PINE RIDGE SPRING HIKES 2017

HIKERS SHOULD ARRIVE AT LEAST 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE ADVERTISED HIKE TIME
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 are 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. Dogs are not permitted on 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.

Saturday April 1st, <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 April 2nd, <EASY PLUS> 5.5 km

Oliver’s Lane – Forest Hill area, north of Hwy 401 Cobourg. Mixed residential and rural, with one hill. 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 April 5th, <MODERATE> 12 km

Hamilton Township, between 6th Line and Donaldson Rd. 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 April 8th, <MODERATE> 9 km

Northumberland Forest, Sweet Fern Loop. 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, approximately 10 km north of Cobourg), at 10:00 a.m. Contact: Jan Ethier 905-885-9310.

Sunday April 9th <EASY> 5 km

Sylvan Glen Conservation Area – Canton and return. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310. Also: Illustrated hike talks and pot luck meal. Ruth Clarke Community Centre, Mill St., Port Hope, from 4:30 – 8:00 pm. Contact for details: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310.

Wednesday April 12th <MODERATE PLUS> 16 km

Northumberland Forest ski area and adjacent concession roads. 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, approximately 10 km north of Cobourg), at 10:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Bob Short 905-885-1420.

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AMBLER HIKE: <EASY> 3 km

Universal Trails [“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 Carstairs Trails, Bomanton Rd. at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310.

Saturday April 15th <EASY> 10 km

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 and information to follow. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Jim Osborne. 905-436-2499.

Sunday April 16th <EASY> 6 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: John LeBlanc 905-885-5214.

Wednesday April 19th <MODERATE>
Pat and Jack Founders Hike. The Ganaraska Trail was officially opened on April 21st, 1968 with hikes of 5, 10 or 15 miles. We offer hikes of 8 or 16 kilometres named after our founders . Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m.. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contacts: John Kurowski 905-885-8776 and John LeBlanc 905-885-5214.

Saturday April 22nd <MODERATE> 14 km

Joint Hike with Kawartha Club. Northumberland Forest - Green Trail. Poles would be an asset. 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. (approximately 10 km north of Cobourg on Hwy 45) at 10:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact [Kawartha]: Nick 705-243-1265.
Contact [Pine Ridge]: Colin Banfield 905-372-7120.

Sunday April 23rd <MODERATE> 10 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.

Wednesday April 26th <MODERATE> 14 km

Rural Roads Southeast of Cold Springs. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the Cold Springs Memorial Hall, Hwy 18, at 9:50 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Colin Banfield 905-372-7120.

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AMBLER HIKE <EASY> 5.5 km

Port Britain [“The Red Barn”]. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: John LeBlanc 905-885-5214.

Saturday April 29th <MODERATE> 12 km

Orono Forest. Hike in the forest and finish by hiking into the Town of Orono for a visit to the bakery before returning to the cars. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or from the parking lot on Ochonski Rd. in Orono at 10:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Michelle 905-579-3925.

Sunday April 30th <EASY> 6 km

Port Hope Lakeshore – Trinity College School [Loop]. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: John Kurowski 905-885-8776.

Wednesday May 3rd <MODERATE> 12 km

Stonewall, Dragonfly and Elderberry Trails in Northumberland Forest. 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. (approximately 10 km north of Cobourg on Hwy 45) at 10:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310.

Saturday May 6thh <MODERATE> 11 km

Trillium Exrravaganza! Rural lanes from the eastern end of Community Centre Rd., western Alnwick-Haldimand. 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: Colin Banfield 905-372-7120.

Sunday May 7th <EASY> 5 km

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

Wednesday May 10th <MODERATE> 12 km

Richardson’s Lookout [Dean’s Hill]. 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.

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AMBLER HIKE <MODERATE> 5 km

Northumberland Forest – from Woodland Trails parking lot to Lookout Mountain. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd,. Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. orfrom the Woodland Trails parking lot, at Hwy 45 & Woodland Rd., at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Jan Ethier 905-885-9310.

Saturday May 13th <EASY PLUS> 10 km

Crossen Road area. Hike will start at the home of Graeme Coxon, 3685 Crossen Road. The route will encompass mostly roads and some concessions as well as Graeme’s property, with a stretch through a wooded lot. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. or at the Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Graeme Coxon 905-342-3270.

Sunday May 14th <MODERATE> 15 km

Oak Ridges Trail in the Ganaraska Forest. There and back hike. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd.,Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Bob Short 905-885-1420.

Monday May 15th – Thursday May 18th
Annual Spring Hiking Trip: Collingwood area. Details to follow. Contact: Jim Osborne 905-436-2499.

Wednesday May 17th <EASY> 6.5 km

Back Roads of Grafton. 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. Optional lunch following the hike, at the Oasis restaurant in Cobourg. Contact: Rita Zeran 905-885-2874.

Saturday May 20th <MODERATE> 12 km

Northumberland Forest – Blue, Red and Orange trails, and forest access roads. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd. Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. orfrom the Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Elke Williams 905-269-5245

Sunday May 21st <MODERATE> 15 km

Rural Port Hope - Ganaraska Trail and unmaintained roads between 4th and 6th Lines. 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 May 24th
AMBLER HIKE <MODERATE> 10.5 km

Northumberland Forest northeast of Centreton. Country roads and forest trails. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. orfrom the Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Bob Short 905-885-1420.

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<MODERATE PLUS> 12 km

Northumberland Forest – Luna, FlyingSquirrel and Fisher Trails, Leaving from the Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot north of Cobourg at 9:30 a.m. or from the Northumberland County Forest parking lot off Beagle Club Rd. (approximately 10 km north of Cobourg on Hwy 45) at 10:00 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Elke Williams 905-269-5245.

Saturday May 27th
Special Event: Dedication of the “Patricia Lawson/Jack Goering Trail” – section of the Ganaraska Trail along the east side of the Ganaraska River, Port Hope. For further details, please refer to separate notices from Stan Muldoon [905-885-9310].

Sunday May 28th <MODERATE> 12 km

Millbrook Valley Trails. 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.

Wednesday May 31st <MODERATE> 10 km

Oak Ridges Trail, Dunbar Rd. and Green Trail in Northumberland Forest. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Mary Brinklow 905-372-6298.

Saturday June 3rd <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 a drink. Contact: Rita Zeran 905-885-2874.

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Prince Edward County Wine Tour – Cycling. Meet at Vintage Shores Park [17371 Loyalist Parkway] at 9:00 a.m. for instructions. Watch for balloons at meeting location. Leave at 9:30 a.m., return at 4:00 p.m. Possible route change this year but we will still visit several wineries, Bring a serviced bike, helmet, drinks and lunch. Call to confirm: Rob Irving 705-639-2206.

Sunday June 4th
AMBLER HIKE <EASY> 8 km

Oshawa Trails. Including the Harmony Trail, the Michael Starr Trail, and intervening green belts and streets. Further details closer to the date. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd.,Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Jim Osborne 905-436-2499.

Wednesday June 7th <MODERATE> 6 km

Port Hope streets and Monkey Mountain. Leaving from King’s Field Park, Port Hope (west side of Victoria St. S., approximately 0.2 km south of the intersection of Ridout St. and Toronto Rd.), at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Tim Hay 905-885-2203.

Saturday June 10th <MODERATE> 12 km

Follow in the footsteps of the Catherine Parr Trail, to enjoy panoramic views of Rice Lake and a walking tour of Gores Landing. Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Bruce Williamson 905-753-2602.

Sunday June 11th <MODERATE> 12.5 km

Burley Town Loop, Vernonville area. 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: Jim Edwards 905-885-7839.

Wednesday June 14th <MODERATE PLUS> 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: Elke Williams 905-269-5245.

Saturday June 17th <MODERATE> 11 km

Baltimore Community Centre Rd. Country roads east of Baltimore. 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: John LeBlanc 905=885-5214.

Sunday June 18th <EASY> 11 km

Waterfront Trail from Bond Head to Wilmot Creek Provincial Fishing Area and return. Meet at the Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. to carpool or at the Bond Head Parking Lot in Newcastle. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: John Kurowski 905-885-8776.

Wednesday June 21st <MODERATE> 15 km

Bethany North 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 of Hwy 7A and Cty. Rd. 38 at 9:45 a.m. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact: Bob Short 905-885-1420.

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AMBLER HIKE <MODERATE> 8 km

Ganaraska Trail from Corbett’s Dam to Sylvan Glen C.A. and return. Leaving from Corbett’s Dam and fish ladder at 10:00 a.m. (Cavan St. and Choate Rd., just south of Hwy 401 overpass). Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Tim Hay 905-885-2203.

Saturday June 24th <MODERATE> 11 km

JOINT HIKE WITH KAWARTHA. 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: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310.

Sunday June 25th <MODERATE> 7 km

Upland Vistas, hills near Cold Springs. Leaving from the 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 on Kennedy Rd., from Hwy 18 at Camborne). Bring a snack and a drink. Contact: Colin Banfield 905-372-7120.

Wednesday June 28th <EASY PLUS> 9 km

Canton to Port Hope, following trails, farmers fields and roads. Car shuttle required. Leaving from the 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.

July 1st Canada Day. <EASY>
March with the Pine Ridge Club in the Port Hope Canada Day Parade. Details to follow. Contact: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310. Evening Town Walks – July and August

Wednesday July 12th <EASY> 6 km

A circular evening walk mainly through parkland and woodland in Cobourg. Then we will adjourn to the Oasis restaurant for suitable refreshments in their beer garden. Meet at the Cobourg Water Garden, SE corner of Division & Ewart St. at 7:00 p.m..Bring a drink. Contact: Ron Baylis 905-372-6101.

Wednesday July 26th <EASY> 6 km

Port Hope: Peter St. @ Hope St. to Trinity College School and return. Leaving from the parking lot of Metro Supermarket, Peter St. @ Hope St., Port Hope at 6:30 p.m. Bring a drink. Contact: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310.

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.