Porcupine Ridge - TRAIL

Porcupine Ridge - Trail, Bracebridge, Ontario

Not for beginners Very technical sections Lots of large drops, and tough downhills

User Reviews (14)

Showing 1-10 of 14  
Todd   Cross Country Rider [Apr 22, 2014]

porcupineridge.ca for news

$5 donation for trail upkeep please.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Bogdan   Weekend Warrior [Feb 07, 2007]

Porcupine Ridge really is for advanced riders only ... and I mean advanced from both a technical skills aspect as well as fitness level. If you're the type of cyclist who likes to stay on the bike going up as well as down with little or no interruption, you not only need expert technical skills (I don't mean trials), but also olympic endurance. If you lack either of these you will likely not enjoy Porcupine Ridge. The trails here are some of the most technical I've ever ridden, but they have poor flow. If you have skills but no endurance, plan on frequent breaks to catch your breath. If you have endurance but no skills ... enjoy the walk! It is difficult to say what type of bike is best suited to ride here because if you go for the day and want to ride everything (like I did) you will have a hard time picking the right bike ... maybe an all-mountain with 5 to 6 inch suspension (front and rear) may do it, but it'll have to handle some brutal climbs and a 10'-11' drop. What I found odd was that given the extremely challenging nature of the terrain, the built stunts (which are quite a few and fairly well constructed) were ridiculously easy ... go figure! Having said that, Porcupine Ridge is a great place to sharpen any aspect of your mountain biking skills, but in my opinion it's not a fun riding place for any particular discipline, be it anything from XC through DH (i.e. for DH the runs are too short). Bottom line: This place will definitely make you a better rider, but the flow is frustratingly poor ... that's why the 2 for Overall Rating. (NOTE: Something worth mentioning is that we were there on a perfect summer weekend and did not see any other riders AT ALL! Hmmm?)

Customer Service

Doug's Run. It has the best flow and exposes you to quite a few of the man made obstacles (bridges, titter-totters, etc.)

Similar Products Used: Buckwallow. Technically just as challenging as Porcupine Ridge (less the drops/jumps), but with a much better flow because the tough sections are spaced out enough to give the rider time to recuperate without actually having to stop riding.
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
John   Cross Country Rider [Sep 30, 2006]

Had two days to ride, first day rode all the trails at Buckwallow for a warm-up and then Porcupine ridge in afternoon. Loved the technical flow so much, we returned to ride it again the next day. BY FAR the best technical riding I've done yet.....technical with a flow. Rode it on a hardtail and enjoyed every stinkin minute of it.

Customer Service

Rode with guys that know the trails inside out....wicked flow due to rider's knowledge...minimal stops to pull out a map...PREFERABLE

Similar Products Used: Buckwallow for a warm-up
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Stoney Curtis   Weekend Warrior [Aug 21, 2005]

Porcupine Ridge, what a place. Some locals showed me their favourite stuff. Climbing rock faces and twisting back down. Drops, ladders, teeter totters. By far the best trails i've ever rode. Thankyou SANTA CLAUS

Customer Service

Follow the signs to Santa's Village in Bracebridge. Camp in the park and ride it a few times.

Similar Products Used: I never had a chance to ride the trail. But Buck Wallow was said to be a close second.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
frankie   Weekend Warrior [Aug 08, 2005]

A MUST RIDE. PLENTY OF DIFFERENT TRAILS MY FAVORITE BEING STAIR WAY TO HEAVEN. JUST UNBELIVABLE YOU RIDE UP TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE RIDE DOWN IS CRAZY LOTS DROPS LOGS STEAP HILLS CANADIAN SHIELD. A MUST RIDE FOR ALL AGRESSIVE RIDERS. THERE IS ALOT OF ADVANCED TECHNICAL UP HILL AND DOWNHILL. THERE ALSO IS ALOT OF THICK BUSH!!

Customer Service

TAKE HIGHWAY 118 TO GOLDEN BEACH ROAD. THEN PULL INTO THE SANTAS VILLAGE PARKING LOT. IN THE LOT IS ANOTHER LITTLE PARKING LOT THE TRAIL STARTS RIGHT THERE.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
fritzMan   Racer [Jan 09, 2004]

What a place!!!! Doug's trail and 'Stairway to Heaven/Rise and Shine' and really nice to ride. Lots of technical riding, much like Kanata Lakes - Dark side. It is all ridable for intermediate to advanced XC riders. My Scalpel was not a hinderance on any of the trails (obvious I didn't do the several drops they had there). Love how Doug's trail slowly coaxes you into higher and longer ladder bridges. Kudos to the trail builders, maintenance crew, and land owners. Excellent use of the land and good signage to direct newbies around.

Customer Service

Across the road from Sant's Village.

Similar Products Used: 3 stage in Collingwood is also a riot. Real fast and roller coater like.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
David_S   Weekend Warrior [Aug 11, 2003]

These trails are great technical trails. There are lots of rocky climbs and lots of rocky downhills. These trails are not for the person that likes fast single track. I'm a little bit biased about these trails because I've helped Doug (Doug's Trail) work on his trail a couple of times.

Customer Service

Doug's Trail, Fern Gully. Stairway to Heaven

Similar Products Used: Buckwallow is about a 10 - 15 minutes drive halfway between Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. If your looking for something about 1.5 hours away, try North Bay, ON. North Bay has a countless number of trai
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
MJ   [May 04, 2001]

Satin's Village, Or Porcupine Ridge as some may call it developed by Santa's Village and Jeff Hill and more recently by Eccelstone Cycle and Doug, is at very least a technical place to ride a bike, and learn some first aid at the same time. It's a place that good riding ability pays off at least until you are tired and then it will bite. Rocks, roots, climbs, and drops and then more of the same and bridges, ladders, and ramps these are the words that make mountain biking fun. All of which you will find at this, not to large but very fun place to ride. The trails are not for beginning riders great for intermediate rider looking to improve skills and a whole lot of fun for the experienced riders needing to be humbled.

Customer Service

Doug's Trail, The Backbone, Just do it

Similar Products Used: none compare, but fun trails like k.o.a., the rocks in Gravenhurst
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Jordan   [Jun 05, 2001]

Technical, fast decents, good climbs. North Shore style trails.(Dougs trail) Rocky rooty trails. (devils backbone) Huge drops. (Three Steps) If your super hardcore look for some of the unmarked trail. This has technical single track off of a doubletrack main loop. The maintrail is medium difficulty, but the offshoots are for the advance rider (except for a few). Whether you are a free-rider of cross-country rider, this is a great place to test your skill and your gut. Highly worth the drive from anywhere!

Customer Service

go often and do everything

Similar Products Used: None real close.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Dave   [Jul 08, 2001]

All Riders FYI.
An updated trail guide has been posted,with several "you are here" maps at various spots along the trails. Highly visible Enter and Exit arrows have been put in place and the trails are now marked with a number for orientation that obviously correspond with trail guide. The guides should be at the trail head by July 13, some will be available at Ecclestone Cycle aswell. Two new trails have been added and another trail cleaned up after a couple of years of little use.
It only costs $2 to ride and if the coin box is up please pay! And the mud holes will be cleaned up ASAP.
See you there!

Customer Service

Everything! twice

Similar Products Used: KOA(25kms by end of July!) Resource Management Centre,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Showing 1-10 of 14  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.