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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +203/199 ft
Total: 137 riders
 

Mountain Biking Puslinch Lake

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#40 of 311 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#1655 in the world

From the trailhead parking go into the gate and take the gravel path to your left, pick up the singletrack shortly and follow the blue and yellow blazes on the trees to ride the complete loop. The blazes can be hard to see so keep your eyes peeled if you've never been there before. Total loop length is about 20km, try not to get lost on all the cheater lines (there are lots of them).

Trail starts as great winding singletrack through a pine forest and slowly turns into a slower and more technical ride with lots of roots and rocks. Quite a few short steep bits up and down to keep you working hard.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Take the 401 to Cambridge, exit south onto Townline Rd. From Townline Rd turn left (east) onto Wellington Rd 32. Follow to the stop sign and turn left (staying on 32), parking area is on the right side of the road just before you cross back over the 401.
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  • eaglehawk101
    *****

    These trails are fun and flowy, and there's enough difficulty in the black diamond sections to challenge good riders. The trails are well-kept and easy to follow, even without markers.

    The proximity to the 401 makes it a bit noisy, so this isn't the place for you if you want to hear the quiet of the forest. But there are enough trails that you won't run into too many people, even if the west parking lot is full.

    These trails are fast and really good riders wouldn't be out of place on a cyclocross. In fact, I saw a couple riders on old-school rigid bikes with the skinniest tires.

    All-in-all, this place is a BLAST!

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  • DJD
    ****

    A little tough to get to but closer to home than Hydrocut. I preferred this to that for the simple reason this seemed more diverse. The inner tracks at puslinch seemed more challenging in a technical sense, short, steep, rocky, roots climbs with switchbacks. The outer rings are much more sedate. Hydrocut offers a similar feel, up and down creek beds, but is more clay based and therefore flowy, longer uphill slogs and once you're in the mix it's harder to get out.
    Bugs at both.
    Will ride both again.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz
    *****

    Rare Perfect combination of precipitation , 3" of fresh wet snow , just packed by fellow fat bikers. Add in a sprinkle of rain and a -1c temp made for amazing traction and quick rolling tires..... But rain soon started to freeze. Until then made for near perfect conditions.

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  • keegan
    *****

    Lots of trail but poorly marked lots of fun and lots of up and down one good jump in the back end
    Will be back

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  • carla72
    *****

    Super fun, lots of choices, new sidetrail around every corner. Which leads to some confusion/mis-direction, but that was the best part ;)
    A little rocky and rooty, a good place to get in a lot of distance.

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  • Chris Braun
    ****

    Some fun easier pine forest trails plus some more challenging rocky, rooty technical trails with tricky, punchy climbs. Bring the map (http://ontariobiketrails.com/item/puslinch-mtb-trail/) or you will get lost. Great job of building the trails. Just wish they were longer:)

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  • Spider29
    ****

    Fantastic trail. The "Hardwood" section is some of the best trail in Ontario. It has the flow of Hydro Cut but has much more root and rock to keep you focused. Tough to find your way around. It took me several visits to link it all up. Props to whoever built this... Worth checking out but make sure you get to the hardwood section. Some signage would make this place a gem.

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  • Rob Kirkham
    *****

    Great trail, good mix. Really worth the trip. We went mid-day on a Wednesday and only a few hikers were around.

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  • wheelsdown
    *****

    I have to rate this place 5 stars. I am a builder and one of the main reasons I went to ride here was because of the reviews I read from the great people here.
    The imagination of the builders here is immense. The use of the land available is efficient and fun, and more often than not: unpredictable.
    My 13 year old son and I dropped in after a half hour ride from Hespeler and after a quick hydration break we let 'er rip. It was great. Naturally my son wanted to go straight for the jugular and hit the 'red' trails, but I made him warm up a little first.
    I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a good ride.

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  • Ptownkilla
    ****

    Flowy areas through the pines, some decent hills and technicals in the hardwoods. Trails aren't marked that well so bring a map. If you get lost, remember the highway is North (you can hear it). I was there during the weekday and only saw 1 rider. I really enjoyed it and will be back.

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  • *****

    Starting to figure this trail out after about 3-4 times. Enter from the north lot from Wellington Rd 32 and stay high along the 401. Travel east to do a clockwise loop. Follow the blue and yellow blazes on the trees through the pines. Occasionally you hit some intersections where you have a couple choices. Try and look for the blue and yellow and stay on it. It will take you on a nice quick flowing ride for 20m or so and then you end up with some more technical and challenging climbs and downhills. Sometimes you can follow the green arrows too for some good runs but I recommend looking for the blue and yellow and staying on it as long as you can. Sometimes it can be annoying trying to find them but it generally has a flow to it. Just don't be tempted to take a side trail.

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  • JBR89
    ****

    It was my first time going biking there and it wasn't bad. It was a mix of rock,gravel,dirt and sand. Lost of trails leading off the main trail. The only thing I didn't like is that it wasn't well marked. Other then that fun time fun ride. Will be back

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  • Sandro Verrelli
    ****

    Fantastic variety for all tastes and skill levels. The trails through the pines are fast and flowy, and just a little further you can tackle a solid set of gnarly runs to get the heart pumping. A great place for a good ride and a nice break by the lakes.

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  • GSwayze

    Just a few short soft wet areas remain. Another 24-48 hours and the entire singletrack network will be at its absolute prime. Traction on the tacky ground in the technical hardwood trails is perfect. No wheel spin at all.

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  • Robertrose
    ***

    First time at Puslinch. Interesting trail through the pine forest. Relatively flat.

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  • twodragunns
    ****

    Almost completely dry ....... nice trail . Tomorrow should be perfect for riding. Today was pretty good with the exception of a few low spots which were a bit muddy.
    Please respect the trails, the rules, and all fellow trail people ..... Ride safe, and smart. Hope we get more good weather this fall.

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  • ****

    Lots of winding pine runs. Enough short/technical climbs to keep you honest. No man made obstacles. Ran into a few horses on a Sunday. Only ran into a couple riders. Enough to keep you busy for 1.5-2 hrs. Will definitely go back. And free!

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