Photos by Barry Wallace
Massive maple marks head of trail
The dark monumental Sugar Maple pictured above is situated quite close to the entrance of the Goldie Feldman Nature Reserve, on the south side of the 17th Sideroad, just west of Weston Road. While the entrance to the reserve and its excellent hiking trail is on the sideroad, I prefer to regard the nearby maple as the trailhead marker. On the day I took these pictures, I ran into the peripatetic Mary Asselstine, until recently, King Township's Environmental Stewardship Coordinator. Mary had just finished a hike and we chatted briefly about the size of the mighty maple. I thought it was at least 3' in diameter and Mary thought 3 1/2'. She then told me about another maple further back in the reserve that was at least 5' in diameter! I'll be keeping an eye out for that one. The signage at the reserve now includes a large sign (bottom photo) that includes an excellent trail map, showing routes, interpretive signs, boardwalks, etc.
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