March 11, 2018 at 9:55 am #818868
Thank you sir, I didn’t realize this was changed. Good retraction if a dumb (PR wise) move.
The tire size thing was just irksome. The amount of trail currently covered with packed ice is the real problem. Manual grooming kept it somewhat in check, the machine opened the floodgates.March 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm #818897
Maybe I pulled the trigger on the winter thread too soon. Mother Nature is pushing back.
Seems many are having good luck on Southern Ontario trails by getting out early when the ground is still frozen.
Im back from Cali and right back into ski shoots. I decided to try Duffy on the way up to Collingwood. Trails were in good shape but still mostly covered with snow and ice. Some soft dirt up top, which was part of the decision behind riding the fat bike. Could have managed ok on the ice with skinny tires but didn’t want to rut up the soft stuff.
Cali was amazing, already planning next trip. This should hold me off until spring.
Duffy aprés heading to the hill for some more turns.
Couple of shots from my shoot. Still some good snow up there.
Not sure whats on deck this weekend.March 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm #818899
Dufferin was PERFECT today. Loads of grip, no ice and great temps. Some traffic has been back there too, so the trails are somewhat packed down.November 19, 2018 at 10:24 am #820605
Let it snow! Fall has come and gone but it’s shaping up to be a killer winter season.
I haven’t been out much but things are pretty much perfect a bit north of the city. Dufferin, Ravenshoe, Palgrave, and Durham are all good to go. West end as well, AF and Hydrocut are in good shape for the fat bikes.
As with previous years, let’s share conditions to maximize the fun and reduce the damage.
Happy trails!November 24, 2018 at 12:29 pm #820612
Anyone ridden Copeland lately? Just curious how it might be up there right now.November 29, 2018 at 3:23 pm #820616
Anyone ridden Copeland lately? Just curious how it might be up there right now.
I haven’t been up in a bit, but they have or had a ton of snow already. People have already been Nordic skiing in there.
Sadly the weather lately has been a crapshow. There is not much snow left around Newmarket; so I’m sure Ravenshoe and Jefferson are soggy, but can see people are still riding them.
The trails in Midhurst/Barrie behind the sports fields and school board are great right now. The trails are completely packed down, there isn’t much dog poo on the snow (yet….) and no ice.
The Simcoe County Club trails off of Bass Lake and 7th Sideroad have received some grooming and people are riding out there. But its one loop; looks like the area is being logged yet again.
This weekend is going to ruin things…..
Has anyone been to Turkey Point lately?November 30, 2018 at 8:35 am #820617
Thanks for the update @canadmos
I haven’t been to TP bud a buddy was there recently and said it was good. Rain coming this weekend but they are still having Global Fat Bike day event wth apres indoors. Its mostly sand there so should be decent.
Most other trails in southern Ontario will be pretty soft and best avoided. Might be cold enough past Barrie to enjoy some frozen ground. Happy trails.
On a positive note. Blue Mountain opens this weekend!December 4, 2018 at 1:48 pm #820622
Just had my first fatbike ride of the season with my neighbour in Durham Forest. There wasn’t much snow to speak of until we got quite close to the parking lot. The trails were covered with a light dusting of snow which was great. Below that snow was shear ice, not so great. I opted not to run studs as I thought there would still be roots and rocks exposed and didn’t want to damage anything. Also though they received more snow that they have. Big rubber alone wasn’t enough to keep us upright and we bit it a few times. Was a beautiful day, forest was epic and trails were great, minus the skating rink conditions.
Palgrave is also nicely frozen over with some icy sections. Much firmer than in the city.
1 user thanked author for this post.December 5, 2018 at 12:24 pm #820625
Ravenshoe last night was great. I’d guess that there is absolutely zero snow or ice on 85-90% of the trails. I rode the fat bike, but the entire time I was thinking how much better it would have been on a normal trail bike; the ground is perfectly frozen.
It looks like the region or someone is downing a bunch of trees on a few trails, maybe for beetle work? Lots and lots of big trees have been cut down, but none have been removed from the forest and there are no skid steers or other equipment back there, its strange. Last night the Stinky and Skunk Loop trails were roped off, but I rode them anyways. Whoever is cutting down the trees has done a perfect job of not leaving any logs or anything over the trail; also strange but pretty awesome.
Going to go check out the Simcoe Club trails tonight. Reports are that the groomed sections are running great. This past Saturday they had the Creeks trail groomed and a whole swath of other trails were in process of being groomed to the West of the main parking lot. There’s going to be a lot of “trail” in there this winter, it looks like.
Is it spring time yet? 🙁December 6, 2018 at 1:36 pm #820639
@fasttimes What time of the year and Where do you ride in Cali? I would like to plan a trip out there maybe in March.December 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm #820640
Hey @sangerasong That last trio was for the Santa Cruz Blur launch. The previous trip down to the Sierra’s was June. There is snow there until July in some places. We were not able to ride Flume or the Rim Trail in Tahoe. SoCal is good to go much earlier. Sierra’s are unreal though. Downieville is a must do. We had to hike a bike over the top in the snow but it was worth it. 1400m Mt. Hough climb was also worth it. Maybe the best descent I’ve ever done. You be skiing there in March but Santa Barbara has lots of chunk. I was just after some epics.December 8, 2018 at 9:50 am #820649
Hit Duffy yesterday with my neighbour and it was all-time. Fresh snow and first tracks throughout. No ice to be seen but the odd patches could be heard as they crunched beneath our wheels.
Should be mint all weekend.December 13, 2018 at 6:20 pm #820663
Copeland Forest and the Simcoe Club trails at 7th Line and Bass Lake have been great the last few days. Lots and lots of trail to ride.
Buddy who lives up there said it snowed 4 inches last night, so some might be a little fluffy right now.December 13, 2018 at 7:43 pm #820666
I’ll have to head up. Thanks for the update. Glad to hear they haven’t become slush like it has down here.December 20, 2018 at 9:22 am #820699
As of last night, the Simcoe club trails at 7th Line and Bass Lake Road are perfect for riding. We did the trails to the north west of the main trail head. Lots of grip and 99.9% ice free.
The Creeks loops directly across the street from the main trail head looks super well ridden, but icy.
Can’t comment on how the rain will affect the trails, but as long as it snows afterwards, they should remain good. There is still a ton of snow up there.
Buddy who works at the Nordic/fatbike center at Horseshoe mentioned yesterday that the trails in Copeland are packed and good, but potentially icy (and wet if it warms up).
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