Sandilands Provincial Forest Ski Trials - Trail, Marchand, Manitoba

Sandilands Provincial Forest Ski Trials - Trail, Marchand, Manitoba

DESCRIPTION

cross coutnry ski trails, varying lengths from 8 to 14 kms, hills, sand, long runs of low slopes, killer downhills ( trees hurt)

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 06, 2014]
spelland
Cross Country Rider

South green trail connecting to black trail is an enjoyable ride. Green section very simple, not much sand to have to power through. Black ski trail climb and descent very fun, climb is long and drains you by the end, descent is very fast, very fun.
North Green trail is pure sand murder late 2014. Lots of up and down hill deep sand pedaling. Rewarding when you finish, not fun when you are doing it.

Bikers avoid yellow trail late season. Trail is pure sand with deep cracks formed in the hills. These cracks are unridable turning much of this 4-wheeler track in single track. Many large deep puddles. Ended up turning back 15 minutes in.

Customer Service

South Green and black trail combine, than turn around and go back the same way.

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3
VALUE
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5
[Aug 09, 2003]
XCriderX
Weekend Warrior

Just to elaborate on gettinbetter's directions (a couple of reviews down from this one). There is probably about 50 km of singletrack in Sandilands (there may be more), with varying levels of difficulty.

Customer Service

There are three entrances to singletrack, all of which come off of Hwy 210. In relation to the intersection of 210 and 404, go east (south?) on 210 to the parking lot on the right side (for the ski trails). From there, travel an additional 3 km (appr.), and look to the right. There is an entrance to some singletrack at the top of a slight hill. Look carefully; it's a bit hard to see. The next entrances are opposite each other about another kilometer further down 210, and are also easy to miss. The north side is a fair sized loop, with some rather steep descents in a few places. The south entrance's singletrack will eventually take you to Hwy 404 (and beyond). It starts out fairly flat, but gets more interesting as you get further. The trail is interrupted a few times, so try to follow the dirt bikers paths to hook up with the next section. The ride on the other side of the 404 is probably the most challenging, as the path goes in and out of a small valley. Eventually, this trailhooks up with the blue ski path. This becomes a bit muddy, so for a faster route back, turn right, and follow the ski trails back to your vehicle.

Similar Products Used:

Falcon, Ingolf

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 31, 2003]
Astrid
Weekend Warrior

The Sandilands is a great spot to bike in the spring when the sand is firm. Many trails are too wet in the spring, so this is the first one we always hit. The trails are well marked and there are some wooden maps at the trailheads so generously provided by the cross country ski crowd. The only bad thing is that there are occasionally fat assed ATVers and dirt bikers on the trail. Really frustrating when they bump you off the trail and your going up hill.

Customer Service

We usually take the green trail, head across the road to the blue and yellow trails and then back on the black trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 19, 2001]
Firedude

Red Trail: this is the only trail that is not a loop, it goes around a small lake, and usually has horses on it, beware the horses. Short steep hills, but a nice ride, about 10K out and back, north side of lake is swampy.
Green Trail: my personal fav. 4 sections of about 2.8K each, some hilly, some more flat, sandy sections, and a look out point at the top of the hill, good riding, not very technical, but the sand will rob you of all your speed.

Customer Service

I always turn down the road to Sandilands (the town) and park at the top of the hill, but if you dont know the area, park at the ranger station and ride across the highway.

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The blue and yellow trails are good too, but have some swampy sections, the green, blue and yellow trails are smaller loops within a large loop, see map for details, watch out for hikers on weekends, and hunters in season, otherwise bring mosquito spray or ride fast. Maps usually available at parking areas.

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4
VALUE
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[Oct 27, 2002]
gettinbetter

This is an incredibly beautiful ride. The singletrack winds through the forests, with lots of short descents and climbs.

Watch for loose sand.

Follow this trail right to Hwy 404 (the wide gravel road, right after a long downhill). You can turn right(north) here, and follow 404 back to 210, turn right (east) and return to your car

OR

You can continue on the singletrack on the other side of 404. This section has goes in and out of a small gulley, and also has some great scenery, especially in autumn.

The singletrack will eventually become an ATV trail, where the climbs can become a bit on the 'challenging' side. You may wish to keep an eye out for the 'blue' ski trail. Turn right on it, and it will return you to Hwy 404. I'm not 100% about where the ATV trail will take you.

NOTES:

- watch for bears - sometimes you may practically run over them while coming around a curve in the trail
- there are some muddy patches in the last part of the singletrack, especially in spring, and after heavy rains. The rest of the trail actually improves after rain, as it makes the sand easier to ride on.
- in spring and summer, there tends to be a lot of horseflies. And mosquitoes, of course.
- be aware that you are sharing these trails with motorcycles and horses (and the little 'surprises' that horses leave on the trails)

Supplies: bring lots of water and food.

And for God's sake, please wear a helmet! Also, you may wish to bring some tools with you, or that pleasant ride could become a long walk.

Customer Service

To get to some awesome singletrack:

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Hmmmm, closest I can think of is Ingolf, and that is at least an hour away (in the Whiteshell region).

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4
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