Dundas Valley Trail System - TRAIL

Dundas Valley Trail System - Trail, Ancaster/Dundas, Ontario

Incredible variation mostly wide with some single track no flats all up or down

User Reviews (17)

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Rick in Dundas   Cross Country Rider [Aug 26, 2011]

Since I live right close, I try to ride here at least 3 times a week for the cardio work out. There are 50 km of well marked double track (all hilly) and a guess at around 15km of single track ranging from intermediate to intermediate/technical. Nothing like Waterdown; literally no rock, but some nice rooty areas to work out your suspension. Trail maps do not show any of the single track, but I’ll try to give my directions to the best locations later. If you are looking for a good cardio work out, take Headwater to the last leg loop and go clockwise. There you will climb a good 2 km with a long steep section at the top to get your heart pounding. Follow around to a steep incline that I defy you to keep off the brakes! The best single track can be found off the Monarch Trail and Heritage Trail. This is more of a fun cardio track than anything....oh, and watch out for the horse poop!

Customer Service

Lots of routes to take, but as a work out route: Take the Loop counter clockwise from the Trail Center and follow to Heritage Trail. There will be a few good climbs in this direction including the big one at Sulphur Springs. After you turn right onto the Heritage trail, there is another little climb. You will see the Bruce Trail head off to your left; take that right to the end and ride the stairs all the way down to the Old Ancaster Road. Unfortunately, you have to take some pavement here. Take Old Ancaster Road to a parking lot on your left which again, enters the DVCA. Don’t take the Monarch Trail here. Stay to the north of the parking lot and follow the cut grass until you see a single track heading into the woods. Now you are on some nice rolling and fast single track with roots, logs, and lots of up and downs. You can ride this until you come to a gravel road (Artiban). Turn Right and take this up the hill to another parking area on your right. Again, you will see a single track which heads off to the North/East. Take that and get ready for some big ass logs, big ass ups and downs and some very narrow single track. Follow this right back on to Monarch at the top end. From there, you can return to the Loop via Monarch. This should take you about 1 ½ hours if you are taking it easy.

Similar Products Used: Waterdown, Dundas Peak
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4
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5
mickeydesadist   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2009]

Lots of manicured beginners stuff. Lots of hardass hilly stuff when you know the place. The off shoots is where you really get a good dose of what AM stands for. All up or all down. Roller coaster. If you arent climbing, you're going down.

Customer Service

The Headwaters Loop Via the headwaters and Hilltop trails. The unmapped parts of the Monarch trail non manicured singletrack, the McCormick trail across from the entrance of the park just up Governors road.

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3
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3
too_phat   Weekend Warrior [Jun 14, 2004]

What used to be a so-so trail system is now virtually unrideable because of piles of freshly laid gravel. Leave this one for the hikers and equistrians.

Customer Service

Whatever the fastest way out is...

Similar Products Used: Go to Rockcliff in Clappsins Corners. That ride is much more MTB friendly
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1
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3
DirtDog   [Jun 01, 1999]

It's been a while since I have ridden these trails with the boys from Hamilton F.D., but they offer a decent challenge of mostly wide and buffed (read: overused) trails with a clay bed. This means that Wet trails = Bad trails. I've heard rumours about mountain bikes being banned here. Any substantiation???

Similar Products Used: Trails behind McMaster University that go around the bay. Good smooth single track for night ridin'!!!
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3
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Pimp Daddy Mifsud   [Jun 15, 1999]

The Ancaster/Dundas trails are pretty good. There is not alot of single track but lots of double track. overall the trails are very good

Customer Service

A good place to start is in Ancaster on Jersyville road
right beside the Ancater Community Center or down the hill form Ancaster high school at the pool center {next to the pool is better}

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4
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Greg   [Aug 13, 1999]

I'm there a lot mainly because it's minutes from my house and it's a really nice spot that you would never imagine could exist in this area. It's basically a good place to ride for conditioning as there's a few good climbs and lots of wide open fast hard packed trail. If you're looking for something technical don't bother, although there are a few fun areas if you know where to find them. I'd also stay away on weekends as it's very popular for families and hikers. Weeknights are pretty quiet. Watch for horse poo, and deer.

Similar Products Used: Waterdown
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3
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Ricksom   [Aug 17, 1999]

Nice scenic trails. To get that remote feeling of being in a primeval forest, ride here and you will feel refreshed. Gurgling water, water falls, pine forests, rocky cliffs, all very nice. That feeling is hard to get during the weekends when the place is overcrowded with hikers, horses, and really "casual" bikers. Hence the low scoring.

No challenging single-track here, in fact very little single-track. One single-track section is a "must try", and it is a Bruce trail extension up a high ridge on the north central side. Technical, grueling, long climb; and it comes back down the same way.
The rest of the trails are rolling for a good workout.

Riding here on weekends can only be done in early morning (finishing before 11:00am). Bring a bell because there are a lot of local joggers.

Ride these trails before they are closed for good to bikers. Hiker discontent with bikers is increasing.

Customer Service

Try the west trails, the escarpment edge trail, and the Bruce trail extension up a north ridge.

Similar Products Used: Waterdown, again caving under the pressure of hikers.
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3
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Paul   [Apr 09, 2000]

A trail that grows on you. I've been going to it for 8 years and I still get lost. There is such a variety of riding experiences, with a lot of singletrack, if you know where to go. Definately hard to review unless you've explored the whole place.

Customer Service

Get the map, there are so many trails here, you can get it at the trail station and it is waterproof. (pricey though.)

Similar Products Used: Kelso, Hilton Falls.
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4
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Mirek   [Aug 28, 2000]

Variety of trails. Mostly d-track. From beginner to semi-advanced. Try all of the off-shoots for more challenging finds. If you want to try a tough one, try the McCormick trail from the Trail Centre and go over Governor's road to the other side to continue. Can spend 2-3 hours easily!

Customer Service

From Hamilton, take Main Street towards Dundas. Watch for a sign for the Rail Trail on the right hand side about 1 km past McMaster Univeristy. You'll be turning Left. The Rail Trail will take you to the trail centre and the 3-4 km is a good warm up.

Similar Products Used: Waterdown
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3
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SCHMITTY   [Oct 06, 2000]

MEGA DOUBLETRACK, GREAT AEROBIC WORKOUT. VERY LIMITED SINGLETRACK, BUT TONS OF GRUNT INCLINES. DONT MISS TAKING THE BRUCE TRAIL SIDE TRAIL OFF THE MAIN LOOP (IF YOU LIKE SINGLE TRACK INCLINES). THIS IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY). ITS NOT LONG HOWEVER, MAKE SURE YOUR GRANNY GEAR IS WORKING.ANOTHER GREAT CLIMB IS LOCATED ON THE HEADLAND TRAIL AEROBICLY NOT FOR NOVICE RIDERS.

Customer Service

REGIONAL RD. 299 FORMERLY HWY. 99 BETWEEN COPETOWN AND DUNDAS. TAKE SULPHUR SPRINGS RD. OFF 299. CROSS OVER RAIL TRAIL & PROCEED 1KM. PARKING & ACCESS ON LEFT.

Similar Products Used: WATERDOWN,KELSO.
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4
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