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- July 4, 2019 at 4:42 pm #821261
Hello, visiting near Sauble Beach this weekend and wanted to get out for some decent riding. I’ve enjoyed 3 Stage before but it seems a bit far to drive. Trailforks tells me the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park is nearby–is that a good spot? Anything else people would recommend instead? A couple guys with pretty good mtb experience and moderate dad-level fitness….July 8, 2019 at 10:52 am #821267
Sounds like a fun trip. There are trails in Kincardine. The Bruce site has some good options as well. Carrick Tract is fun. You can also come back part way, but not all the way to Three Stages, and ride Kolapore.
1 user thanked author for this post.July 10, 2019 at 4:37 pm #821269
Thanks! We ended up going to the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park, as it was nice and close. The Ontario trail difficulty classification system continues to amuse me, but they’ve certainly made the most of maybe 4 total feet of elevation–a nice little mix of awkward, chunky older-school technical rock trails and a separate easier section of flowy/fun trails.
We ended up plowing through all the trails in about an hour, even with lots of breaks and a couple re-runs for fun, so it’s pretty small and could really use another five or six trails to make it worthwhile. I suspect the limited population base severely constrains the amount of building that’s possible, and it likely functions as mostly a local resource. I’ve found for MTB trails in a fragmented area like Ontario it’s a chicken-and-egg problem: it’s tough to build a significant trail network without having many riders, but it’s tough to get those riders without having enough trails to make it worthwhile. “Build it and they will come” generally requires a pretty hefty up-front commitment and a decent existing population base, like for Hydrocut. In this case, I suspect that 3 Stage and some of the other little tracts are close enough that getting any sort of long-term rider momentum will be tough….July 12, 2019 at 7:13 am #821270
I believe there was an incident some years back, or possibly it was just a moment of doubt and fear within the county offices, that led to the adventure park being ‘smoothed’ out somewhat and taken down-market. And the south bruce has a limited potential for suspension-worthy trails as noted. Meanwhile, in the north bruce the national parks people continue to sit idle on a large property that, along with the Lindsay tract, could support enough km’s to warrant a destination trip. Certainly the parks canada have swung around in support of bike use in the west, but that philosophy has apparently not been translated to the east. In the meantime, that leaves what I view as being the most likely future scenario for the peninsula as a whole, bike-packing and predominantly gravel-style trails.July 12, 2019 at 1:40 pm #821271
Yes! We went up to the Bruce Peninsula National Park and commented that it actually had a bit of elevation and fun terrain. (Also: a lot more snakes, hmmm.)
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