3 Stage - Trail, Collingwood, Ontario

3 Stage - Trail, Collingwood, Ontario

DESCRIPTION

Fast, 700+feet of vertical. Rocky in sections. Tight in some areas. Lots of good fun riding. Not for the beginner

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 22, 2014]
BentWheel
Cross Country Rider

Ok......I ride everywhere I can........whenever I can. My ride is always hanging on the back of my truck. I just spent 10 days in Collingwood and had to check this place out. After everything I had heard........it was totally worth the wait. I hit the trail at the 2nd line entrance on a Wednesday with not a car to be seen..........trails totally to myself.......sign me up !
1 hr into trying to find my way through the network of trails, my map fell apart due to the down pour of rain. The map was from one of the local bike shops, and is very outdated. Don't bother buying one....and don't bother trying to use your cell phone GPS........no signal what so ever. To me that means you are in the right place ! I spent 4hrs riding everything I could find..........it was a blast. Lot's of clay, lots of limestone rock, and tons of shale rock on your way down to the overflowing beaver pond...........did I mention it was overflowing......oh yeah baby as high as the seat on my Giant Trance L frame ! The trail was marked via posts so you could ride right through the pond ! beyond my expectations.......and totally fun ! Just air down and be ready the limestone, and clay is very slippery if its been raining or is raining during your ride.
Rode here every second day during my trip and kept tripping over another route I had not seen...........when it starts looking the same....ride it in the other direction.
Bring lots of water, Emergency kit, and some tools in case you drag some rocks.

Customer Service

Take grey rd 19 to 2nd line and follow it to the end. 2nd line ends rt in the parking lot of the park. Follow the old rd straight to the bottom of the hill and you are there. Hard left to enter the forest and follow your pick of the trail network.
Watch out for Deer and Beavers !

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 23, 2009]
Farmstrong
Weekend Warrior

My wife and I just returned from an Ontario mtb camping trip and Three Stage was one of the many trails we rode. First of all, go to Kamikaze Bike Shop in Collingwood for help. Their staff are incredibly friendly and will sell you a map of the trails. Secondly, bring a compass in here. I have never got lost on the trail, but ended up following a local and getting terribly turned around along the atv roads. I was stuck in a downpour and barely got out before dark. Serves me right for blindly following a local and then trying to follow their directions out. Two locals gave me directions and I became increasingly lost due the complex web of trails in here. Anyhow, there are some nice loops and some fantastic technical sections, if you can find them (and not get lost). A warning: the map is four years old and is almost useless.

Customer Service

Enter at the 2nd Line Road and either go down the fire road at its end and go left at the first trail, or take the woods to the fire road and cut straight across. Stay left to get to some awesome technical, very slow downhill. WIcked, though, wicked. The uphill on this tricky technical section with tight turns and rock gardens is also awesome.

Similar Products Used:

Hardwood Hills, Kelso, Albion Hills, Buckwallow (some of the world's best!!! Wahoo!!!)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 27, 2009]
Ben222
Cross Country Rider

3-Stage is one of the toughest XC biking trails in the area. It has lots of tight, roller-coaster, rocky and rooty singletrack; yet has wide, muddy doubletrack (thanks to our ATV friends). For the most part, a third lung is recommended, as you never will be traveling on a flat surface while you are in the trail system. You are always climbing or descending a hill.

If you are a beginner, stay away. You could hurt yourself pretty badly in here, if you do not have at least some type of experience. There are better trails for you just 10-15 minutes away (see: other trails in the same area).

It is also extremely easy to get lost in here, as there is no signage, yet lots of routes/forks in the trails. I suggest picking up a sem-accurate map at an LBS in Collingwood, such as Kamikaze. But keep in mind, there are a lot more side trails than what is on the map. However, you can also go onto the Eastern Canada forums on MTBR, and there are very accurate GPS 3-Stage maps made by other people (thanks, Pinkheadedbug!).

But, the bottom line is that 3-Stage is an AWESOME, yet challenging set of trails. There is always something new to see and explore for the intermediate, yet tough enough to challenge even the most veteran mountain bikers. It is very much worth a trip, because you'll have a lot of fun, but you'll be exausted at the end of the day!

Bring: MAP, Band-Aids, Water (truckloads of it), Food, Spare Lung, etc.



Customer Service

There are so many different routes, there is something for everyone. Rarely, if you so choose to, you will never travel the same trail twice. But, the Bruce Trail is nearby for those really good riders, who are looking for a challenge.

Similar Products Used:

Kolapore Uplands (10 mins away), Loree Forest (15 mins away), Hardwood Hills (1 hr 10 mins away), Collingwood (Crushed Limestone) Trail Network (15 mins away)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 15, 2008]
Andrew Swarts
Racer

Epic! Seriously...I have ridden trails all over the northeast and 3 stage is great riding! I have watched the trail system develop over the last 10 years. We are very fortunate to have an awesome group of people who ride and take care of these trails. There are some sections where you will share the Bruce Trail with other forms of transportation. No worries! Everyone is considerate.

Customer Service

Get a map from Chris at Kamikazi in Collingwood. If he's out, offer to take the "master" to Staples and make some copies! The map is older and doesn't show all the new trails. Just ask and they'll be happy to make some suggestions. It's not hard to keep your bearings and all the trail loops are fun. Most trail junctions are well marked. If you have GPS, this is a great opportunity to use the track function!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 09, 2007]
bikindrumz
Weekend Warrior

3-Stage offers a lot of technical riding that will fill your day and leave you pretty worn out! Some of the rocky sections are fantastic and offer a nice slow technical ride for a full-body workout! I would definetly recommend picking up a map as it will really help you figure out the mess of trails that are there.

Beginners would have issues here, more for intermediate and advanced riders.

Customer Service

Take the Diamond and Double Diamond routes when possible :)

Similar Products Used:

Kolapore Uplands (only about 10 minutes away)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 04, 2006]
Gozzy
Cross Country Rider

3 Stage has it all! If you're looking for some very challenging single track with lots of tricky rock gardens, fast decente's, long climbs, flatter routes, trails with spectacular views and even easy fire roads this is the only place you need to ride. You can ride in there for hours and not go on the same trail twice. In wet conditions it tends to dry quickly due to its location (at the top of the Niagara Escarpment). It can get a bit dusty in the summer, but only on a few trails. Leaves can be an issue in the fall, but usually only for a week or two. It is fantastic in the fall / early winter (before major snow), but you will probably need lights if riding in the evenings. It is an extremely popular FREE place to enjoy the beautiful Southern Ontario Mixwood Forests and portions of the Bruce Trail.

Customer Service

There are so many it is hard to choose. It can get confusing and easy to spin yourself around due to the numerous trail heads and junctions. There are a few maps available at the bike shops. I have recently mapped quite a few (not nearly all) of the trails on my Garmin GPS. If you use Garmin Mapsource and Topo Canada. I have a file that would be beneficial. You can email me at: kevingosselin8@sympatico.ca and I can send you a copy of some of the 3 stage routes.

Similar Products Used:

Kolipore

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 07, 2006]
Vince
Cross Country Rider

This is the best trail I've ridden so far! Miles of high speed single tracks with some steep climb. Some technical section but all rideable. I spent 2 hours there and believe I've only covered 10 - 20% of the trail. The best is there are very few BORING,waste of time and energy fire roads or double tracks. Next time I will visit a local bike shop to buy a trail map.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 26, 1999]
Chris

From where I start it winds a lot and generally goes down - a good warm-up for whats ahead. the trail climbs a bit then heads down a twisty switchback section that is always very slick in the spring. In the hot dry summer this place is an oven and sticks like pavement. Then its along some road, down a muddy cleared path (can be very fast!), into a twisty forest and then up---way up. Be prepared for anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes of climbing, depending on your fitness level. There are several different routes up. Once I get to the top I follow the last few KMs of trail to a dirt road. I ususally turn around there and follow the same basic route back. Tremendous fun! I've ridden in some pretty far-out places and I would say that this trail is as good as it gets anywhere!

Customer Service

I start 2 sideroads south of the "big climb" on the Bruce. I usually stop at the beginning of third stage, turn around and take a slightly different route back

Similar Products Used:

Kolapre, Dufferin County Forest

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 01, 1999]
Winston Endall

It rocks. loads of fun and loads of suffering. Please don't bring beginner friends to 3 stage. They will either figuratively or literally die. Particularly good place for one of those overpriced ultralite cross country fullsuspension bikes.

Customer Service

From the parking lot I head straight down the double track access road. It leads into a long downhill with drop offs, logs and lots of rocks. It's the kind of trail that has you thinking you've reached the bottom only to start heading down again. Of course this means a really freakin' long climb but your mind has a way of convincing you it won't be so bad. Your mind is lying. In the middle of summer the climbs are not the most fun you'll ever have but you do them so you can go down again. Just ride and ride. This is an area that requires lots of water and lots of exploring.

Similar Products Used:

Kolapore uplands, Beaver Valley, Blue Mountain, Lorrie Forest, Mansfield

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 08, 1999]
Gary Courtney

This is an excellent challenging trail. You will have to pay the piper no matter which route you take. If you start at the top, you have to steadily climb for about 45 minutes to get back to your vehicle. If you start at the bottom, you have to climb without proper warm up. There are many side trails to venture into. There are also some great snowmobile trails that traverse the escarpment without much climbing. Other trails in the area are connected, such as Loree Forest and the scenic caves trails. Visit Squire John's to receive a Fat Map of the trails in the Area. Visit Dick and Chris at Kamikaze Bike Shop in Collingwood for excellent service and advice. Take tools, food and plenty of H2O for this trail. A third lung is also helpful! If you want to wuss out, take two vehicles and leave one a the top and one at the bottom. But you will be teased if you do! Take care of our trails, and wear your helmet. Protect that melon!

Similar Products Used:

Kolapore Uplands, Loree Forest, Hardwood Hills

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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