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.
Logging operations are active in Simcoe County Forest between Lines 5N and 6N in Oro-Medonte. The Barrie Club trail in the section is therefore closed until further notice. A temporary alternative would be to go through Sugarbush Estates (the same route as described in the 2013 Guidebook). When the logging operation is completed and the No Entry signs removed we will post an update.
First annual Nine Clubs Hike.
Each year one of the member clubs will host a hike(s) to showcase their section of the Ganaraska Trail. This year the Wilderness Club has been given the honour of hosting the first annual Nine Clubs Hike.
Sunday, October 6 <Moderate> 5.2 km Annual GHTA–Nine Clubs hike: Moore Falls to Fairy Falls return 8:30am: Departing Devil’s Lake access point. Arrive 20 min prior for briefing & waiver. The Wilderness Club is excited to show and share our section of the trail with everyone on the First Annual Nine Clubs hike. Parking is limited-please carpool to Devil’s Lake. Space is limited. Register: Glynn Richardson <email@example.com> .
Sunday, October 6 <Difficult> 15 km Annual GHTA–Nine Clubs hike: Devil’s Lake to Highest Point in QEWIIPP return 8:30am: Departing Devil’s Lake access point. Arrive 20 min prior for briefing & waiver. The Wilderness Club is excited to show and share our section of the trail with everyone on the First Annual Nine Clubs hike. Parking is limited-please carpool to Devil’s Lake. Space is limited. Register: Glynn Richardson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Frieda Baldwin 705-245-1005
Rob Halupka has taken over from Glynn Richarson and Robert Campbell as the new President of the Wilderness Hiking Club.
Please welcome Rob and lend him a hand as it is a huge job he has volunteered to fill.
Stayner EcoPark reroute
This reroute moves the trail off busy Country Road 7 and Centre Line Road to pass through Stayner’s new EcoPark forest, through Station Park, and along the footpath beside the abandoned CN Railway tracks.
Thanks to Guenter for leading the hike and to Jenny for taking the photos.
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.
Find under menu item “The Trail / Trail Sections with Maps”
The on-line guidebook consists of 9 sections, one PDF file for each of the 9 GHTA clubs and contains the trail descriptions and maps.
Many thanks to John Sloan for scanning and preparing these files.