Hiking

Starkey Hill Trail

Spring is finally here in Southern Ontario after what was a brutal winter, I thought I would share a hike that Margaret and I took last year in May on the Starkey Hill Trail near Guelph Ontario. This trail is about 4 kilometers and has so many different types of terrain. From pine forest to swampy low areas, this trail delivers.

Starkey Hill Trail
Starkey Hill Sign

A video from our hike

Here is a video of from the trail. It will give you an idea of the surroundings as you hike.

 

 

The Starkey Hill Trial is connected by the Arkell Side Trail. We haven’t had a chance to explore the other trails that are connected yet, but will. This location is very popular with individuals and families. We usually head out on our hikes early in the morning and this is a great time to enjoy a quiet hike.

Starkey Hill Trail
Arkell Side Trail Marker

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Margaret heading getting started

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Fresh new leaves

Last year we seemed to get the right amount of moisture to make everything turn lush green. Every thing from the moss on the trees and rocks to trillium growing beside the trail.

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Trail reflections

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Tree with lush green moss

 

Starkey Hill Trail
A group of trillium at the side of the trail

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Light violet trillium

As you hike the trail you will wander through pine forest grassy meadows and past the occasional thorny tree.

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Pine forest

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Thorn tree

If you are quiet enough, you might see chickadees, bluejays and maybe a turkey vulture or two fly above.

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Chickadee with a pine nut

 

Starkey Hill Trail
Hollow log

Check out the links below for more information:

http://suburbantourist.ca/outdoors/hiking/hiking-at-starkey-hill-near-guelph-ontario/

http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document.cfm?Sec=92&Sub1=2

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/starkey-hill-trail

We will be heading back this May to once again explore the Starkey Hill Trail. We might see you on the trail then.

 

 

 

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Frank Bourne

Frank Bourne

A Burlington boy with a love of the outdoors, camping and hitting the highways for road trips, Frank is a marketing and sales specialist who loves exploring and adventures on weekends with his wife Margaret.

His passion for outdoor living, survival skills, and good food means he’s always sharing tips on the best places to camp, roads to take in Ontario for breath-taking views, or interesting recipe ideas with locally grown foods.