Variable: 18 km or long return 30 km
5.0 h (18 km); 9 h (30 km)
Intermediate to advanced (based on length of hike)
670 m (long version)
None on trail; facilities at Glen Haffy; restaurants in Palgrave
Near waypoint (009) or at Glen Haffy Conservation Area
23 Aug 2005 (35.4 km hike to Hwy 9); 17 June 2006, 31 Mar 2010
Not wheelchair accessible
The Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA) has officially assumed the Bruce Trails' Palgrave Side Trail (stretching from Hwy 50 to the main Bruce Trail at Coolihans Sideroad) is no longer a blue trail or part of the Bruce Trail network. However it can still be hikes as part of the Oak Ridges Trail.
The basic hike from (001) to (015) is 18 km if you jockey cars. The entire return hike is about 30 km. You can shorten the basic hike to about 12 km by beginning the hike in the Village of Palgrave.
Palgrave to Glen Haffy
The Palgrave to Glen Haffy hike begins near the Albion Hills CA and traverses the Palgrave Trail through the Village of Palgrave and the Palgrave Conservation Area and over to the Glen Haffy Conservation Area with its’ numerous picnic tables, a Lookout Point and two trout ponds. The terrain along the way is undulating with numerous streams, wetland areas, meadows, woodlands, stable areas and lookouts. The long return version of the hike involves a fair amount of roadside walking on the return route on roads that are lightly travelled.
Palgrave is situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine, a 160 km long ridge of hilly terrain created by retreating glaciers depositing large quantities of sand and gravel sediments. The moraine is a primary source for many river systems in this part of southern Ontario. The nearby Palgrave Moraine intersects the Oak Ridges Moraine, and ultimately merges with it to the east, at the western boundary of King Township. The Humber River flows west of Palgrave. Several creeks and swampy ponds are found in the area and a former mill pond lies to the northwest. Mount Wolfe, one of the highest hills in the area, is located east of the town.
The Albion Hills Conservation Area is located 2 km south of the town and offers picnicking, camping, hiking trails, swimming, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The Palgrave Conservation Area lies on the northwest edge of the town and offers trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. In 1963, Walt Disney Productions filmed the family movie "The Incredible Journey" in Palgrave.
Glen Haffy Conservation Area's hiking trails and vistas offer some of the most panoramic views in Southern Ontario. Home to a trout pond stocked with rainbow trout, Glen Haffy also offers recreational fishermen a great way to enjoy the area. The park is also home to a fish hatchery.
When we first scouted out the Palgrave to Glen Haffy hike in late August of 2005, little did we realize that this would end up being the longest hike we ever did at 35.4 km and 11.5 hours. Why so long? We began taking our time, enjoying the horses in a nearby field who loved John's apples and exploring some side trails along the way. Then John decided we should follow the trail all the way up to Highway 9 -which we did. But this took much longer than expected and we suddenly realized it might be dark by the time we got back so we began the return in haste. Once we got back to waypoint (014), it was almost all road walking from there so we were less worried. We did get back back and it was getting pretty dark by then. I doubt that I'll ever do a hike that long again!