Ganaraska Forest

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.77 out of 5
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Intermediate
322
km

Singletrack
↑ 300 m
↓ 300 m
270
elevation (m)

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Trail Description
About this trail
There are 100s of km of single track and double track trails here. Many climbs and technical gnarly sections. Something for everyone. Off Highway 115 south of Peterborough/north of the 401. Fee to use conservation area, payable at main gate. About $10.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: do we need own mountain bikes or are there rentals? -Guest

A: No rentals.

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Q: Average time to ride Paul's dirty 60 -Guest

A: Just did the 15 k for the first time. Under 60 minutes with a few stops. Trails well marked but can be a little confusing.

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Reviews (13)
 

Gramcounter


December 7, 2016
 
Review: If you are looking to ride some natural terrain this place has the best single track in Southern Ontario. Signage is good so you cant get lost. Still some leafs on the trails but In a week or so should be a good place for fat biking.

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Gramcounter


July 3, 2016
tedwiktor Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is a great place to ride. The single tracks are seemingly endless. There is a good variety of both up and down hill, without anything too steep.

My favorite spot on the trail is the "pines", the ground is covered in a carpet of needles and is quite picturesque.

There is nothing man made in here, this is the best natural mountain biking around this area, with a good variety of roots, and fallen trees to navigate over.

Was just on the trail on July 1st, and the trails do have quite a bit of debris, but that didn't hold us back from doing the 30K loop.

I found the signage to be better this year than in past, but even if you don't go with a GPS, the single track will eventually lead to a fire trail, and you can get back to the parking lot fairly easily from there.

If you don't like crowded areas, this is the place for you. Just prepare yourself for the incredible amount of poison ivy - as long as your protected, your ok.

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Granny Gear

April 28, 2016
 
Review: Deforestation/forest clean up in progress. A lot of single track is covered in debrie. Double tracks and main routes are clear.

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Trailblazer

September 19, 2015
Tall Man Trailblazer  
 
Review: Home of the annual (20 years and running) "Paul's Dirty Enduro" with 100, 60, 30 and 15 k routes.

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Bunny Hop

September 19, 2015
deanah2012 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I've ridden the 15 km and 30 km loops over the past month (Aug/Sept 2015). Great single track with a good mix of technical climbs and descents. 15, 30, and 60 km loops are well marked by the Paul's Dirty Enduro signage. Only downside is the poison ivy! Wear long socks (knee high) or long full length tights/pants. Riding after a rain helps with some of the sandy climbs too. Excellent trails

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Trailblazer


May 17, 2015
tnt_bike Trailblazer  
 
Review: Really fun trails. I rode here as part of a marathon race and I know there's way more than we did but what I saw was excellent. Some really long climbs and twisty singletrack. It had rained the day before which is ideal here because of the sandy soil and I understand it gets really loose when it's dry. Be careful of the poison ivy, There's tons of it. Wash yourself well right after your ride with an oil cutting cleaner (like Sunlight) and be sure to wash your bike well and quarantine your clothes or you could pick up the poison ivy oils long after riding here.

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Trailblazer

April 22, 2015
 
Review: did the first half of the Epic, very flowy trail, didn't have an issue finding my way around without a map.

Similar Trail: Northumberland

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Doubletrack


September 22, 2014
olimoo Doubletrack  
 
Review: The Ganaraska forest is massive, with 100s of KMs of trails to explore. Stick to the orange and pink arrows that mark out the courses for "Paul's Dirty Enduro" (an annual xc endurance race held in the forest) and you'll find yourself experiencing some tough climbs and fast flowing singletrack twisting between the trees. There are some fun (but short) descents too and some sandy, loose corners that keep things fun. Be warned though, its still possible to get lost so bring a gps with you so you can get back to the parking lot at the Ganaraska Forest Centre.

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Poseur

August 5, 2013
karlhanzv Poseur  
 
Review: One of the best trails in the east end. Great for stamina and skills enhancement and an alternative for Durham forest.

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Gramcounter


June 24, 2012
mwilson7 Gramcounter  
 
Review: So I just finished riding the trail for the last two days and thought I would share my experience. Based on the previous reviews I was quite concerned about getting lost due to the apparent lack of signage and when I went on the internet I couldn't really find any great maps either but figured I'd give it a try anyway. So yesterday I headed to the trail head and took a look around and found trail maps that you could take with you on the trail along with signs for various trails that at the time appeared to be well marked. Very different that what I read from previous reviews. I decided to ride the orange trail as it was about 18 or so kms which is about what I wanted to ride. As I followed the trail I came across a purple sign that said "IMBA EPIC RIDE" with an arrow pointing down a small trail. It turns out that back in 2008 or so the IMBA added this trail system to their Epic ride list and the local MTB clubs put signs up to follow for 15,30,60 and 100km trails. I decided to follow the 15km signs. Although the pink/purple signs were pretty obvious I ran into one intersection where there wasn't a sign (it had fallen down so I but it back up as best I could) but a quick scan to the right and left revealed a sign to my left so I was about to continue on. About 3/4 of the way through the trail I missed a turn and ended up taking a detour for 1-2 miles on a forest road. Eventually the 15km Epic trail crossed this road again and I was about to pick it up and continued back to the parking lot. I believe my mileage (I'm from the US and my garmin is in miles) was about 6.6 so I was short the 9.3 or so that I expected from a 15km track. I went back today and started from the first EPIC TRAIL sign I saw and watched a little more carefully for the signs and found the one I missed and boy was I glad I did. Overalll the trail is quite fun and has some challenges in it but there is about 1-2 miles or so towards the end which are some of the best mountain bike trails I've been on in my short 3 years of mountain biking. Overall this trail is a must ride if you are anywhere close to it and don't be afraid of what others say about the signs. If you follow the EPIC TRAIL signs you'll be rewarded with a fun 15km+ trail that is quite challenging. One thing I did note is that they colored trails (orange, yellow blue I believe) are forest roads and aren't really challenging so I'd highly recommend sticking to the Epic Trail if you are looking for some fun single track mountain biking. I will be back! Cost to get in was $6CAD and is payable by the honor system and the shack at the entrance. When you pull in the trailhead is to the left of the conference center type building. You'll see some large boards and two outhouses. The trail starts to the left.

* Review edited 6/23/2012

Similar Trail: Highland

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Ganaraska Forest MTB Trail 3.77 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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