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McCrae Lake Trail - about 20 km (11/3/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: McCrae Lake Conservation Reserve
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 3 2018  8:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 2 2018 8:00:00 AM
Event Duration:about 9 or 10 hours (including carpool driving time)
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Arnie
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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:1
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please READ ALL event details before attempting to register for this event

  • This hike is restricted to strong intermediate and advanced hikers who have D4 or D5 experience on my hikes.
  • I need to be familiar with your hiking abilities.
  • I insist!
  • Non-negotiatable!
  • NB: a D4 urban hike on flat paths does not qualify you
  • If you do not have D4 or D5 experience on my hikes you will be removed from the waiting list without further explanation.
  • You can sign up for 1 of my other D4 events so you may qualify the next time I do this hike.

This trail is very challenging with lots of slippery rocks and boulders, logs, mud, ascents and descents and cliffs.
To get to the "narrows" crossing we will have to scramble down (then back up on the way back) a VERY challenging outcropping of boulders
See pic at top right of this page!
We will hike a short distance past the narrows
There are wetlands and beaver dams to walk across, with lots of opportunities to slip and get very wet and cold.
Yay! Sounds like fun! Just my kind of hike.
The terrain is rocky Canadian Shield, about 17 km north of Port Severn, between Parry Sound and Barrie on the east coast of Georgian Bay.
We will have spectacular views of the lake from atop granite cliffs.

DISTANCE: about 20 km

PACE: about 5 km/h - everyone will be expected to keep up with the group

DIFFICULTY: D5 (pace, distance and terrain)

You will notice that I indicated a pace of about 5 km/h which we will do if appropriate.
There will be places we will go slower due to the difficult slippery terrain.

MAX GROUP SIZE: about 12 (+ or -)

Everybody will go directly to the waiting list and may be added to the event based on suitable hiking experience and available drivers.
Members on the waiting list who have a good attendance history, and members who are willing to drive may get priority. Parking at the trail head is limited.

NOTICE ABOUT LENGTH OF THIS EVENT: I plan to finish the hike before dark, but in the North, you never know. "Stuff" can happen. Sunset is early this time of the year. We will be driving back in the dark. If you have a time that you need to get back home, I cannot guarantee you will make it in time, and you should plan some other activity instead of this hike.


Required Items to Bring:
  • bring your OHIP / health card
  • Flashlight or Headlamp <= not a mistake. just in case we are delayed getting back to the cars
  • Hiking shoes/boots with excellent, gripping treads
  • cell phone
  • whistle
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water 3 - 4 L (as much as you need)
  • carpool money if you are a passenger
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • First aid kit
  • ICERS - maybe
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • hiking poles (if you need them)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Carpooling? Please arrive before the departure time. If you are late, you may miss the carpool, and the hike.

If you choose to meet at the event, please be ready to hike by about 9:45 AM. We will not wait for late comers.



Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):300Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $60.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.200, effective Monday, May 25, 2020). 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.


Photo Credit: Arnie

This hike will go forth rain or shine, but a forecast of heavy rain, freezing rain or snow will cause cancellation

Please arrive before the departure time. If you are late, you will miss the carpool, and the hike.

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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!