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.