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Saturday, 25 March 2017

First Spring Hike at the Doris McCarthy Trail

Last weekend, while it wasn't real warm, it wasn't freezing, nice hiking weather. Doris McCarthy Trail is a hike with quite a bit of an incline to it, for the way back up and out. Perfect for sight seeing and exercise!

The hike down the trail which reaches the shores of Lake Ontario in Scarborough,is about 15 to 20 mins at a leisurely sight seeing pace, longer if one stops to take photos, faster if one just jaunts down to the end with no gawking.

You'll want to gawk though, especially in late Spring and the Summer months. Chances are you'll see the deer if it is early enough in the morning or not too busy, there are a lot of birds, butterflies and dragon flies in the Spring, Summer and early Fall. In very early Spring, there are blossoming trees and pussy willow bushes. It's super exciting, all the things you can spot!

The lake shore area has long waterfront paths that you can follow either east or west. It has a similar structure to Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto Lesleyville area. There is clean fill that builds up some of the shoreline.

During our last weekend's hike, which covered 5.2 kms, around 3:30pm in the afternoon until about 6pm, we spotted a pair of redwinged hawks soaring, a few long tailed and bufflehead ducks and scaups on the water, and quite a few red winged black birds calling back and forth. Other than that, the light was gorgeous, lots of cool rocks and such on the ground, and it was sunny airy slightly nippy but also pleasantly mild at times, day.

It is probably one of the, if not The favourite spot that we like to walk and take pictures at.