In the fall of 2019, we were notified by the private landowner of property closure for foresting between Lines 11 and 10. We temporarily re-routed south on Line 11 to Old Barrie Road, and west along Old Barrie Road. We have been notified of completion of the forest maintenance work, and Bob Wilson has taken the re-route signs down and re-blazed along the trail from Line 11 to Line 10. So this part of the trail is again open. Bob has also blazed the reroute from Line 10, south to Old Barrie Road, west along Old Barrie Road, and north along Line 9, making that the official trail following the unfortunate loss of private land between Lines 10 and 9. Thanks, Bob.
The Orillia Club’s trail between the 11th and 9th lines of Oro-Medonte has been rerouted. There was already a reroute in place for between the 10th and 9th due to loss of access to private land, but now due to tree cutting over the next several weeks between the 11th and 10th, the trail is rerouted as follows: from where the trail exits onto the 11th line, the reroute proceeds south along Line 11 to Old Barrie Road, then west along Old Barrie Road to the 9th Line, then north along the 9th Line until it rejoins the existing trail before proceeding west. This reroute will be in place until further notice. Please do not use the blazed trail that crosses private lands between the 11th and 9th lines.
There has been a loss of permission to use a section of the Orillia Club’s trail, specifically the western half of the trail running between the 10thand 9thlines of Oro-Medonte. We are working on a solution, but hikers are to proceed no further west along that section than the posted “No Trespassing”sign. Likewise do not use the section from Line 9 N going east (it is also posted “No Trespassing”). See the revised Map 18 with cross hatches on the closed section.
A group of 4 hardy Toronto hikers came to Orillia on three separate dates to complete the end to end of the Orillia Section. They braved an early winter, and even navigated the section from Hwy 169 to the 13th even though it was in its usual inundated condition! Well done! Here are a few of their pics.
During the past year a group of hikers completed the End-to-End of the Ganaraska trail, and they sent along a report of their journey as well as a spreadsheet showing their actual log. This is an example of one way of presenting the log which some members may find interesting and useful. Of note, the first page on the spreadsheet – labelled GT – is the actual GHTA log, while obviously they have used the same spreadsheet format, indeed the same spreadsheet just separate pages, to record their other journeys. We congratulate them, and thank them for sharing their log format.
In order to view the attached files, click on them to download them to your download folder/desktop, then open the file from that.
The following article appeared in OrilliaMatters.com shortly after the 50th Anniversary event.
Marion Brophy, Past President of the Orillia Club, carries the relay water bottle during a Wednesday evening hike. Hikers paused in front of Lake Couchiching where the Ganaraska Trail heads east from the waterfront trail. Nearing the final destination at the 50th Anniversary celebrations at Lakehead University on Sept. 29!
Wednesday evening hike tonight is cancelled due to the extreme heat and humidity.
Temporary Re-Route of Main Ganaraska Hiking Trail Orillia Section
At Km 61.6 of the Orillia Section of the GHT (Map 19, Guidebook 2013 edition) there is a temporary re-route to bypass an area of logging where the main trail normally runs. This is on Line 8 North, Oro-Medonte, and from where the main trail normally crosses the road and enters the forest, (heading west), the re-route heads north along Line 8 for .41 km, at which point it turns west along a well worn old blue side trail. The blue blazes are still visible, but faded. The path is well defined, and there are virtually no other trails that intersect with this blue side trail. At .21 km (44.54502, -79.57245) from Line 8, the blue trail ends at the main trail, and heads north (turn right).
If you are coming the other way, you will see the main trail T-intersect with a trail which is the blue side trail to the left, or the main trail to the right. At this point (same co-ordinates as above) there is a narrow stake with white blazes indicating a turn to the right (west) (if coming from the north), but instead turn to the left and follow the blue side trail the .21 km to Line 8. Then follow Line 8 for .41 km south, and re-join the main trail as it crosses Line 8 and proceeds east along private land (there is a sign).
As of today, Aug. 25, 2018, we expect this temporary re-route to be in place until the logging is finished in this area – in approximately 3-5 weeks.
The Simcoe County Forest requests that you do not enter the “no entry” areas even on weekends due to possible hazards remaining from logging earlier in the week.