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The Anderson Tract and Hockley Heights (20 km, 4-4.5 km/h) (7/7/2019)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Bruce Trail Parking Lot - 5th sideroad
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jul 7 2019  8:45 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 5 2019 10:00:00 AM
Event Duration:8 hours (including driving)
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Daniel Parker
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
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:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The terrain is hilly. Length of hike is 20 km, pace 4-4.5 km/h. Bruce Trail maps 18. Event duration 7-8 hrs (including driving).

This hike is suitable for fit intermediate hikers. It is not suitable for beginners.

Part there and back, part loop hike, we'll take in Darcy's Side Trail, Harmony Side Trail, Hockleycrest Side Trail, Hemlock Ridge Side Trail, Hockley Heights Side Trail, Main Trail, and the Anderson Tract. Along the way we'll traverse lots of hills.

Maximum group size is set to 1 so that everyone starts on the wait list, passengers will be added as drivers become available. 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. No meet at event, sorry.

Precautions against ticks:

This year is seeing 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.
  • Immediately after the event, shower and check yourself for ticks. If you find an attached tick, remove it with tweezers or a tick remover (available from MEC). According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) "if a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small; however, other diseases may be transmitted more quickly."
  • Throw your hiking clothes in the washer and wash with water temperature ≥54°C, or place clothing directly in a dryer and dry for a minimum of 6 min on high heat. Ticks can survive cold water washes and washes with water temperatures < 54°C.
  • If a tick has been attached to your skin for more than 24 hours, go to a clinic. Remove the tick, put it in a zip lock bag, and take it with you to the clinic, they will send it away for analysis.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Lunch and snacks
  • 2 litres of water
  • Hiking footware
  • Change of footware for after the hike as a courtesy to your driver
  • DEET or Icaridin to repel ticks
  • Sun hat and sun block
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):100Km
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 $22.10 (calculated at total Km * $0.221, effective Sunday, July 21, 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!