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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +161/164 ft
Total: 95 riders
 

Mountain Biking Ravenshoe / Brownhill

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#70 of 312 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#3107 in the world

Ravenshoe is flat with almost no uphills. It consists of a network of very technical single tracks with various stunts and jumps to entertain advanced riders. The loction has a map in the parking lot and consists of a square forest boardered by McCowan Road on the east, Ravenshoe road on the north, Farmland on the west and Manor Ridge Trail on the south. It is next to impossible to get lost. The exit to the main parking lot is marked on all trails. There is a donation box at the trail head. Be sure to leave a couple of dollars for the folks building the trails.

First added by crmorris on Apr 21, 2006. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Head northbound on Highway 404 from Newmarket or Toronto. Exit Highway 404 at Green Lane E. (The last exit). Head eastbound on Green Lane E for one block. Turn and head northbound on Woodbine Avenue for 8 miles. Turn and head eastbound on Ravenshoe Road for 4 miles. Turn southbound on McCowan Road and the trail head is the first parking lot on the eastside of the road.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Newmarket, Ontario

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Intermediate | 9 mi
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Beginner | 1 mi

Rider questions

Q: Can I walk the trail
A: The trails aren't designed as "walking" trails. If you are considering riding a "feature" if unsure always walk it first to see the best path.

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  • Guera
    *****

    Love these trails! Best single track in the region, free to use, though donations are accepted. Lots of fun for all levels. Loving the Big Meany Loop!

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  • Mel Griffin
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    I love this place. There has been some extensive cleanup and facelifts given since the Ash tree removal and then the big storm. Skunk loop is better than ever and Big Meanie flows better.

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  • tedwiktor
    ****

    One of my favourite spots to ride. Many improvements this year; many trails with fresh markings; new bridges; even a bike repair station at the McCowan parking lot. Bring the OFF!

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  • ColHol
    ****

    Really fun trail, lots of rooty and tight sections, skunk loop is most challenging. As said before, you best bring bug spray.

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  • Downhill Mike
    *****

    I was here yesterday and trails were in perfect condition for November. Almost no leafs, no mud just a hard packed dirt. Most trails are very fast and flowy except for skunk. That one is tight and twisty. If you are not looking to ride anything super techical and just want to ride some fun and flowy trails then this is the place to go.

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  • tedwiktor
    *****

    Ridden here a number of times now. It's getting to be my "go to" spot, especially for being so close to the city. Never crowded.

    It's got a mix of everything, except hills. Many sections are fast and flowing, and others fairly technical.

    Lots of fun obstacles. Watch all the roots, they can be tricky. Especially be careful not to let your tire wander off the track, some hidden stumps - which I found out the hard way.

    I prefer entering in from the McCowan parking lot. More of the "fun" trails are located there, and not as confusing when entering off Ravenshoe.

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  • tedwiktor
    ****

    Lots of variety. Good spot to go practice skills.
    Not well marked, so take a GPS so you don't go in circles.

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  • Walms
    *****

    Absolutely amazing flowing single and double track! Great lines all over and vary well maintained trails! Can definitely be ridden all day

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  • ***

    Went there in a rainy June Do not do the low lying trails unless the weather has been dry for at least a week maybe more. Will try again in a dry August Three stars because trail was unridable.

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  • *****

    Wow!!! A treasure of the York Region, Ravenshoe does not disappoint! Love this track... lots of variety and well-kept runs. Can't wait to get back here!!

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  • Leut_Dan
    *****

    Aside from the mosquitoes this was an amazing set of trails, nice and smooth and you could really get into a good rythym. Not super technical but enough logs, roots and tight turns to keep it interesting. Trails are well marked and maintained.

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  • Rowerzysta

    Read all reviews... I don't want to repeat what was already said, good ride. Most of the wooden bridges were recently replaced, which makes things more pleasant and safer, congrats to those who spend time and money. One thing that I did find annoying is the dog owners who do not pick up (or toss into the woods) their dog's sh...t. If you are not careful (while paying attention to the turns) you will be packing your bike with tons of stinky crap on the tires. Portable toiled added recently....for humans

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  • John Styles
    ****

    Great fun for a morning ride. Lots of technical turns, not a lot of elevation.

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  • olimoo
    ***

    If you like flat, tight, rooty, twisty single track with more log-overs than you can possibly count then you'll enjoy the trails here... There are a couple of nice flowy sections on the "stumpy" and "pines" trails but for my taste it needs more of them.

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  • clemjefferson
    ****

    Won't keep you busy for too long, but it is a great little trail network. Some manmade stuff in there for variety and lots of semi-technical single track. Close to the city and a good spot to get out for a quick ride

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  • BingoBob
    **

    Quick flowing fun trail and Lots of it crammed into a small area.
    Pretty basic with zero hills.

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  • myounder
    ****

    Lots of variety and initially well marked (with map). Later there are coloured blazes on trees, but no more maps, so you are best to bring a copy. I rode in the fall with many of the trails covered in leaves. This made navigation tricky on a few occaisions. Over two hours, you can get a good 17KM of riding in. The soil sucks up rain very well too.

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  • ***

    After riding Ravenshoe regularly over the past few months I've become less and less of a fan.

    I just find it too disjointed to allow for a good long steady ride with good flow.

    Whoever cut/built skunk loop needs a lesson in trail building.... Very frustrating to try and ride it with 90 deg turns through narrow trees barely wide enough for standard handle bars, constant up/down with tons of root obstacles and turns. It just doesnt allow you to maintain any flow or momentum necessary to ride all the obstacles on this trail.

    Still a decent place to ride if your close but not worth a long drive if your in the vicinity of any of the bigger trail systems close to the GTA.

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  • ****

    Pleasantly surprised! Plenty of nice twisty singletrack with minimal elevation changes. Great place to introduce beginners to mtbing.

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  • Mike85
    *****

    WOW is all I can say about Ravenshoe! I am new to mountain biking and Ravenshoe was a great start. I don't have my own mountain bike so I had to rent one from Exclusive Sport Rentals (www.SportRentals.ca) located in Vaughan. I ended up renting the Norco Storm 6.1 which has a front suspension, and I must admit, in order to fully enjoy the trails at Ravenshoe, a bike with dual-suspension is a must! Big meany has lots of step-up roots and logs so a dual-suspension would help a lot. But overall I was very happy with Ravenshoe in Newmarket.

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