Let's hike the beautiful trails of the Rouge River Valley in East Scarborough, a wildlife and nature refuge that is very close to Toronto. The hike starts from the south end of the Park, off Kingston Rd in Scarborough, and follows four different trails alongside the Rouge River and the Little Rouge Creek.
The hike is challenging with lots of steep hills, so this hike will be for intermediate to advanced-level hikers. Not suitable for first time hikers. We will go at a moderate pace and take small breaks about once an hour. Length: 14 km.
DATE: Sat, August 20
TIME: 9:00 AM (if using transit); OR 10:30 AM (if driving direct)
FULL GUIDE: See Hike L04 on TorontoHiking
EVENT CATEGORY: Summer Hike, Scenic
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Intermediate -- Recent experience hiking 12 km or more required.
WHAT TO BRING: Water (at least 2 L), lunch, snacks, appropriate clothing and footwear, hat, camera, cell phone, cash for bus fare and/or donation to TorontoHiking, driving directions, enthusiasm.
POST-EVENT: Those willing to head to a nearby pub or restaurant for a drink and/or a bite to eat will have an option to do so. Venue to be determined. This will depend mainly on the number of people interested, and availability of drivers and cars for carpooling to and from the venue.
WEATHER POLICY: In the event of harsh weather, this hike will be cancelled. The hike leader will monitor the weather forecast and notify all registered members at least 24 hours in advance to confirm or cancel the event.
TOTAL HIKING TIME: 4-5 hours hiking including lunch and stops, depending on overall group pace. Those driving direct will only hike 11 km instead of 14 km.
MORE INFO: See ToHi Group Hikes Blog
- By public transit: Meet your hike leader, Walter, at 9:00 am OUTSIDE the Starbucks at York Mills Subway Stn (NE corner of Yonge St and York Mills Rd). You will read and sign a waiver form. Then we will buy tickets for the Go bus and head to the hiking area at 9:15 AM. We will return to York Mills Stn by 4:00 PM by Go bus.
How to find Walter: Look for a TALL, middle-aged man with a backpack and a baseball cap. I will hold up a paper sign that says “Hiking”.
- By car: Meet our group NO LATER than 10:30 am at the Glen Rouge Campground’s parking lot. You will read and sign a waiver form. The hike will start shortly after. We expect to be back to the parking lot around 2:30 PM.
- TTC directions: Take the Subway Line 1 to York Mills Subway Stn. Meet Walter OUTSIDE the Starbucks at York Mills Subway Stn -- see TIMELINE above for more details.
- By car: Drive to Glen Rouge campground N43.80522 W79.13650
GoBus fare: $13.60 Return
Donation to TorontoHiking: All our hikes are free of charge. Please, consider making a voluntary donation to help maintain our website. $5 suggested.
Other: Whatever you eat or drink
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