Fairview Hills Area - Trail, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Fairview Hills Area - Trail, Halifax, Nova Scotia

DESCRIPTION

This trail is very narrow and sometimes appears to disapear. It is fast and challenging. It links to a series of trails that loop for hours of riding.

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[Jul 20, 2009]
DOMC
Weekend Warrior

This was the trail system I practiced with before moving onto Whopper Dropper. I think of it as having a front and rear section. The front is mostly made up of a fairly short but smooth walking-path that runs through the woods. You may find a few smaller trails branching-off, but most of them are too short or grown-over.

The rear section hasn't received the same TLC as the front, but has a couple of trails that are more of a challenge. I start the main trail for the rear area from the hill across from the entrance to the school on Thomas Raddall Dr. If you look past the ditch beyond the road-side parking, you'll notice the pathway entrance, which takes you up to a small open area at the top.

Follow the trail south towards the woods. Near the woods you'll come across a tree growing almost right on the trail. Back-up and there's a path on the right that connects with another entrance trail (turn left at it). This trail then goes behind that tree.

There's a short descent into the woods before a small creek. I'd love to put in a jump to clear it, but even a simple bridge or skinny would do.

This is followed by a short, rooty climb that can be tricky in the wet. The trail keeps snaking, going around a downed tree under open sky and continuing into the woods. There's a campsite in a clearing with random bits of wood strewn about - watch for broken glass. You can stay on the path as it goes left, or cut through the campsite and join a trail on the other side. I like the section to the right as it opens up a bit and doesn't feel as cramped, but it later ends abruptly where dozens of trees have fallen. Look for a path down the hillside on the left right before the big mud pit. This is something I started last fall that snakes down through the trees so the two "sections" are connected in a different way.

If you go left at the campsite, the trail continues through the woods, around the base of a fallen tree and arrives at a split. If you go left, you'll end up near the slippery climb from earlier, though this trail needs work.

If you go right, you'll end up in a big clearing with lots of granite and large rocks - definitely the most fun and flowy area. A rocky trail leads to the east where it connects to the front-section.

This entire area has a lot of potential as there are a lot of wooded sections untouched.

Customer Service

As mentioned, you can join the back section from near the school. The front is accessed on one end from the gravel walking trail (used to be train tracks, I think). The entrance itself is easy to find with Google Maps. Just look for Birkdale Crescent and you'll see it to the left of the walking trail. The other entrance is at the baseball field to the north, due west of second-base.

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Whopper Dropper is simply amazing and absolutely full of trails of all kinds - I VERY highly recommend it. Definitely worth the 8km ride getting there and back. Wrandees is supposed to be great if you have a light XC machine and are into highly-technical riding (whereas my bike is 40lbs+)...

In its current state, I'd only suggest the reviewed trail system if you live in the area as it's much better than nothing. I spent all of last summer exploring and riding it almost every day, but now that I know about Whopper, I just ride there, instead!

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[Feb 02, 2009]
b-rad_457@hotmail.com
Racer

Well they pretty much took out the whole trail now its not much fun anymore but a good beginner track real hard to get lost in there.

Customer Service

Doubt there would be much to chose from

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Whopper Dropper!!!

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[Mar 31, 2000]
Danforth

Better ride this trail soon, because its being developed pretty quick. There used to be a "killer" descent (heckler style, if ya know what I mean) that dropped into a nice ravine - but its been developed. Most of the trail is still there, but probably not for too long.

Its actually a pretty cool trail, enjoy it while you can.

Customer Service

Top of Main ave, or behind the new rec. center.

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[Jul 25, 2000]
Ralph

Great ride, not to technical for the pure beginner but some advanced spots. The length depends on how much time you have, lots of branch trails that you can ride.

Customer Service

Keep going up the hill and pass the driving range. Take the road on the right, keep a eye out to the left for a path. The tail continues pass the water hole. befor you get back to the tower there is another path on the left that leads out to behind home depot. This area is developing quickly. Lots of other trails in the area.

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[Aug 25, 2000]
Chico

I wouldn't call this trail advanced, but it is a lot of fun. I took a beginner in there, and she didn't fare out bad at all. As described, there are lots of branch trails. The trail is pretty narrow, and lots of fun. I always enjoy the field with the radio towers. This part of the city isn't bad in the winter too.

It's not an epic ride, but it's fun. For a great warm up into it, ride up Flamingo Dr from the Bedford Highway, then find the trail system.

Customer Service

As described.

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A very short one between MSVU and Lacewood. Lots of stuff around the Hammond's Plains exit on the #102. Many other trails in Hfx.

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[Oct 06, 2000]
Erik

trail is a lot of fun, nice and close to town so you can quickly jump on your bike after work or school.
Usually some pretty muddy part. Watch out for glass, old cars and abandonned buildings (only one that I've seen)

Customer Service

same as above

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[Jan 26, 2001]
Aaron

a good warm up not too far from wrandees.
Development has already shortened up the area, enjoy it while it lasts. There are a few technical areas but for the most part this trail system is fun, fast and gets the adrenaline flowing.

Customer Service

enter from main st. across from nine hole parking lot follow whatever route feels right.

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wrandess(heavy use), 103 highway @ exit 5

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[Jan 28, 2002]
Jimbo

These loops are hard trails for beginners, a good place to learn, and you can't get lost for long. I ride this area several time a week and rairly see anyone.

Customer Service

Go up Main ave.(this is Geasers hill) you can turn right at the bottom of the hill on to the the power line trail, which will eventualy take you to the Karney Lake rd.(easy)
If you take the next right, the road will y and both will end up behind the ball field in the Commons. If you stay to the right path look closely to the right and there will be a tight single track that goes up a hill, this will take you to an open area with Granet out crops, here you will find many different routes to explore. Taking left turns will take you to the radio towers at the top of the hill behind the driving range.
Another fun loop is at the top of the hill. Just before the driving range parking lot, is a trail to the left, in the woods. This is a good loop. I generaly take the first left on the trail and go down the hill to the bottom (a left turn at the bottom will take you out to Main ave.) a right will take you to the trail back up the hill. If it is wet turn right at the end of this trail and you can ride a service road up the hill. At he top you will cut back in to the woods. Climb up on to a huge rock used buy party'rs (lots of glass) on the other side of this, the trail will take you back to the start. Another route, pass the driving range on Main ave. go passed the gate the two roads to the right will take you to the towers I spoke of, the trail straight ahead will go to the open area,(if you take a hard right at the bottom of a steep short hill). The trail to the left y's, the next left goes to the hwy rear the Price Club (could be a wet mucky ride). The trail straight or to the left will take you to an old cement building I believe was the transmitter for the first over-seas radio broad casts. Past this the road will take you back out to the driving range if you run in to a swampy area go back a bit and take a short cut threw the woods to a water line service road turn left back to the driving range.

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I enjoy doing a loop or two here,then ride the power line trail to Hemlock Ravine. Down the ravine it self then back up into the park for a loop, and home. Its about 20K. or so, under 2hrs.

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