tight single track between two lakes. some foot bridges and sand bars that must be walked. Most singletrack is smoothe enough to ride with some good roots and rocks. at times leaves only 1" on either side before a drop off (4") into the two lakes. Amazing when a little muddy, and just as good dry, but watch the bridges which are in need or repair, and the hikes through the sand bars.
Summary: The best all round mtb trail in Riding Mountain Park imo. Good x-country trail with great views and points for breaks. South Shore a little more grassy with the North Shore more rooty, single track with ups and downs.
Recommended Route: Route is well described in reviews below. About 30 km all in broken by gravel road through the Indian Reservation. Tried both ways and would recommend starting by the South shore, building up to the North Shore. The North Shore is a beauty, great views of the lake, great single track with roots, muddy spots and points for rest (park areas, or private cottage frontage). South Shore is nice also but grassier and skirting marshier areas. Clear Lake was very high this year so the separation with South Lake reached only a couple of feet a times, enough to walk your bike through the bush for 10-15 feet in the narrowest points. You are never too far for civilization if you need help.
Review Date July 24, 2000
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: gusto
, from the lake
Summary: The trail is very mellow. Very fast rolling single track, some mildly technical sections with the bridges but nothing serious, anybody who rides shouldn't have to put their feet down. A good short ride, it took me about an hour and a half in and out.
Recommended Route: the south shore trail.
Other recommended trails in the same area: No trails, but downtown clear lake is fun to ride. There's lots of stairs and benches to do trials stuff.
Review Date May 2, 2000
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a year
Reviewed by: Tom
, from Winkler, Manitoba, Canada
Summary: Great trail. This is where I got my first taste of "real MTBing". Depending on the time of year and water levels, you may have to walk some portions. Sand bars that sort of thing crop up every now and again. Strangely enough, the hikers you meet along this trail are more than happy to step aside. This trail starts out pretty easy, and then starts getting tougher as the trail narrows, to sub-singletrack in parts. During the first few Km's you'll run across recreational touring bikers but they, like the hikers, will move aside for you. Unfortunately I've only run it a couple times and haven't for close to a year, so I can really give you a detailed description of the trail, except to say that it's a hell of a fun ride. The first time I rode it, I'd never hit a serious trail, and thought I was going to die at parts. The second time, I bombed along, barely keeping up with my buddy, who's a real rider from way back. I love this trail, and certainly haven't seen the last of it. If you want, you can go all the way around the lake, but thunderstorms have thwarted both our efforts at about the 2/5's stage, where you hit some tough sections that slow the pace. I've seen a short section of the North Shore trail, when we did a little recon, starting from the Golf Course. Again, a thunderstorm intervened and we had to get out of there before we made any appreciable distance, but the North Shore, from what I saw looks to be as fun as the South. The section we rode was very fast, just watch for cottage dwellers coming down the slopes for a dip.
Recommended Route: You can start at a short paved section near the tennis courts, but it won't stay paved for long.
Review Date April 21, 2000
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Josh
, from Winnipeg, Mb, Can
Summary: I love this trail! I work at one of the church camps on the lake, so I ride it every weekend in the summer. There is one spot by the camp which gets confusing if you haven't done the trail. Shortly after riding south past South lake, there is an open field. People sometimes can't find the trail. Just keep on going along the lake and you'll find it. You'll know you're on the right track if you pass through a small section and pass a bunch of cabins. This is where I work. Feel free to ask for directions if you find someone close by who isn't busy. There are some steep descents and climbs further along the singletrack. Things can get messy if you aren't prepared for mud, so be forewarned. Also, I recommend putting the seat post down a couple inches before attempting the foot bridges by South Lake. Last summer I tried to ride this section on my friend's Rocky Mountain Thin Air. The seat was a little high, and I dumped in the lake. (I managed to save the bike, however). Experienced riders can do the trail in about 2 hours, but first timers, and less experienced riders should leave about half a day. Bring water and a snack. Also be prepared to meet with wildlife. (Bears) Make sure you know what to do in the event of a bear encounter. I have never seen one up close in the 7 summers I've been going to RMNP, but like a boy scout, you should always "Be Prepared". One more tip, if you own riding shorts, and a riding pack, you could bring a towel and go for a dip in the lake. There are designated (unguarded, however) swimming areas all along the trail. Again I can't say enough good things about this trail. It's relatively close to civilization if you need help. It is challenging enough for experienced riders, but is also ridable for beginners. Great trail in the summer.
Recommended Route: Go from Wasagaming south, and loop around the lake.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Give Grey Owl a shot. I have done it once or twice and I liked it a lot.
Review Date April 1, 2000
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Senior Dan
, from Brandon
Summary: The complete lake ride can take 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours depending on stops. Be careful riding west of the Dude Ranch beacause there are a couple of spots to dis-mount and walk. The ride is good for all levels of riders. You can ride leisurely or at your own risk. Water and a snack are recommended. (Don' forget your brain bucket)
Recommended Route: You can pick-up the trail at the west end of the boat cove located by the Old Campground. The trail skirts the lake. The track is good (a few rocks and roots). The single track splits Clear Lake and South Lake and continues by a church camp and a public swimming area known as the Dude Ranch. Continue riding the path and it passes by a couple more church camps. When you reach a firepit with benches at an opening by the lake you have reached the group camp area. The trail heads north along the west side of the lake. Cross a marsh area on a wooden bridge and you come out at the Riding Mountain Conference Center. This point on the trail, head out to the gravel road and turn north. This provincial highway junctions about 3kms. up with the Lake Audy Road. Turn right and ride the gravel around the rolling hills for 6kms. or so. The Lake Audy Road then junctions with Highway #10. Turn right on #10 and ride 1/2 km and turn into the Spruces boat launch. By this time you are heading south along the lake. The trail you are now on is the Northshore Trail. This is a fun cruising ride and exits at the northeast end of the lake by the golf course. Along this Northshore ride you encounter roots,water springs, uphills, downhills, cottages, wildlife, one killer culvert and the odd hiker. This is a fun part of the Clear Lake circuit ride. From the golf course you can ride the 'low' road west along the lake. Just past Deep Bay (200m or so) ride around the 2 yellow gates down to the lakeshore. A nice leisurely cruise back into the town of Wasagaming.
Other recommended trails in the same area: In the immediate Wasagaming area there are many horseback riding trails. Usually you can find one if you encounter a line of poles and powerlines.