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.
Mon. Dec. 20, 2010. Dainty/Clarke Tracts – York Region Forest
ORTA map 4
2 – 2 ½ hrs - Slow to Moderate A new area for Monday Trekkers. Come and explore another corner of the Oak Ridges Trail. Easy walking on wide, sheltered forest trails. Well mannered dogs on leash are encouraged to bring their owners. Join us for lunch afterwards.
Brian and Wilma
A perfect hiking day. We stayed on the Clarke Track side. The snow was a little dificult to walk on, but not enough to require snowshoes. The track is a bit difficult to follow, but fortunatly Brian knew where he was going.
Mon. Dec. 6, 2010. 7th Annual Millage Wedding Anniversary
Hike – Uxbridge - Al Shaw Trail +
ORTA map 5
2 – 2 ½ hrs - Slow to Moderate. Join us for this joyous occasion!
Sheltered, winding trails through mature forest. Well mannered
dogs on leash are encouraged to bring their owners. Join us for Party afterwards.
Brian and Wilma
This annual hike is getting bigger and better each year. We had over 80 people at the party afterwards.
Sat. Dec. 4, 2010 Happy Valley, King ORTA map 2
A moderate 12+km. 4+hrs ( T&B) hike on variable terrain with hilly sections. Lunch on trail, refreshment after.
Fatemah was sick and somehow Ed & I ended up leading the hike. Ed took us on some new side trails that we didn't know about presenting us with some different scenery.
Mon. Nov. 22, 2010. Porritt Tract, York Region Forest,
ORTA map 4.
2 – 2 ½ hrs - Slow to Moderate – A new area for our Monday Trekkers. Wide trails through a mixture of deciduous and coniferous forests. Some hills. Well mannered dogs on leash are encouraged to bring their owners. Join us for lunch afterwards.
Brian and Wilma
This was one of Brian's few rainy hikes but we were protected by the trees and the rain did not last long, so it was a good day.
Sat. Nov. 20, 2010 ORT King,
ORTA Map 2.
9 km 2 1/2 hrs moderate pace. Schomberg Side Trail and through beautiful open country. Bring snacks and water .Hiking boots recommended. Please no dogs.
The windy corner lived up to its name, But we all had a good hike through the fields & trees.
Mon. Nov. 8, 2010. Uxbridge - Secord Forest,
ORTA map 5.
2 – 2 ½ hrs - Slow to Moderate – meet at Secord Parking Lot, 2km S of Goodwood Rd., on Con. 3, E on Secord Rd. Come and enjoy this unique area of scenic ponds, meadows and forested trails. Well mannered dogs on leash are encouraged to bring their owners. Join us for lunch afterwards.
Note Hike Leader change: Bob & Diane Hughes
42 hikers enjoyed a beautiful autumn day with Blue sky, sun and warming temperature. As Fast Eddies no longer exists a number of us went to Annina's in Goodwood.
Mon. Oct. 25, 2010, Hall Tract , York Region Forest,
ORTA map 4.
2 – 2 ½ hrs - Slow to Moderate – Sheltered, forested trails. Well mannered dogs on leash are encouraged to bring their owners. Join us for lunch afterwards.
Brian and Wilma
Twenty-six intrepid hikers braved some early morning fog along the south edge of the Moraine to explore the trails of York Region Forest. Harold Sellers, our former executive director came back for a vacation and joined us on this hike.
Fri. Oct. 22 2010. Celebration of Life hike for hiking friends of Audrey Murison Woodlands Area of Rouge Park, Scarborough. T&B hike, 10+ km, 2.5 hr, moderate pace. Woodlands Area to Hillside School, on Meadowvale Rd. Some established trails, some rougher single track. Lunch after hike on Audrey's property, Snacks, drinks and dessert will be provided by hosts Barbara and Jillian. Meet at Woodlands Area on east side of Reesor Rd, just south of Steeles Ave. Bob or Barbara
40 people came out to remember Audrey. It was a great day & good hike. Audrey would have enjoyed it.
Mon. May 10 2010. Uxbridge, Brock Tract and Wilder Forest and Wildlife Area (map 5) - slow to moderate. Well mannered dogs welcome. Join us on this new loop hike exploring the meadow and forest trails along with new trails in the Wilder property to the north. You will be amazed at the wide trails and scenic vistas in this mature forested area. Bring water and snack. Join us for lunch afterwards. Wilma and Brian
40 + people joined Brian & Wilma on this interesting hike. The weather was perfect for hiking.
Mon. April 26 2010. York Region Forest - Bendor & Graves Tract, (map 4). Loop hike - 2-2.5 hrs, slow to moderate. Well mannered dogs are welcome. Shady forested trails. Meet in parking area at end of Kennedy Rd., 1km N of Davis drive. Bring water and snack. Join us for lunch in Newmarket. Bob Hughes
Brian & Wilma originally couldn't make it back in time for this hike so I led it. They actually got back in time & came on the hike, but were a little jet lagged. It was a good hike with 43 people. A number of us went to Cousins after.
Wed. 14 April 2010. Orono Crown Lands. T&B/loops, 14 km, 4 hr, moderate-fast. Drop out points. Hike along Wilmot Creek (Rainbow Trout should be spawning) and return through the former Ont. Provincial Tree Nursery. Refreshments at Dave Hinton’s. John Windatt or Dave Hinton
A nice hike, beautiful weather. Probably a liitle late for the spawning, but we did see a few Trout. We celibrated Daves birthday at lunch. He's still a young guy by my standards :-)
Mon. 12 April 2010. York Region Forest – Eldred King Woodlands and Scout Tract (map 4)..Loop hike – 2-2.5 hrs, Slow to moderate. Forested and meadow trails. Some moderate hills, ponds and sandy areas. Well mannered dogs are welcome. Meet in parking lot, W side of Hwy 48, 2.7km N of Ballantrae/Aurora Rd. Bring water and snack. Join us for lunch afterwards. Bob and Diane Hughes
It was a beautiful morning for a hike; we travelled almost 8 km. Ten hungry people went to Hansons' for lunch.
Mon. 29 March, 2010. Uxbridge (ORTA map 5). Secord-Goodwood Tracts, loop hike, 2-2.5 hrs - slow to moderate. Well mannered dogs are welcome. Scenic frozen ponds, meadows and forested trails. Boots or snowshoes, dependent on weather. Meet at Secord Parking Lot, 2km south of Goodwood Rd (Durham 21) in Goodwood on Concession 3, E on Secord Rd. Bring water and snack. Join us for lunch afterwards. Wilma and Brian Millage
A great hike. with a little mud for some extra fun
Mon. 1 Mar, 9, 2010. Palgrave Forest (ORTA map 1). Loop hike 2-2.5 hrs. Slow/mod social outing along a variety of scenic forested trails. Meet in parking area North of Mill Pond at north end of Palgrave, E side of Peel Rd. 50, 2.7km S of Hwy 9. Bring warm drinks and snack. Join us for lunch afterwards in Schomberg to thaw out and enjoy Sheena’s fabulous lemon cake. Well mannered dogs are welcome. Wilma and Brian
It was a good hike but too long ago for we to remember much :-(
Mon. Feb 15, 2010. York Region Forest - Bendor & Graves Tract (ORTA map 4). 2-2.5 hrs. Slow to moderate loop hike. Snowshoes? Boots? Your choice…. Sheltered forest trails. Bring a warm drink and snacks. Well mannered dogs are welcome.. Join us for lunch afterwards in Newmarket. Brian and Wilma
A perfect winter morning for a walk in the woods in the Bendor and Graves Tract of York Region Forest.
Mon. Feb 1, 2010. Uxbridge - (ORTA map 5). Walker Side Trails 2-2.5 hrs, forested terrain. Slow to moderate. Well mannered dogs welcome. Snowshoes? Boots? Your choice. Bring a warm drink and snacks. Going for lunch after to thaw out. Brian & Wilma
Another good hike. The weather was perfect for hiking.
Mon. Jan 25, 2010. York Region Forest Hall Tract (ORTA map 4). 2-2.5 hrs. Slow to moderate. Well mannered dogs welcome. Join us for a celebration of Robbie Burns Day with a ‘sprited’ address to the haggis by Charlie Atkinson. Sheltered forested trails. Boots, icers or snowshoes - depending on the weather. Bring a drink and snacks. Brian & Wilma
Once again, a unique hike was held for ORTA's Monday Trekkers group as Charlie and Janet Atkinson returned to help us celebrate the life of Scottish poet Robbie Burns. Charlie is renowned for his spirited 'Address to a Haggis', delivered on trail with suitable flair. This was followed by a toast to the bard and a special 'haggis' provided by Janet for those with a sweet tooth... Thank you Charlie and Janet for continuing another ORTA tradition on the Oak Ridges Trail.
Mon. Jan 11, 2010. Rogers Reservoir, East Gwillimbury, and Nokiidaa Trail T&B. 6 km, slow pace, 2½ hours. Hiking boots essential; icers or snowshoes recommended depending on weather. Bring a snack and hot drink. Well mannered dogs on leash welcome. Lunch option afterwards. Stan Butcher
About 15 people enjoyed today's hike. It was a pleasant scenic walk by the Holland river.