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Blue Hills of Brandon

Average Rating:    (4.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Every kind of trail you could imagine, from fire roads to insane singletrack you have to shave your handlebars to get through.Approximatley 40 to 50k of trails all through hills.Maps might be at local bike shops,if not do what I do ask a local rider.This trail system is one of best in the province!
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Latitude
49.722259680397045
Longitude
-99.91584777832031
Trail Directions
Turn off Trans-Canada highway heading south drive until you find Victoria Ave. turn left {east} drive until you find 17th st. east {just past A.C.C.college} turn right{south} follow that road for appox. 10k there are signs, turn left.
Trail Length
miles40 to 50 Kilometres
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brandon
   


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Review Date
August 16, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: trailtrekker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Is this a joke for the locals?

We took the ride out from Winnipeg to explore the highly rated Brandon Hills Trail... the trails are horrible.

The A B C loops are just garbage. It's like biking through a pot-holed hayfield... I guess these loops are nice if you enjoy biking around a tepid swamp with giant logs (the logs are un-rideable) strewn about and constantly have to worry about bottoming out your SIDS on unseen sinkholes.

The north face trail, while offering an okay view of the valley and perhaps suitable for hiking is, again, garbage for MTB... no coherency or consistency, no airs, no freewheel areas and just horrible.

This is primarily a wildlife management area and a non-maintained mess of loosely connected goat paths. Definately NOT the best trails between the Rockies and Ontario.

Don't bother wasting your time or gas.

Recommended Route:
if you do feel the need to go, hit the north face for hiking - We would recommend nothing for mtb.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clear Lake, City of Brandon, Spruce Woods, Duck Mountain



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Review Date
June 29, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike jesso ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Ok so I have come back to this thread a million time to read all of your reviews and prepare myself an my wife for these trails.
Today was the big day. We traveled from Winnipeg to rip these trails.
As recamended by other reviewers, we stopped into the local bike shop and made friends with a local. He was awesome. We got a trail map from him and it's a good thing we did. I used it along side with my motionXGPS app on my phone and had no problem navigating my way through the trail system. We also had two-radios that saved us a couple times. Recommended for riding partners. Can never have to much communication out there in the back country.
We covered 25 kms total and my app tracked the hole thing.
Looking back at the results, it's obvioRus why my muscles are so sore now!!!
Huge decline, and huge up hill battle to follow.
Each of us packed 2L of water and I could have used 3. Or more!
A,B and C loops are all awesome double tracks. The first trail we took outside the loops weas heavily overgrown however we were warned ahead of time that the season is still a little early and some of the trails haven't been cleared yet. Tones of downfall. Have to dismount my nick and bushwhack certin areas.
After that rip we made our way back to the car for some lunch. After lunch we did the trail that's north of the parking lot. Holy spokes, that was a challenging trail.
Very happy to have made the drive from the peg to ride these trails. I think we covered about 15% of the and I hope to cover the rest as soon a s possible.
My hat goes off to you local Brandon riders, you have a killer trail system in your back yard. Never wanted to move to Brandon so much in my entire life. I like your community and the friendly people in it. Thank you so much for hosting me and my wife this weekend in the city of Brandon and surrounding area. We had an awesome time an will be back.

Thanks again,
Mike from Beyond the Press in Winnipeg.

Recommended Route:
Obviously the 3 loops. A,B and C.
But that north trail was stellar.
It's called North Face.
We took it to a trail called tight and nasty that lead back to the long fast part of loop C.
Can't wait to ride the rest of them.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Clearlake trail in riding mountain natanal park is my second favorite. It's not to far from Brandon.



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Review Date
December 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: H-town ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Brandon Hills are some of the best riding you will find from Ontario to the Rocky Mountains. There are miles upon miles of trail to explore with a great variety of terrain. All skill levels of riders can enjoy the hills. Beginner level riders and families should stick to the groomed skill trails. There are 3 of these (A, B & C loops)
If you are a more experienced rider and are looking for more of a challenge, get off these loops and hit the singletrack. Be warned that you can get lost in the singletrack if you are not paying attention. Be sure you are remembering your turns and landmarks. They do twist and turn and cross over one another a fair bit so keep your bearings straight.
If you are looking for a great ride try to hook up with one of the locals who will be able to show you around. There are some great hidden gems that are hard to find on your own. Check with one of the local bike shops in town for some advice. There are no maps currently out there of the trails. This is why you need to be with someone who knows their way around in order to truely have a good ride.
Don't pass up the opportunity to ride the Hills. You'll be come back for more, guaranteed!

Happy Trails and Good Riding!

Recommended Route:
Anything is good! Experienced riders should try and ride the single track to enjoy the experience.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Spruce Woods Provincial Park (just south of Carberry)
Riding Mountain National Park (1 hr north of Brandon)



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Review Date
August 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: desmond ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Brandon Hills This was our first trip to the hills, the riding was excellent and very challenging when you branched off from the main ski trails. Lots of ups and downs, rocks and logs to jump over. We did not know the area well and managed to end up going in circles, we thought we would be out for a couple of hours, we spent 5 hours on the trail, ran out of water after 3 hours. Luckily we met up with a local rider Corry who led us back to the main ski trail and back to our truck. A big thanks to Corry.



For those heading out, carry lots of water, the mountain bike trails run east to west, if confused follow the trail you took back. The trails marked for hiking run south to north. There is no marking on the moutain bike trails that branch off from the ski trails.



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Review Date
October 10, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: LTR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail, along with some of the others out in the Brandon Hills, make this one of the best places to ride from ON to AB. Awesome stuff.

Recommended Route:
Try to go everywhere

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Riding Mountain National Park.
The Gorge, Jet, Baldies. (McCreary)
Sprucewoods Provincial Park (Carberry)



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