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Haliburton Forest

Average Rating:    (4.04 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

Every kind of riding you could ask for, rocky, sandy, gravel, bare earth, mud etc. Tight single track and open fire roads.
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Latitude
45.215210500840016
Longitude
-78.59481811523438
Trail Directions
11 north to 118. 118 east to w. Guilford. Left to Kenisis Lake Rd. Follow to park entrance, pay fee, ride for ever.
Trail Length
300 + km of marked trails
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
West Guilford
   


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Review Date
August 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dr.Zoidberg ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We found the trails to be a mix of some decent singletrack with lots of dirt roads and snowmobile/atv trails in between. There seemed to be three types of roads/trails: dirt roads for vehicular access to cottages, ‘moderate’ trails, half of which seem to be snowmobile trails, and ‘difficult’ trails, which seemed to be geared to biking and hiking.

The dirt roads are self explanatory.

Some of the moderate trails were wide grass covered and rutted, I would say a rough double track but not as fast as more double track dedicated for biking. Outlook trail and I think Black Creek trail (or something like that) were examples of not very fun moderate trails. Other moderate trails were more geared for hiking and biking and fairly decent.

The difficult trails were the best trails that had technical challenges at the same time as physical challenges (hills, hairpin curves). Some good downhill type runs here but also tough hill climbs too. These trails IMO are much more technical than GTA trails. Maybe Broken Rim at Hilton Falls is comparable, but there is no grade change to contend with at HF. Most weekend warrior types would not be able to ride these trails.

We had two types of riders in our group: weekend warrior and the more avid mtbr. The former found the difficult trails too challenging and not enough moderate singletrack (e.g. Ravenshoe, Durham variety) to keep them entertained. The latter thoroughly enjoyed the mix of moderate and difficult trails. One rider brought his hardtail and was kicking himself for not bringing his FS.

Recommended Route:
Suggested route for those used to GTA singletrack and who do not want to ride on a lot of dirt road: from base camp: ride east on Normac Trail, turns into Chico Trail, turn east onto Northshore Trail, then do the Red and Green Trail loops to Black Lake for a swim. Take a clockwise loop of Outlook Trail (optional), take Dutton Road/East Road (dirt vehicular roads) to Greg’s Trail and go south, take in view at Marsh Lookout, head west to Krista Trail, Ben’s Trail, Vista Ridge Trail, the Pass Trail, and Poacher’s Trail; base camp is not far off. This route is about 55km with good variety and minimal dirt road riding.

If your technical skills are not that strong then take the same general clockwise route but choose the moderate trails that run parallel, such as Red Trail instead of Normac Trail. But you’re kinda done after Ben’s Trail because the only options to base camp from there are the difficult trails or KMs of dirt road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Minnesing Trail in Algonquin Park.



Comments
Worlds Laziest Ninja (08/16/2011)
I was the smuck that brought the Carbon hardtail 29er with Dr. Zoidberg, if you have full suspension... BRING IT!! I was continuously being bounced around at this trail system... all in all though, it was awesome riding. Very challenging terrain over the advanced trails (purple on the map), and a lot of dirt roads if you get sick of the trail systems and feel like a thigh burning ride.
Worth checking out.
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Review Date
September 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: massspike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great variety -- you can easily spend 2 or 3 days riding here.

There are some very steep climbs over varying conditions.

They are still logging so it a Cat had gone down the trail it was very sandy/loamy.

Went in August so it was dry enough. From the other reviews it seems to be a late season (August to October) location.

Recommended Route:
Any Red-rated trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buckwallow
Minnising Lake (Algonquin Park)



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Review Date
January 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Aryn Pongratz ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I must agree that the beginning of the season has many bugs flying about. You need to keep moving to stay ahead of them. I live in the Detroit area and have a cottage out in Wilberforce about 30 minutes from the forrest. Every time my wife, son and I head for the cottage the first thing I pack up in the car is my Kona. in my opinion, to enjoy these trails you need to love every aspect of riding - from long climbs to steep decents. I have ridden many of the trails in the forrest and have enjoyed them all, even going the morning after a hard rain the night before. The only recomendation I have is to bring a bike with at some rear travel and disc breakes for the mud. I rode all last summer on a hardtail but plan to get a softtail under my bum to make things a little smoother. If your ever in the area I would make it a point to stop in and check it out. Base Camp people are very friendly, (as are all Canadians to the state sider), and the trails are great. I have ridden all over Michigan and as far down as West Virgina. These are still my favorite trails.

Recommended Route:
Make sure to get a trail map from Base Camp. The arrows on the paper don't lie when they tell you a steep incline or decent is coming. Don't have the map with me so I can't tell you all of them. The Normac connected with the Red trail will give you a good feeling of the rest of the park. the further you go from camp the more overgrown the trails are tho. To me they are still fun but people who like the pretty groomed trails might not find it the same.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know any yet. You ever want to go across the border for a trip, Elk River in Slaty Fork West Virgina is well worth the drive. Many trails to keep you on the saddle all day. Tea Creek has a sweet downhill for the last three miles. It's better if you don't touch the brakes.



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Review Date
October 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Alfonso ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This was the first time I've ridden at this centre. If you aren't a wuss and don't mind some trails the way mother nature intended them to be then this is the place for you. It appears there is little or no maintenance performed on the Normac, Red and Dog trails but this was simply awesome. I regularly ride Shorthills, Brock escarpment and Kelso a few times and Haliburton Forest is the most technically demanding riding I've done to date. A full suspension rig would have been nice (hardtail here).

If you like manicured trails then stay on the bikepath.

Recommended Route:
Start at the main gate, work your way to Normac and follow Dog, Red and back to Normac.



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Review Date
October 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Hector ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've cottaged on Kennisis Lake four times this year and Haliburton Forest is only 10 minutes away. Lots of rain and bugs early in the season so we decided to wait for early October.

Positive- beautiful, scenic setting
- lots of trails, well marked
- bike wash area

Negative- expensive $13 for a day pass

Unfortunately it rained all week before we arrived and started snowing while we were riding. Found lots of hills, exposed rocks, roots, mud and stagnant water on all trails. Normac was very technical. Due to the inclement weather a large portion of the terrain was unrideable and we had to get off the bike often.

Did a 15 km loop that felt like 40 km. A great workout. I will try again next season.

Recommended Route:
Did a loop that consisted of Normac, Dog and Red Trail.



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