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Level: Advanced
Length: 24 mi (38.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +305/ -269 ft
Total: 83 riders

Mountain Biking Rockcliffe Waterdown

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#29 of 312 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#1,624 in the world

This place is almost up or down very little rest also it is rocky and constantly challenges you. Lots of tough obstacles, steep drops and criss crossing trails its best to explore this place and make your own favorite route. There is lots to explore

First added by Syd Patricio on Oct 3, 2008. Last updated May 11, 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
403 west to Hwy.6 north turn right onto Hwy.5 follow Hwy.5 into Waterdown There are a few entrances to the network visit the bike shop (bicycle works) near the Tim Hortons for directions to the trail heads.
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Rider questions

Q: Where is the best place to park? The lot on the far side of highway six and use the Tunnel?
A: i usually park behind the Walmart and Rona buildings- Dundas and highway 6- whole plaza to get food when you're done- I've also biked in from Christie lake and entered through that tunnel and ridden down under the 403 to the trails down there .... lhzawd

Q: no. It's free.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    Hot , humid temps , steep sections of trail slick from recent rain

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  • PedalHard

    Drive behind the Walmart and you'll find a small gravel roadway where there's space for a few vehicles to park at the trailhead.
    This starts you off on the Quarry trails then it's a short ride to the Ridgeline DH.

    Definitely scope out the trails before riding. The DH can be done without hitting the gap jumps and is crazy fast. Lots of fun but not rookie friendly! Take it slow for the first runs before ripping through.

    The other riders aren't joking when they say the trails are either straight up or down, it's a great workout going up and and a blast going down.

    Some trails are overgrown and my arms got nicely scratched by thorns, so wear long sleeves and glasses/goggles! Didn't have time to explore everything but will be back to put a full day in.

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    Started at the wall mart this time again -all good.
    Excellent conditions for an amazing net work of trails . Lots of climbing and some great winding downhills .Trails forks for a guide and took the Bruce trail out carrying my bike up the rocks and steps. Great area.

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  • Downhill Mike

    If you go, visit a local bike shop or go with a local. They blocked main trail heads so you can't get thru with your bike and put bunch signs NO BICYCLES. I tried following the map on trailforks but it needs to be updated. Maybe park at local Wall Mart parking lot and start from there. Don't park at the parking that you find on trail forks because the entrances to the trailheads are blocked

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  • William 1

    Starts off in a nice area with some small and large berms, as well as small and large jumps.
    Trails are nice and technical with some very fun up and down sections. Plenty of roots and rocks to keep you happy on the ride. There is a small section across Snake Road that merges with some ATV trails.

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  • ****

    Can be dangerous
    Scope it out before riding in anger

    Awesome features

    Try it out .... After you mastered some skills ..... Don't bring rookies!

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  • paplahozy

    Criss crossing trail, lots of up and down and not for beginners. None of the trails marked so good idea to turn on a gps tracker on your phone and you can find your way back. Lots of rock gardens and steep eroded tracks, as well as trails through thick brush (overgown this time of year). Cross the railway tracks for some more steep slopes.

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  • tnt_bike

    Confusing network of trails with an intersection every 30 seconds or so. Probably a decent ride in there somewhere if you go with someone who knows the trails. As others have said, lots of steep, eroded ups and steep downs, not much flat. One super sweet downhill section with 3-4ft burms and huge gap jumps. Do a run to look at the jumps first before you take them because some are big!

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  • Robertrose   ✓ supporter

    Rockliffe is made up of a network of small creeks separated by ridges 10 to 15 meters high. No long climbs but constant steep up and down. Most creek crossings have small bridges. Lots of off-camber singletrack. Beginners will not have fun.

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  • slipfinger

    As mentioned already by most of the reviewers, Waterdown is not a place to go if you are a beginner or out for a Sunday afternoon joy ride. It's hard to find level ground on this trail system, you are either going up or going down. If you are looking for a good work out this is a great place for you. If your fitness or skill is not up to par, you will find yourself pushing your bike up some of the hills and along some of the rocky sections. Waterdown does offer a ton of trails, you can easily spend half a day in here. Your best to head in with someone that has experience with this trail system as trails head in every direction. There is signage but I found it hard to follow most of the time. The Bruce Trail and some of it is side trails run thru there so be prepared to encounter hikers, and some that will get pretty up-set if you are riding your bike on the actual Bruce Trail since it is a hike only trail. If you would like info or want to join a group ride to explore the trails stop by Bicycle Works on Dundas right in Waterdown, they can point you in the right direction.

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  • *****

    Great ride. Tons of flow. http://youtu.be/XfIjGOmFMmY

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  • konacoiler

    Fun trail to explore on, but go with someone who knows the trails or take your gps so you can get back to where you started. Mostly smooth singltrack with some climbing.

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  • sprodj

    Awesomely difficult up and down network of trails that will give even the experienced rider a tough workout. Some sections have lengthy rock gardens while others have steep, curvaceous downhill sections that keep you on the edge. Most creeks have bridges overtop but trail can get extremely slick after rainfall.

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  • Syd Patricio

    Single track with some dual track sections. Can be technical at times and a 5 inch bike with tires that are a bit agressive would work best. There are spots that stay soft (agressive tires) and many other spots that are rooted decents and climbs.
    Many decent sections where the more experienced riders will love. Can be ridden as a loop once you get to know the trails well otherwise you would explore and ride it like a network.

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  • Syd Patricio

    Waterdown is a network of trails very much like the DVP however there are many different paths. There are hard rocky trials that are great to try when dry however stay off when wet. There are progressive jumps and man made drops as well as many elevated skinnies (not for the fait of heart 4+ feet high / 6 inches wide). Very flowy however you will get a work out. Very hilly.

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  • Syd Patricio

    Good idea to have armor if you intend to do the hard stuff here. There are a number of trails in here and some are insanely tough to climb. Bring extra water, goo and redbull. If you ride near the Quarry be aware of the big drop around there (east side) on the west side there is the waterfall stair case...Also very tough.

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