Route Updates

Rockside Trail Closure

Anyone who has hiked, or tried to hike the Rockside Loop will know that a section of this loop was closed all last summer. According to Shawn Verge, Operations Manager at Credit Valley Conservation, the trail will reopen in the spring of 2017. It has been closed so they can cut down ash trees affected by the ash borer.

Cataract Loop

Closure of the viewing platform overlooking the old power plant in the Forks of the Credit Park means that you will be turned back before you reach the viewing platform. This makes it hard to see the big waterfall and the ruins but does not otherwise affect this loop.

Forks Park/Brimstone Loop

1. I visited Orangeville’s great cheese shop called Fromage on the weekend to restock their supply of Caledon Hikes. One of the women who worked there took the time to tell me she’d had to help out some hikers who were walking on Puckering Lane in the Forks of the Credit. This is part of route #15 Forks Park/Brimstone Loop.
 
In my directions in Caledon Hikes, I didn’t mention that there are no Bruce Trail blazes on Puckering Lane even though it’s part of the main trail. What happened to those blazes is a long story, but for anyone hiking this route, keep walking along Puckering Lane for over 1k even though the white blazes have abandoned you.
 
She also told me there is a new No Trespassing sign. The sign does not affect this loop. But do stay on the road (Puckering Lane) and on the trail when the blazes reappear and the trail leaves the road.

2. Closure of the viewing platform overlooking the old power plant in the Forks of the Credit Park means that you will be turned back before you reach the viewing platform. The reroute requires that you climb up the long set of stairs that are on your left as you walk toward the viewing platform. (In point 15 I actually joke that you will be glad you don’t have to climb this long set of stairs.) When the trail (marked in orange dots on the map on page 86) intersects with Quarrymen’s Side Trail (marked in grey squares on the map on page 86), turn right and climb down a lovely trail until it intersects with the main Bruce Trail with its blue blazes. Turn left onto the Bruce Trail here and continue as per the directions in the book.

Moraine Meets the Escarpment Loop

Closure of the viewing platform overlooking the old power plant in the Forks of the Credit Park means that you will be turned back before you reach the viewing platform. This closure really affects this loop since it cuts off about one-third of the route.

I suggest that when you come to the Quarrymen’s Side Trail (marked in grey squares on the map on page 136), you turn left onto the Quarrymen’s Side Trail and go down to the “Picnic Spot.” From there turn right and follow the main Bruce Trail until you come to where the trail is closed. Then turnaround and retrace your route until you arrive back at the “Picnic Spot” and can pick up the loop. It’s worth the in and out trip.

Willoughby Property in Belfountain – Right-of-way remains open for now

Several hikes included in Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes go through the publicly owned Willoughby Property near Belfountain. The hikes include: Belfountain/Crow’s Nest Loop, Belfountain/Forks Park Loop, Belfountain/Judy Charbonneau Loop and the Belfountain Luckenuf Loop. Below is a short video explaining that at present the trail that is the extension of Scott Street remains open to pedestrian traffic. To respect the privacy of the owners a house at the end of this right-of-way, I ask that you stick to the directions included in Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes. Do not wander off the roadway and trails, and not walk past the second of two places where the Crow’s Nest Side Trail, part of the Bruce Trail, crosses the road.

Furthermore, while there is very little vehicular traffic on this right-of-way, make sure you give way to cars as there have been some reports of alleged conflicts between vehicles and hikers.

As I mention in the guide book, respect for private landowners is paramount to our having access to great hiking. So please stick to the trails as they are described in Caledon Hikes.

Bolton Loop

The Archtop Cafe is now permanently closed. For information visit http://www.archtopcafe.com. Across the street is a new cafe called Navita. It looks very nice though I have not eaten there.

Caledon East Loop

On page 62, point #10, be sure to walk to the subdivision that is at the end of the path.

Cheltenham Badlands Mini Loop

The Cheltenham Badlands are now fenced off. While you can no longer walk on them, they are still a wonder worth seeing. The loop is otherwise unchanged and can still be hiked as described.

Grand Caledon Tour Loop

The Cheltenham Badlands are now fenced off. While you can no longer walk on them, they are still a wonder worth seeing. The loop is otherwise unchanged and can still be hiked as described.

Judy Meredith Equestrian Loop

The Cheltenham Badlands are now fenced off. While you can no longer walk on them, they are still a wonder worth seeing. The loop is otherwise unchanged and can still be hiked as described.

Long Badlands/Devil’s Pulpit Loop

The Cheltenham Badlands are now fenced off. While you can no longer walk on them, they are still a wonder worth seeing. The loop is otherwise unchanged and can still be hiked as described.

Palgrave Forest Humber Loop

May 27, 2015 – The Palgrave Side Trail is now part of the Oak Ridges Trail Association and no longer part of the Bruce Trail. The blue blazes are now white, but the trail is otherwise unchanged. For more information visit: http://brucetrail.org/trail_changes/171

Sadly the tree with birdhouses pictured on page 151 is apparently no longer there. So let’s treasure this photo.

Palgrave Village Loop

May 27, 2015 – The Palgrave Side Trail is now part of the Oak Ridges Trail Association and no longer part of the Bruce Trail. The blue blazes are now white, but the trail is otherwise unchanged. For more information visit: http://brucetrail.org/trail_changes/171

As a result of this change, the Oak Ridges Trail has been re-routed. It no longer follows Finnerty Side Road. Instead it follows the old Palgrave Side Trail. Point 3 on this loop tells you to turn immediately right onto the Oak Ridges Trail. While the trail is still there, it is no longer called the Oak Ridges Trail. I noticed the blaze is also blue. Please follow the directions in Caledon Hikes, but recognize that for this short part you are not walking on the Oak Ridges Trail as I indicate in the book.

The Dingle/Don Mitchell Loop

May 27, 2015 – The Palgrave Side Trail is now part of the Oak Ridges Trail Association and no longer part of the Bruce Trail. The blue blazes are now white, but the trail is otherwise unchanged. For more information visit: http://brucetrail.org/trail_changes/171

The Dingle/Palgrave Long Loop

May 27, 2015 – The Palgrave Side Trail is now part of the Oak Ridges Trail Association and no longer part of the Bruce Trail. The blue blazes are now white, but the trail is otherwise unchanged. For more information visit: http://brucetrail.org/trail_changes/171

Palgrave Forest Humber Loop

May 27, 2015 – The Palgrave Side Trail is now part of the Oak Ridges Trail Association and no longer part of the Bruce Trail. The blue blazes are now white, but the trail is otherwise unchanged. For more information visit: http://brucetrail.org/trail_changes/171

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