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2013 Hike Pictures
Here are some pictures of hikes I have been on with the Oak Ridges Trail Association. Some people are having challenges manipulating the thumbnail pages, so I created this HELP file. (Click on HELP). If you have a Facebook account, please consider joining our Oak Ridges Trail Group.
70 hikers assembled for the morning hike on the trails of North Walker Woods in Uxbridge. This was the location where 10 years ago, 72 ORTA hikers helped Brian & Wilma celebrate our wedding on the Oak Ridges Trail, complete with tuxedos, fur stoles, fancy hats and gore-tex coats and hiking boots- and the tradition continues, aided by a little food and drink, and lots of enthusiastic ORTA friends
We initiated the hike with a short trail loop by the Palgrave Mill pond, where we were treated to a soaring display of an osprey searching the dark water for breakfast, then north through the ORMT trails to the Finnerty Sideroad and doubling back. 18 of us descended on Sheena's Restaurant in Schomberg.
The conditions also looked threatening but 20 brave souls arrived in the Durham Forest parking lot and again we avoided rain. We welcomed several first time Monday Trekkers to the group
This was a day that could only be explained through vivid colour photos- the asters and goldenrod were spectacular on every hillside and meadow
30 hikers met in Uxbridge's Durham Forest to enjoy the scenic trails and exchange stories of summer outings. Recent rains had firmed up the sandy trails and we appreciated the alternating sun and shade of the mature coniferous and hardwood forest growth.
About 14 turned out for Peters hike
It was a good hike with perfect weather. And I had under 40 people :-) We did have 3 dogs along to boost the number. The Beaver had built a dam by the small pond overflow so it made that part of the trail a little wet (Actually part was under water) We all got by without wet feet. The shady trails made it quite comfortable inspite of the hot weather. Diane did not come because of the flu, so I have to do this writeup.
23 Monday Trekkers set out on the trails of the Palgrave Forest this morning. The weather was cool and crisp as we started out but with the intense bright sunshine, the temperature rose steadily and we soon shed the outer layers- eureka! We were finally hiking with only a shirt layer- a sure sign of spring- so far
We enjoyed the company of 31 trekkers on the Durham Forest trails.. Most folks were quite surprised at how much snow remained but it's going fast...until the next snowstorm- let's hope it is a light one!It was a good day for a hike and 16 of us followed it up with a lunch at Fast Eddie's at Coppins Corners.
It was icy, snowy, windy and clear- all in one hike but it was a good trek. Don't put your icers away yet folks as many trails have been packed down by walkers and will take some time to melt in the forest.
Thirty-three trekkers hit the trails of York Region Forest this morning under sunny skies. We set a brisk pace at first then slowed a little as the footing became more irregular. Altogether we trekked about 7km in just over 2 hours and probably felt a little sun/wind burn at the end with reflection from the snow on several meadows we crossed.
David Francis was origionaly supposed to lead this hike but unfortunatly could not so we lead the gtoup around the trails in King City.
Eight of us had a wonderful hike in the Palgrave Forest & Wilderness Area. Bob & Diane, lead the hike in place of: Brian & Wilma ( on holidays), Stan (ill). The trails had been well traveled by previous hikers & many cross country skiers, so the snow was well packed - but not icy. In fact they were in perfect winter hiking condition'
12 hikers enjoyed this hike Snow was dissapearing. Most wore icers.
It turned out to be a great morning for 13 of us to have a 7.5km trek in the woods of the Dainty and Clarke Tracts near Ballantrae.
Thirty-two trekkers took advantage of the mild weather and almost green grass to get some exercise and work off a few more pounds of that holiday turkey
Last updated January 20, 2014