July 22, 2019
If there's one thing that this trail has going for it, it's variety. There is really a little bit of everything here, and I'm not just saying that.
I find it funny how many other reviews call this trail an "easy/beginner" trail, because as a whole, its a solid intermediate trail. There are lots of good areas for beginners on this trail, but don't be fooled. While you won't find any lung burning climbs, there are some significant technical features & obstacles on this trail if you choose to ride the whole thing, and the sheer amount of miles is a challenge in itself. Some bits were flat with lots of quick rollers (think River Legacy & EKG), other parts were rocky/chunky (like Boulder or NS West), but the terrain never stays the same for very long. If you're burned out on your nearby trails, this is a great change of pace. Think of it this way - You could bring any bike here from a hardtail xc racer to a full on enduro bike, and still feel like you've got the right bike for the course.
The Bad? This trail could definitely do with more signs or more dividers to show the proper direction. Yes, you go left every time you see a sign/fork to ride the whole trail, but there are lots of ridearounds/splits where it's not clear which path you should take. There was one spot where the trail split into three directions without a sign showing where to go. Having strava helps, but there were some times where I saw some features and paths that looked fun but I didn't really know how to get to them.
In the end though, i ended my ride with a smile and would definitely come back.
Knob Hills, River Legacy (EKG Section), some parts of Northshore