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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +633/463 ft
Total: 33 riders
 

Mountain Biking Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

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#65 of 312 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#2,912 in the world

This place caught me by surprise. Its about two thirds doubletrack / one third singletrack winding round some small lakes and up the side of the Niagara Escarpment. Its essentially a few shorter trails that loop totalling 10-11km. Its beautiful countryside and the double track is totally beginner friendly and would keep an intermediate rider happy too. The green trail (cliff top trail) does need more skill and experience though. This single track trail starts off windy and relatively smooth before you're suddenly presented with a rock garden that would intimidate the beginner, shortly after which you drop down a steep switch back between and over boulders. A good technical challenge!
Anything "scary" is totally walkable/avoidable and so its a really good mix of beginner friendly and entertaining for the more experienced rider who will want to crank out a few laps.
Tip: Ride the loop counter clockwise from the main parking lot.

First added by olimoo on Jul 1, 2014. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Fourteen km northeast of Orangeville, four km east of Mono Centre. Take hwy. 10 north from Orangeville to Mono Centre Rd. (Dufferin County Rd. 8), then go east eight km past the village of Mono Centre to the 3rd Line E.H.S. Go north one km on 3rd Line E.H.S. OR take Airport Rd. to Mono Centre Rd. (Dufferin County Rd. 8), then go west to 3rd Line E.H.S. North one km on 3rd Line E.H.S.The main entrance to the park is located along the 3rd Line E.H.S. at a pay parking lot with washrooms.
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  • michaelschafer01
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    Riding really well. Not enough trail here for a serious ride but it's scenic. Somewhat sandy in sections. A few log-overs on the cliff side trail.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz   ✓ supporter
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    Light coating of snow , some dirt showing in some areas was still packed even though lots of rain recently. Ice starting to form on rocks , lower sections of double track had some flooding but easy to go around .
    Great area

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  • eaglehawk101
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    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.

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  • olimoo
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    Good trails to come and knock out a few laps. Ok, so the majority of the doubletrack isn't technically challenging but there are singletrack sections on the cliff top trail that will require a lot more of your attention and the beautiful scenery just makes this a great place to come for a ride that won't tax you too much but that you'll still really enjoy.

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