August 25, 2014
This place was a real surprise. It's more than the doubletrack as described in other reviews. There's a connection to the Dufferin Forest (Mono Tract) that will deliver you a near 20 km ride. Follow the Carriage (red) Trail to where it meets the Walter Tovell trail. Turn right. You'll pass a small lake. When you hit the next big junction, turn left and head up Puke Hill (not marked as such on the map, but aptly named by an overeager mountain biker who ate a little too soon before a ride LOL). It's really the Cliff Top Trail. Go past the viewing platform and you'll come upon a right turn before long. This will take you to the Mono Tract. It's fabulous singletrack. You'll know you're in the right place when you're along some backyard fences. And you'll come upon a steep downhill that requires dismounting for all but the bravest (or stupidest ... take your pick). The trail flies along, but you need to watch for tire tracks to the right (a 90-degree turn) as you fly down a hill. Loop back to the right (again, follow the tracks). You'll pass an old abandoned VW bug. This stretch is an amazing long flowing trail that rides fast (there's a serious whoop-de-do factor). Then double back on the singletrack and back to the Cliff Top Trail (green). Go right (south) and follow the Cliff Top; it goes on a switchback through some massive boulders (it's seriously technical and dangerous unless you've been riding for a long time). You'll pick up the Walter Tovell Trail again and fly back to the Carriage and out. There's also a long (and steep) stretch up the blue trail to the north, but you should enjoy climbing if you decide to go up. There are sheltered toilets and pay parking (take lots of change -- the prices posted on the Parks Ontario web site are outdated). The combo of in-park double-track and Dufferin forest swoopy singletrack make this an absolute gem.