Wilderness

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Hikes by Cara – Wilderness Club – Grub and Pub Series

Hike#1 – Grub and Pub Series – Thurs. Feb. 10th – Frost Centre

Please join me on Thursday Feb. 10, 2022 as we explore the trails at the Frost Centre. Afterward you are invited to Zachary’s Restaurant in Dorset for lunch.

This is a 6-7.5km challenging hike (trail conditions will determine if we upgrade to the 7.5 distance). Hiking speed approx. 2-2.5 km/hr. depending on the trail conditions Trails are challenging with elevated spots along the edge of St. Nora Lake (can be icy), some climbs and tricky rocky areas. Much of the trail is level however you should be prepared for the difficult bits. Icers/Snowshoes with grips and hiking poles are a must.  Spectacular ice falls.

May be done on snowshoes, with icers or hiking boots. A decision can be made at the trail head based on the weather in April.

Bring water/hot drink, snacks, hiking boots, good quality icers, snow-shoes, hiking poles and your big smile. Dress in layers.

Leader: Cara. Meet at 10am. Depart 10:15am.

20130 Highway 35, Algonquin Highlands, ON K0M 1J2

(10 min. south of Dorset, 15 min. north of Canarvon)

Park on either side of road – but we will meet on the East side (side with buildings and Nora Lake).

Outhouse is on West side. Take care when crossing the highway.

Contact: Cara. 705-854-2115 to RVSP or with any questions. RSVP is required to ensure your spot at the Grub table following the hike.

Hike#2 – Grub and Pub Series- Thurs. March 10th – Ganaraska Trail System – Devils Lake Rd. 

Please join me on Thursday March 10, 2022 as we explore the Ganaraska Trail System near Moore Falls

(15 min. drive south of Minden). Afterward you are invited to The Dominion Hotel/Pub in Minden for supper.

This is a 12km advanced and challenging hike. Hiking speed approx. 2-2.5 km/hr. depending on the trail conditions. Hike duration expected to be 5.5 hours. Trails are hilly in spots and part of the hike will be across frozen lakes. This will be adjusted should conditions not be suitable for doing so. Icers/Snowshoes with grips and hiking poles are a must. 

The route will take us from Devil’s Lake Trailhead to Petticoat Junction via the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, then to the NW corner of Sheldon Lake where we’ll stop for a quick lunch break. For the return journey we’ll walk over the ice on Sheldon Lake to the portage trail to Devil’s Lake, and finally over the ice on Devil’s Lake to the Devil’s Lake Trailhead. The first half will test your fitness with vigorous ups & downs, but the second half will be easier walking over the ice.

May be done on snowshoes, with icers or hiking boots. A decision can be made at the trail head based on the weather.

Bring plenty of water/hot drinks, snacks, lunch, hiking boots, good quality icers, snow-shoes, hiking poles and your big smile. Dress in layers.

Leader: Cara. Meet at 8:15am. Depart at 8:30am.

Parking is on Devils Lake Road, just off Deep Bay Road (which runs between Hwy.35 in Moore Falls and Minden)

Contact: Cara 705-854-2115 to RVSP or with any questions.

RSVP is required to ensure your spot at the Grub table following the hike.

Hike#3 – Grub and Pub Series- Thurs. April 7th –  Barnum

Please join me on Thurs. April 7th, 2022 as we explore the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve. Afterward you are invited to The Maple Tap & Grill (Haliburton) for lunch.

The hike is an easy – moderate 7km loop. Hiking speed approx. 3km/hr. depending on the trail conditions. May be done on snowshoes or with icers. A decision can be made at the trail head.

Low spots may be icy. Trail is mainly level but one side trail (high ridge) has two steep ascents and descents.

Bring water/hot drink, snacks, hiking boots, good quality icers, snow-shoes, hiking poles and your big smile. Dress in layers. Leader: Cara O. Meet at 10am. Depart 10:15am.

 1118 Gould Crossing Rd., 

(OFF GELERT RD, 5KM SE OF HALIBURTON VILLAGE). 

GPS co. N 45.0179, W 78.5318. 

NOTE OF CAUTION; Google Maps mistakenly calls Gould Crossing Road, Cowan Road. There is a sign on Gelert Road that says Gould Crossing Road. The road to the trailhead is gravel and not regularly maintained and can be rough. Steep climb to parking area near top of hill on right. 

Contact: Cara 705-854-2115 to RVSP or with any questions. RSVP is required to ensure your spot at the Grub table following the hike.           

Announcing the new Wilderness Club hike series “Frozen Feral Friends” with the Saunter Sisters (Carolyn, Laura and Tanya).

January – towards High Falls from Chisholm Trail

February – finding Glynn’s Pond from Monck Road

March – discovering the Northern boundary from Beer Lake Rd

These “choose-your-own” adventure hikes will start on the fringes of the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park, heading towards a specified destination, then returning to the starting point (i.e. out-and-back hikes). While the direction and goal may be fixed, the distance of the journey may be flexed on “the day of” according to weather, trail conditions and progress of the group. These monthly hikes will follow less travelled routes that may not be well blazed…all to say that we will use wayfinding tools to follow tracks and find waypoints.  

The hikes will be scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays. Participants can expect a “be prepared” email outlining exactly what to bring in your day pack; snowshoes will likely be required.

Watch the Wilderness Facebook page for details or send us an email wilderness.ghta@gmail.com in your subject line FFFhike if you are curious.

Winter 2022

Meeting point: To be announced

Direction: To be announced

Rating – Difficult : inclines / declines in the bush, on marked trails with water crossings, barrens and scrambles

Duration – plan for a full day of approx 7h, Pace – 2 – 2.5 km/h, Distance – 10 -15 kilometre

Parking will be on roadway shoulders.

Logistics – 

8:00am parking check-in (clothing, water and food essential)

8:15am start

12:00pm lunch and turnback point

4:30pm finish approx eta