The first hike of the new year and of course it is bitterly cold out and I don’t want to go anywhere. Nevertheless, we donned our layers and made our way to Tottenham Tract, in Simcoe County Forest.
A toque over ear-muffs, a scarf over my wool Buff, a tank top, a long sleeve shirt, a t-shirt, a long zip-up hoodie, the inner shell of my winter jacket, a pair of gloves under a pair of fleece mitts, a pair of leggings under a pair of Cold Gear leggings, thick wool socks, and waterproof boots – in case you were wondering. My fingers and toes were still frozen when we started out, but they warmed up about 2km in. Not terrible for a balmy minus twenty four Celsius.
I couldn’t find a ‘real’ trail map so I trusted Google to guide me. It wasn’t too terrible, and there are actually a few more side trails not shown. There were green markers to be followed, but we seemed to head in different directions at times.
From Tottenham Road, there is an entrance with a sign for Simcoe County Forest. Normally, you could probably park here however the plows had made a wall at this entrance and no one has yet driven through it. I didn’t want to put Sully through that, so we went up to Line 2 and the second entrance.
Parking seems to be at your own risk here, and while the sign clearly stated not to block the driveway, this clearly didn’t bother the people in the pickup truck that had arrived just before us. They also gave us a dirty look when we pulled in. Maybe they don’t like blue? (Not that you can see much of Sully’s blue under all that salt and dust).
The driveway (that wasn’t supposed to be blocked) leads you in to the forest and Tottenham Tract.
Mr Sunshine was doing his best to cut through the trees and bring us warmth.
The trees and shrubs were all covered in a layer of snow. Despite the cold, this is by far my favourite time of year. It’s so pretty!
Our path cut horizontally across the forest, towards an active logging area.
We hooked around behind the bobcat, following someone’s slightly snowed over foot prints. This went fine for a while, then he lost his way and ended up cutting through off-trail.
Tottenham Tract is not a large area so I was able to guide us easily back to the trail we should have met up with.
The trail runs down the length of the forest following Tottenham Road. I tried to keep us inside the forest, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. We were the first to break the snow on this section.
We did a figure eight along the bottom portion of the Simcoe County Forest, then followed the main path back up as it gently rounded the northeast corner.
The top-most trail we followed was set far enough back that we couldn’t quite see Line 2. As we walked, a train passed at the crossing we were parked – this, too, was only barely visible between all the trees.
127m elevation gain
Do you dare to venture out in this cold? Tell me about below!