PINE RIDGE SPRING 2018 EVENTS

HIKERS SHOULD ARRIVE AT LEAST TEN 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 and poles 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).

NB: Special “Water Relay Hikes” this spring:
To mark the official opening of the Ganaraska Trail in April 1968, all GHTA Clubs are scheduling a
series of End-to-End “Water Relay” hikes within their respective sections of the Trail, during which bottles of water from Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay will be carried to a GHTA celebration event at Orillia in September this year.

Saturday March 31 <MODERATE> 12 km

Darlington Provincial Park. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope at 9:30 a.m. Drop out after 8 km is available. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Michelle Vibert 905-244-3367.

Wednesday, April 4 <MODERATE> 12 km

Haldimand Township [Creighton’s Hill]
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope,
or 9:50 a.m. from intersection of Cty Rd. 2 and Shelter Valley Rd.
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Paul Archambault 905-885-7139

Saturday, April 7 <MODERATE> 11 km

Country Roads east of Baltimore
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: John Kurowski 905-885-8776

OR:
<EASY> 8 km
West Port Hope
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Marsh Rd., Lakeshore Rd. and other rural roads in the area. Bring a snack and drink
Contact: Bob Short 905-885-1420

Sunday April 8 . <EASY> 8 km

Independent to Metro
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Through the streets and lanes of Port Hope, from west end to east. Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Tim Hay 905-885-2203

Wednesday April 11 <MODERATE> 12 km

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

Saturday April 14 <EASY> 6 km

Rural roads west of Canton
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Rural rectangle starting from the 4th Line at Kellogg Rd.
Bring a snack and a drink
Contact: John LeBlanc 905-885-5214

Sunday April 15 <MODERATE> 12 km

Alderville area
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope or
or: 9:45 a.m. from Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot, Cobourg
Rural upland roads near Cty. Rd.18, west of Roseneath and Fenella. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Paul Archambault 905-885-7139

OR:
<EASY> 5 km
Pat and Jack Trail, Port Hope
LATE START: 10:00 a.m. Leaving from Port Hope Town Hall [south side]
Follow the Ganaraska River from Port Hope Town Hall to the Conservation Area and return:
Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Mary Brinklow 905-372-6298

Wednesday April 18 <MODERATE> 10.5 km

Newtonville Farms
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Farm fields and lanes, coniferous and deciduous bush trails, gravel roads, mostly level with some gradual slight climb undulations. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Jim Osborne 905-436-2499

Saturday April 21 <EASY> 6 km

Public Hike on 50th Anniversary of the Ganaraska Trail
LATE START 10:00 a.m. Leaving from Port Hope Town Hall
The public is invited to this initial Water Relay hike along the Pat and Jack Trail in Port Hope to mark the opening of the Ganaraska Trail on April 21, 1968. Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310

Sunday April 22 <MODERATE> 13 km

Oak Hill area roads and road allowances
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 9:45 a.m. from Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot, Cobourg
Bring a lunch and a drink
Contact: David Beevis 905-885-7151

OR:
<EASY> 6km
5th and 6th Lines of Hamilton Township
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Paul Archambault 905-885-7139

Wednesday April 25 <EASY> 2 hours

Earth Day Litter Pick-up
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Join Club members in cleaning up the Ganaraska Trail from downtown Port Hope, along the Pat/Jack Trail to the Sylvan  Glen Conservation Area. Bring work gloves and a drink. Snacks and refreshments afterwards at Stan and Jan’s, 111 Bedford St., Port Hope.
Contact; Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310

Saturday April 28 <MODERATE> 11 km

Orono Crown Forest Lands. Joint hike with Kawartha Club
EARLY START 9:15 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 10:00 a.m. from parking lot on west side of Ochonski Rd., at west end of Station Rd., Orono
Visiting Orono bakery following the hike, before returning to cars. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Michelle Vibert 905-244-3367

Sunday April 29 <MODERATE> 12.8 km

GHTA 50th Anniversary “Water Relay Hike”, End-to-End #2
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope. Car shuffle
Rural roads and railway bed between the Ganaraska River Fish Ladder [Port Hope] and Campbell Rd.
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Jim Edwards 905-885-7839

Wednesday May 2 <MODERATE> 10 km

Ganaraska Forest: Orange Trail
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Hike begins at Ganaraska Forest Centre [parking]. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Jan Ethier 905-885-9310

Saturday May 5 <EASY> 7.8 km

GHTA 50th Anniversay “Water Relay Hike” #3
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope. Car shuffle.
Rural roads and one short piece of unmaintained track between Campbell Rd. & Wright Rd.
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Christine Wood 905-375-4680

Sunday May 6 <MODERATE> 16 km

Back roads of Cramahe Township
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 9:45 a.m. from Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot, Cobourg
Visit the Red Cloud Cemetery. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Jim Wood 250-858-7989

OR:
Sylvan Glen Conservation Area – Canton and return <EASY> 5 km
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Rita Zeran 289-252-2399

Wednesday May 9 <MODERATE> 12 km

Trillium Extravaganza!
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 9:45 a.m. from Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot, Cobourg
Rural lanes from the eastern end of Community Centre Rd., western Alnwick-Haldimand
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Colin Banfield 905-372-7120

Saturday May 12 <MODERATE> 10.4 km

GHTA 50th Anniversary “Water Relay Hike” #4
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope. Car shuffle.
Mainly unmaintained road with some rural road between Wright Rd. & Ganaraska Forest Centre
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: David Beevis 905-885-7151

Sunday May 13 <MODERATE> 8 km

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

Monday May 14 – Thursday May 17

Annual Spring Hiking Trip: Midland area
Contacts: Jim and Christine Wood 250-858-7989 & 905-375-4680;
Jim Osborne and Pam Callus 905-436-2499

Wednesday May 16 <MODERATE> 8 km

Bewdley area east
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 9:45 a.m. from the Bewdley overflow parking lot on the 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]
Bring a lunch and a drink. Optional refreshments at Rhino’s following the hike.
Contact: Rita Zeran 289-252-2399

Saturday May 19 <EASY PLUS> 10 km

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

Sunday May 20 <MODERATE> 8 km, with one dropout after 3 km

Northumberland Forest Ski Trails
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 10:00 a.m. from the parking lot off Beagle Club Rd.,approximately 10 km north of Cobourg on Hwy 45
Red, Blue and Orange Trails to 8 km, with a dropout at 3 km. Bring a snack and a drink.
Followed by optional additional 4 km on forest fire roads, north of Dunbar Rd. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contacts: Bob Short 905-885-1420; Colin Banfield 905-372-7120

Wednesday May 23 <MODERATE PLUS> 11 km  OR <EASY> 6 km

Oak Ridges Trail at Hwy 35 GO Stop
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Gravel roads, deciduous forest, snowmobile trails and farm lanes.
Optional dropout after 6 km, before lengthy hill climbs.  Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Jim Osborne 905-436-2499

Saturday May 26 <EASY> 7.8 km

GHTA 50th Anniversary “Water Relay Hike” #5
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope. Car shuffle.
Generally good unmaintained road plus rural road between Ganaraska Forest Centre and Pontypool Rd.
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: John LeBlanc 905-885-5214

Sunday May 27 <MODERATE> 13 km

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

Saturday June 2 <MODERATE> 7.1 km

GHTA 50th Anniversary “Water Relay Hike” #6
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope. Car shuffle.
Rural roads and some rocky unmaintained road between Pontypool Rd. & Hwy 7A at Bethany.
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: John Kurowski 905-885-8776

Sunday June 3 <MODERATE> 12 km

View the two lakes
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Rita Zeran 289-252-2399

OR:
<EASY PLUS> 6 km
Canton area loop
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Tim Hay 905-885-2203

Wednesday June 6 <MODERATE> 13 km

Camborne area
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 9:40 a.m. from the Hamilton Township Municipal Office on Majestic Hills Drive at Cty. Rd. 18.
Mostly undulating rural tracks. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Jim Wood 250-858-7989

Saturday June 9 <MODERATE> 12 km

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

Sunday June 10 <MODERATE PLUS> 7.5 km

GHTA 50th Anniversary “Water Relay Hike” #7
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope. Car shuffle.
Undulating scenic rural roads and unmaintained road, with one steep downhill section between Bethany [Hwy 7A] and Ski Hill Rd. [Cty. Rd. 38] near Buddhist temple. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Bob Short 905-885-1420

Wednesday June 13 <MODERATE> 14 km

Northumberland Forest: Green Trail
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or  10:00 a.m. from the parking lot off Beagle Club Rd., approximately 10 km north of Cobourg.
Optional dropout halfway, after approximately 7 km. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contacts: Christine Wood [14 km] 905-375-4680; Jim Wood [7 km dropout] 250-858-7989

Saturday June 16 <MODERATE PLUS> 7.4 km

GHTA 50th Anniversary “Water Relay Hike” # 8  Hogsback to northern end of Pine Ridge section at Crosswinds Rd.
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope. Car shuffle.
Unmaintained road over the Hogsback, a short section on Cty. Rd. 31, and a railway bed from Ski Hill Rd. [Cty. Rd. 38] to the end of the Pine Ridge section at Crosswinds Rd.
Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact; Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310

Sunday June 17 <MODERATE> 12.5 km

Northeast Campbellcroft
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Rural roads and Ganaraska Forest trails. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Rita Zeran 289-252-2399

Or:
<EASY> 5 km
Geranium Lanes, west Port Hope
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Bring a snack and a drink.
Contact: Mary Brinklow 905-372-6298    

Wednesday June 20 <MODERATE> 12 km

Ganaraska Forest: B and C Loops. 
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
A new hike on trails in the Forest Central area of the Ganaraska Forest. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact; Stan Muldoon  905-885-9310

Saturday June 23 <EASY>. 6 km

Great Farini Hike No. 2 [Port Hope]
9:30 a.m. Leaving from the south side of Port Hope Town Hall.
Bring a drink.
Contact: John Kurowski 905-885-8776

Sunday June 24 <MODERATE> 11 km

Goodrich Loomis Conservation Area [north of Brighton]
EARLY START: 9:15 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 9:30 a.m. from Hwy 45/401 commuter parking lot, Cobourg
Woodland trails, undulating terrain, stream. Bring a lunch and a drink
Contact: Colin Banfield 905-372-7120

Wednesday June 27 <MODERATE> 10 km

Northumberland Forest: Black Oak Loop and Oak Ridges Trail
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
or 10:00 a.m. from the Woodland Road parking lot [off east side of Hwy 45, approximately 12 km north of 401]. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: Jan Ethier 905-885-9310

Saturday June 30 <MODERATE> 15 km

Rural Port Hope: Ganaraska Trail and unmaintained roads between 4th and 6th Lines
9:30 a.m. Leaving from Home Hardware parking lot, Toronto Rd., Port Hope
Figure-of-eight loop, with optional dropout after 8 km. Bring a lunch and a drink.
Contact: John LeBlanc 905-885-5214

Sunday July 1  Canada Day <EASY>

March with the Pine Ridge Club in the Cobourg Canada Day Parade
Details to follow.
Contact: Stan Muldoon 905-885-9310

Wednesday July 11 <EASY> 6 km

Evening town walk: Port Hope
6:30 p.m. Leaving from Port Hope Town Hall [south side]
To Gage’s Creek and return. Bring a drink.
Contact; Jim Edwards 905-885-7839

Wednesday July 25 <EASY> 6 km

Evening town walk: Cobourg
6:30 p.m. Leaving from front of Victoria Hall, Cobourg
Shoreline walk. Bring a drink.
Contact: Rita Zeran 289-252-2399

Wednesday August 8 <EASY> ??

Evening town walk: Port Hope.
6:30 p.m. Leaving from Port Hope Town Hall [south side]
Details to follow.
Contact; Jan Ethier 905-885-9310

Wednesday August 22 <EASY> ??

Evening town walk: Cobourg
6:30 p.m. Leaving from front of Victoria Hall, Cobourg
Details to follow
Contact: Colin Banfield 905-372-7120