February 25, 2012

February 25, 2012

Snowshoe Hike North of Castlederg

Timing: February 25, Saturday, 9:30 am (2-3 hrs)

Description:

Strap on snowshoes and explore a most lovely stretch of our Bolton to Palgrave trail in wintertime, for a completely different look (it is hoped!). We will start at Castlederg Road and snowshoe northward and back. This hike will traverse several kms, and will probably take around 2-3 hrs (all estimates subject to local snow & weather conditions for that day, naturally).

UPDATE:  If there is little or no snow, the hike will go forward…but on "icers" strapped to hiking boots, rather than on snowshoes.

This section is one of the most ecologically diverse parts of the HVHT, winding through a mature hardwood forest with scattered hemlock, spruce & cedar trees. Here and there hikers will pass by farm fields and reforested slopes of red & white pine trees.

Dress in layers (not a big parka) that can be removed as you warm up, one layer at a time, and carried in a knapsack. Bring water, a snack, sunglasses and your camera. A thermos of hot tea is worth considering also!

If you don’t have a pair of snowshoes and would like to join us, contact our Hike Leader at email address given below….apparently Bob has some extra pairs which he is more than happy to lend out for this hike.

Hike Leaders:

Bob Slack (bslack14@yahoo.ca)

Directions:

  • Take Hwy 50 (or Duffy’s Lane) north from Bolton and turn west on Castlederg Road.
  • Park where HVHTA trail crosses Castlederg, about 3 kms west of Hwy 50 and less than one km west of Duffy’s Lane.

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