Oak Ridges Moraine Trail
The Oak Ridges Moraine stretches for over 160 kilometres across the most populated area of Ontario. It is the source of 65 major streams or rivers and provides clean, safe drinking water to over a quarter of a million people living on the Moraine. The Moraine forest, wetlands and open meadow are vital in maintaining a healthy ecosystem for Toronto and the GTA. It also provides beautiful space for recreation use.
The Oak Ridges Moraine Trail is a key water resource, a rich bank of bio-diversity, and a beautiful landform ideally suited for hiking. Much of the surface is said to have a kame and kettle relief. Hummocky hills (kames) are interspersed with hollows (kettles). The hills are composed of sandy and gravelly materials with the underlying till or boulder clay sometimes protruding to form high ridges. A kettle forms where a huge block of ice broken off the glacier is surrounded or buried by materials released by the melting glacier. When the ice melts, a hole is left, often forming a lake, such as Mary Lake and Lake Seneca in King.
There are 7 different trails for hiking in King.
The Oak Ridges Trail Association offers guided hikes on a year round basis. These are a fabulous way to get close to nature, meet new people, and have some fun exercise. Before joining a hike, you are advised to:
- Select a hike according to your own physical ability
- Arrive at hike 15 minutes before the start time to complete registration requirements
- Dress appropriately for the weather
- Bring sufficient water, snacks/lunch (for longer hikes) and suitable equipment according to the terrain and weather conditions (snowshoes after heavy snow falls and icers for most winter/spring hikes).
Be Your Own Guide
Look for the distinctive signposts marking entrances to the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail. You will find these signposts at:
- Dufferin Street - on the west side, north of Bloomington. This walk will take you to Lake Seneca and the historic Eaton Hall
- Keele Street - on the east side, north of Bloomington. This hike is a continuation of the one from Dufferin Street.
- Keele Street - on the west side, north of Bloomington. This hike will take you up to the 16th Sideroad. You could stop into Pine Farms Orchard for lunch, or walk west along the 16th Sideroad to get to Happy Valley.
Happy Valley can be accessed at the corner of 16th Sideroad and Weston Road, on the west side. Look for the two posts that mark the entrance.