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Miscellaneous Hikes / Scottsdale Farm Area - April 17, 2010 - Led by Mike Curtis
« Last post by DaveC on April 17, 2010, 05:46:03 PM »
Car pooled out to Suny's at Trafalgar Rd and Hwy 7, and met up with Mike for his traditional spring hike.  Don't know how Mike can have such a direct impact on the weather, but just like his Caledon Trail hike, the temperature decided to drop significantly overnight, just in time for this hike too.  We started out with a fierce, cold wind, but once we got into the protection of the forest it was quite nice really.  We did get bouts of hail and then even large flakes of snow that caked in Petie's hair, but we all survived without frostbite and it was a great area to hike.  Plenty of interesting trees, creeks, valley views, an esker, and the buds, wildflowers and blossoms are really starting to make their appearance.  Thanks Mike!

It was nice to have people on the hike that know their flowers and could educate me along the way.  I am a slow learner and will forget many, but this one is a Trout Lily and I am certain I will retain it due to the spotty leaves.

That is hail!  What a change from yesterday.

Speed River Trail / Speed River Trail - Sect 3 - April 15, 2010
« Last post by DaveC on April 17, 2010, 05:25:52 PM »
My wife and I only had a little over an hour to kill before meeting my mother-in-law at Townline Rd and 401, so we decided to head into Section 3 from the big log home that is painted blue at the end of the trail, and work our way back to where the trail hits the river and then turn around.  As expected, the 'wet section' was damn wet, but we managed through using a stick for balance and moving from one dry spot to the next.  The few really nasty areas had a bit of cedar laid over strategic spots, and I would bet money that Bill Mungall has been through recently.

Radial Line Trail / Radial Line Trail - Sect 2 - Smith Side Loop - April 14, 2010
« Last post by DaveC on April 17, 2010, 05:16:41 PM »
Here are some pics of the Smith Side Loop.  Trail is in great condition for this time of year, with only one significant muddy area on the flat stretch out to the dam.  At the barrier from the trail to the land adjacent to the east, right where the loop turns north and climbs, there are a letter from a student who got greased while crossing the fence and another with the response from the landowner that indicate the landowner is struggling with people camping, lighting fires, vandalizing and even breaking into his home.  Oh, how the few idiots can wreck a good thing for the rest of us.

Radial Line Trail / Radial Line Trail - Sect 1 - Apr 10, 2010
« Last post by DaveC on April 14, 2010, 03:02:59 PM »
     Met with Bill Mungall and other volunteers for the upcoming Trails Open event, and then returned the next day with my family to share some of the 'new to me' spots that had been pointed out.  Here are a few pics from Section 1.

Announcements / Trails Open Guelph~April 24, 2010
« Last post by Pat on March 31, 2010, 02:49:51 PM »

APRIL 24, 2010

Trails Open Guelph

Two GHTC events introduce you to the beauty of our trails:

1.  Radial Line Trail
See the Guelph Escarpment, fossilized coral reefs and the historic site of the Speedwell Station. 40 minute hikes start at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. 90 minute hikes start at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Meet at Eramosa River Park at the corner of Lawrence and Florence Avenues. (Lawrence is the first street off York Road, west of Victoria Road.)

2.  Kissing Bridge Trail:
A 6 hour hike through Mennonite farmland
starts at 9:00 am

See full details in the newsletter.
Radial Line Trail / Sugar Shack Demolition - New Itchy Bitsy Side Loop
« Last post by DaveC on March 25, 2010, 01:37:17 PM »
I learned that the Sugar Shack was scheduled for demolition for today, and freed up my schedule to join Andy Cann and John Fisher for the tear down.  The property owner had gone through the floor some time ago, and just recently had leg surgery to correct the problem.  There was supposed to be a tractor meeting us there at 1pm, but they had to cancel due to illness, so the time was changed to 10:00am for a manual tear down.  Hammers, chains, chainsaw, crowbar, and a mini sledge hammer we discovered in the wall, were all the tools used.  Andy had also planned to cut a short new side loop going straight back from the shack and linking with the other side of the Sugar Shack trail.  After razing the shack, John and I cleared the debris off the path of the new side trail and Andy painted the blazes.  Here are a few pics of the demo.

A quick run out to the Blue Springs/Sugar Shack Side Trails this morning.  Crisp morning, right around 0 celcius. 

Up and over the stile off of 5th Line.  The first little bit has small rolling hills, old stone walls, and twisted trees on field edges.

Took the Blue Springs Side Trail past the first access to the Sugar Shack Side Trail, and then used the Sugar Shack to loop back and out.  Not very long hike at all, but pretty, and some little hills made it interesting.  Surprisingly good trail conditions for this time of year...only one damp area on entire loop, and even that wasn't bad at all.  Here are a few pics of the shack.

Radial Line Trail / Re: Sect 6 - Jan 31, 2010
« Last post by DaveC on March 20, 2010, 04:27:57 PM »
Thanks Pat, and Andy.  That was bugging me.  I am looking forward to seeing it with no snow to see how obvious that answer was in different seasons.
Radial Line Trail / Re: Sect 6 - Jan 31, 2010
« Last post by Pat on March 17, 2010, 01:01:13 AM »
I had Andy Cann telephone me today to tell me about the "hole" that you were enquiring about.

He was telling me that the landowners of that part of the trail were selling trees and a large machine came in and took out mature trees and/or rocks that they were selling.  It was a few years ago when this was done.

Miscellaneous Hikes / Irvine Gorge - Feb 21, 2010 - Led by Bill Mungall
« Last post by DaveC on February 21, 2010, 07:23:08 PM »
     Another beautiful day for a hike...sunny, a little above zero.  We met in the Canadian Tire parking lot, and car pooled out to Irvine Gorge in Elora, where we met several additional people that were arriving from Kitchener.

     After gathering and sorting out XC skis and snowshoes, we began our descent down icy stairs into the gorge, which was by far the most dangerous part of the hike.

     We gathered out on the ice and Bill ran over some features of the area and some safety issues.

     About half skiiers and half snowshoers, we made our way a couple of kms up the Irvine Gorge, before turning around and heading back.  The scenery was beautiful, and we were treated to numerous frozen waterfalls along the way.

     Eventually we made our way back to the icy staircase, and went to a local pub in Elora for some refreshment.

     Described in the newsletter as 'A Winter Wonderland', this hike lived up to its billing, no pun intended, and was my new favourite of the this season.  Thanks Bill!
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