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Dundas Valley Trail System

Average Rating:    (3.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Incredible variation mostly wide with some single track no flats all up or down
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Latitude
43.244890113703335
Longitude
-80.00171184539795
Trail Directions
Can be accessed a number of ways. Try Hwy 403W to Fiddlers Green Rd.-left at lights on Fiddlers Green-to Tee intersection-turn left and take first left down Lovers Lane down hill to bottom- at a 90 degree turn turn in a gravel driveway to the "Hermatige" parking lot. hit the trails
Trail Length
42 Kms total on about 10 interconnected trails
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ancaster/Dundas
   


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Review Date
August 26, 2011

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: Rick in Dundas ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Since I live right close, I try to ride here at least 3 times a week for the cardio work out. There are 50 km of well marked double track (all hilly) and a guess at around 15km of single track ranging from intermediate to intermediate/technical. Nothing like Waterdown; literally no rock, but some nice rooty areas to work out your suspension. Trail maps do not show any of the single track, but I’ll try to give my directions to the best locations later. If you are looking for a good cardio work out, take Headwater to the last leg loop and go clockwise. There you will climb a good 2 km with a long steep section at the top to get your heart pounding. Follow around to a steep incline that I defy you to keep off the brakes! The best single track can be found off the Monarch Trail and Heritage Trail. This is more of a fun cardio track than anything....oh, and watch out for the horse poop!

Recommended Route:
Lots of routes to take, but as a work out route: Take the Loop counter clockwise from the Trail Center and follow to Heritage Trail. There will be a few good climbs in this direction including the big one at Sulphur Springs. After you turn right onto the Heritage trail, there is another little climb. You will see the Bruce Trail head off to your left; take that right to the end and ride the stairs all the way down to the Old Ancaster Road. Unfortunately, you have to take some pavement here. Take Old Ancaster Road to a parking lot on your left which again, enters the DVCA. Don’t take the Monarch Trail here. Stay to the north of the parking lot and follow the cut grass until you see a single track heading into the woods. Now you are on some nice rolling and fast single track with roots, logs, and lots of up and downs. You can ride this until you come to a gravel road (Artiban). Turn Right and take this up the hill to another parking area on your right. Again, you will see a single track which heads off to the North/East. Take that and get ready for some big ass logs, big ass ups and downs and some very narrow single track. Follow this right back on to Monarch at the top end. From there, you can return to the Loop via Monarch. This should take you about 1 ½ hours if you are taking it easy.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Waterdown, Dundas Peak



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Review Date
July 3, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mickeydesadist ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Lots of manicured beginners stuff. Lots of hardass hilly stuff when you know the place. The off shoots is where you really get a good dose of what AM stands for. All up or all down. Roller coaster. If you arent climbing, you're going down.

Recommended Route:
The Headwaters Loop Via the headwaters and Hilltop trails. The unmapped parts of the Monarch trail non manicured singletrack, the McCormick trail across from the entrance of the park just up Governors road.



Comments
mickeydesadist (07/24/2009)
try the manicured stuff at nite with a good light, then it doesnt feel so beginnerish
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Review Date
June 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: too_phat ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
What used to be a so-so trail system is now virtually unrideable because of piles of freshly laid gravel. Leave this one for the hikers and equistrians.

Recommended Route:
Whatever the fastest way out is...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go to Rockcliff in Clappsins Corners. That ride is much more MTB friendly



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Review Date
June 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Alex , from Ancaster

Summary:
Martins side road is a challenge. The deep ruts have alot of mud in them and the headwaters trail itself is good. When finished, turn right on the road u c. Follow it up the the rail trail and turn right. Follow this until you hit the trail centre. Take the mainloop trail and turn right at the fork. Follow this around and go past the parking lot. Get ready for a short climb. Follow the trail and go up the firepit(aka hermitage hill, cardiac hill, etc.) This hill is not for beginners, a definite must for avide mountain bikers. For those who say this place has no interesting single track, i say do this climb a few times and see how easy it is.
Happy trails

Recommended Route:
Take the headwaters trail to Martin's side road, ride this loop, then when you get back to the road, ride down it. LOTS OF MUD. This place never sees the sun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The trails here are great. If they were too technical noone would use em as often as they r used. If u want more challenging trails then yes this is not the place for you but if you want some fun, easy trails with a few challenging parts then come to the Dundas valley



Comments
mickeydesadist (12/20/2007)
when you wrote this review, i wasnt yet riding. i had my first successful climb of cardiac hill last year but i still havent had the guts to not brake going down.this is where i began after not touching a bike for around 30 years.i got my prophet going 56.5 k down cardiac and both scared and thrilled myself.the hidden singletracks off monarch trail are television perfect.
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Review Date
January 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: oliveR , from Isle of Man

Summary:
No hucking, but firepit can be moderately technical if you climb the ridge side of it and drop the other (jump around the 3rd corner...). Some seriously steep sidetrails off of Chute (I had a mtbing biology teacher who nailed a tree there). Also the Bruce trail is illegal for bikes but I hear theres some good technical side trails there if you get lost;) Or just walk your bike until you get to an un-illegal bit.

Recommended Route:
Firepit, Chute, etc. LOTS of loops.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Waterdown



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