Thursday, June 07, 2018 - Hwy 7 to Ebycrest Rd & Back, Grand Valley Trail. Level 2. Pace: 3-4 km/h. ~10 km
Leaders: Jamie & Jan. Depart at 9:00 a.m. from the Walter Bean, Peter Hallman Family Trail parking lot at Kolb Park located at the east end of Centennial Court, Kitchener (43.476276, -80.426746). We will walk the GVT to Ebycrest Road (near Rosendale) & back. South of Bridge Street the GVT meets Rosendale Creek (43.480700, -80.442330). This is the area where the new Hwy 7 will bisect & pass over the GVT. Sturdy hiking boots are a must & trekking pole(s) suggested. Bring water, snack(s), sunscreen, insect repellent (or equivalent) & camera. Directions (Google Maps): From the traffic light at the intersection of Ebycrest Rd & Victoria St North (Hwy 7) follow Hwy 7 into Kitchener, keep in the left lane, about 0.7 km after crossing the Grand River turn left on Centennial Road & left on Centennial Court. Check here for any last-minute changes.
Saturday, June 09, 2018 - Pinnacle Hill-Upper Doon
Loop, Kitchener. Level 2/3. Pace: 2-3 km/h. 10 km
Leader: Jamie. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Walter Bean Grand River Trail parking lot at the intersection of Homer Watson Blvd & Doon South Dr (43.389818, -80.421629). This walk takes us to great heights in the Pinnacle Hill Natural Area, through Topper Woods, along community trails & boardwalks in Doon Creek N.A. before circling back along old Tilt Dr (closed & now a trail) on the eastern portion of the Strasburg Creek drainage system and then into Upper Doon. There will be hilly spots, so the pace will be slow to moderate to accommodate the group. Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring water and a snack. Check here for any last-minute changes.
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Summer Solstice on the Grand Valley Trail. Level 2-3. Pace: 3-4 km/h. ~11 km
Leaders: Jamie & Jan. Depart at 9:00 a.m. from the parking lot at the Elora & District Community Centre & Arena, 21 David St, Elora (43.683083, -80.435662). The hike requires a car shuttle. About half the cars will be left at the arena & we all proceed to the start of the hike in the other half of the cars. Be sure to have room in your vehicle for at least two hikers. We hike from Woolwich-Pilkington Townline northward on the west side of the Grand River, near Wilson Flats & pass through Elora Gorge before reaching Elora. Sturdy hiking boots are a must & trekking pole(s) suggested. Bring water, snack(s)/lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent (or equivalent) & camera. Driving directions [Google Directions]: From West Montrose take Middlebrook Rd north for about 11.5 km, straight across Wellington Rd 7 onto David Street & the community centre is on the right. Check here for any last-minute changes.