Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail - Trail, Huntsville, Ontario

Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail - Trail, Huntsville, Ontario

DESCRIPTION

Four Loops 4,10,18,23 km. in length. Doubletrack with sweet downhill at the end!

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 04, 2016]
bettskis
Weekend Warrior

Mud, rocks, sand, roots, fallen forest debris/logs, and busted "bridges". Literally no part of the trail is clear. One of the hottest, driest summers on record and this trail is still quite muddy in spots. At some point Park management installed wooden boardwalk-like "bridges" over the worst of the mud pits, but judging from the moss and decay on them, and the fact that every last one I encountered was busted up, better to go around or treat as obstacles.

Minnesing is fun, hard and doable. Kinda punishing ascents. Fun descents but no flow, there's too much too much crap on the ground.

There is currently some literature posted at the trailhead noting that two of the four loops are closed and Park management are interested in hearing about future uses for these trails.

I feel that these trails haven't been maintained in quite some time. It's not that they need "grooming"... but they do need lots of TLC on the broken bridges, the sandy sections and the worst of the loose rocks on the downhills (lol so many baby heads). Just looking around it appears these trails don't get a lot of use. No tracks in the mud, no other vehicles in the parking lot on the Saturday of a long weekend, and they haven't had reviews in a few years.

For those who ski... This would be a great alpine tour sesh... You would sweat your b***'s off on the climb and have so much fun clicking in for downhill.

Customer Service

All the loops.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 09, 2011]
adrian
Cross Country Rider

excellent trail, if you go during the dry times, as it get get very sloppy. Some tough climbs with lots of rocks, but rewarded with some nice downhills. Have seen many moose on the trail, especially late oct, have also seen a bear on the trail. Ridden on a rigid singlespeed.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 08, 2010]
matchine
Weekend Warrior

A buddy and I rode the full loop, 23K in early July. I would consider my skill level to be in the intermediate range, and I've ridden on a good variety of trails. However, I have never encountered anything like this.

If you are not interested in mudding it up, avoid this trail. There were times that it seemed a kayak would have been a more useful piece of equipment to my bike. There a huge mud areas in at least 30 spots taking up the whole width and up to 40 feet in length. Very deep in spots too. Our experience was a rough one. I must admit that we visited early in the season (trail opens 15-June), however I can't believe that all of the nastiness would be gone in the later summer.

The work to reward ratio of this trail was not great, and we found that sections of the trail were poorly maintained and overgrown.

As a basic comment, I would not recommend this trail. If I were in the area, I would likely drive great distances to another trail than jump on this again.

Customer Service

Somewhere else.

Similar Products Used:

Buckwallow near Gravenhurst. Visited this place the day after riding Minnesing. Very challenging in spots, but very rewarding, and most importantly, no mud pits!

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 24, 2009]
Lance Belanger
Downhiller

While the trail is nice I certainly would not consider/classify this trail as difficult. This trail will be most appreciated by serious XC riders who are willing to push through to the top of the steep inclines. The crew I went with all had Enduro or Downhill setups so there was no way we could bike our bikes up some of these hills. The trails were decent but there are way better trails out there. Look further north if your looking for really nice single track trails (smooth and fast, rock covered, root covered, or the mixed bag) a little further north has it all.

Customer Service

We took the longet route - 24k two days in a row once in the right direction then backwards. Either way, what you walk up you'll get to ride down ont he other side. All trails should be considered beginner to moderate difficulty. There weren't any downhill sections that we were forced to get off our bikes and everything was rideable...except some of the uphills.

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While this trail was decent - 1.5 hours north (North Bay) and you'll be surrounded by some of the most diverse trails in Ontario. Get the right info and you'll love the selection of terrain.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 10, 2008]
Needmore Cowbell
Cross Country Rider

Very, Very Muddy. Drove up here from Detroit with a few buddies to see what the trails offered. There was a downpour before we started but headed out anyway. The first few K are very rough, and then by the time the split to the third loop occurred the trail leveled out and the few "man eating" mud pits were basically behind us. If you can get through the first few K... CONTINUE ON!!! since the worst will be behind you. We did this on FS and hardtail rigs with the downhill at the end being a lot more fun on the FS. We topped out at at 22mph on the last downhill which is very fast for the conditions and the baby heads strew about the trail. Overall a fun ride that without the major rainfall it would have been more fun to see what the trail offered instead of going into hub deep puddles no knowing what was at the bottom.

Customer Service

third loop is all we did in 1hr 30 min. Garmin says 1073ft. total ascent.

Similar Products Used:

Nothing else we found.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 25, 2008]
cinner
Weekend Warrior

I'm very much the beginner taken on two yrs with my 60 yr old dad..we did the third loop and glad we survived we were very pleased with ourselves..it was the first off road mountain bike trail for us both..we high fived huggd we made it out with only a fw problems to our bikes..brake pads wearing out was one..two yrs later determined to finish the trail i headed out on my own..lots of rain this yr so the mud was horrible..lot of deep mud holes.. did see three large bull moose that was fun in the woods by myself..lol..i made it out though very proud of myself and a life task complete..i got it done..no brakes again on return trip wore them out..have fun great sense of accomplishment when finished..love u dad..we'll get it done ..thanks for the memories..

Customer Service

do the largest loop if u can then if it's to hard u won't feel like u have to go back..lol..

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Railroad trail is good and much kinder but boring if your looking for the mountain biking part of a ride..

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 22, 2007]
P.Legault
Weekend Warrior

This trails is great! I tried both the 5km and the 17km and both were great in their own ways. Althought the long climbs were long for me because i ride a single speed on a 15 tooth with a down hill crank, but other than that the trail was awesome, it is very muddy and from what i'm told never seems to dry up. The trail also ho0lds some technical sections with many rock and roots going up hill. The trail is also great for viewing wildlife, I was lucky enough to encounter a cow moose on the turning point of the 17km loop.

Customer Service

I reccomend the 5km loop for beginners, and the 17 for the biker that want's to put in a good satisfying ride. I'm not sure about the 24km loop but I was told that you must be in fit shape to truly enjoy it.

Similar Products Used:

The 10km rail trail for the family. (including 10km on way back)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 14, 2007]
Trevor
Cross Country Rider

Great trail with many technical sections, rock gardens, roots, one or two small logs, mud but the mud's not thick and sticky. Very scenic and a great ride, lots of climbs etc. My favourite trail I've ever ridden, I've ridden it for maybe 4-5 years in a row. Mainetenance is good on 5 and 10 kilometre loops, trails less groomed on 17 and 26 kilometre loops, but still well maintained.

Customer Service

The 5 kilometre in my opinion is not worth it under you want a very steep rock garden uphill ride with not much else to offer, very grueling and intense for the short distance, overall unenjoyable. The 10km loop is fun but if you want to take that loop you might as well continue out to the 17km or 26km loop because the connecting section of the 10 is not worth it because it is very, very short and doesn't offer much. The 17km and 26km are my favourite loops, the 17 is a great overall ride, not short but not too long either. The 16km can be grueling and less mantained in sections but it is a very good exercise and offers many large uphill and downhill sections as well as a great lunch stop halfway on the serene Linda Lake, which is just one of the many reasons to take this loop.

Similar Products Used:

Old Railway for family and those unequipped for serious trails, as the Minnesing is no walk in the park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 08, 2004]
Bloodfist
Cross Country Rider

This is an awesome mountain bike trail. As the reviewers below mention there are plenty of roots, rocks, and mud. The trail obstacles are well thought out and are super fun to ride. The mud doesn't really stick to your bike, so it's perfect - have fun without the long cleanup. For a detailed review, see my post here: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=60010

Customer Service

I reccomend you do all of the trails EXCEPT the 10 km route. It doesn't really have anything to offer.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 08, 2004]
Bloodfist
Cross Country Rider

This is an awesome mountain bike trail. As the reviewers below mention there are plenty of roots, rocks, and mud. The trail obstacles are well thought out and are super fun to ride. The mud doesn't really stick to your bike, so it's perfect - have fun without the long cleanup. For a detailed review, see my post here: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=60010

Customer Service

I reccomend you do all of the trails EXCEPT the 10 km route. It doesn't really have anything to offer.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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