Since many of us have found numerous caches along the Bruce Trail and hence hiked on many parts of it, I figure it's time to hike a complete section of the Bruce Trail. I have picked April 6th as it's a holiday (Good Friday) and we'll have the nice long weekend to recover from the event. Let's hope that the temperature will be between 5° and 10°C and no rain to make it a perfect day.
I estimate that the entire hike will take about 13 hours to complete, so we should be done around 9pm. This is at a moderate 4km\h pace.
If you can't make the entire hike, maybe join us for part of it atleast. You can always drop out along the way if you feel it's too difficult or too long.
Meet at 8am at the posted coordinates, which is along Applyby Line just on the outside of the west end of Kelso Conservation Area, about 100m north of the railroad tracks and about 600m south of the 401 underpass.
Destination is the end point of the Toronto section of the Bruce Trail which is at the corner of Creditview Rd and Boston Mills Rd in Caledon. (N43 45.835 W79 56.251)
Track our progress as we hike the trail. Don't feel up for the hike, then join us by watching our progress as we go along. Screen will update every minute, but Keith will be updating our progress every 30 minutes and also when we meet and leave roads. Thanks to Keith Watson for setting this up.
Google Maps - http://www.ghcaching.com/maps/aprs_gm_map.php?calls=VA3UPL-G
Google Earth - http://www.ghcaching.com/maps/aprs_ge_start.php?calls=VA3UPL-G
Parking: It's probably best to park your car near the end point and get someone to drop you off at the beginning location of the hike. According to the Bruce Trail guide there is roadside parking on Boston Mills Rd east of Mississauga Rd which is 1.3km west of the ending point of the hike. I have also talked with the Toronto BTA and they have said that you could probably squeeze one or two cars in on Creditview Rd just north of Boston Mills Rd.
Note that there is no roadside parking anywhere near the beginning of the hike. You could pay and park at either Kelso or Hilton Falls, but neither one opens until 8:30am and they both close well before the end of our hike, so your cars would be locked in overnight.
My wonderful wife has kindly volunteered to meet us somewhere along the route and bring us a fresh supply of water for our journey and retrieve any garbage that we have. She will meet us at the 22.4km mark in the lower parking lot of the Limehouse School off of 22nd Sideroad. If anyone has any other supplies that they don't want to take along on the whole hike, you can give them to my wife at the start of the hike as she will be dropping me off at the starting location and watching us as we start our journey. You can give her your stuff or retrieve anything that you dropped off to her when she meets up with us later in the day. You could also stash some supplied at a certain locations of your choice along the trail so that you don't have to carry everything with you.
What your should bring : Water and other drinks. Food for lunch, dinner and snacks. GPS. Maps. Camera. Cell Phone. First Aid Kit.
Badges: Those of us that complete this hike will qualify for the Toronto Club End To End badge for hiking the entire Toronto Section of the Bruce Trail. For more information and to obtain a badge, see this Toronto Club Badges link.
Geocaches: There are 40 geocaches along the main trail of the Toronto section of the Bruce Trail and many more very close by too. I have created a list of the geocaches below which we will be hiking past. If I have missed any, please let me know. It is your choice if you want to stop and find any of these geocaches (I will probably stop to find On the Way BACK from the BAT CAVE, as that is the only geocache on the list that I have not found yet). Those who stop to find geocaches can certainly catch up to the rest of the hikers. If the whole group stops for every single geocache, it'll take too long to complete the hike.
Miscellaneous Facts: We will be hiking about 10km more than the distance of a marathon.
The Toronto section of the Bruce Trail is now 3.8 km longer than what it was in 1990.
List of people who attended
friends of d.e.b.s. (2x)
Hunter and the Hownd
Muskoka Falls Sundogs