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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +265/224 ft
Total: 59 riders
 

Mountain Biking Palgrave Trail

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#179 of 312 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#8679 in the world

Packed Sand, great to ride in rain or shine, lost of twists and turns to keep it fun and some good climbs. Map at the parking lot to guide you through the double track to get to the head of the single.

First added by on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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Parking on the west side of Hwy 50, a few hundred meters north of Palgrave.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Bolton, Ontario

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Intermediate | 20 mi

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  • tnt_bike
    *****

    A mix of multi-use (horse, hike, bike) trails and purpose built mtb trails. The multi-use trails are just OK but the dedicated mtb trails are fantastic, kudos to the trail builders. Can be ridden in both directions but it seems like the intention was to be ridden counter clockwise.

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  • michaelschafer01

    Trails have some serious erosion in parts. A few sections are still wet. Totally rideable but please walk the wet spots!

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  • Paul Loeffelholz   ✓ supporter
    **

    Creative network of trails with many switchbacks. Over all conditions varied from mud in the sunny areas to some snow and water with lots of ice through out the forests
    Still a great ride and now have to go back when it's summer to check it out at speed

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  • eaglehawk101
    ****

    Fun and flowy IF you go the right direction. I didn't enjoy it the first time out, but today, I rolled in the opposite direction. What a change. Palgrave has fantastic flow -- sharp uphills on well-planned switchbacks and GREAT downhills. My fat bike ate the place up. If you park off Hwy 50, go RIGHT on the first singletrack you find. Counterclockwise is the only way to go (unless you enjoy cursing).

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  • Downhill Mike
    ****

    This place is awesome for fat biking in the winter. When I came here today it looked like a hard packed snow but it was a snow powder with ice underneath. It was snowing so as I was leaving it locked like the snow was sticking to the ice and making it less icy but there will be still a good amount of icy sections. If you got studded tires bring them because you will need them for the next couple of days. Take your time on the trails because I am sure there will be still some tricky sections. Other than that the place is awesome and trails are super flowy. The reason I gave this place 4 star and not five is because it's pretty smal for me and I usually like to put in a least three hours of riding. Also the place is alot bigger then what it says on Singletracks. I would say about 15-18 km. Awesome place go ride it!

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  • Joe_Fred
    ****

    As with previous reviews: excellent flow, excellent maps at trail heads, well maintained. Really impressed how well trails shed water. Had planned to ride Albion Hills, but closed due to rain. Palgrave completely dry morning after huge thunderstorm. Not a mud hole to be found.

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  • wmartin0110
    ****

    Great trails! You will love the flow once you get a bit familiar. Lots of nice descents, and some challenging ascents. I think the trails are marked pretty well, but I would recommend having a map handy for your first time there.

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  • Christian Moniz
    **

    While what I rode was well maintained, I couldn't find flow anywhere here. I felt like every damn trail I entered I was riding backwards. It would seriously help this place out to add some decent signage. Even some small pin-in-the-ground arrow signs would do wonders. I was tired after 4 hours at Albion Hills and little patience to try to link the trails together to find flow. Can't get lost here, which is a plus but definitely disappointing since I was told this place was a hidden gem. I'm sure it is once you know the trail. I would have loved to experience this place as it was described here and by others. If the trail maintainers read this, please consider adding some better signage! Thanks!

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  • edinunzio
    ****

    First day of spring, trails were 95% dry. nice flow. some cleaning to be done. Great place to ride.

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  • Rowerzysta
    ****

    Beautifully maintained, easy to ride, great for someone who is relatively new to the sport. Virtually no rocks, a few roots, some climbs but nothing major. Just North of Bolton (and Albion Hills), close enough to GTA so the forest makes for a good after-work active hour...or two. There are some numbered posts throughout the trail network, but it was somewhat confusing to navigate. You can't really get lost though, as you will always hit one of the roads around (the trails are enclosed in a large square). There are 3 parking lots, make sure you park on Duffy's Lane or Highway #50, don't park on Finnerty Side Rod, or you will be riding around the forest to find MTB trails. At the entrances, you will find trail maps to take on your ride; coloured and well drawn. Over all, great place, super quiet during the week. Look out for the horse sh..t! Not kidding, folks ride horses through the trails.

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  • eaglehawk101
    ****

    Expect a cardio workout when you hit the Palgrave Trail. It's race-course smooth with twists and turns, and typical Oak Ridges Moraine climbs and descents. They're challenging (quick and steep) with switchbacks along the way. The scenery is nice; just make sure your legs (and lungs) are prepared. I'd ride it again, but I enjoy Dufferin Forest and Midhurst a lot more.

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  • olimoo
    ****

    If you're looking for a blast through the trees on fast, twisty singletrack with nothing too technically challenging you have found it here. You are always climbing or descending as you wind your way up and down the hills in Palgrave forest and it feels like it has a really nice flow to it. A couple of tighter rooty corners, small rock gardens and jump runs add a little extra excitement. The 9k loop is pretty easy to follow and great for pace training. Loved my first visit, will definitely be back.

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  • ToucanLife
    ****

    Great 9km loop of single track! Really fast pace and flowing, can be a workout if you go slow and don't carry momentum up the hills - but really fun and flowing if you go fast at race pace.

    Trails were upgraded by local builders in the fall with a new section, also some jumps and rollers were added!

    Drains fast in rain as well.

    Here is a trailmap I made for the system for anyone interested;

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/broadwayline/8292851842/in/photostream

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