Ganaraska Forest

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.79 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: 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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Q: do we need own mountain bikes or are there rentals? -Guest

A: No rentals.

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Reviews (15)
 

Gnarly


May 24, 2017
 
Review: This was my first time this year in Ganaraska and I had a good time. I did 30km and I would say p of single-track was leaf and debris free. They had a race there on Saturday so the organizer and volunteers did a real good job of cleaning it up. Hopefully Ganaraska stuff will take care of the rest of the debris, fallen trees and old leafs. Trail is a bit soft in certain sections but with more riders and rain will be as good as last year. Watch out for horse poop as they are giving Paul's Dirty Enduro whole other meaning.

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Gnarly


February 4, 2017
 
Review: Did anybody ever done Fat winter biking in Ganaraska? I heard they are open for fat bikes.

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Gnarly


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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Ganaraska Forest MTB Trail 3.79 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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