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Ravenshoe Forest (Brownhill Tract)

Average Rating:    (4.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 63

Tight technical singletrack, Harwoods and pine forest sections, very rythmic and fun. Official name is York Regional Forest – Brownhill Tract.

Map flag is parking lot on McCowan Road where a large sign shows trail layout. See also map linked below under "Web Address".
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Latitude
44.2092
Longitude
-79.3646
Trail Directions
404 North, Woodbine North to Ravenshoe Road, Ravenshoe Road East to McCowan, McCowan south 1KM to York Regional Forest Parking Lot (right side)
Trail Length
15 km, looped network
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Keswick/York Region
State/Territory/Province
Ontario
Country
Canada
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Review Date
July 28, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Andy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I love this place. A bit flat so not too many hills, but some really great and technical singletrack. Trails like big meany and skunk trail take some really good bike control with constant twists and turns. Pines, one gee etc...are really fast and fun.

Recommended Route:
Ride it all! You can do the entire place in about 2.5 hours.



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Review Date
November 23, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jack ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just moved from west. Heard great things about this trail system. Tried it this week on a beautiful day. Not much to say good about it. Real boring. No hills. Big Meanie had no flow, Tough to get used to the trail systems in Ontario. If this is rated a 4.5 out of 5, I do not have much hope for the rest of the trail systems.



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Review Date
April 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mattik ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
well laid out single track in a continuous loop.

Recommended Route:
I start at McCown parking lot go in turn left hit Stinky loop on left (technical) back out of that loop. Go to fire road, turn right, turn left at big tree, go through Big Meany, get out of that loop go right 3 G or something like that, end up on Ravenshoe road, go through the Pines, a few other loops, out to fire road back up to ravenshoe, go right, little 1 km loop out there, to Mccowan trail, and you're back at lot. 1 hour or so, pretty fun, little to no hills, technical single track, need balance and patience. On the whole a fun ride to do. Best in the area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is the Place you can see off of the 400 while going North to Barrie, after hwy 88, on the apex of the 400 hill on right side. name escapes me but thats fun too. Spoke o Motion has Tueasday night races there if Im not mistaken.



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Review Date
August 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bikindrumz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My wife and I rode this trail a few weeks ago. All in all in was a fun trail to ride. We mostly enjoyed the Big Meanie and Stinky trails just for their more technical nature. We both found some of the intermediate trails to be a little boring and convoluted. However, it is quite accommodating for all skill levels.

Recommended Route:
It was a long way from Guelph.....



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Review Date
April 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mrrestless ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Okay, I have been riding this trail system since its beginning 10 years ago. Most of these reviews are old and likely accurate at the time of writing BUT The Shoe has morphed through several levels as time and thousands of wheels, rolled by. What used to be soft narrow near granny sections are now wide, well packed mid gear flow. We have seen stunts come and go as the forest and the region have done their thing. A running club has recently adopted our trails and with some authoritative attitude. We have had it well signed and marked on more than one occasion only to have the signs removed for whatever reason, I don't know.
What we are left with is a proven sustainable 20 kms of dedicated single track designed and built by mountain bikers for bikes. Yeah its dumbed down, nowhere near as technical as it used to be but the twisty layout and tight rooted forest still makes for a lot of fun and you will at times be challenged. Please stay out when its wet and don't take or make short cuts.
Have fun, respect and fingers crossed, we'll have the privilege for another ten years...

Mr R



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