Crampshake - Trail, Dresden, Ontario

Crampshake - Trail, Dresden, Ontario

DESCRIPTION

technical riding following the Sydenham River

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 14, 2006]
pcroxford
Weekend Warrior

attempted this trail in early october 2006. It was hard to find, and the sign for the trail's beginning is unreadable. It is very overgrown, and strewn with chunks of waste concrete (Fill?) it runs so ridiculously close to the edge of the sydenham river that I went for a swim, and my riding partner didn't even attempt the section. This trail (or the first 5 minutes of it which I got to see) is badly in need of a cleanup. I lost a derailleur 100 ft after the dip in the river, after one of hundreds of stray branches wrapped itself around my rear derailleur and snapped it off. I really think it needs some TLC before I ride Crampshake again.
To be fair, I can only review the first 300 meters of the trail. I'll review the rest if i ever get back there.

Customer Service

The starting point to this trail is at the back of the cemetary. you actually have to drive through the cemetary to the very back by the river to find the entrance. In a clearing at the back you will see a poorly maintained sign that used to say CRAMPSHAKE it says considerably less now, but the sign is still there, nailed to a tree about 15 ft off the ground. the trail starts to the left.

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Murphy trails north of Petrolia - good technical riding, and a good workout. nice long trail, with lots of ups and downs. you can spend an hour or more here no problem. you need to sign a waiver to ride (available at the bicycle shop in Sarnia) and contribute a few bucks to ride, but it's well worth it.

Wawanosh Wetlands between telfer rd and Modeland in Sarnia. a light workout, not technical, but a good starter course, well maintained. pretty flat, but you can get up some good speed, and it very close to Sarnia.

Lorne C Henderson conservation area - enjoyable ride, good but relativey short trail. lots of ups and downs

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 07, 2004]
pongo
Cross Country Rider

Crampshake was a decent ride last season but has become even more fun with the addition of new trail. Gunn-Rita just rocks! The late flood was a bit hard on the older section but is cleaned up now. Markings are scarce anymore due to either punk kids stealing signs or trying to keep certain routes hidden from their pranks.

Customer Service

Getting to the back of the cemetary gets you to the trailhead for the old section. From the drop-in to Molly's Loop you can take a hard left to take CLinK out. Look for the concrete bridge that allows Molly's Creek to pass under the road and go under it to lead you out to The Other Side.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 06, 2004]
Fonz
Weekend Warrior

This is a technical trail that is lots of fun, but it is poorly marked out. I went on the 5th of June and some spots were pretty soupy. Some cool wood bridges going over obsticles. I've read other reviews about other parts of the trail but i couldn't find them.

Customer Service

I started near the cemetary and you can pick a direction from there.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 01, 2003]
barbumh
Weekend Warrior

The sickness continues!! Another whole huge section(s) has been slapped onto what already lies waiting. Gotta be pushing another 10-15K. If you thought Crampshake rocked before....just wait 'til you get to the OTTTTTHER SIDE-DA-DA-DA-AAA. Hillier terrain, faster tracks, deeper backwoods, creepier climbs. The only downside....you may never want to ride the old section again??? (...well maybe just 4 Toad Snake...and River Rock Run...and Long Wood Drive...and!!)

Customer Service

When you get to 'The Other Side'...resist the urge to hammer over the 1920's bridge and head North on 'Fin'. You'll need to stay left as you enter 'Cowboy Country' and then hook up with 'Sugar Buzz' for a sweet ride into the 'Back 40'. Take your pick coming back of either 'Ox-E-Jenn' or 'Gunn-Rita'....you'll just have to come back again to ride whichever one you missed.

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sTILE Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 29, 2003]
Keyhole
Racer

walked this trail once and couldn't handle it, fell in the river three times, got stuck in one section called freaky sticks, fell about eight feet at suicide drop into some bushes and got scratched up, overall i would say any bikers stay on your bike and away from the river, but do not try to navigate this trail walking.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 28, 2003]
barbumh
Weekend Warrior

If you know Southwestern Ontario you will realize that this is a great trail for that area. There just isn't much in the way of decent aggressive xc singletrack there. So...."Kudos" to the dudes who threw this treat together! They found rocks, they found roots, they found logs, they found little ups, they found little downs....hell, they even found an old car in there!! You gotta check out this one part that is made up of all kinds of dead trees...it's right out of a horror movie...it'll freak you out, I swear. The focus is on technical riding for the most part with the odd man-made structure used to get past obstacles.

Customer Service

Take Highway 21 into Dresden and turn East at the high school and get to the verrrrry back of the cemetary. The trailhead is to the left as you run out of room to drive. Follow the trail right along the river...you come off the bank once in a while but it's never long before you are heading back in again. It runs all the way up to the bridge in town and swings you around to take the same trail back. I don't know if the locals get tired of riding the same path back but it was nice for me to get a 2nd chance at some of the more difficult technical stuff. With that said though, it appears there has been some attempt to provide the occassional alternative route back. When you do get back ride along a section called Clink and get down into Molly west....this is where that freakin' tunnel of sticks is (don't go alone at dusk...you'll pee your pants!!). The rest of the trail is easy to follow. Keep your eyes open for the odd yellow arrow that helps you with the intended route.

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Murphy Trails in the Sarnia area

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 26, 2003]
kona kid
Cross Country Rider

Crampshake forces you to psy attention at all times, a split second loss of focus and you go down. Trail creator has great vision to get to this point, and grandios future visions. Crampshake could put Dresden on the map of cross country single track.

Customer Service

My peferance is to start with the original trail first, then head for the ridge and Whitson's way via CLinK, keap your eye for Freaky Stix.

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4-cross at The Tileyard

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 14, 2003]
jagger99
Cross Country Rider

The more you ride this trail, the more the fun will increase. As a first timer on the trail and a relative rookie MTB rider, I found it a tough go at times and quite intimidating at others (Suicide Drop for sure). Basically it brought me to my knees (literally). My compliments to its creator. There are spots that it would seem impossible to get a trail through. I can't wait to get more familiar with this trail.

Customer Service

Just ride

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 14, 2003]
Aars
Weekend Warrior

Great ride and a great workout. Trail gets longer evert timne you ride. Try not to step down on the river side. Wife ended up head first into water.

Customer Service

The whole route. Lots of different challenges you don't want to miss.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 12, 2003]
crash032
Cross Country Rider

A cool ride.Alot of fun thanks to the hard work of GEE. Stay awake or you could go swimming.Good cardio workout on a trail that is never boring.Seems to be a new section added every time I ride it.

Customer Service

Already covered

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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