Cheltenham Badlands - Sun, Aug 30 2009

Cheltenham Badlands (8/30/2009)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: near Caledon
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 30 2009  10:40 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:40 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 29 2009 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:6 -7 hrs
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Julian L
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 17 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Length: 20-22 Km
total elevation: 200m

PLEASE NOTE Proper hiking shoes or boots and appropriate clothing is a REQUIREMENT for this hike. There are a few hilly sections that will require boots with a good grippy soul. Running shoes, boots with heels and "urban style" boots are a safety hazard, and you may not be allowed on the hike if you are not attired properly

This is a relatively easy 20-22 km hike and an opportunity to take in some unusual Ontario Terrain. “Badlands” is a geologic term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies. Such areas are rare in Ontario and this is one of the best examples. They exhibit the reddish hue of the Queenston Shale that forms them. It is the presence of iron oxide in the shale that accounts for the red colour. The narrow greenish bands that can be seen throughout the shale are due to the change of red iron oxide (iron III) to green iron oxide (iron II) brought on by the circulating groundwater. The relatively soft shale is essentially clay and easily eroded by water. This site was acquired by the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 2000 and is under the care of the Bruce Trail Association.

Required Items to Bring:
hiking shoes
Rain gear
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Gardiner Expressway West
Keep RIGHT on ramp to HWY 427 N
Keep LEFT on ramp for HWY 401 West. Keep in collector lane to the RIGHT on HWY 401
Exit RIGHT onto HWY 410 and turn RIGHT (North) onto HWY 410
Turn LEFT (South-West) onto HWY 7
Turn RIGHT (West) onto HWY 10
Turn LEFT (South-West) onto RR 12 {OLde Base Line Rd} for 3.8 km
Pass McLaughlin Rd and Chinguacousy Rd
Look for small roadside parking lot on the left just over the crest of a hill -1 km from Chinguacousy Rd.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):115Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:40 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $25.30 (calculated at total Km * $0.220, effective Tuesday, August 20, 2019). This is based on $0.08/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Your event coordinator will confirm exactly how much money is required from each person.

- If we are short of drivers, they will get priority on the waiting list.
- This hike will go ahead rain or shine. If it's raining, please wear appropriate raingear.

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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!