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WILDER FOREST AND WILDLIFE PRESERVE TRAILS REVIEW
At only ten years of age, this is one of Uxbridge’s latest marked trail tracts. That might explain why it doesn’t show on Google maps. Trying to determine it’s boundaries was an exercise in frustration and really not worth the bother. You’ll just have to trust me that there is a set of trails bordered by Brock Rd, Concession 6, Allbright Rd (Pleasure Valley Tract), and the Brock Tract. I couldn’t find any data on trail length so I’m estimating the loop between Brock and Concession #6 to be about 7 km.
There are three road accesses. The main one has a large parking lot at 2499 Brock Rd from the same driveway as Pathways on Pleasure Valley on Brock Rd. The other two are on Concession Rd 6 (Westney Rd) where the “F7” (This link will open Google Maps at the location : https://goo.gl/maps/hN4MUtTBN1m2QJFw5) and “F9” (This link will open Google Maps at the location : https://goo.gl/maps/FiTk6eUb98iVNATm9) posts are situated on the trail map below. The trail can also be accessed by a narrow little strip of land from the Brock Tract trails.
As is typical of trails in the Uxbridge trail complex, this one is quite hilly. Mind you, there were some wide, level valley stretches that we found quite pretty. The understorey is unobstructed so the view through the forest was quite clear. In the Fall, the colors were lovely and the view from the lookout was as good as the trail leading to it. The wife and I entered from the F9 location on Concession #6. We wanted to walk through forest, without having to cross the pasture land from Pathways on Pleasure Valley to get to the forest. On that note, Pathways … Valley is a horse riding school, and they use the trails, so watch your footing in there. We had to step over quite a few mounds of horse “reminders”.
The trails are a mixture of open meadows to the West, and canopied forest to the East. The surface is mostly compacted soil with a fair number of tree root trip hazards. So watch out for them as you watch out for horse evidence. The trails are not marked with tree blazes, but are packed down well enough that even with a carpet of fallen leaves, we had no difficulty navigating our way about. We did notice some red arrows on yellow boards on a few trees, but assumed they were for horse riders. While there aren’t any tree blazes, there are posts with maps on them along the trail. The trail widths are about half and half single file, and two walking side by side.
We noticed quite a few “Trail Closed” signs with explanations of either forest regeneration, or a path leading to private property. Kinda nice to get an explanation as to why the trails were closed. A couple of the closed trails are displayed on their maps, but the alternate new trails were obvious on the ground and easily followed.
The Final Take
Wilder Forest and Wildlife Preserve is a pretty walk through mostly clear understorey forest. It’s quite hilly with appealing views through the forest from the hilltops and ridges. There are some lowland valleys with lovely views too. The trails are not marked with blazes on trees, but are clear enough to follow without them, and there aren’t any mysterious side trails to confuse matters. There are sign posts with maps on them scattered throughout the tract. Be careful of the marker post F4 as a wrong turn there, will lead you into the Brock Tract of trails and quite a ways away from your parking spot. The trails are a blend of single file, and two to walk at the shoulder.
There’s a large parking lot on the Brock Rd. access, and plenty of room on the roadside of Concession #6 to park a coupla cars at both F7 and F9. Other than the bench at the lookout, there are no facilities of any kind on the trail nor at the parking locations. There’s no charge for use nor parking.
Have a nice walk,