Sunday, June 14, 2015

Humber Valley Heritage Trail

Today's hike took us to the Humber Valley Heritage Trail, just north of Bolton.   The weather was iffy to say the least, and rain held off until we started the hike.  It rained the entire time we were out; four hours, 12 km later; we were wet, tired and very muddy.

BUT....... there were no bugs and the scenery was amazing !   Half way through the hike, there were signs stating the trail was closed.  We were about 6 km away from our cars, so..... we the happy hikers we are, were determined we would continue and see what was in store for us, even if we needed to do some bush wacking.   On wards we went and happy we did, because if we had turned around and went back to the car, we wouldn't have seen the most amazing scenery we did.  Yes, we were wet, our hiking boots soaked through, socks wet and becoming squishy inside and the trail was very slippery in the mud, but we continued on.   Because the trail was closed, there were times we thought we were lost, and doubled back to find the blazes, which didn't exist anymore.   Our hike leader has an amazing sense of direction and was able to get us back to the car.   We found out quickly why the trail was closed - a new by-pass highway ran right through the trail.   Still under construction, we were able to walk on it without any traffic and found the trail to continue on.

Was a fun adventure... despite the rain.    The rain was actually refreshing !

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bruce Trail Hiking - Crawford Lake / Nassagaweya Canyon

It was the most perfect weekend weather wise here.  Sunny, no humidity and bit on the cool side.  Black flies were not present and just a few mosquitos.   Perfect hiking weather! 

Today we hiked The Crawford Lake Conservation area.  We parked on Twiss Road (Map 11 Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club - 102.5km mark) and headed north on the main Bruce Trail through the Crawford Forestry Track.   The beginning of the hike was very rock and bit of a steep rock formation to climb. 

We continued on the main trail crossing over Guelph Line into the Crawford Lake Conservation Area and along the edge of the Nassagaweya Canyon.   A spectacular view of the Canyon.  We saw a family of turkey vultures perched on branches overlooking the Canyon.  

We then looped back through the Crawford Lake Side Trail and around Crawford Lake - a meromictic lake where the lake’s basin is deeper than it’s surface area, the lowest levels of water are very rarely, if ever, disturbed by wind or temperature changes. Without an annual turnover of water, there is little oxygen present in its depths and minimal bacterial breakdown, which preserves the layers of sediment that have built up over time. This build up provides an accurate record of the human and natural history of the lake and its surroundings. Studies of this sediment revealed the agricultural history of the Iroquoian people, and the presence of a pre-contact village. 

We had our lunch by the lake and looped back on the main trail and headed back to our parked cars.   We hiked a total of 12 km today in about 3.5 hours.  Was slow going over the rocks on the trail. 

Certainly a hike I'll do again. 


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