Monday, December 31, 2012

Lafarge 2000 Trail

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Location: Lafarge 2000 Trail North Terminus @ the junction of Maddaugh Road & Gore Road (signs off Hwy 6 say Concession 12 though!)
Getting There: Park on the side of Maddaugh Road. Not a lot of room, but there's not much traffic through here.
Species of Note: Dark-eyed Junco (slate-coloured)
Obscurity Rating: 4/5 - I'd never heard of it before -- and I thought I knew these things. No obvious signs unless you drive past there. A trailer community exists along part of the trail so residents are likely the most common users of the trail.
Data: eBird Checklist

The Lafarge 2000 trail was opened a long time back, over ten years ago now. While I'd heard of (and travelled) the Defasco 2000 Trail in the Niagara region, the Lafarge trail was news to me! I had read about it online the night before, decided to take a trek out that way. While at the extreme edge, this trail is techically in Hamilton, right on the Flamborough/Puslinch town line.

In the past this trail could have been a road, though it seems unlikely that it was ever a full through road. The trail follows the road allowance where Middletown Road should pass right though, but due to a significantly boggy area on the north it seems construction on this road was deemed too much work for a road with no attached farms.

Last year Dilia and I had taken a few hikes along former roadways and road allowances -- they aren't always officially turned into hiking trails like this one was. I usually refer to these as "ghost roads", and there's actually significant number of them within Hamilton's borders -- both rurally and in urban areas.

Apparently this trail continues all the way to the Hamilton-Brantford Rail trail, although in a sort-of cheating way. About 2/3rds of the "trail" is really just Middletown Road, just a third or less is hiking trail that is signed and closed off from motorized traffic. Nonetheless, it's a nice find. I'll be back later to visit the other segments!

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