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3 Stage

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

Fast, 700+feet of vertical. Rocky in sections. Tight in some areas. Lots of good fun riding. Not for the beginner
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Latitude
44.498709297508945
Longitude
-80.25813102722168
Trail Directions
From Collingwood, follow grey rd. 19 until it starts to climb up the escarpment. As it goes up the hill, watch for where the Bruce trail comes out of the forest on the right. At this point there is an unmarked road on your left. Take this road to the left until the end. At the end there is parking and the great riding is just further down the old road about a km.
Trail Length
20 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Collingwood
   


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Review Date
June 22, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BentWheel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ok......I ride everywhere I can........whenever I can. My ride is always hanging on the back of my truck. I just spent 10 days in Collingwood and had to check this place out. After everything I had heard........it was totally worth the wait. I hit the trail at the 2nd line entrance on a Wednesday with not a car to be seen..........trails totally to myself.......sign me up !
1 hr into trying to find my way through the network of trails, my map fell apart due to the down pour of rain. The map was from one of the local bike shops, and is very outdated. Don't bother buying one....and don't bother trying to use your cell phone GPS........no signal what so ever. To me that means you are in the right place ! I spent 4hrs riding everything I could find..........it was a blast. Lot's of clay, lots of limestone rock, and tons of shale rock on your way down to the overflowing beaver pond...........did I mention it was overflowing......oh yeah baby as high as the seat on my Giant Trance L frame ! The trail was marked via posts so you could ride right through the pond ! beyond my expectations.......and totally fun ! Just air down and be ready the limestone, and clay is very slippery if its been raining or is raining during your ride.
Rode here every second day during my trip and kept tripping over another route I had not seen...........when it starts looking the same....ride it in the other direction.
Bring lots of water, Emergency kit, and some tools in case you drag some rocks.

Recommended Route:
Take grey rd 19 to 2nd line and follow it to the end. 2nd line ends rt in the parking lot of the park. Follow the old rd straight to the bottom of the hill and you are there. Hard left to enter the forest and follow your pick of the trail network.
Watch out for Deer and Beavers !



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Review Date
July 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Farmstrong ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My wife and I just returned from an Ontario mtb camping trip and Three Stage was one of the many trails we rode. First of all, go to Kamikaze Bike Shop in Collingwood for help. Their staff are incredibly friendly and will sell you a map of the trails. Secondly, bring a compass in here. I have never got lost on the trail, but ended up following a local and getting terribly turned around along the atv roads. I was stuck in a downpour and barely got out before dark. Serves me right for blindly following a local and then trying to follow their directions out. Two locals gave me directions and I became increasingly lost due the complex web of trails in here. Anyhow, there are some nice loops and some fantastic technical sections, if you can find them (and not get lost). A warning: the map is four years old and is almost useless.

Recommended Route:
Enter at the 2nd Line Road and either go down the fire road at its end and go left at the first trail, or take the woods to the fire road and cut straight across. Stay left to get to some awesome technical, very slow downhill. WIcked, though, wicked. The uphill on this tricky technical section with tight turns and rock gardens is also awesome.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hardwood Hills, Kelso, Albion Hills, Buckwallow (some of the world's best!!! Wahoo!!!)



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Review Date
June 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ben222 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
3-Stage is one of the toughest XC biking trails in the area. It has lots of tight, roller-coaster, rocky and rooty singletrack; yet has wide, muddy doubletrack (thanks to our ATV friends). For the most part, a third lung is recommended, as you never will be traveling on a flat surface while you are in the trail system. You are always climbing or descending a hill.

If you are a beginner, stay away. You could hurt yourself pretty badly in here, if you do not have at least some type of experience. There are better trails for you just 10-15 minutes away (see: other trails in the same area).

It is also extremely easy to get lost in here, as there is no signage, yet lots of routes/forks in the trails. I suggest picking up a sem-accurate map at an LBS in Collingwood, such as Kamikaze. But keep in mind, there are a lot more side trails than what is on the map. However, you can also go onto the Eastern Canada forums on MTBR, and there are very accurate GPS 3-Stage maps made by other people (thanks, Pinkheadedbug!).

But, the bottom line is that 3-Stage is an AWESOME, yet challenging set of trails. There is always something new to see and explore for the intermediate, yet tough enough to challenge even the most veteran mountain bikers. It is very much worth a trip, because you'll have a lot of fun, but you'll be exausted at the end of the day!

Bring: MAP, Band-Aids, Water (truckloads of it), Food, Spare Lung, etc.



Recommended Route:
There are so many different routes, there is something for everyone. Rarely, if you so choose to, you will never travel the same trail twice. But, the Bruce Trail is nearby for those really good riders, who are looking for a challenge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kolapore Uplands (10 mins away), Loree Forest (15 mins away), Hardwood Hills (1 hr 10 mins away), Collingwood (Crushed Limestone) Trail Network (15 mins away)



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Review Date
August 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bikindrumz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
3-Stage offers a lot of technical riding that will fill your day and leave you pretty worn out! Some of the rocky sections are fantastic and offer a nice slow technical ride for a full-body workout! I would definetly recommend picking up a map as it will really help you figure out the mess of trails that are there.

Beginners would have issues here, more for intermediate and advanced riders.

Recommended Route:
Take the Diamond and Double Diamond routes when possible :)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kolapore Uplands (only about 10 minutes away)



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Review Date
November 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Edward Bumps , from Ontario

Summary:
It's a blast. For mapping needs see the local bike shops...

Recommended Route:
Any route.. Just remember water! Start at the parking area up top near the 3rd line, follow the service trail road down. Carry on past the yellow gates and take a sharpe left into the forest. Follow the trail down to "pantie hill" and climb up and out. Stay to your right (east) and keep climbing. You should finish out at the road across from the Bruce trail access. Ride back on the road or turn around, stay up top and ride back out to the parking area near the 3rd line.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
kolapore



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