All GHTA members are encouraged to take part in any of the hikes, regardless of which club they belong to. The club which is organizing the hike is listed under the date of that hike. Call the leader if the weather is at all questionable, in case the outing has been cancelled. Wear suitable footwear and clothing, and bring snacks/drink/lunch. In most cases, the hiking level is indicated as Easy, Moderate, Difficult and, on occasion, Challenging.
If you hike on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, or participate in any of the organized activities or events, you do so at your own risk. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail uses a ‘minimum impact’ standard with few man-made structures. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is not responsible for injury or loss experienced while hiking on the trail or participating in any event.
Many stretches of the trail cross private property. At all times, behave as guests of the landowners who have granted you the privilege of hiking on their land
Important Notice: Unpaid volunteers conduct events. Anyone participating in these events, or making use of the trail in any way, does so at their own risk. The Wilderness section should only be hiked with an experienced hiker familiar with the Trail.
Event organizers and hike leaders usually expect their hikers/participants to sign a waiver sheet for each event.
The trail is marked with white (main trail) or blue (side trail) paint blazes. The blazes are a white strip, approximately 5 cm wide and 15 cm high (2” x 6”), painted on trees, posts and rocks. Two blazes, one slightly above the other and to the side, indicate a turn, with the upper blaze telling the direction of the turn. Turns may also be indicated by the GHTA logo in which case you follow the direction of the arrow. In the wilderness, trail markers may also be in the form of rock cairns, flagging tape or painted markers on rocks; and a change in direction may be indicated by a painted ‘dog leg’ on a flat rock or by a double blaze. A branch side trail from a blue blazed trail (for instance, a trail leading to a camp site) will be blazed yellow.