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  • #816328

    JVreugdenhil
    Participant

    Probably old news but I finally got out to Durham Forest yesterday.
    Just wanted to say that conditions were epic!
    No mud anywhere a bit of sand and Dagmar trails were sticky hero dirt.

    #816602

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Rode 3 Stage a few days last week. First day we hit it top to bottom and the second day we stayed up top. Up top is absolutely mint, as good as it will be all summer. Tacky with killer sight lines. 540 and other descents are wet part way down as are the climbs. It was drying quickly but will take a few weeks yet to be completely dry. If you ride any of these, please stay in the middle of the trail to mitigate any damage.



    #816662

    Shortcuttomoncton
    Participant

    Hello – I’ve never been to 3 Stage but planning to go for a whirl on Friday and maybe Saturday or Sunday. Any recommendations on the best areas to hit, and any in particular to avoid? I’ve heard it’s a great spot but can be a bit difficult to figure out.

    Our closest point of access will likely be Pretty River Road & Osprey/Blue Mountains Town Line.

    #816752

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Sorry I missed this @shortcuttomoncton Hopefully you got out and found your way around ok. Up top is great, it’s only the bottom that is wet. And with this relentless rain, it’s likely still that way.

    Even trails that typically drain well, such as Puslinch, are simply over-saturated. Where they were usually perfect within a day of rainfall, it’s best to allow 24hrs now so that the system can drain and no damage is caused.

    Kelso remains open but please also give it a day after a downpour.

    Turkey Point is still a viable option, unless hit with back to back days of rain. Otherwise, it can easily soak up a days worth. Same applies to Durham and Dufferin Forest,

    Hydrocut and Guelph Lakes are day to day – can’t handle the rain. Hydrocut has opened Snyder’s side of the network but they are asking to plesae stay off the Glascow side.

    The Hydrocut is hit and miss. Great in some areas still flooded in others.

    I rode Copeland Forset on the weekend and it’s great. Was definitely moist but overall in great shape. Tractions was definitely at a premium. Low lying areas were still a mud pit but they have done a good job with corduroy and riders are riding in the middle of the trail, so damage is kept to a minimum. Bugs are ferocious in the wet areas.

    I haven’t been in there since I stumbled upon it over a decade ago. Place is huge. Had fun getting lost and found. I’ll definitely be spending some time in there getting it dialled.

    #816774

    Canadmos
    Participant

    I rode Copeland Forset on the weekend and it’s great. Was definitely moist but overall in great shape. Tractions was definitely at a premium. Low lying areas were still a mud pit but they have done a good job with corduroy and riders are riding in the middle of the trail, so damage is kept to a minimum. Bugs are ferocious in the wet areas.

    I haven’t been in there since I stumbled upon it over a decade ago. Place is huge. Had fun getting lost and found. I’ll definitely be spending some time in there getting it dialled.

    Watch out for the little nub of a stump on the backside of that rock pile. haha

    Yeah the bugs in Copeland were horrendous on Saturday, especially down near the swamp where we bumped into you. Love the Copeland though, if you stay up in the hills you can ride in the rain. The water just seems to disappear into the ground and even if the ground is wet, it stays very stable.

    Will most likely be at Copeland again this Sunday if the rain keeps up.

    Went to Buckwallow on Sunday and the bugs were no where near as bad as Saturday. I mean still annoying, but not as bad as I had expected.

    #816851

    Tom Shaw
    Participant

    Simcoe County mountain Bike Club trails are in great shape. 99% of them are on a gravel/sand base so they drain very well. If you have never visited them, 7th Line Oro-Medonte and Basslake side road is the main trailhead. We also have trails in Orillia and Midland. SCMBC.ca for Maps. All but one small section are on public land and open to all. If you would like to support the upkeep of our existing system and contribute to the effort in building new MTB singletrack then we would be very happy for you to purchase a membership. Great local vibe here, even with the bullies. LOL.

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    #817122

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Has anyone ridden Kolapore lately?

    #817123

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    It’s usually more wet than 3 stage so cant see it being too good at the moment. Inquired about 3 stage to ride today and was told by locals it’s soup. Not too pretty on the trails in general at the moment. Nice tomorrow then three more days or rain.

    But there is always next week….

    #817136

    Canadmos
    Participant

    It’s usually more wet than 3 stage so cant see it being too good at the moment. Inquired about 3 stage to ride today and was told by locals it’s soup. Not too pretty on the trails in general at the moment. Nice tomorrow then three more days or rain.

    But there is always next week….

    Thanks. I am opting to wait it out. I spoke with someone from Collingwood last night and they pretty much said the same thing.

    Its been raining all day so far here in Vaughan and there are even darker clouds rolling in.

    Looks like a good weekend for Copeland.

    #818812

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    First update for 2018 spring / summer.

    Rode Turkey Point the last three days. Some ice/slush remains, a few snow packed sections and a bit of mud. Trails are soft and covered in leaves in many areas but for the most part are in great shape. The entrances and most popular trails such as Saudwinder and Big Mike, which saw heavier fat bike traffic, are the worst of the lot. Knowing your way around is key to a good loop at the moment. It’s a big place. The sections that are good, are amazeballs. West side is more wet than the east side, typical.

    Whether it’s worth the 2hr drive is up to you, I’ll go anywhere for dirt. I got in roughly 80km there this week, so it was worth it for me. I stayed in Simcoe and met with a good friend and founder of the club for a beer.. I’ll likely stay over and do the same a few more times this spring if anyone wants to join. By next week it should be mint. Was just starting to rain as I left today. Had a good crew out, was lit!

    I’m more than happy to show anyone a few loops.

    Couple of pics from my trip. Rode my Hightower one day and the Tallboy for the next two.






    #818814

    3hill
    Participant

    Great news! A nice early start to the dirt season!
    Id be up for a guided tour soon Marc!

    #818815

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Let’s make it happen @3hill

    #818816

    Ledbetter
    Participant

    Looks like a massive snow dumping tonight may squash your quest for dirt.

    #818829

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    This is winter’s last push, not too worried. I’ll ride anything; snow, gravel and even path if I have to. It’s all about getting out with buds. Riding is what you make it. I’ll be in Cali next week, so think i’ll manage 😉

    Reports from other networks:

    Guelph Lakes: Mud, soft, ice
    Puslinch: Ice, mud
    Agreement Forest: Some are reporting it’s rideable but I’m skeptical. I believe the snow is likely all gone but mud on those rocks isn’t ideal. Bent Rim and some other trails could be ok, most will suck.
    Dufferin: Mostly clear and dry, some mud
    Durham: Needs a while to drain still
    Dundas Valley: Shaping up nicely, some loops are possible
    3 Stage: Snow is almost gone but way too sensitive, lots of mud.
    The Pines: Needs time to drain still
    Hydrocut: Not a chance
    Kelso: Not open until April

    Most rail trails are clear of snow and ice. Still soft but rolling well. Good time to ride them on an MTB vs CX bike. Get some early miles it to be ready when the dirt is. Good time of year for weekend bikepacking trips.

    Like the Don, most of the trail will be rolling by April. Be patient and don’t ruin it by rutting up the trails and making them 5 feet wide by riding around wet spots. Wont be long now.

    #818830

    Ledbetter
    Participant

    I speak from a mood of disappointment. The nice weather had me feeling spring riding was closer that it may be (for the more fair weather rider). Good update. Surprised the Pines isn’t in better condition yet and Dundas Valley seems ok…

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