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McCrae Lake Trail 18 km (10/30/2021)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: McCrae Lake Conservation Reserve
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 30 2021  10:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 28 2021 10:00:00 AM
Event Duration:about 5 or 6 hours on the trail
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to 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: 11 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



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    Within the 14 days preceding the event:
    1. You have not travelled outside of Ontario;
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Please note that I have set the Maximum Group Size to 1 so all registrants automatically go to the waiting list.
Members on the waiting list who have confirmed in the NOTES section that they meet all the Conditions and will comply
with all the Rules specified in the above Directive may then be added to the event.

The max group size is about 8 participants mainly because parking is very limited, and I have

read reports that cars parked outside of the designated parking lot have been ticketed and towed!

PLEASE NOTE: There is no carpool for this event

DISTANCE: about 18 km

PACE: about 4.5 km/h

DIFFICULTY: D4 (some rugged terrain)

  • This hike is restricted to strong intermediate and advanced hikers.
  • Everybody will go directly to the waiting list and may be added to the event based on suitable hiking experience, and a good attendance history.
  • Sign up for this event ONLY if you are quite sure you will attend. Late cancellations will be frowned upon.
  • And if you are already signed up for another event on the same day as this event, then I will not add you to this event.

This trail is very challenging with lots of slippery rocks and boulders, logs, mud, ascents and descents and cliffs.
To get to the "narrows" lunch spot we will have to scramble down (then back up on the way back) a VERY challenging outcropping of boulders. See pic upper right of the 4 pics
However, you could stay at the top for lunch and avoid going down then up
There are wetlands and beaver dams to walk across, with lots of opportunities to slip and get very wet and cold.
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.
Plan to arrive before the start time.

Required Items to Bring:
  • FLASHLIGHT, in case we are delayed on the trail for some emergency situation
  • mask / face cover
  • Hiking shoes/boots with excellent, gripping treads
  • cell phone
  • whistle
  • bring your OHIP / health card
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water 3 - 4 L (as much as you need)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • First aid kit
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will start hiking at 10:00 AM. We will not wait for late comers.

We will meet in the parking lot at 44.922004, -79.777265

Depending where you are coming from, it could take 1.5 to 2 hours or more of driving each way.

Plan to arrive before the start time.

MAP from Toronto to hike start



photo credits: Arnie

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

Plan to arrive before the start time.

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

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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