January Hike: Cold Creek Conservation Area
TIMING: 9:30 am, Saturday, January 8
A great opportunity to “see where the wild things are”! Cold Creek features an ever-changing landscape of hardwood and conifer forests, steep escarpments, streams, ponds, meadows and a unique conifer swamp.
Starting at the main gate, we will follow the loop trail (6.5 kms) which explores many features of this diverse forest and wildlife area. The highlight for many hikers will be walking the winding Bog Boardwalk, which snakes through a spring-fed bog dominated by black spruce, balsam fir & white cedar trees. The understory boasts such boreal inhabitants as Labrador tea, wintergreen & spongy beds of spaghnum moss.
Be prepared for cold temperatures and snowbound conditions by dressing appropriately with warm footwear.
It is estimated that the hike will take about 1.5 to 2 hrs.
Cold Creek Conservation Area lies north of King Road, between Bolton and Nobleton.
From King Road, follow 11th Concession north for about 3.5 kms (between 15th and 16th Sideroads), and look for large sign on the right (east).
Turn at the sign, drive towards the front gate, and park on the side of the road.
HIKE LEADER: Bill Wilson (email: w_m_c_wilson AT yahoo.ca)