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Standing Rock & Caves Side Trail and Pretty River Valley (20km, 4-4.5 km/h) (5/12/2019)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Bruce Trail, 15 Km south-west of Collingwood
Date(s) & Time:Sun, May 12 2019  8:50 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 11 2019 1:50:00 AM
Event Duration:10 hrs (including 4 hours travel time)
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Daniel Parker
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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:6
Number Registered So Far: 7 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Weather update: current forecast for Singhampton on Sunday is a mix of sun and clouds. Highs 12 °.

Carpool is from Sheppard West TTC Subway Station. Passengers, please note that there will be no subway service on Line 1 between Union and St Clair West Stations on Saturday. Shuttle buses will operate. Dupont and Museum stations will be closed, all other stations will remain open for connection to surface routes. If this affects you, please allow a little more time.

The terrain is hilly and challenging. Distance is 20 km, pace is 4-4.5 km/hr. This hike is suitable for intermediate hikers. It is not suitable for beginners.

We will start by taking the Standing Rock & Caves Side Trail, which heads down the Escarpment through rock debris to a standing rock pillar, the result of erosion over eons.

We will then follow the main Bruce trail north to the forested beauty of the Pretty River Valley . Our route will take us to the Escarpment edge and follow along the Osler Bluffs, where there are several scenic lookouts. We'll return on the Russ McConnell Side Trail, and the Pretty River Side Trail to complete a 20 km loop.

There's a food option at the end at Mylar and Loretas.

The event shows a max of 1, so everyone starts off on the wait list, passengers will be added as drivers become available. The number that we actually take is limited only by the availability of drivers. Members willing to drive, members with favourable attendance records, and members that have been on events of similar difficulty may get priority on the wait list.

Spring Tick Warning

This year may see an increase in tick populations in Ontario so take precautions.
  • Wear long pants, light colour is better. Tuck your shirt into your pants, and pull your socks over your pant legs.
  • Use bug spray containing DEET or Icaridin to repel ticks.
  • Avoid tall grass.
  • Check yourself for ticks after the event. If you find an attached tick, remove it with tweezers. As long as the tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is negligible.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Hiking shoes
  • 2L of water
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Sun hat and sun block
  • Bug spray containing DEET or Icaridin to repel ticks
  • Change of footware for after the hike
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Sun hat and sun block
  • Camera
  • Cell phone

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Roadside Parking - Osprey-Clearview Townline at Eagle Cres

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):280Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $61.60 (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.

Photo credit: Daniel Parker
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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!