TAKE A HIKE ON TECUMSETH PINES TRAIL
Timing: 9:30 am, Saturday, January 7 (1.5-2 hrs)
Our first hike of the New Year will take us to a new location perhaps unfamiliar to most HVHTA members, although it’s mere kilometers north of our own Bolton to Palgrave trail.
The Tecumseth Pines Loop Trail is located just across Caledon’s northern boundary, at the southern edge of Simcoe County. The main trail is about 4 kms in distance, fairly level for all but the middle section…which features a low wetland and some steep, pine-topped hills.
The Trail loops through most of the Tottenham Tract of the Simcoe County Forests. Hikers will experience a lovely reforested portion of the Oak Ridges Moraine, dominated by Red and White Pine trees that were planted several decades ago. In some spots younger deciduous species such as Sugar Maple, Black Cherry, Beech, Elderberry and Chokecherry are flourishing in the forest understory.
Depending on winter conditions, this hike may require snow boots and suitable winter outerwear (wear layers that can be removed one at a time & carried in a knapsack, along with a water bottle, camera, etc).
Heather Stewart is a Kleinburg Chapter board member residing in Schomberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Follow Hwy 9 west out of Schomberg for about 10 kms and turn north on Tottenham Road. At this point you will see the County Forest on your right, and will soon cross a railway track. Just past the tracks you must turn right (east) at the first rural intersection, which is at the 2nd Line. Traveling east you will almost immediately cross the same railway again, and parking is just over the tracks on the right (south side).