Hiking Speed & Terrain Rating Info

Guests are welcome on our guided hikes. Choose a hike suited to your interests and physical abilities. Be honest with yourself in judging your abilities, remembering that we tire more quickly when walking on snow/rough terrain. Consult the hike description for the hike speed, length, and difficulty of terrain (if in doubt, contact the hike leader) which are explained in the charts below. 

Speed of Hike

 Slow 2 to 3 km/hr
 Moderate 3 to 4 km/hr
 Brisk/Fast 5+ km/hr

Terrain of Hike

Level 1  Well defined trails, gentle inclines. Hiking boots not required. Beginner-friendly; recommended for newcomers to club activities.
Level 2Generally on trail. May be hilly, with light bushwhacking, some rough spots or obstacles. Boots recommended.
Level 3Rough terrain (one or more of extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams or other obstacles, rock scrambling). Boots, experience and a high level of fitness essential.

Upcoming events

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    18 bridges cross Guelph's 2 rivers.  We'll do an urban hike across or along many of them with brief descriptions of the history and unique features of each.  Meet at 9:30 at the McCrae Blvd end of Royal City Park (park in laneway on north side of river).  Dress to stay dry and warm.  To attend please register on this site.  Hike will be cancelled if no registrations by 9 pm the night before (Tuesday, 22 Oct.).  Also check this site before departure Wednesday morning should weather require re-scheduling.  Speed:  moderate.  Length: approximately 2 - 2.5 hrs.  Leader:  Michelle Wan, ymaewan@gmail.com



    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Work Parties for the Kissing Bridge Trailway

     

    Saturday Oct. 26

     

    With backup Sun Oct 27

     

    9:00 – 12:00  (Weather permitting  No Rain)

     

    The work involves clearing small trees and bushes from the sides of the Kissing Bridge Trailway.

     Equipment:  gloves, loppers (if available).  We need people to lop and people just to clear the brush, nothing heavy!

     Guelph meeting point to carpool at Silvercreek Pkwy N. and Woodlawn Rd. north west side.  8:30 a.m.

     Contact Mike Curtis at 905 877 4134 or email at mikecurtiserin@yahoo.ca if you are available.

     If the weather is questionable, (we do not work in the rain) check the GHTC website banner at 8:00 a.m. or Mike can call you, if he has your number!!

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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    Meet at 1:00 pm at the Guelph Humane Society for a 2hr loop hike along the Speed river and the John Woods side trail. Bring water and snacks. Dogs welcome

    2-2.5hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    Trailhead location

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    A pretty trail along the banks of the Credit River. Fall colours may still be on display. Distance will be at least 10Km.  but can be extended if hikers desire. Meet at the Covered Bridge parking lot, 114 Gordon St. for a 9:00 A.M. departure to the trail head.  Arrival at trail head about 9:45. Trail head is the corner of Dominion St. and Forks of the Credit Rd. north of Belfountain., BT map 15, Km. 8.8. Bring at least 2 L. of water, raincoat, snacks and lunch. No dogs please. No drop out point. Contact leader if joining hike at trail head.

    10-12km, ~3hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Ron  ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969.

    Guelph Covered Bridge carpool location

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    Hike the Bruce Trail in beautiful Hockley Valley. Meet at the Guelph covered bridge for a 9.00 am departure. Carpool to hike start. Lots of hills. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Suitable hiking footwear is necessary.

    14 km, 4 – 5 hrs Level 3. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Terry Spittles email terryspittles@msn.com

    Guelph Covered Bridge carpool location

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     Meet for an 8:30 AM carpool departure from the parking lot of the Guelph Covered Bridge, 114 Gordon St. Hike from Burlington Bay to Smokey Hollow Falls. Spectacular scenery along Grindstone Creek! Return to Guelph by 1:30. Bring snacks, water, food for the Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers. Icers may be needed.

    Note: This hike has been shortened from original posting.

    ~10km, ~3hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Ron  ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969

    Carpool location


    • 3 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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     Meet 1pm at covered bridge to car pool to hike "The Gap" from Sixth Line to bridge across the gap in the escarpment across from Lake Kelso. Or meet on Sixth Line & Campbellville Rd. (G29X+74 Milton, Ontario). Learn about why the gap exists and what Dufferin Aggregates is doing to remediate the quarry pit. Great views from this escarpment ridge. Rough, uneven terrain, but no steep climbs.

    3km, ~1hr Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Vanessa Hyland, 519-803-6301, kathleenvhyland@gmail.com

    Carpool location

    Trailhead location


    • 6 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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     From now until end of April, GHTC Hike Leaders will offer Wed. morning hikes on an ad hoc basis. Hikes will usually start 10am and be 1-2 hrs long and take place in Guelph and on nearby trails.

    Hike information for following Wed will be available by Sunday evening. If bad weather forces hike cancellation GUELPHHIKING.COM website will indicate that. If you plan on attending please RSVP. If no RSVPs by Tues 9pm then hike will be cancelled.

     2hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: various certified hike leaders
    • 9 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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     This can be an easy eight, 2.5 hours, or moderate 16 km, 5.5 hours, stroll between Ariss and the Grand River. Eight gets you to the Grand River crossing Katherine Street. Sixteen gets you back to Ariss, your pick! Meet 9:30a.m. on the trailway at the Ariss parking lot Kiosk south of Wellington Road 51. We will walk into Waterloo to the Grand River, pause, eat and return to Ariss. Children, dogs and cats all under moderate control are welcome since Petie, an Australian Shepherd will be assisting me.

    8/16 km Level 1/2. Speed Casual

    Leader: Mike Curtis Erin 1-905-877-4134

    Trailhead location

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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     We'll head cross-country to explore the missing link between the Grand Valley and the Riverside Park Trails in Cambridge, as once described in our guidebook up till the '80's. Rendezvous at covered bridge lot in Guelph at 9:30am, or at Russ Street trailhead parking in Preston (off Eagle) at 10:00.

    10km Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Bill Mungall wmungall0809@rogers.com

    Carpool location

    Trailhead location

    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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     We will dip our toes into the Grand on a good City of Cambridge trail behind the Preston Auditorium, and proceed upstream on their trails, reaching our trail at Blackbridge Road, then proceeding along it for 5 km to Road 32. Meet at 9:30am at Guelph covered bridge parking lot on Gordon St.

    19 km, 5 hours Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Bill Mungall wmungall0809@rogers.com

    Carpool location

    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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     Meet at Guelph Covered Bridge Parking Lot at 2:00 PM. We will carpool to the Ignatius Old Growth trails area and explore some of the many interesting trails. Bring a camera you are comfortable using, and we will find some interesting subjects.

    1.5-2hrs Level 1, Speed easy

    Leader: Bob Fanning519 822 5181fanbobam@gmail.com

    Carpool location

    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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     GHTC Annual General meeting. Meeting starts at 7pm in Union Hall 611 Silvercreek Pkwy north , north of Woodlawn Rd. 7-9pm

    2hrs

    Meeting location

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     Camp Edgewood was owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church and operated a Summer Camp since 1944. Blue Springs Creek, “the highest quality cold-water fish habitat in the Grand River watershed,” runs through Edgewood. A group of Eden Mills residents purchased it in 2019 and plan to donate the trail area without buildings to a Land Trust so it will remain accessible to the public.  Meet for a 1pm departure in the baseball parking lot on Memorial St Eden Mills close to corner of Park St.

    1-1.5hrs Level 1, Speed moderate

    Leader: Gayle ghtchiker@gmail.com

    Meeting location

    • 30 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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     Meet 1:00pm at the Guelph covered bridge on Gordon Street for a loop hike in Limehouse. Come see the Hole in the wall, and heritage lime kilns restored. Bring water and snacks. Or meet at the school in Limehouse at 1:30 pm .

    2hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    Carpool location

    Trailhead location

    • 1 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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     Meet at 1:00 pm at the trail head on Watson Road just south of Stone road. This is a loop along the Eramosa River past the dam through woods and meadows. Bring water and snacks

    1.5hrs-2 hrs. 4 km Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Tuula salocanini@yahoo.ca

    Trailhead location

    • 7 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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     As RLT Section 4 is closed for hunting at this time of year, we will just hike an in and out on Section 3. Meet 1pm at trail head First Line Nassagaweya (County Rd 29) at intersection of Arkell Rd, parking near mail boxes.

    1-1.5hr, 4 km Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Gayle ghtchiker@gmail.com

    Trailhead location

    • 8 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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     Explore the boardwalks and observation deck and new teaching pavilion in the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest. Meet 1pm at Guelph Covered bridge parking lot to car pool or meet 1:30 at trailhead at 54394 Hwy 6 N. Drive up the long driveway to the head of the trail sign and parking area.

    4km Level 1, Speed easy

    Leader: Vanessa Hyland, 519-803-6301, kathleenvhyland@gmail.com

    Carpool location


    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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     Avoid the malls on the busiest shopping day of the year by joining us on the trails for a winter hike around Elora Gorge. Dress for the weather, including winter walking footwear-there is often more snow in Elora than there is in Guelph. Pub stop afterwards for hot drinks is optional. Meet 1:30 pm at the parking lot off Carlton Place/Metcalfe street, across the road from the liquor store in Elora. For car pooling from Guelph meet in Canadian Tire parking lot on Woodlawn Rd. for a 1pm departure.

    2hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    Carpool location

    Hike start location

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     Introduce young people in your lives to hiking.  Meet prior to 1:00 pm in the Guelph Covered Bridge parking lot.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Refreshments provided at the end of the hike.

    Please send advanced registration with names of children and the accompanying adults to Gordon:  email to gking@uoguelph.ca or call 519 824 0787.

    90  min tortoise and hare speed

    Leader: various certified GHTC hike leaders

    Trailhead location

    • 26 Dec 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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     Join in some post-Christmas exercise on the nineteenth annual Boxing Day Hike! This starts by 1:30 p.m. at the Trailhead, south side of Arkell Road approximately one kilometre east of Arkell Village

    4 km/ 1+ hr Level 2. Speed Casual.

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    Trailhead location


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    Clear the cobwebs - weather depending - check the website close to date for hike details.

    2hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Mike Curtis Erin 1-905-877-4134

    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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     Meet for a 9:00 AM carpool departure from the parking lot of the Guelph Covered Bridge, 114 Gordon St. We will hike the Bruce main and side trails in Waterdown Woods and Kerncliff Park to Smokey Hollow Falls. BT map 9, edition 28. There is no dropout point. No dogs please.  Bring 2 L. water, snacks, icers. Option for lunch in Waterdown after the hike. Return to Guelph by 3:00. Contact hike leader if you wish to meet at the trail head.

    ~10km, ~3hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Ron  ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969

    Carpool location

    • 12 Jan 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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     Meet at the entrance to the Old Ontario Reformatory  property on York Road, at 1:30 PM. There is a city Bus stop close to the bridge at the entrance. There is some parking on York Road, but not immediately close to the entrance and the bus stop. We will explore the ice formations at the small waterfalls and examine the interesting stonework, as well many other textures, landscapes, etc. Bring a camera you are comfortable using, and we will find some interesting subjects. PS :- Be sure to dress for the weather.

    1.5-2hrs Level 1, Speed easy

    Leader: Bob Fanning519 822 5181fanbobam@gmail.com

    Hike meeting location

    • 13 Jan 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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     Groomed XC and skate ski trails just south of Guelph, $6 / head fee.

    Rendezvous at covered bridge lot in Guelph at 9:30, or at the club (Maltby Road, last driveway on north side before Watson) at 9:45.

    2hrs easy skiing

    Leader: Bill Mungall wmungall0809@rogers.com

    Carpool location

    • 16 Jan 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
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     Check website close to event date for speaker and topic. Meeting starts at 7pm in Paisley Rd Zehr's Community room on 2nd floor. Non-members welcome.

    2hrs

    meeting location

    • 18 Jan 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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     At this time of year it will be a weather-dependent hike. We could cross country ski or hike or both on the trail between Erin and Cataract. Start time is 1p.m. Call Mike for details.

    3 hrs Level 1. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Mike Curtis Erin 1-905-877-4134
    • 19 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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     Ski only trip. This area on Airport Road in the Mulmur Hills is under 73 minutes away and features a range of trails from novice to expert. $19.00day pass fee. Rentals available. Cafeteria in the chalet, or bring your lunch. Meet at Guelph Covered Bridge at 9:00 a.m. for car pooling

    3-4hrs Level 1 & 2. Speed Mild & Moderate

    Leader: Suzanne Gates 519-265-3962

    Carpool location

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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     Meet 1pm in south corner of Len's Mill parking lot on Victoria Rd. We will do a loop along RLT Section 1 and the O.R. trail. Bring icers/poles if conditions require.

    2hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Norm 519-831-3657 cell

    Hike meeting location

    • 26 Jan 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    If there is snow we will X-C ski the west trails at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Highway 6 north of Woodlawn in Guelph. Meet at 1 p.m. in Ignatius Workshop parking lot. You will need $5 for 'honour' box to ski. If snow conditions are poor we can hike on the area at no cost.  Contact the leader if you need to verify ski vs. hike

    2 hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Tuula salocanini@yahoo.ca

    Ski start location

    • 1 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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     Hike a short section of the Grand River Trail in Kitchener, the same trail which I plan to hike this winter in the Waterloo Region Crossing, www.waterlooregioncrossing.com. Today we will hike to City Cafe Bakery on Lancaster St. for lunch and then hike back. Meet at 10:00 AM at the JA Pollock Family Trailway in Kitchener, just off Shirley Drive, 43.479266, -80.425807. Directions: take Hwy 7 from Guelph to Kitchener. Just after crossing the bridge over the Grand River, take the first right onto Shirley Drive. JA Pollock Trailway is immediately on the right on Shirley Drive, directly across from  BMW Grand River. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1mCnBLy23CEaZCkw9  Bring 2 L. of water, ICERS, snacks. No dogs please. No drop out point. Icers are a must!

    ~15km, ~5hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Ron  ronaldcherry002@gmail.com, 226-338-8969
    • 2 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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     (subject as always to safe ice conditions) We will snowshoe, walk or XC up the gorge, lined by spectacular ice falls along the way. Difficult icy steps to descend into gorge. Rendezvous at Victoria Park, Elora at 9:50am or at covered bridge lot in Guelph at 9:30am.

    2hrs Level 2. Speed Moderate

    Leader: Bill Mungall wmungall0809@rogers.com

    Carpool location

    Victoria Park, James St trailhead

    • 8 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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