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Level: Advanced
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +36,750/56 ft
Total: 166 riders
 

Mountain Biking 3- Stages

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#10 of 311 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#352 in the world

Network of trails about 20km many to choose from there are a few good down hills that are rooted and rocky so you may want a bike with a bit more travel. Use a tire that has about 2.25 or greater and have fun. There is alot of up and down with tight and twisty sections. A must ride!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
400 to Barrie. Go up Main St till 26 West.. Turn Left on to 26....Take it till it turns to 91. Contiune until it hwy 24 ...Turn right travel unit Poplar side road turn Left on it and continue unit Osler turn Right and go for about 1km and turn Left on Grey Rd 19 unit 2nd line turn left go unit you reach Sideroad 6 train head is right here and park car
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Collingwood, Ontario

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Advanced | 12 mi

Rider questions

Q: Is it okay for begeners? Looking to bring my girlfriend would it be okay for her. Never ridden trails before.
A: No, 3-Stages would be a terrible introduction to mountain biking for a beginner. The Black Diamond rating is accurate and the warnings below about GPS should not be under estimated. I wouldn't take anyone into 3-Stages with anything less than a solid year of Blue Square Trail riding and 5.5 inch Full Suspension bike and trusted GPS unit.

Q: Do people ride here in the winter?
A: Yes. The snowshoers apparently pack trails enough for lots of fat bike fun.

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  • mymoneypls
    *****

    First time at 3 stages went winter fat biking. Just an amazing network of trails. I was fortunate to meet up with a local that showed me around. Can't wait to get back in the summer with the fully. Conditions were amazing. Snow fills in all the technical rock sections. Still some difficult obstacles.

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  • michaelschafer01
    ****

    Awesome intermediate trail system. Top area from the parking lot can be a bit confusing so bring your GPS. If you drop down to the Pretty River, be prepared for a challenging climb back up the Niagara Escarpment. Best ridden when dry. The rocks are mossy and slippery and the clay is too when wet.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
    ***

    We'll setup network of trails but no maps and signs. Made good use of Trailforks.
    Seems to have rained recently so there where many mud and water potholes but over all good ride.

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  • eaglehawk101
    *****

    This place is tough and amazingly fun -- it's exactly what mountain biking should be! There's tonnes of technical stuff -- big rocks, slotted rock corners, root-filled climbs and lots of variable elevation. Your legs and lungs will scream, but then again, so will you (from joy) as you rocket down the enduro-ish runs. There must be 60-80 km of trails in there and they twist and connect in odd ways. It's tough to navigate, so find someone who knows them to take you out (we did).

    We started out at the lot at the 2nd line and went in from the top. We spent three hours on the trails and only got to the big ridge across the middle (we chose not to go further south to save ourselves the big climb back up).

    Don't bother going if you think Albion is the bomb. You will NOT enjoy it. Do go if you enjoy places like Buck or Agreement Forest where your skills will truly be tested.

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  • Downhill Mike
    *****

    The only Enduro place in Southern Ontario that I can think of. I had a good time and thanks to those people who are taking care of this place. It was my second time there and I decided to ride all the way down to Pritty River. Those downhill sections are awesome but almost impossible to ride them up so I was told by the locals to use South Access Road for climbing back which will bring you to south rd 6.

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  • tool5150
    *****

    Do not ride this place in the rain. Do it when its a little dryer. Amazing DH runs and some really techie root/rock sections. Can do without the massive climb to repeat the DH though :)

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  • olimoo
    ****

    I only had one and a half hours so started from the parking lot at Side Road 6 / 2nd Line and just went exploring. There was a really nice balance of hard-packed trail and rooty, rocky climbs and descents. It was fast, technical and packed with endless opportunities to rip off your derailleur. Next time I'm there I'll make sure I have more time and I'm positive these trails will earn their 5th star. Oh, and when people say take a GPS, or someone that knows the trails, believe them. Its a maze (albeit a wonderous maze) of trails, and getting lost isn't just easy, its inevitable on a first time visit.

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  • slipfinger
    *****

    I rode 3-stages back in mid-May and the trail was in excellent shape. If you're looking to get your heart rate up and your legs working this trail system is the place. 3-stages offers everything from, fast flowy descents, rocks and roots to lung busting climbs. I recommend going with someone that knows the trails, as the trails are all over the place. Once you know your way around you can put together some really great loops, we were able to ride 19KM and not ride the same trail. Beginners are warned these trails are not a good place to go for an easy Sunday afternoon ride. I have only ridden 3-stages once, but plan on making it a regular stop whenever I'm in the area.

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  • *****

    I've only been here once but from what I've Riden on its probably the best place in Ontario. It has a variety of everything and is a good trail for experienced riders looking for some fun

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  • banff
    *****

    without a doubt the best in Ontario but requires strong physical and technical ability. Lots of variety. A must do ride

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  • *****

    Great flowy trails. A great variety of everything. Best spot around!

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  • ben098
    *****

    I was in there yesterday during the beginnings of an april snowstorm. manged to explore some ups and downs on the northwest end of the moraine.

    the 4X4 trails where 6th and 2nd road meet are flooded by a beaver's reservoir.

    sweet single track connected by a network of double track.

    There seems to be a big loop possibility traversing the moraine east to west before climbing the escarpment, coming back across and descending.

    Smaller DH missions for a quick afternoon ride are there for the taking as well.

    Expect tiring climbs, pumpy single track and white knuckle descents. In my two laps on the northwest end I found 150 meter+ descents that harboured everything from flowy hard pack to root choked gnar fests peppered with moss slicked rocks. In a word... Epic!

    Keep a 'visi' vest handy in case you fin yourself biking in hunting season.

    On getting lost... I can see it happening. The CA is pretty big and I imagine the forest can get as thick as pea soup in the summer. Just remember that downhill will eventually return you to the road which is probably where your car is. That being said you still might find yourself with a bit of unplanned pedalling to get to safety. A PR or a sandwich are good ideas to keep your spirits high while you get down.

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  • Knapper
    *****

    Pretty River Vally Provincial Park / 3- Stages. This place is insane! Beleve me do not enter on your first second third time here without some sort of navigational tool compass, map, GPS and guide. I would highly recomend Parking on the Sideroad 6 and ride the trails on the top of the mountain for some awsom fast single trck. If you start following the trail to the base of the hill be prepared to ride for a couple of hours to get back to the top. In the lower section it gets extreamly steep downs into technical and rocky tracks and many of them. Truly and adventure and a must ride in Ontario.

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  • kingofthecrate
    *****

    all I can say is these trails span 80 miles worth of single and double track. From rocks to logs and roots and everything in between, by far the BEST trails ive ever ridden in ontario. You could blast this place for days and never end up in the same spot..

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  • Syd Patricio
    *****

    Tight and twisty sections with some long decents. Great place to go fast. One of my personal favorites. Take a bike with a bit more travel and enjoy. This trail can be ridden with just an XC bike but taking a good decent trail bike you really have fun.

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