If it wasn’t already obvious, you really don’t have to go far from Toronto to find hiking trails. Today we stick close to home and head out to Durham Region for the Seaton Trail.
There are several access points to the Seaton Trail. I had planned on starting at the north end and working our way down, but turns out the GPS picked up the Whitevale Park entrance. Oh well.
The trailhead at Whitevale Park is on the far side of the fields. And on days like today, puddles gather in front.
It’s still pretty warm for being Thanksgiving weekend, even despite the rain. If you can call it that. It’s sort of that misting effect, which is the worst kind. Sorry for the lens blur.
The trail roughly follows the same route as this river, that might be called Seaton river. I honestly have no idea and would appreciate the educate if you know!
Further down towards Taunton Road, the salmon were making their way up the river. It’s pretty neat to watch.
The Seaton Trail is part of the Oak Ridges Trail Assocation, and so it’s pretty well looked after. I doubt this leaning tree is there anymore.
I learned this because as we parked, a lady came to ask if we were there for “the hike”. Well, “a hike” yes, but not “the hike”. She only had one participant with her when we passed her on the way back. Rain does that to a hike group.
Before we head back though, we take a moment to enjoy the views at this eroded cliff. It’s just north of Taunton Road, and I’m sure if the weather were more cooperative, would provide some even more amazing views. And if Autumn were more cooperative, the colours of the trees would be a sight to see from here as well.
While the north end of the trail is fairly flat, it starts to descend after Taunton Road. First you head down under the bridge. Then you head down some more.
That’s really all there is for ups and downs, to be honest. More flat stretches on your way to Whites Road North, where we turned around and headed back up to Whitevale Park.
This was recommended as one of the best routes for Autumn colours, but with Thanksgiving so early this year, I think it’s just not time for it yet. Still pretty green out there. Maybe next week!
I’ll leave you with the Loch Ness Tree of Seaton Trail.
296m elevation gain
Where do you like to go to get some great views of the changing trees?