautiful spring flowers were in bloom. At certain areas we could hear the frogs in unison. A hike down Walking Fern Trail allowed us to see uncommon ferns that are often only found on the escarpment. A special thanks to Victoria also for sharing her wealth of knowledge of trees, flowers, ferns and plants.

Miscellaneous Hikes / Kid's hike Speed River (Woodlawn - Victoria)
« Last post by jhoare on December 19, 2011, 07:57:57 PM »
Posting pics of the Dec. 18, 2011 Kid's hike
Radial Line Trail / GHTC Radial Line Trail Hike (Dec 11/11)
« Last post by marilyncouture on December 11, 2011, 07:02:40 PM »
What a perfect day to hike on this brisk, sunny winter day!! Thanks to Jim for leading us along the Radial Line Trail (section 3) through woodlands on gentle terrain along private lands & crossing one of the tributaries of Blue Springs Creek.

Jim explaining about the Radial Line Trail

Bill checking out the old car

Miscellaneous Hikes / Re: Hiking in Killarney Provincial Park (Oct 7,8/2011
« Last post by SusanA on November 29, 2011, 03:19:57 PM »
I loved your pictures, Marilyn!  I was there in mid-September & did the same trails as you, but you got the fall colours much better than we did! But your pics brought it all back to me again! Fabulous place!
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