Wakaw Hills Hike Nov. 4, 2018
Hike Leader Cliff Speer, 306-653-5693 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wakaw Hills hike has a bit of history. It was the first in a series of new hikes that I began developing 11 years ago in areas closer to Saskatoon that the Nordic Club had not previously hiked in. This hike has gradually turned from a two-stage hike into a full single-stage hike centred mainly in a network of trails formerly used by the now defunct Pine Grove Snowmobile Club. It has been a challenging and fascinating exercise to fashion a circular hiking route out of a tangled web of now partially overgrown trails. Sort of like a corn maze, but on a more extensive scale!
The Wakaw hike takes place in the Minichinas Hills, a prominent glacial formation left by the retreating Wisconsin Ice Sheet, some 10,000 years ago. The other new hikes in the series which I’ve led in the same geological formation are the Rock of Ages hike near Cudworth, and most recently, the Dana Hike in the Meacham area. All these hikes will take you to places that are off the beaten track.
A few precautionary notes are in order: specifically, watch where you’re walking and wear sturdy boots with good ankle support. The Wakaw Hills route has spots of rough ground and places that are only being tracked by deer, moose and elk! As with all the Nordic Club’s fall hikes, we share the areas with hunters, so wearing bright colored clothing is advisable.
On the trail, there is a moderate amount of continuous elevation change, plus a few steep hills, interspersed with relatively level sections. Most of the route is through aspen forest with the occasional open meadow or hill top view point. There are a few abandoned gravel pits that the trail traverses, and overall, lots of variety in trailside scenery. Up to the point of my route reconnaissance & trail clearing on Oct 17, there had been no ATV traffic to pack a path to make walking easier, so we will be trekking through some knee-high vegetation in places.
I estimate the total distance to be approx. 12 km with a short-cut option to reduce the overall distance by approx. 3.5 km.
The hike will conclude with a ten minute drive to Wakaw to attend the fall supper at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church on Main St. This is one of the best suppers on the fall supper circuit! For details check their site: http://www.sttheresawakaw.com/news/
The attached photos are from the Nov 2, 2016 hike. This hike was
"snowed out" last year, so I moved the hike to Eb's Trails instead to
make hiking a little more manageable. Would be nice to get a blast of
tee-shirt weather like 2 yrs. ago!
This is the last hike scheduled for the fall hiking season, so make sure to circle your rec. calendar for Nov. 4. Members are welcome to carry on hiking as weather permits, but you will need to organize same informally via the SNSC Yahoo group site.
For more general info on hiking see the Nordic Club site http://www.saskatoonnordicski.ca/adult/ski-touring-hiking
* Note Change of Meeting place * We will assemble at 9:45 to register & carpool at the Saskatoon Field House at the SW corner of College Dr. & Preston Ave. (in the NE paved parking lot # 19) in order to depart at 10 am.