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Level: Advanced
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +362/ -334 ft
Total: 38 riders

Mountain Biking Harold Town Ca

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#23 of 312 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#1,387 in the world

The best start to the loop can be found by riding west towards the far end of field from the parking area. Trail is on the North side and heads towards the road into the cedar trees. Once you are through the lower trail (Kessel Run) then start by climbing Uptown or going straight through to Shack Wacky. Terrain is challenging, with lots of rocks and roots and climbing.

First added by HTP_biker on Oct 10, 2010. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
East of Peterborough on Old Norwood Road
New parking lot can be found at 911 #2611
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  • Scale940

    Great trails , lots of flow as well obstacles to challenge even the best bikers . Highly recommend these trails to everyone

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  • ridgeryder

    great trails, very well maintained. needs more obstacles.

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  • Steven Wigglesworth

    Something for everyone! great beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. I am a beginner and was able to conquer a black diamond with only some difficulty. big, crazy fast hills, short, fast pace downhill trails, amazing berms, tricky and ruff long trails, lots of interesting rock and tree features, some are shown in the photos above. can't wait to go again, but is especially fun on trail day, as you can test out many demo bikes for Specialized, Rocky Mountain, and Norco. Even Joyride was there with their portable pump track and skill features. very enjoyable, great help and knowledge if anything goes wrong, defiantly the best trails within a half hour of peterborough!

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  • rgage

    the trails are regularly used and seems to bring a good variety of riders. trials are challenging but fun with plenty of uphill to get that heart rate to near bursting, but the downhill single track is defiantly worth the climb. its free and its probably the best thing around that i know of just outside of peterborough.

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  • deanah2012

    Excellent trails. Always expanding and maintaining. Something for everyone here. Fast flowing trails to tight technical.

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  • Joe_Fred

    Really nice trails in a compact area. Lots of climbs and descents with tight switch backs. Trails for entire range of skills. Can be wet at base of hill.

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  • kladd-spesh

    Such a great hidden gem!! You have to work to get to the top but it is so worth it. Trail has all skill levels. Here is the order I did it in from other' recommendations:

    Kessel Run,
    Barfa Lounger,
    Laundry Chute,
    Pot Shot,
    Shack Wacky,
    Screaming Trees

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  • Kuhlbike

    Found Haroldtown while googling for new places to ride within an hour of Oshawa.
    First time there, I took a hardtail 9er [a CCM POS]. I was humbled by the quick twists and turns in the lower woods just west of parking lot. Part of my intimidation factor was my lack of skill at the time and dark sunglasses in a very shady and dark course.
    Next time, I had many more hours of experience from Long Sault CA and 2004 Giant NRS Air that I had just bought used. Much, much better. More skills, 26 wheels, clear eye protections, full suspension, etc and I was able to ride the lower technical woods with only a few spots where I needed to jump off bike. And I made it up the switchbacks to the top and down the long run back to parking lot.
    I've been back a couple of times since and it gets better each time.
    Most recently was in June for the Wildrock/Trek/Specialized Demo Day. Took an Epic Carbon 29er with brain and 1x10 drive train and it was perfect for there.
    The bike was over $7Gs so I'd hope so, eh?
    I'm shopping for a 650B Trance or Camber for next year. Would love to try it at Haroldtown as it may be small area, it has it all.
    Wildrock in PB lets bikes out for testing there, so if I buy new, it'll likely be from them...
    PS: When going up the switches, be sure that you are on the right trail. One is designed to ride down and you'll soon know that as you try to go up.
    And if you decide to take it down, be sharp! There are some unforgiving twists and turns and drops...
    I gave it a 4 only because it is a small area. Worth the drive tho.

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  • *****

    This is an awesome trail system with trails for everyone especially if your still on a 26er with narrow handles if like me you've converted to somthing bigger

    Beware that some tight corners almost require a complete stop and at some points between trees I actually had to push my bike through or alternatively punch to trees at the same time

    But that seems to be only the case on the older trails ( and this does not mean you should not try them :) )
    Love it recommend the drive I am going back 1:10h from my home

    By the way if you are new to this system I disagree with the start route recommended bite the bullet go straight up the the hill out front and choose a trail down. But in all fairness I just go for the ride not fitness. Does that make me a bad person?

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  • stevethompson

    What a fantastic ride!! extremely well maintained!! Trails for every level of rider. I'll be back!!

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  • trplanet

    What a gem! Who knew that Peterborough had such great riding?? This trail had some great climbs, some fun fast downhills, and some fairly technical parts in between. There are some optional man-made features as well that are pretty fun, and have alternative routes if you want to bypass. I rode the trail solo but took a pic of the trail map on my phone and found it very easy to keep track of where I was as each trail is marked with a small sign indicating its name, difficulty and distance. Overall I'm very impressed and will be back.

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  • John Styles

    Trails are awesome. Dry, clean, and clear. Worth the trip.

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  • austinmcgee

    Nice spot, very well maintained

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  • crosby15

    great very technical trail system with some great climbs and very exciting decents.. lots of rock gardens and good features

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  • HTP_biker

    Adding an update to this page. We now have over 14kms of trail with new singletrack being added every year. Trails are still very technical but faster flowier ones are being introduced. Trails are well mainained with new trail map and signage being worked on with hopes of it being up by the end of summer.

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  • *****

    I'm only 13 years old and I love to ride these trails. The lower section is easy but fun to go really fast on. The switch backs are a great work out and are fun to rip down. Anyone wanting to have a good fast trail ride should come here to enjoy the trails

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  • N3WMAN

    Fantastic series of trails. Very technical and well laid out. Very well maintained. Be prepared to pedal, a lot. Lots of tight switchbacks up and down hill.

    This trail system is a must ride for me when in Peterborough.

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  • azzy1923

    Great technical trail. A lot of fun.

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  • inocnt1

    What a blast!!! tight turns, roots and rocks galore! wicked climbs! didn't smash my knuckles once! tight switchbacks! gate at parking was locked. small entrance in the bush about 100m west of parking. not a fast track for sure, but more than makes up for it with great technical challenges. definately using your core on this ride. wish it was closer to home! rode counter clockwise and can see why it would be better riding clockwise!* Review edited 9/6/2011

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  • jstar

    Thanks to those who build and maintain this area.

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