PINE RIDGE FALL HIKES 2017

NOTES:
We use the following ratings for Level of Difficulty (terrain) of our hikes:
EASY – Well-defined trails and/or roads, gentle inclines. Hiking boots not required, but trails may be wet.
MODERATE – Generally on trails and/or roads; may be hilly with some rough spots or obstacles. Boots are recommended.
MODERATE PLUS – Generally on trails; rough terrain and/or steep sections and/or long climbs and descents.  Boots are highly recommended.
CHALLENGING – Rough terrain; one or more of extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams or other obstacles, or rock scrambling.  Boots essential; long pants and sleeves recommended.
1.  “Bring a snack” indicates that there will be a break of only 5 to 7 minutes for refreshments. “Bring a lunch” indicates a longer stop for refreshments.
2. Anyone choosing to leave a hike before the end must be accompanied by another hiker.
3. No dogs are allowed on group hikes (service dogs excepted).

AMBLER HIKES: Ambler hikes are designed to accommodate hikers who prefer and/or
need a more leisurely pace. These hikes are between 3-10 km distance on generally
easy terrain [some will include some easy hills] and of 1.0 to 3.0 hours duration. This
allows time to stop and observe nature along the trails and roadways.

Wednesday August 9th <EASY> 6 km

Cobourg lakeshore to Monk’s Cove and return. Leaving from Victoria Hall, Cobourg at 6:30 p.m. Bring a drink. Contact: Phil Mabey 905-377-0485.

Wednesday August 23rd <EASY> 6 km

Back Lanes of Port Hope. Leaving from King’s Field Park, Port Hope (west side of Victoria St. S. approx 0.2 km south of intersection of Ridout St and Toronto Rd. [Winchester Arms]) at 6:30 p.m. Bring a drink. Contact: Tim Hay 905-885-2203.

Saturday, September 2 <EASY> 10 km

Bewdley Area East. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Bewdley overflow parking lot on west side of Rice Lake Drive at Cavan Rd. [approx. 0.6 km east of Rhino’s or 0.8 km north of Cty Rd. 9] at 9:50 a.m.
Optional visit to Rhino’s for refreshments after the hike. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: John LeBlanc  905-885-5214.

Sunday September 3 <EASY> 5 km

Follow the Ganaraska River from Port Hope Town Hall to the Conservation Area and return. Leaving from Port Hope Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Mary Brinklow  905-372-6298.

Wednesday September 6 <EASY> 5.5 km AMBLER Hike

Hike the Waterfront Trail in Port Hope and a section of downtown Port Hope. Meet at Town Hall parking lot, Port Hope at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: John Kurowski  905-885-8776.
Or:
<MODERATE +> 16 km
Glen Major Forest/Brock Tract. EARLY START. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Bob  905-885-1420.

Saturday September 9 <EASY +> 13.5 km

Waterfront Trail from Thickson Woods to Whitby Harbour and back. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: John Kurowski  905-885-8776.

Sunday September 10 <EASY> 5 km

Geranium Lanes, west Port Hope. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Mary Brinklow  905-372-6298.

Wednesday September 13 <MODERATE +> 12 km

Oak Ridges Trail, Northumberland Forest, east of Hwy 45. Hike the ORT east for 6 km, then return. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Morris Rd. parking lot @ Hwy 45 at 10:00 a.m.
Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Jan Ethier  905-885-9310.

Saturday September 16 <MODERATE> 12 km

Alderville area. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot at 9:45 a.m.
Bring a lunch and a drink.  Contact Jim Edwards  905-885-7839.

Sunday September 17 <MODERATE> 12 km

The Percy Portage hike. Beginning at the new historic plaque at Cty Rd. 45 & Richardson Rd. [south of Hastings], the hike is over a combination of roads and private property trails. Parts of the route follow what is believed to have been part of the Percy Portage. EARLY START: Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd. Port Hope at 9:15 a.m. or from the Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot at 9:30 a.m.
Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Maria Siemiaszko  905-396-4540.

Or:

<EASY> 3 km AMBLER Hike
Universal Trail [Carstairs Trails], Bomanton Rd.at northern edge of Northumberland Forest. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m or from the parking lot at Universal Trail, Bomanton Rd. at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink.  Contact: Stan Muldoon  905-885-9310.

Wednesday September 20 <MODERATE +> 13 km

Seaton Trail End-to-End (car shuttle required).  EARLY START:  Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:00 am.
Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Bruce Williamson  905-753-2602.

Saturday September 23 <MODERATE> 9 km

Long Sault Conservation Area, north of Bowmanville. EARLY START: Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:15 a.m. Hike will start at 10:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Mary Brinklow  905-372-6298.

Sunday September 24 <EASY +> 6.5 km

Oliver’s Lane area. north of Hwy 401, Cobourg.  Mixed residential and rural. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Colin Banfield  905-372-7120.

Wednesday September 27 <MODERATE> 13 km

Oak Hills Area roads and road allowances. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: David Beevis  905-885-7151.

Saturday September 30 <MODERATE> 6 km

Rural roads west of Canton. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Requires car shuttle to Dodds Rd, Canton. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Tim Hay  905-885-2203.

Sunday October 1 <EASY> 12 km

Lakeshore Rd./Port Britain area, western Port Hope. Meet at the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Hike will start at the corner of Baulch Road and Marsh Rd.  Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: John Kurowski  905-885-8776.

Wednesday October 4 <MODERATE> 15 km

Bethany South Loop. EARLY START. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:00 a.m. or from Bethany at the intersection of Hwy 7A and Cty. Rd.38 at 9:45 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Bob  905-885-1420.

Or:

<EASY> 5.5 km AMBLER Hike
Back Lanes of Port Hope. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Jan Ethier 905-885-9310.

Saturday October 7 <MODERATE> 10 km

Rural Port Hope. Ganaraska Trail and unmaintained roads between 4th and 7th Lines. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring water; lunch provided by Bruce at his home.
Contact: Bruce Williamson  905-753-2602.

Sunday October 8 <MODERATE> 8 km

Marsh Rd. to Deer Park [Port Hope] and return. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: John LeBlanc  905-885-5214.

Wednesday October 11 <MODERATE> BRAND NEW HIKE 12 km

Vernonville area, through Kennedy Farm. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Hwy45/Hwy 401commuter parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Bring a lunch and drink.
Contact: Jim Edwards  905-885-7839.

Saturday October 14 <MODERATE> 12 km

Northumberland Forest: Stonewall, Dragonfly and Elderberry Trails. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Northumberland County Forest parking lot off Beagle Club Rd. [west of Hwy 45, approx. 10 km north of Cobourg]. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Stan Muldoon  905-885-9310.

Sunday October 15 <EASY +> 8 km

Weiland Farm, north of Oshawa. Mostly flat, including fields, laneways, some roads and bush, and including a descent to a creek running through a farm. We will also see the final completion section of Hwy 407, across what was formerly half the Weiland Farm property. Bring a lunch and drink,  Contact: Jim Osborne  905-436-2499.

October 16 – 20

Frontenac Park Hiking Trip. It’s a magnificent time of year to enjoy the fall colours in Frontenac Park. There is a wide variety of trails from Challenging to Easy. During our five days of hiking the brave-of-heart will consider completing the Frontenac Challenge of approximately 110 km over 11 trails. Others will be more comfortable with the Frontenac Trek comprised of six trails and 60-70 km. Or choose a combination from both. Accomodation is available at the Snug Harbour Resort on nearby Desert Lake.
Contacts:  Mary Brinklow  905-372-6298; Jim Edwards 905-885-7839.

Wednesday October 18 <MODERATE +> 16 km

West Duffins Creek, Seaton Trail, north of Pickering. Whitevale south to RR tracks and return. EARLY START. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:00 a.m. or meet in the park at 10:00 a.m., on the west side of Duffins Creek, south side of Whitevale Rd. in the village of Whitevale. GPS: 43.8865; -79.1622.
Bring a lunch and a drink. Lunch on the banks of the creek.
Contact: Mike Denny  905-642-5781. Cell phone on day of hike 416-948-2407.

Saturday October 21 <MODERATE> 12 km

Northeast Campbellcroft Roads and Trails. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and drink.
Contact: Rita Zeran  905-885-2874.

Sunday October 22 <MODERATE> 7km

Hamilton Township. Frying pan hike in the Vimy Ridge Road area. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot at 9:30 a.m. or from the end of the paved section of Whitney Howard Rd. off the 5th Line at 9:45 a.m.  Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: David Beevis  905-885-7151.

Wednesday October 25 <MODERATE> 14 km

Northumberland Forest: Green Trail. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Northumberland County Forest parking lot off Beagle Club Rd. [west of Hwy 45, approx. 10 km north of Cobourg] at 10:00 a.m.
Bring a lunch and a drink.  Contact: Elke Williams  905-269-5245.

Saturday October 28 <MODERATE> 12 km

Wicklow North. Meet and greet the llamas, sheep, goats and other furry beasts during lunch. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd, Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or in Wicklow Village, on Wicklow Rd. immediately north of Hwy 2, at 10:00 a.m.
Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Jim Edwards  905-885-7839.

Sunday October 29 <MODERATE> 12 km Joint hike with Kawartha Club.

Bomanton area. overlooking Rice Lake, passing the Primrose Donkey Sanctuary. Leaving from the parking lot of Home Hardware, Toronto Rd. Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Hwy45/Hwy401 commuter parking lot at 9:45 a.m.
Bring a lunch and a drink.  Contact: Stan Muldoon  905-885-9310.

Or:

<EASY> 5.5 km AMBLER Hike
Port Britain [“Red Barn” hike]. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Paul Archambault  905-885-7139.

Wednesday November 1 <MODERATE> 12 km

Hazel Bird Nature Reserve (NCC Property). Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot at 9:45 a.m.   Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: David Beevis  905-885-7151.

Saturday November 4 <MODERATE> 12 km

View the two lakes. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Rita Zeran  905-885-2874.

Sunday November 5 <EASY> 5 km

Monkey Mountain and Ganaraska River Loop, Port Hope. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Tim and Peggy Hay, 108 Bruton St., Port Hope to enjoy this favoured town hike. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact; Tim Hay  905-885-2203.

Wednesday November 8 <MODERATE +> 14 km

Fleetwood Conservation Area and Forest Road. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from Solanum Way and Porter Rd. [Cty. Rd.32] at 10:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Bob  905-885-1420.

Saturday November 11 <EASY> 5 km

Port Hope. Late start and new meeting place: Metro parking lot, Peter St. at Hope St.  Walk the Waterfront Trail to downtown Port Hope with the option to join the Remembrance Day ceremony at Memorial Park. Leave Metro parking lot at 10:00 a.m. Bring a drink. Contact: Stan Muldoon  905-885-9310.

Sunday November 12 <MODERATE> 13 km

Haldimand Township (Creighton’s Hill). Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m., or from the intersection of County Rd. 2 and Shelter Valley Rd. at 9:50 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: John LeBlanc  905-885-5214.

Or

<EASY> 6 km AMBLER Hike
Easy trails of Northumberland Forest. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from Northumberland County Forest parking lot off Beagle Club Rd. [west of Hwy 45, approx. 10 km north of Cobourg] at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Stan Muldoon  905-885-9310.

Wednesday November 15 <MODERATE> 9 km

Northumberland Forest, Sweet Fern Loop. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Northumberland County Forest parking lot off Woodland Road [approx. 12 km north of Hwy 401 on Hwy 45] at 10:00 a.m.
Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Jan Ethier  905-885-9310.

Saturday November 18 <MODERATE> 15 km Joint hike with Kawartha Club.

Gore’s Landing to Bewdley. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Bewdley overflow parking lot on Rice Lake Drive North at Cavan Rd. [0.6 km east of Rhino’s or 0.8 km north of Cty. Rd. 9] at 10:00 a.m. Car shuttle to start of hike at Gore’s Landing.  Bring a lunch and a drink.  Optional refreshments at Rhino’s after hike.
Contacts: Kawartha: Rose Millett  705-639-2431
Pine Ridge: Colin Banfield  905-372-7120.

Or

<EASY> 10 km AMBLER Hike.
Bowmanville, “Two Creeks”. Includes portions of Bowmanville Creek, the Bowmanville Historical District and Soper Creek. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Further directions to follow. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Jim Osborne  905-436-2499.

Sunday November 19 <MODERATE +> 7 km

Upland Vistas, Cold Springs Hills. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd.,Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the bottom of Taylor’s Rd.,Camborne [0.5 km west of Hwy 18, along Kennedy Rd.] at 9:50 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Colin Banfield  905-372-7120.

Wednesday November 22 <MODERATE> 12 km

Perrytown Circuit. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m.  Bring a lunch and a drink.  Contact: David Beevis  905-885-7151.

Saturday November 25 <MODERATE +> 11.5 km

Northumberland Forest: Flying Squirrel, Fisher and Luna trails. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m, or from the Northumberland County Forest parking lot, off Beagle Club Rd. [west of Hwy 45, approx. 10 km north of Cobourg] at 10:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Elke Williams  905-269-5245.

Sunday November 26 <EASY> 5 km

Hamilton Township, between 5th Line [Bethel Grove Rd.] & 6th Line [Vimy Ridge Rd.]. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd, Port Hope at 10:00 a.m. or from the corner of Bethel Grove Rd. [5th Line] and Vic Lightle Rd. at 10:15 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Paul Archambault  905-885-7139.

Wednesday November 29 <EASY +> 8.5 km

Canton to Port Hope, following trails, farmers’ fields and roads. Car shuttle required. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m.
Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Tim Hay  905-885-2203.

Saturday December 2. Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch.

Meet at the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre, Mill St. S., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. for a short walk in Port Hope, followed by the AGM at 11:00 a.m.
Further information closer to date. Contact: Stan Muldoon  905-885-9310.

Wednesday December 13 

Mystery Hike: details to be provided later.
Contact: Jim Osborne  905-436-2499.

Tuesday December 26

Boxing Day hike.  Details provided closer to the date. Hike followed by a visit to a local pub.