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  • #818066

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Great to see you and your crew out there as well @tom_shaw What a perfect day to be in the forest!

    I look forward to hitting the SCMBC trails again soon.

    #818079

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    Many thanks for the updates – the Don is starting to border on a bit too slippery to be enjoyable on normal tires, and I’m sure it will only get worse. I just found out I have a friend in the Hamilton area and I’m trying to find an excuse to go see him – I’ve never been to Waterdon but keep hearing great things, does anyone know if that area is any easier to ride when damp?

    #818080

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Waterdown is a fun ride for sure. It’s got some elevation and a bit of tech. There is even a solid jump line. It is primarily clay based so can get as coasted with peanut butter as the rest.

    Tying it all in with Christie, Hamilton and Dundas Valley trails can make it one of the bigger systems in Sorhern Ontario.

    I’d stick to Turkey Point, Durham or Dufferin if it’s wet however.

    #818087

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Things are going to be pretty soggy on most of the trails in Southern Ontario. Stick to the sand based trails to avoid damaging the trails. Even the sand based systems should be given a day to firm up after the deluge.

    Also a friendly reminder that dear season commences this weak, so wear bright colours and be seen. Refrain from wearing antlers 🙂

    #818088

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Dundas Valley Conservation area trails are mostly gravel, the singletrack drains well and is riable. If you’re just looking to ride in the forest, this is good to go.

    Waterdown was a bit mucky on Saturday when I went. But there were riders there and it didn’t look too bad. Maybe needs a few days.

    King Trails (Kerncliff) will be ridable with a few bad spots.

    #818089

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Has anyone been to Durham or Dagmar lately?

    I’ve noticed that there are quite a few trails marked as closed/red on Trailforks, but whoever is doing it isn’t leaving any comments as to why. Trees, mud, lizard people?

    Trying to plan some riding this weekend, but looking for suggestions for places other than Copeland or Dufferin (which are great when its wet).

    #818091

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Good question, I think it has to do with them building and working on a bunch of trails this fall. Even with closures, with the three systems there, you can easily get a solid ride in.

    Other trails to consider are Ganeraska and Turkey Point. Puslinch is also a fun ride, but short for me personally these days. I end up dong a double or triple loop. Haven’t been to Guelph Lake in some time, reports are sparse from that place,

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    #818092

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Kelso has been reported as mixed but overall good to go. It drains well, and is generally good when damp.

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    #818095

    soban
    Participant

    Has anyone been to Durham or Dagmar lately?

    I’ve noticed that there are quite a few trails marked as closed/red on Trailforks, but whoever is doing it isn’t leaving any comments as to why. Trees, mud, lizard people?

    I was there was Monday and there is no shortage of trails to ride. Last week there was construction going on a that could be the reason why they were closed. Trails are mint btw!

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    #818097

    Durham Rider
    Participant

    I can confirm that all trails are open in Durham and Dagmar. There was trail maintenance a couple of weeks ago that did have a couple of trails closed temporarily, although not even the bright orange barrier fence kept some riders from riding the closed trails while we were working on them.

    A call went out to anyone wanting to do some leaf blowing in Dagmar, Durham and EDH so we should see some leaf free trails soon.

    #818098

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Rode a portion of Walkers Woods, Durham and most of Dagmar today.

    It was great in there. Durham was slippery going up some hills because of the leaves, but Dagmar was near as perfect as it can be. Trails were grippy. There was people in there on fat bikes, but we managed completely fine, if not better on our trail bikes.

    Tomorrow might be a different story…

    #818108

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Rode some of the SCMBC trails yesterday. Trails south of the main parking spot were okay.

    The creeks trail to the north was good when we started, but the snow quickly thawed out mid-ride as the temperature raised a bit. The low spots near the bridges were right on the verge of turning too muddy to be on that trail. I’m sure its even worse today.

    Lots of people cutting straight through sections of trees on their fat bikes, too….

    #818133

    tabonej
    Participant

    I’m thinking of driving to Durham Forest for a ride tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. How bad was the rain there last night? Will trails be dry enough by Friday?

    #818134

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    It stopped raining earlier today. Temps are dipping below zero overnight and tomorrow morning. I haven’t been in there but I think you should be good. Maybe the odd problem spot but overall it should be damp but not soaked.

    #818155

    soban
    Participant

    I’m thinking of driving to Durham Forest for a ride tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. How bad was the rain there last night? Will trails be dry enough by Friday?

    Just came from Durham right now and had an enjoyable 36km ride. It is totally rideable. Best riding time is either early morning or in the evening when the dirt hardens. Tomorrow morning is going to be -4 at 8am and 1 at noon so it will be epic! Enjoy.

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