Our trails have all been blazed according to a standardized method used across North America. Paint blazes are 2 inch by 6 inch rectangles, and can been seen on trees when hiking or riding through woodlots, or on wooden planks attached to metal posts when adventuring through meadows and grasslands. These types of blazes are used on the Bruce and Appalachian Trails. The colour of the paint blaze corresponds to the colour of the trail on the map.
A double blaze gives warning to a change of direction (i.e. a turn in the trail). The top blaze is slightly offset in the direction of the turn.
Where two trails overlap, two rectangles are painted (one directly above the other) and each blaze is painted to indicate the trail colour. For example, the Purple Loop overlaps the Green Loop therefore a purple rectangle will be seen above a green rectangle when hiking through this section of the Sugar Bush.
The Friends of Hullett are developing a trail maintenance procedure to monitor and maintain the kilometers of trails on the property. We encourage you to volunteer and to come check out the trails twice a year. Being a Trail Ranger will involve: keeping a record of maintenance, painting trail blazes, pruning trees and contacting FOH staff for large jobs such as chainsawing or flooding. For more information about trail maintenance or if you wish to become a Trail Ranger, please contact us at (519) 482-7011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HPWA consists of 7 different coloured trails and our dyke system. The HPWA provides habitat for over 180 species of birds and over 400 plant species. Deer, ducks, tall grass prairies, wild flowers and more can be seen along these trails. The systems have a wide variety of scenery from deciduous forest to views of the various pools, ponds, marshes and swamps at the Hullett Wildlife Area.
Please enjoy and respect our trails. Any and all garbage brought in should leave with you. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. It is good to bring food, water and a cell phone with you -- and don't forget the bug spray!
• The trails at Hullett are open to horseback riding. Horse access is permitted throughout the area, although prohibited in Zone A during the winter, from October 1 to May 1.
• Motorized vehicles are NOT permitted on trails. Please report all motorized vehicles found on the trail or dyke systems to Crimestoppers or OPP and FOH staff.
Level of Difficulty
Level 1: Easy. For families with young children
Level 2: Moderate. Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes.
Level 3: Some hills, natural paths.
Note: Time to complete is based on average adult pace of 4 km per hour. Individual times may vary with grade, ground conditions and ability of the participant.
The blue trail is 2.3 km in length and takes about 30-50 minutes to walk. The level of difficulty is 2.
The trail winds its way through stands dominated by Sugar Maple, White Ash and American Beech, with components of Black Cherry, American Basswood, Eastern Hemlock and Alternate-leaved Dogwood. Woodpeckers, Flickers and Nuthatches abound, you may even catch a glimpse of the Pileated Woodpecker! Hullett is a bird lovers paradise. The Blue Trail is accessed from the parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line or 80591 Front Road.
The Green trail winds 2.4 km through lowland forest and hilly meadow. The level of difficulty is 2.
The trail has woodlands providing good shade for walking and has good opportunities for wildlife viewing. On this trail you can see raptor nests and wood duck boxes. This trail not only runs through the eastern portion of the Sugar Bush, but it travels through fallow field and meadow making this a good place to find a wide variety of wildlife.
The Orange trail is 1.2km with a difficulty level of 2.
A unique feature of this trail is its elevation, as it is the highest region found throughout the marsh. Excellent views of the Bluebill and Pintail pools can be found from the trail or the viewing stand in parking lot at 40677 Summerhill Rd. A solar motus tower can be seen along this trail as well, which is used to monitor bird movement as maintained by Bird Studies Canada.
The Purple trail is 0.3 km and it takes about 5-10 minutes to walk. The level of difficulty is 2.
Hikers will find Eastern hemlock trees along this trail. This trail also has numerous beech trees, whose smooth, grey trunk resembles an elephants leg as it has smooth, gray bark.
The Red trail is 2.2 km long, with a level 2 difficulty.
It is our newest trail, which provides access to one of our disabled hunting blinds and continues to meander through a mix of mature hardwoods and fallow fields. Please be advised that poison ivy lines the trail in areas, so be sure to stay on the trail and wear appropriate footwear.
The Yellow trail is 0.4 km and it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk. The level of difficulty is 2.
The trail cuts through the maple and ash dominant forest of the Sugar Bush. In spring, the forest floor abounds with spring ephemeral wildflowers like trilliums, jack-in-the-pulpit, marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, and others while the trees are active with migrating warblers and vireos. This is a prime area for observing white-tailed deer as well.
The White trail is 4.7 km making it the longest trail at Hullett, and it runs the entire width of Hullett. It takes about 60-90 minutes to walk. The level of difficulty is 2.
The White trail provides an excellent opportunity to witness the forest and meadow ecosystems and how they inter-relate. The trail is also close to agricultural field, fallow field, lush ferns, wooded area, and ponds. Take a moment to examine the wildlife around you. It will become clear how each ecosystem is equally and individually important.