Dryden Tract - Trail, Ayr, Ontario

Dryden Tract - Trail, Ayr, Ontario

DESCRIPTION

Hilly, rocky singletrack and doubletrack through largely deciduous forest, mostly natural trails, but some engineering has taken place. Mixture of technical and easy trails.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 08, 2005]
Nicros
Weekend Warrior

Great trail with fast flowing sections as well as some tight twisty parts. Many short steep climbs with some roots and rocks and equally fast, fun downhills. Absolutely great workout, rarely do you see other people out there and its a lot of fun for 1.5-2 hours. All the loops are not particularly well marked so you can end up doing the same loop several times in a row, but that's alright since its a lot of fun. Best part for me is its only a 10 minute bike ride from my house in Galt. NOTE: Wear bug spray with deet or you will be eaten alive!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 19, 2000]
Roger Snogger

I'm compelled to submit my own review as it seems that the Dryden Tract may be a grand secret among a few, discerning riders who apparently enjoy getting away from the overwrought machinations common to the more popular trails and venture into the vastness of this tract just east of Ayr. The terrain is quite rocky in places and the short hills are fairly challenging, though not as gravelly as others elsewhere in the region. The wide singletrack swoops and twists its way through reasonably heavy foliage with some log sections, some low jumps and other stretches of long flat walking trails that seem rather dull until you realize that they lead to a few very impressive ravine runs (for extreme Vancouver nutbars, perhaps) that plunge down beneath fallen trees at darn near vertical angles, unfortunately, it seems to take a rider more skilled than myself to get out of the ravines, once in, as both sides tend to be slippery and very steep. There are numerous sections challenging for the intermediate rider and enough trails to permit widely varied routes.
Downhillers will find some interest in a long false flat that can be accessed conventionally or from the top of the bluffs for maximum speed. Indeed, due to the many sharp rocks, steep drop offs and impressive descent into the parking lot, it is probably best to run a dual supsension rig as hardtail riders tend to get kicked around an awful lot.
Due to the loneliness of this tract (mostly straggling dogwalkers during the week)and its size, riders should really only run it in groups in case of mishaps. I don't want to stumble across rotting corpses still clipped into their Treks and Cannondales next spring. Check out the picnic area out back, it has a nice view of the surrounding farmland and an attached twisty downhill bit through some pine trees that is reasonably pleasant, just the thing for those of us still recovering from the shock of nosediving into the parking lot somewhat faster than intended (just make sure there are no cars parked at the bottom). Top marks to anyone who can identify the weird noises emanating from the trees east of the parking lot. Frogs? Turkeys? I dunno...
Not really for beginners, although if you like to walk you can get by, intermediates and extreme riders (but only extremes who feel a little lazy on the day) will appreciate the challenges, but buy your clavicle brace now if you tend to be front brake happy on descents so that you don't end up in physio two days after your wreck complaining that the brace provided at the hospital was too big and your collarbone is protruding from your chest... (Extreme wienies will probably scoff at my warnings, but they live for danger, etc.)

Customer Service

For directions, see the general trail info at the top of the page, but for specifics, I'll leave that up to the individual rider, just take any trail out of parking lot and see where it goes.

Similar Products Used:

Homer Watson Woods, Chicopee, Grand River Lackner Woods stuff, the Hydrocut in Waterloo, the usual KW suspects

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 23, 2000]
Harley

An excellent trail for some variety. Almost all tracks
are uneven (roots and rocks) and require concentration. Lots of good , technical downhills but not always dooable uphills on the other side. Worth checking out in the K-W area if you are tired of Homer Watson or Chicopee.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 10, 2000]
Adam

check out the condom pile in the parking lot.
good riding
do the downhills by the parking lot
somebody built this set of stairs over a fallen tree, then a drop off the next fallen tree

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 28, 2000]
Ryan

This trail is alot of fun, the only problem I have with it...well there are two. #1 HORSE RIDERS!!!!!!! their horses ALWAYS take a huge crap on a strech where you can't avoid it. #2 rough trails. I found a pair of glasses on this one strech, I wanted to go find some new trails so I went along this one trail and almost killed myself. I could barly walk it, why? HORSES!!!!! messing up the trails.

Customer Service

take a look at the top of the page.

Similar Products Used:

look at other people's things.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 07, 2000]
bruce

finally tried this trail.not very busy and not far from cambridge.brought my friend steve there.not 10 mins into the ride on a medium fast sweeping left turn just before a a hard left turn there is a huge boulder in the middle of the trail. i didnt see it, and neither did he ,probably watching the hard right,anyway i missed it but he didnt,he did a huge end over and broke his collar bone and went into shock.first words out of his mouth were hows my bike.dumbass.its a great trail though.moral off the story"dont eat the snow were the huskys go"no no. always wear your brain bucket and ride with a friend

Customer Service

see above

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 27, 2001]
Gar

Very Similar to the riding conditions in the Kolapore uplands without the 2 hour drive. I am glad that few people ride here. This is the best kept secret in the waterloo region.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise loops.

Similar Products Used:

Homer Watson Park, Chicopee, Grand River Trail, hydro cut

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 15, 2002]
Pete

There is a GRCA trail from Dryden Tract to Sudden Tract (It is very hard to explain). For those of you that have been there, if you find yourself behind a farm house stay on the edge of the field and go out to the road past the small barn. Turn left onto the road and go about 2 football fields you will see a path on the right hand side. This is a GRCA path that goes through another farmers field. When you get to the next road cross it and go right (head down hill) you will see a small trail head on the left side. Sudden tract is nothing like Dryden but if you are looking for a long ride its a good work out. don't bother making a trip to Suden Tract only.

Last year the bush at Dryden Tract was littered with Hydo cut stuff. It was great fun but the GRCA removed it all, and rightfully so. As mountain bikers, if we are going to assume the bush is ours we will be shut out of great riding areas like this. Lets not blow it!

Customer Service

Counter clockwise loops

Similar Products Used:

Puslinch lake behind McDonalds on the east boud side of the 401. Lots of new technical trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 23, 2003]
matt

Best stuff in the K-W area

Similar Products Used:

pines, behind mcdonalds, Hill 60

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 26, 2003]
Weston

My friends and I have been out riding a couple times but to places like Chicopee and Homer Watson where we have to get a truck ride there, which isnt to easy because we dont drive. This struggle then became a search for a good trail in Cambridge. We then went to Cambridge Cycle website and found out about this great trail. We rode there and we were totally shocked. There are good trails in Cambridge. It is filled with a bit of everyhting from triple to single track and steep downhill. Unfortunatley, my tire popped and i had no tools on me so we had to go home. But You bet we hit that stuff the next day. Great trail and close to home.Good for intermediate to advanced but beginners could handle it. A must see.

Similar Products Used:

Homer Watson, Hydrocut, Chicopee

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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