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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +361/165 ft
Total: 73 riders
 

Mountain Biking Christie Lake

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#66 of 311 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#2934 in the world

A newer trail system with room to grow. Fantastic loops of extremely well groomed single track. IMBA helped here, so the trails are very well constructed. The berms are a real blast to ride. Not overly technical but fast with great flow.

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 
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1000 Highway 5 West
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Q: There are approximately 8 to 10 trails within the Conversation area, most of which have turning options. The majority of the trails also link up giving you several options. Outside of one trail, all trails can be ridden in either direction.

Q: How many singletrack sections are there? I found about 4...
A: There are approximately 8 to 10 trails within the Conversation area, most of which have turning options. The majority of the trails also link up giving you several options. Outside of one trail, all trails can be ridden in either direction.

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  • Brian Kimbel
    ****

    Nice mix of trails, and well laid out. Trails are well maintained. Biggest drawback is that there are not enough trails to ride on, especially for the admission price ($10).

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  • SnDin9
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    Great trails, lots of fun! Lots of roots but they are easy to ride. No rock gardens (I hate rocks so this was nice) and nothing too technical. Fast flowing and fun! 'Devil's Punchbowl' and the 'EBB and Flow' trails are a must ride. EBB is very smooth, fast, has a couple little jumps and offers a difficult or easy exit trail. Both are great and allow you to loop back and do it again and again.

    Be careful of overgrowth on all trails, many sections you're going in blind. Lots of branches hanging at head height and the trials are lined with thorns and bur bushes. Goggles or glasses are a must along with full fingered gloves; long sleeve shirt and pants would be a good idea as well... Unless you enjoy being blinded and whacked in the face by branches and cut up by thorns.

    Despite the overgrowth I still had a blast riding these trails, and the EBB and Flow made for a lot of fun. It would be great to see more trails like EBB but with more jumps for added excitement.

    If you walk or bike in it's $5/person, otherwise it's $10/car, so make sure you get your money's worth and hit all the trails.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
    *****

    Kudos to the trail builders!
    Amazing use of the area with numerous switchbacks with burms. Some corners slightly wet but overall dry for the amount of rain we've had

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  • Christian Moniz
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    Always a fun ride close to home. Not technical but you can certainly go fast through all the flowy trails. The trail builders do well here and it seems like they are building more.Just be careful because it is not unidirectional and there is almost always head on traffic. Always fun!

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  • jm226
    ****

    Great area for riding close to home. No one on the trails today aside from some walkers and dogs who stuck to the double track. The singletrack was clean, flowy, and fast. Some fun bermed runs and small jumps as well. Only con is the payment when entering, $10 for a car. Perhaps another entrance is nearby!

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  • celticceith
    ****

    Trail survived the October 3rd wind storm fairly well. Some trails are covered in pine needles and a fair amount of small branches. One trail is blocked due to a large tree limb having fallen.

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  • Mark Palmer
    ****

    Great trails to date - look forward to the new trails as they are built. Good single track with solid berms and switchbacks.

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  • Govenor
    *****

    Great twisty flowing trails. A lot of new trails not on map so talk to someone who knows the area. Nothing too technical, no real challenging climbs, but fun.
    Trails not one way so be careful. Double track for easy ride.
    Lots of picnic tables and shady areas for post ride relaxing.

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  • ***

    Fun twisty packed tail runs. Not really a loop, more or less sections that you can ride over and over again.

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  • BurnHard
    *****

    Awesome trails. Well maintained with lots of berms. There's even a mini freestyle area with a sign that says G-OUT which is a lot of fun. The signage leaves something to be desired as it was my first time there so it was at points difficult to tell where I was. They sure are better than the Iroquois Heights trail though... $10 for a vehicle to park and $5 for each passenger is well worth it. I'll be back!

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  • ****

    I have been back. Enjoyed the ride. The system is being expanded and you can see the trails are being carefully built. Entrance fee is annoying especially that there is only one map near the parking lot and the ca can't be bothered to photocopy updated trail maps just double track (free apps can do this and the gatekeepers excuse that they can't justify the cost is ridiculous when they collected 75.00 just from mtbers that morning, likely more)

    Great system , will be back

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  • ****

    Nice very well groomed trails Berms everywhere. G- out is a lot of fun. Isn't the most challenging but fast and smooth. I will return But it will never be my home trail but that may be because I am cheap. $9.00 entry 5.00 for passengers. Kept me going for 2-3 hours but I took a wrong turn and circumvented the lake. And being my first visit I likely missed some stuff. The locals are very friendly and willing to talk and show you stuff

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  • JStobbe
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    I was recommended to go here by some U-Cup riders, who said it was fast with berms. I rode almost the whole section, and then I finally found the "fast" section on Ebb and Flow. Sadly, it was only about 200 metres of fun. The rest of the system seems like "Hey, here's some trees, so let's build some trails" - but the trails just seem to wind, wind, and wind indeterminately. With a lack of any elevation, this was one of the most boring rides I've done. Combine it with the $9 entrance fee (which MUST be paid), I have to say I won't be back. But the whole Christie Lake COnservation Area really is nice - great for families on a summer day :-)

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  • Modded
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    Some fun new trails with some amazing berms, a super fun wall ride and a few small jumps. Can't wait till they get some more of these built!

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  • olimoo
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    The build quality of these trails is top grade - you can tell that IMBA had a hand in their construction. The problem is there's just not quite enough of it built yet. There's 5km of singletrack, over three difficulty grades, but the "difficult" Devil's Punchbowl trail won't technically challenge an experienced rider. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to come across so negative. What has been built so far is fast, rolling, flowing and fun singletrack but you'll get through it all in half an hour or so, and you'll knock out 2 or 3 three laps before it gets repetitive. Lots more trail is planned and I'll be back for sure as they add new sections.

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  • *****

    Very fast! Great flow. Not very long.

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