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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +279/276 ft
Total: 9 riders

Mountain Biking Western University trails

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#257 of 311 mountain bike trails in Ontario
#11567 in the world

main trails are well walked, many singletrack diversions to be explored

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
wonderland /gainsborough area
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Rider questions

Q: There seems to be a ton of trails on both sides of the river near the university. Are you meaning only the one off Gainsborough going around one side of the river to Wychwood and does that mean forget the rest of them? For instance, on the other side of the river there is some kind of trail near the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate (Medway Valley Heritage Forest).
A: good trails on both sides and all the way up to fanshawe park and sunnningdale rd

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    Ground slightly frozen In areas with -1c temps but some mud in others. frozen leaf cover in trails
    Ride included other sections of the Thames river closer to downtown and eastward

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    Snow on trails well packed from hikers and a few other fat tires . Some ice in sections but in most cases better than its condition in summer .

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    Numerous trees and branches down blocking paths in areas due very high winds over the past few days .
    Ever changing terrain caused by high flood waters again makes it a different ride every time

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    High river has once again receded a bit leaving great rough terrain to tackle on fat bike . Some areas still flooded . Lots of river sand on the banks

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    Narrow paths filled with snow but packed down by the hikers and dog walkers made for great Fat bike trails . Lots of fresh snow falling temps -4c

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  • Paul Loeffelholz

    Light dusting of snow with -2c , no wind in the bush. Combined western trails with north and south side ditch trails of the Thames up towards fanshawe lake. Great run with new additions each time

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  • gfinale

    If we're talking Medway Valley Heritage Forest, the north side at Ryersie and Windermere was signed no bikes. The south side at the end of Gainsborough was marked riding on main areas which were mostly paved, some crushed gravel and bits of dirt forest. Not really true mountain biking even for a beginner. Were we in the right area or where else is there?!

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