Ravenshoe Forest (Brownhill Tract) - TRAIL

Ravenshoe Forest (Brownhill Tract) - Trail, Keswick/York Region, Ontario

Tight technical singletrack, Harwoods and pine forest sections, very rythmic and fun. Official name is York Regional Forest – Brownhill Tract.

Map flag is parking lot on McCowan Road where a large sign shows trail layout. See also map linked below under "Web Address".

User Reviews (62)

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Andy   Weekend Warrior [Jul 28, 2014]

I love this place. A bit flat so not too many hills, but some really great and technical singletrack. Trails like big meany and skunk trail take some really good bike control with constant twists and turns. Pines, one gee etc...are really fast and fun.

Customer Service

Ride it all! You can do the entire place in about 2.5 hours.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
Jack   Weekend Warrior [Nov 23, 2012]

Just moved from west. Heard great things about this trail system. Tried it this week on a beautiful day. Not much to say good about it. Real boring. No hills. Big Meanie had no flow, Tough to get used to the trail systems in Ontario. If this is rated a 4.5 out of 5, I do not have much hope for the rest of the trail systems.

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1
VALUE
RATING
1
mattik   Weekend Warrior [Apr 16, 2012]

well laid out single track in a continuous loop.

Customer Service

I start at McCown parking lot go in turn left hit Stinky loop on left (technical) back out of that loop. Go to fire road, turn right, turn left at big tree, go through Big Meany, get out of that loop go right 3 G or something like that, end up on Ravenshoe road, go through the Pines, a few other loops, out to fire road back up to ravenshoe, go right, little 1 km loop out there, to Mccowan trail, and you're back at lot. 1 hour or so, pretty fun, little to no hills, technical single track, need balance and patience. On the whole a fun ride to do. Best in the area.

Similar Products Used: There is the Place you can see off of the 400 while going North to Barrie, after hwy 88, on the apex of the 400 hill on right side. name escapes me but thats fun too. Spoke o Motion has Tueasday night races there if Im not mistaken.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
bikindrumz   Weekend Warrior [Aug 09, 2007]

My wife and I rode this trail a few weeks ago. All in all in was a fun trail to ride. We mostly enjoyed the Big Meanie and Stinky trails just for their more technical nature. We both found some of the intermediate trails to be a little boring and convoluted. However, it is quite accommodating for all skill levels.

Customer Service

It was a long way from Guelph.....

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
Marko   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2007]

Rode this trail for the first time a few weeks ago after a few referrals. My wife and I both really enjoyed sections of this ride. Big Meanie and Stinky were our fav's by far, nice rooty sections with a fun double teeter-totter. We ended doing those ones multiple times. We both found the majority of the other trails pretty boring and quite convoluted.

We would ride it again!

Customer Service

We came from Guelph so it was a long haul!

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
rbmitch22   Weekend Warrior [May 23, 2007]

Don't let the high rating fool you. It's not a must ride destination. I drove 2 hours to get here and was very disappointed. Maybe a tour guide would have helped, but there was very little in the way of good flowing trail. The advanced rated trails consisted of slow, rooty, tight switchbacks with very limited elevation change. The man made obstacles are beat up enough that you want to check out their sturdyness before riding which again will kill any rhythem and flow you may start to get. If this is the only place that you can get to, you may be able to get it dialed to be worth a 3.5 or 4 rating, but don't go to far out of your way to get here unless you have no other choice.

Similar Products Used: Durham Forest / Glen Major is a 30 - 40 minute drive from here, but it worth the drive.
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2
VALUE
RATING
2
mrrestless   Cross Country Rider [Apr 26, 2007]

Okay, I have been riding this trail system since its beginning 10 years ago. Most of these reviews are old and likely accurate at the time of writing BUT The Shoe has morphed through several levels as time and thousands of wheels, rolled by. What used to be soft narrow near granny sections are now wide, well packed mid gear flow. We have seen stunts come and go as the forest and the region have done their thing. A running club has recently adopted our trails and with some authoritative attitude. We have had it well signed and marked on more than one occasion only to have the signs removed for whatever reason, I don't know.
What we are left with is a proven sustainable 20 kms of dedicated single track designed and built by mountain bikers for bikes. Yeah its dumbed down, nowhere near as technical as it used to be but the twisty layout and tight rooted forest still makes for a lot of fun and you will at times be challenged. Please stay out when its wet and don't take or make short cuts.
Have fun, respect and fingers crossed, we'll have the privilege for another ten years...

Mr R

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
-cynic-   Weekend Warrior [Feb 18, 2007]

-GREAT multi skill level trails.

-You can start off at a slow pace on the main trails (but watch out for people watching their dog :P). Then you can work your way up to the more advanced trails. You can find many great obstacles in the trails, including: sharp turns, small bridges, teeter totters, tree stumps, tree branches to avoid, climbs, minor drops, and a few jumps.

-The layout is rather confusing the first few trips. But once you learn to identify your location, this is a remarkably fun trail to venture through.
-I would recommend that you have a chain guard on your bike for any unavoidable trees you might come across. and a full water bottle isn't a bad idea, should you get lost.

Customer Service

Best to start at the main entrance on Ravenshoe. (there is another entrance on McCowan)

Check out the map in the parking lot before you jump into it! Take it slow on the main (wider) trails, get to know a few intersections before jumping into it. (My first experience was about an hour longer than I intended it to be, lol)

Similar Products Used: Not sure of the name... Kellets trail? ~ 3/5* trail, but still fun :)
(Message me for info if interested)
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5
VALUE
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5
scott leech   Cross Country Rider [Sep 14, 2006]

I have heard so much about this trail system I had to ride it ................well I can say i was very dissapointed , it was not boring , it was just not what everybody says it is , and very small area it just did not feel that you were " mountain biking " just riding very slow..........and when you did get some speed up it was over in 5 seconds !

Customer Service

you can do it all in 1.5 hours.

Similar Products Used: anything but this. ( within reason )
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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Danf   Downhiller [Jul 04, 2005]

ok like everyone says it a great trail and stuff but well... ya i love the skinnys and stuff but everyone keeps talking about tetter toters and stuff. the trail are so poorly marked and I could never find them! if theres dirt jumps and drops could someone please tell me how to get there ( dforesi@aci.on.ca ). but ya overall they are great trails and that jump that goes over the trail is pretty good but it should be bigger lol.

Customer Service

i don't know i got lost!!!!

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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