Maple Keys Sugar Bush Short Loop Trail

EASY 3 reviews

Maple Keys Sugar Bush Short Loop Trail is a 1.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Huron East, Ontario, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 km Elevation Gain: 19 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


This is one of the most popular trails located within the Hullett Marsh. It's easily accessible from a large parking area, just 3 km. from the town of Clinton. The trail passes through a large tract of mature, closed-canopy maple-beach forest. There are two loops - a short one, and another that is much longer. The longer loop passes an area of swamp and open water close to the center of the forest tract. Other connecting trails pass through old fields in various stages of succession. Maple is the dominant tree in much of this forest area. Also, the "bush" contains the remains of a long-abandoned maple sugaring operation - hence the trail name. The forest topography is somewhat rugged in places, and the trail surface can be rough, with some rocks and roots. Sturdy footwear should be worn. During wet times of year, rubber boots are recommended. Birdwatchers should know that the area is "birdy" and the woods contain good numbers of Eastern Screech Owls. People wishing to hike this trail should know that there is no sign board with a map, and sometimes trail maps (in the bright yellow boxes) are not available. Fortunately, the trail is easy to follow, and well marked.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Poorly maintained area, many of the boardwalks are rotted and falling apart. Peaceful area, short walk to back end where it hits farmers field.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Not sure why the error, but the previous review refers to the wrong trail. Maple Keys Sugar Bush Conservation Area is nowhere near Clinton, Ont. or the Hullet Marsh area. It is south east of Molesworth on Maple Keys Line. I have just returned from a winter hike and found it peaceful and beautiful, although the trail is poorly marked and I found myself walking much farther than the 1 km estimate given. It does cover a wide variety of ecosystems and is of moderate difficulty. Boardwalks through wetlands are in bad shape, which I suspect is due to recent flooding. There are 2 linear trails which could rather easily be connected for a longer loop. Hopefully the MVCA will be making this a reality in the near future. I look forward to returning in the spring.

22 days ago

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