Mad River

Monday, October 4, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.
Big Head River, Meaford
The hike starts at beautiful Joe Park and follows the east side of the Big Head River.  We cross a bridge and continue on the west side of the river.  We go by ruins of a power station and historical plaques informing of John Muir’s time at Trout Hollow. Start:  Joe Park, 162 Edwin Street, Meaford Distance:  11 km Terrain:  Easy
CONTACT:  David Little  705-606 1077  

Monday, October 11th 2021 – 10:00 am
Mono Cliffs: We will drive to Mono Cliffs village and park in the municipal lot behind the Recreation Centre. This hike features varied terrain, some great views, and hilly sections. Footing is primarily good but rough in places. Poles may be helpful. Bring a snack or lunch and water.
Terrain: Moderate Distance: 10km
CONTACT:  Catherine Trembling – 416-655-2021 Map:,-80.0740028,17z  

Monday, October 18th, 2021 – 10:30 am
Wasaga Beach, Notty River Start:  904 Veterans Way We will meet on Veterans Way Road at the trailhead and hike through the trails towards the Nottawasaga River where we will have great views of the oxbow.  Lunch will be alongside the river with more great views.  This is an easy hike with some hills.  Bring water, snacks, lunch.  Distance:  2-1/2 to 3 hour hike Terrain:  Easy with some hills
CONTACT:  Sharon Striegl  705-351-1571  

Monday, October 25, 2021 – 10:00 am
Duncan Loop START:  Metcalf Parking Lot, 415400-415598 10 Line This is a loop hike with lots of ups and downs with fine views of Pinnacle Rock and Metcalf Rock. Distance:  10 km Terrain:  Moderate
CONTACT:  David Little, 705-606-1077

Monday, November 1st, 2021 – 10:00 am
Harrison Park-Inglis Falls We will park in Harrison Park in Owen Sound and start hiking towards the spectacular Inglis Falls. On our way back, we will follow the Palisades Side Trail taking us back to Harrison Park. This is a beautiful hike with varied terrain. You can bring snacks and water or, you have the option of having lunch at the Harrison Park Inn Restaurant. Terrain: Moderate Distance: 9-10km
CONTACT:  Catherine Trembling – 416-655-2021 Map:,-80.9396223,17z  

Monday, November 8, 2021 – 10:00 am
Brentwood to Glencairn Conservation Area Start:  Parking lot on 6/7 sideroad north of Sunnidale/Tosorontio townline, Simcoe County Forest. This hike begins in the Simcoe County forest in the Brentwood area where we will hike through the forest and then taking a short road hike to the Glencairn Conservation Area which follows the Mad River to our lunch spot at the river’s edge.  This is a fairly easy hike and the river views are scenic.
Distance:  3 hour hike Terrain:  Easy
CONTACT:  Sharon Striegl  705-351-1571  

Monday, November 15 2021 – 10:00 a.m. Glen Huron to Keyhole Start:  Glen Huron The hike starts from the parking lot south of Hamilton Bros. Feed Mill.  We will hike the Mad River Side Trail to the Ganaraska Cairn and then go south onto the Bruce Trail passing by several lookouts until we reach the Key Hole Side Trail.  We return on the Betty Carter and Hamilton Bros. Side Trail before continuing down the hill to Glen Huron on the Mad River Side Trail. Distance:  10 km Terrain:  Moderate CONTACT:  David Little  705-606-1077   

Monday, November 22nd, 2021 – 10:00 am Franks Kiln/Wedding Tree/Standing Rock An enjoyable hike along the white-blazed trail through the upper escarpment. Weather permitting, we will descend to the Standing Rock Side Trail where the trail becomes more challenging and quite the climb. After enjoying the view of Standing Rock in all its magnificence, we climb up and over rocks and through cracks and crevices! Once at the top, we continue to close the loop before heading back. Medium Terrain: Moderate/Strenuous Distance: 10 – 12km Catherine Trembling – 416-655-2021 We will park on Conc. 10 South Nottawasaga (Junction 91)  

Monday, November 29th 2021 – 10:00 am Carruthers Conservation Area Start:  Parking lot at Simcoe County forest on Centre Line Road, New Lowell This hike will start at the Simcoe County parking lot on Centre Line and we will follow the tail to Avening where we then continue on through to the Conservation area following the Mad River.  Lunch can either be alongside the river or back at the Conservation Area pavilion. Distance:  3 hours Terrain:  Easy CONTACT:  Sharon Striegl  705-351-1571    

Monday, December 6, 2021 – 10:00 am Monument Hill, Wasaga Beach START:  2300 Klondike Park Road, Wasaga Beach This is a loop hike with several short, steep climbs over the Cranberry cross-country ski trails. Distance:  9 km Terrain:  Moderate
CONTACT:  David Little  705-606-1077   

Monday, December 13th, 2021 – 10:00 am John Haigh Loop We will drive to the intersection of the 2nd Line and the 6th Sideroad (Gibraltar). This is a loop hike with great views from the Escarpment. We will return to the cars along 2nd Line. Bring a snack and water. Terrain: Moderate Distance: 7 km CONTACT: Catherine Trembling – 416-655-2021 

Monday, December 20th, 2021 – 10:00 am
Glen Huron Start:  Giffens Country Market, Glen Huron We will start on a side trail leading through nice stands of cedar trees that follow the Mad River and connect onto the main trail taking us south.  On returning to the beginning, there is an option to go into the Country Market for a hot beverage and a sweet treat. Distance:  2-1/2 to 3 hours Terrain:  Easy with some climbs through the apple orchard.
CONTACT:  Sharon Striegl  705-351-1571