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Ski Birch (Pan Am '99 Race Course)

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Singletrack, rolling, some quite technical sections that are difficult for most, relentless.
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Latitude
49.476378645252844
Longitude
-98.39059352874756
Trail Directions
Hwy. 3 West of Carman, continue (approx. 30 minutes) past to signs of Ski Birch area (old sign, hill has been closed for years, now farmer's private land).
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Carman
   


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Review Date
April 26, 2015

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Natahan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Shame last review indicates trails are closed. They are actually in better shape then ever thanks to the modest user fees and local clubs. Riders must have Birch passes available at MCA website.

Recommended Route:
From parking lot go past ski chalet. Straight past gravel road downhill to Lindsey's and enjoy a technical descent. Follow trail to bottom. You'll be back on gravel. Choose a trail to climb back up. Camel climb is the killer. Back at top turn right along field. Enter single track along fence and follow for a long time, staying left untill you see "Clint's Dirty Little Secret". This downhill will spit you out at creek bridge. Cross creek and head up "Cattle Climb" to field. Take single track path straight (as opposed to mowed double track right) across field towards forested hills. Once you hit bush go left and spin a gradual climb to top of Sissons Chute. Hang a right on Kurts Kut. Take first right past fence. Half way down hill trail veers back uphill (left). Stay straight on top trail, about 300m and then left on Davey's Drop. Go straight and climb turning right at fork in trail. Continue on until a corkscrew descent spits you out on double track. Shoot straight across this back onto singletrack until next double track. Turn left on doubletrack for about 200m and then take singletrack to the right. Continue on this until u see "no cyclists" sign. Turn right for nice downhill. Rol

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Roll through field, follow doubletrack over creek. You'll see road through field. Climb road back to chalet. You likely won't see a soul! You just sampled about 10% of what's out there!



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Review Date
January 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Adam , from Wpg

Summary:

see www.birchclub.com for details

Recommended Route:
***SORRY FOLKS THE BIRCH TRAILS HAVE BEEN CLOSED DOWN.***

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We've lost maniotba's best trails.



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Review Date
March 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Justin , from Canada

Summary:
When I first heard that the pan am games biking was held here I was expecting alot but when I got there it doesn't strike you as very much considering its just on some farmers property but never judge a book by its cover once you start riding you besta stay alert as you will come across some awsome downhills that come outta no where at a couple times reaching speeds of about 80km/h is pretty common, every thing is kinda confusing trails over laping and starting outta no where I didn't know the area to well at first but getting accoustomed to all of this. The better the bike you have here the more plentiful your options are and the more fun you'll have I personhally would not want to be there on a crappy bike or without some sorta suspension. all in all if you ride get out there you'll be happy you did I could spend every week-end there if it wasn't so far away.

Recommended Route:
You should do it all even Louis leap, its all good there ecspecailly if your used to flat Manitoba riding this place is a delight.



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Review Date
February 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Al McDonald , from Carman MB, Canada

Summary:
Louis Leap is a must when you visit Ski Birch. A snaking switchback with a long smooth tail into the valley is a great challenge with really sharp turns and a couple of good drops, making it worth while.

Recommended Route:
Leave the main parking lot and head into the valley along the south (left) side of the gravel road. There are two switchbacks which join up with the road and then about 100m down the hill there is a steep grade to the left called the double camel. A good way to get warmed up! After your ready to go hard, follow the road to a small creek which should be labelled as Honky tonk. CAUTION cows sometimes in the area. Follow the creek until you reach a sandy incline on the right. At the top you can have a nice rolling ride for a half a mile or so to get prepared for the tretcherous north side. Starting off with a weaving accent you reach the top of the hill where it's a great singletrack for a good distance. Keep your head up cause there are lots of low limbs and even some tricky stumps and roots. Then you climb back up the far side and cruise along a wheat feild for a good run reaching speeds of about 40 mph. Hanging a sharp right at the end of the hill climb a small truck trail which has signs leading you to Kurt's Crater a good singletrack as well. Follow the trail back up the east side of the valley bringing you past a few cabins back to the parking lot. A great ride which can take up to an hour or more depending how hard you choose to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are off shoots all over the place so if you get a good bearing on where you enter the valley you can always find your way back to the road or parking lot.



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Review Date
November 4, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: MikeeB , from Victoria, BC

Summary:
great fun ride. good for getting a rush and mostly cross-country style. Great exercise. Needs some big log ladders to up the "technical" tempo a wee bit. Coupla fun drops.

Recommended Route:
ask somebody else.



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