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Glen Major and Durham Forest

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 36

Rolling hills, consisting of wooded areas and open meadows.
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Latitude
44.046881891203704
Longitude
-79.09297943115234
Trail Directions
Find Balsam. Head north on Balasm road, look for small parking area.
Trail Length
mileendless
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Uxbridge
   


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Review Date
June 1, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtn_bike_rider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail system for cross country riding. I came here for the first time this spring and enjoyed riding the well marked trails. They were well maintained by the local mountain biking club as I discovered from talking with a member of the board of directors of the Durham Regional Mountain Biking Association. He also showed me the great trail maps that are located at every trail head. The map turned out to be very helpful to get me going, but once riding I found that I didn't really need it. The whole system is so well marked I found my way around easily.

The trails are a mix of single and double track, with some nice twisty sections. There isn't anything technical...it's pure cross country. As a racer I felt that I could get a great workout here by stitching different routes together and riding fast, but there was barely any climbing...some riders might appreciate that. If you enjoy flowing descents though, you won't find that here. This is also a great place to bring family, or riders that are new to the sport.

While speaking with the DMBA board member he told me that there are several other plans in the works to significantly increase the trail system over the next couple of years. From what I have seen, they have done a great job developing this area and it is only going to get better!



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Review Date
March 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: OYF-BYC ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ouch. Mr. Grower, a.k.a. Weekend Warrior, sure does have an axe to grind with the cycling hordes. I find it hard to believe that the 18" wide trails winding through a massive forest pose a risk of the sort of devestation that is suggested by Grower. Don't get me wrong. I'm interested in low impact riding in an effort to reduce erosion, but ease up on the subjective judgement please WW. I believe that we all have equal right to enjoy the forest in the way that we deem to be situational palitable. And hold off on the blanket name calling. Mountain bikers are not what I would call arrogant. Isn't that like calling all black people thieves? Anyway, the trails are great. Come and enjoy and don't be put off by high-brow folks who consider their expression of enjoyment as better than others. And if you do wish to distance yourself from the bikers, make use of the God granted gift given to most bipeds and go off-piste.

Recommended Route:
It doesn't matter, you're bound to get lost. Bring trail mix.



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Review Date
December 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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2.00 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Growver ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Glen Major TRCA site is a huge resource. I've walked and skiid it for more than 25 years. Springs bubble from the ground, birds sing, trees grow. I've stopped and read under a blooming abandoned apple orchard, and been entranced by the hum of the zillions of bees. And then the mountain bikers came.

In my (substantial) experience, bikers are about as arrogant a lot as they come. The collective perspective seems to be that since they like being outside and use muscle power as locomotion they are in some sense blessed and deserving of awe.

Many is the time I've been walking a trail (one that I've walked long before the bikes came), peacefully, only to hear the shouting that passes for conversation between biking companions. Then they whizz past, without the remotest consideration of others on the path (we're not on bikes, you see). They'll kill someone one day.

When I first began exploring the site, it was often torn up by all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes. They're gone, thank god. But I see the multiplying trails, the gouges through the forest and on the hillsides, and I know that what we have now is just about as bad.

I was there first. I'm going to stay. Don't expect me to be happy with the destructive invasion.



Comments
GiantMartin (06/29/2008)
Somehow you seem to have some reason to think that forest is yours and you can dictate as to what happens in it. Don't like it? Get lost. I bet there's way more hikers that leave garbage and trash the place than bikers, and many of us actually build the trails that you walk on. Like I said, hosers like you should just get bent.
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Review Date
January 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: TJ of Snakes & Ladders , from ?

Summary:
Yea, I made these trails with help. We need more new trails here to make this area better & better! To bad the ramps were removed by the conservation guys. Do you know how much work that was! This is still a great place to ride!

Recommended Route:
start at 3 rocks

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dagmar 7$



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Review Date
November 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Ricksom , from Toronto, Ontario

Summary:
Still the best in southern Ontario after everthing is said and done. I still keep coming back here on a regular basis after 4 years. These trails may not be the coolest, toughest, scariest, or the most fashionable; but they pass the test of time, and I really miss riding them if I haven't had the chance for some time. These trails simply lure you back time after time without getting you bored. Perhaps it's the scenery, the rhythmic flow, the distances you can ride, the fun factor, or they were built by some passionate mountain biker...I don't know...but I call this place "HOME" after having ridden almost everything else that Ontario has to offer. It is a great XC riding place. I have ridden Hardwood Hills, Kelso, Hilton Falls, Waterdown, Don Valley, Mansfield, Dagmar, Haliburton Forest, Kalapore, Ravenshoe, Inglewood, just to name a few. All those places are nice, and have their special character, but Durham/Glenn Major is a place for everyone, anytime, good general riding where you will find a little bit of everything. It's the largest riding area around, which means you can carve out a new riding route every time. New trails are sprouting up all the time, making it a further bonus to ride. But be warned. Many of the trails are unmarked and difficult to find, leaving the newbies to settle for the basic and not too interesting double track forest roads (as mentioned in reviews by a few "inexperienced" trail finders). A long term "jewel" destination.

Recommended Route:
Trails are not really marked, so ride with a group ride or someone who knows the trails. Good single-track is well hidden enough to be difficult to find. Some fairly good local maps available, but not all trails are listed.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dagmar is also worth a ride next door. It has an admission fee.



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