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Ontario Mountain Biking Trails – Puslinch Tract

March 1, 2013
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Puslinch Tract or Twin Ponds, as it is often referred to, has an incredible trail offering and is one of the best kept secrets in the area.   Located just outside of Cambridge, Ontario, Puslinch has a wide variety of trail types and something to offer riders of all abilities.

The trails at Puslinch are fairly well marked but you have to be on the lookout.  The trails wind tightly through the forest and it’s easy to miss a marker.  Simply follow the blue and yellow blazes on the trees and they will guide you along the roughly 18km loop.  There are quite a few riders who ride the trails backwards which has lead to many shortcuts being cut in the trail network.  Riders should avoid these and stick to the original trail.  There has been some flooding there over the past few years and proper alternate routes where never really established.  They are obvious now but more of an afterthought than a dedicated solution.  The trails are not officially maintained, so it’s up to us trail users to do our part to keep them in the best condition we can.

The trails are amazing to ride year round and great winter rides can be had there.  In the fall, the hardwood section of the trails can get covered with leaves making it hard to see the slurry of rocks beneath.   Some locals (God bless ’em)) have taken it upon themselves to clear the trails in the past. Snowmobiles are not permitted there during the winter months but find their way in regardless.  In the summer the trails are shared by hikers, dog walkers and horseback riders.  They tend to use the trails in all directions so keep your head up. It’s a great trail system to bring your trail-dog along if your lucky enough to have one.

There is ample parking in the main parking lot and a second location is also available along Concession 2.  The parking lot is unfortunately riddled with garbage as a result of frequent illegal dumping.  Be sure to report this if you see it.  There are no amenities at the trail-heads but there is a local store nearby, on the corner of Concession 2 and Wellington Road 32.

The trails at Puslinch are a mix of flowing pine forest and technical hardwood forest strewn with roots and rocks.  The over all network is a loop, that once learned can be adapted in to many different configurations. The trails are very well laid out and the two distinct, technical and flowing, sections are well situated to break up the ride.  The trail has a great warm up section before things get knarly.  The trails are primarily sand based and can handle a fair amount of rain. The singletrack it tight but the corners are perfect for carrying speed and momentum.  There are also some open field sections that can get pretty scorching under the mid summer sun. There is a complete network of official double-track that often intersects the unofficial singletrack.  This can provide an easy out if you should have the misfortune of an injury, mechanical or get turned around.   Riders should be aware of other trail users as they cross the double-track. Please yield and share the trail with other users.

To make the most of your experience at Puslinch, it’s best to have someone already familiar with the trails take you out for the first few rides. Once you have the lay of the land and get the trails dialed, it becomes easy to customize your ride.  Sections can be omitted, repeated and you can choose to ride sections at different stages of your your ride.  This is just part of what makes Puslinch so appealing.  This, combined with its rustic, natural feel and amazing flow are just some of the things you will grow to love about these trails.

Many riders drive right by the trails daily as they are right along side the 401 behind a McDonald’s.  While riding, there are areas where you hear the roar of the traffic  This is a bit of a buzz kill but, for the most part, it is peaceful and beautiful.

TRAIL STATS
Trail Length18 KM
Trail LevelFor intermediate and advanced riders
Trail TypeSingletrack, some double track, rock, mixed pine hardwood forest
Trail Maphttp://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/media/showphoto.php/photo/43761/title/puslinch-twin-ponds-pr/cat/500
Access feeNo Cost
LOCATION
Closest TownCambridge
GPSLatitude : 43.428084,
Longitude: -80.2591
WeatherCambridge
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CONTACT INFO
Namen/a
Phonen/a
Emailn/a
Websitehttp://www.puslinchrec.blogspot.ca/
HOURS / SEASONS
Hours of Operation 24-7
SeasonOpen year round

 

Riding Feels Good has compiled this information and ensured its accuracy to the best our ability at the time of posting (see date at top). We recommend contacting the facilities directly prior to a ride to ensure it is up to date. We will do our best to update it as regularly as possible but rely on users like you to monitor it and provide corrections and any additional information.

If you have something you would like to add or see a correction that needs to be made, please contact us.

If you have ridden here, please share your experience with a comment bellow.

Happy trails.

Marc Landry is a Toronto, Ontario based action sports photographer. Honing his skills on local and World Cup cycling circuits, Marc has since expanded his subject matter to include several outdoor adventure sports. Marc is in his element when surrounded by the energy that top athletes radiate. The relationships he forms with his subjects is apparent in his images and is part of what defines his look. He is most at home in the mountains and his preference for long glass and elaborate lighting setups has become his signature style. Born and raised in Ottawa, Marc now lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter

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8 Comments

  1. Nice! I’ll have to try this place out if in the area!

    One thing I didn’t see mention of is what the elevation is like. Is it a relatively flat ride?

  2. Hey Buck. Elevation is minimal. Typical short steep climbs. There are some good technical ones though. There is one hill section, mid-ride, that is quite difficult with repeating hills. Great for training. We’re due for a ride. I’ll take you out this spring buddy!

  3. Nice write up – always great to find out about new places to ride. I’ll have to check this one out this year for sure.

  4. Awesome! Thanks Marc!
    Totally overdue for a ride!

  5. Got out for a solid Puslinch rip this evening with Dave “3 Feet” Klaver. Such an amazing place. Got great amounts of flow and tech all rolled into a nice length trail. Ill be baaack!

  6. Great riding out here. Not a lot of hills, but some great technical stuff. Does anyone know who maintains the trails? I’d be interested in volunteering to maintain since I use it. Thanks!

  7. I liked the distant hum of the 401. It made me feel like I always knew where I was! Great trails with awesome transitions through different terrain types. A 9+ on my rating system!

  8. I took a couple year break from trail riding due to being busy from a move, and not knowing any decent trails near my new place. Upon discovering this trail from a friend, I had to learn more. This was the first site i found with information. I would just like to say that this trail is beautiful. It really helped me realize how much experience and skill you lose in 2 years. The trail has some very technical inclines. Most of them have eroded down to the tree roots and can be fairly difficult to climb. The trail definitely varies in difficulty from some easy “beginner” areas to some very “advanced” level features. I agree with TRAIL_HEAD about enjoying the hum of the 401. It is always nice to know what direction you are pointing just in case you need a way out. Also the new “ON Route” is on the north side of the trail and does have access points linked to the trail. It is also full of wildlife so that is something to watch out for. I was silly enough to leave the house without wearing any bug spray. there are a couple small ponds along the trail so the mosquitoes are plentiful. Overall a beautiful, well composed trail. Definitely a must try if your in the area.

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