November 17, 2017 at 10:53 am #818158
Thanks for the update @soban Looks like you’ve got a pretty good loop in there. I’ve always wanted to connect the three networks.November 17, 2017 at 10:56 am #818159
Kelso will be closing after this weekend. Last day is Sunday the 19th.
Enjoy it if ya can.November 17, 2017 at 11:00 am #818160
Thanks @fasttimes I’ve been riding the forest quite a bit with Dave Elphick this year and with his great knowledge of the area we can get a solid 50km+ singletrack loop connecting Durham+Walker Woods+Brock+Dagmar. Good times.November 17, 2017 at 11:46 am #818161
That’s epic. Would love to tag along for a ride like that sometime… I’m just learning my way around DF.November 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm #818162
In my experience it’s not that difficult to link up a loop but it’s not as straightforward when trying to dial in all the best trails, making use of ideal up vs down. There are some great trails in there but also some energy sapping sand trails with zero tech that I would prefer to avoid. The fun is in exploring and there are no bad rides, but it’s always fun to have a big loop like that on lock.November 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm #818163November 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm #818164
Thanks! I am always looking for updated trail conditions and someone pointed me here… I look forward to using the site 🙂November 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm #818167
SCMBC Groomed Winter Loops got some love today.
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Thanks for the update @soban. Hoping to get in there tomorrow for a lap. Looks pretty primo from the looks of that pic.
Cheers!November 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm #818213
Yeah, @soban, big thanks man! Because of your pic, I have taken the day off work tomorrow to enjoy while I can! If anyone is going to be there around noon, shoot me a message.
I also plan to ride Saturday and Tuesday… So keep the trail reports coming people, hoping that I can hit a couple different trail systems this week.November 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm #818217
A note on Dagmar access from the DMBA
“Dagmar – Trail Closure
Since the fall of 2015, Mountain Bikers enjoying the Durham Region have been able to access the Dagmar North Trails off of Chalk Lake Road. Effective December 1st, 2017, access to the trails along this connection will be closed until further notice.
This connector was made possible with a lease agreement between the TRCA and the landowner and without it the Dagmar North Trails may not have been built. In 2015 it was suggested that the TRCA, Green Durham Association (GDA) and the DMBA split the lease costs. The DMBA board turned this down as they believed that paying for access trails could set a precedent. Instead, the board negotiated that the DMBA build the trails system and not participate in the lease costs. The trail system that was built would have cost $130,000 if it was constructed by a contractor. Since the trails opened the DMBA has maintained these trails exclusively with the exception of taking down hazard trees.
This year the TRCA approached the DMBA to pay half the lease costs. The board decided on a one-time basis, midway through this riding season, to split the cost 50/50 with GDA for 5 months to bring the lease to the end of this riding season (November 30, 2017). The hope was to allow time for the TRCA to find another solution. It was made clear to the TRCA that the DMBA would not be making further payments as they still feel that paying for access trails could set a precedent. The other parties to the lease felt that the monetary rate proposed to maintain access to this connector was not cost-effective and sustainable, therefore the access will close unless some other solution is arranged.
The TRCA has tried to negotiate with a local property owner to open a southern access trail from the 3 Rocks parking. To date, the negotiation process has been unsuccessful.
As a club, we’re committed to helping develop a second access trail into Dagmar.
The Dagmar North Trail system will be closed for the winter on December 1, 2017. Please respect the closure, spread the word to non-members, and respect the property owner by not trespassing.
DMBA Board of Directors“November 23, 2017 at 11:06 pm #818223
I don’t know what that means for future access, but all I can say is that after seeing how the TRCA responded after I got clotheslined in the head by ropes tied across trails on their property, screw them.
Anyone think that Kolapore has frozen up yet?November 23, 2017 at 11:11 pm #818224
Reports indicate Kolapore and 3 Stage are good to go on a fat bike. Not sure how it is on a regular tire at the moment but it’s cold enough with a base to ride without causing damage.
1 user thanked author for this post.November 23, 2017 at 11:23 pm #818225
Just rode there tonight and it was excellent. Lower temps made the dirt like sandpaper.
On the topic of Dagmar there is going to be a board meeting on Sunday so let’s see what the outcome is. We can enjoy that connector while it lasts.
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