Porcupine Ridge

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AVERAGE RATING
****
4.08 out of 5
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Expert
16
km

Singletrack
↑ 100 m
↓ 100 m
228
elevation (m)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Trail is maintained by the Porcupine Ridge Mountain Bike Club: http://www.porcupineridge.ca/Home.html . Really, really technical single track! All rock, wood bridges, and roots - definitely a good place for fat tires, 29s, or dual suspension.

All trails are marked and rated with very nice signage, some trails are seriously technical which is a nice change from southern Ontario. Very slow but challenging ride, don't expect to blast downhill railing berms and turns here, most of the riding is slow / choosing a path over insane rocks / bridges / big climbs and steep slow descents over big rock faces. Although it sounds gnarly it is all actual maintained cut trails so there is a 'path' or line to take which is fun!

One trail has the longest wooden bridge I have ever seen, at least 200 feet of skinny bridge riding downhill!

Definitely bring a spare tube if you aren't tubeless as well.

Trail map: http://algonquinoutfitters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/map_porcupine.pdf
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

March 20, 2019
mxzx121 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Trails will re-open spring 2019. more info https://morca.ca/

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Granny Gear

May 4, 2018
mxzx121 Granny Gear  
 
Review: From Porcupine Ridge facebook page. " Porcupine Ridge trail opening 2018 will be postponed due to a insurance issue. A solution is in the works and we hope to have the trails open sometime in June. Please respect the land owner and stay off trails until further notice."

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Granny Gear

August 27, 2017
MTBeer Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is some pretty nasty stuff. Everything here is difficult and even the green-rated trails are nothing for beginners. The trail surface is almost completely roots and rocks so getting any speed is difficult. A lot of the boardwalks and bridges are loose/wobbly and some of rotting boards. Many large pot holes filled with mud, especially in the main trail, and the surface is quite loose. It's also quite overgrown in spots and obviously not ridden much as the trails are covered in pine needles. Definitely don't go here if you're looking for a fast-paced ride; it's a slow, very hard grind with little variation. The signage is quite nice on the trails though with full names, maps, and difficulty ratings, as well as the fact that difficult and easy routes are frequently marked when available with signs (however there still are mandatory bridges, drops, etc. that often are very difficult too). Just on a side note, I did have a few issues even finding the trail head since there are a lot of parking lots around Santa's Village and the directions given aren't very specific. If you're having any issues: Off of Muskoka Rd. 15 (coming from 118) turn right into the parking lot just after the cabins (and almost directly across the road from the theme park). There is another parking lot further back to the left where you can find the trailhead :)

Similar Trail: Hilton Falls, Buckwallow (only really comparable to some of the hard stuff there like Spur Line, Do Drop In, and Weasel)

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September 19, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: I have no idea why anyone would enjoy riding here. The trails are designed by someone who has no idea what the words "momentum" and "flow" mean, and why they are important to the sport of mountain biking. Each singletrack trail is built with no consideration for contour and often inspired by the lower intestine in regards to their shape. Each trail is constructed with no thought as to how it could link or connect with the others, they are each unto themselves. I have no issue with technical trails, and in fact rather enjoy them. I have ridden all over North America on world class trail systems. There is no thought applied to the technical nature of these trails and the result is a ride that simply isn't fun. My suggestion is avoid PR and go over to Buckwallow a short distance away.

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Granny Gear

February 26, 2016
natbikes Granny Gear  
 
Review: I first rode here in '96 and wrecked my frame on the first descent of the first trail. Since then the trails, my bike and my skills have all improved. But the Porcupine ridge trails have improved the most. Stunning, trails. Not for novice riders, but if you love to ride and want to have fun this is as good as it gets in Ontario (or many other places as well). Beyond awesome trails.

Similar Trail: in it's own league

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Granny Gear

September 11, 2015
tmoffatt Granny Gear  
 
Review: Not for the faint hearted, you better bring your "A" game, along with a full basket of cardio and a dual suspension bike for the rocks and roots

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Trailblazer


September 8, 2015
 
Review: Ok, when they say expert, they mean it. I am an advanced endure rider that travels a lot. This trail just kicked my ass completely. Kudo's to those who ride it,its beyond challenging.

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Granny Gear

May 2, 2015
Marcus S Granny Gear  
 
Review: The closest you'll get to BC north shore bike mayhem!

Similar Trail: Squamish/North Van trails

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Granny Gear

September 8, 2014
Rudenoy Granny Gear  
 
Review: Like others have already mentioned, the trails are very technical and it was difficult to get a good flow going. I'd say at least 75% of trail surface is rooted, complimented by bedrock. The trails are marked well but we still ended up going the wrong way on a few of them. If you have a nimble bike, good stamina, and you like to abuse yourself, this will be heaven.

Similar Trail: Hilton Falls

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Granny Gear

May 18, 2014
ZaneMorris Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great place to challenge your skills- tight, twisty, and very technical. There are many man made obstacles such as teeter totters, bridges and drops. Landscape is mainly dirt (incredible amount if roots) an dolling granite. I loved it

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Porcupine Ridge MTB Trail 4.08 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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