Glen Major and Durham Forest - TRAIL

Glen Major and Durham Forest - Trail, Uxbridge, Ontario

Rolling hills, consisting of wooded areas and open meadows.

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mtn_bike_rider   Cross Country Rider [Jun 01, 2012]

This is a great trail system for cross country riding. I came here for the first time this spring and enjoyed riding the well marked trails. They were well maintained by the local mountain biking club as I discovered from talking with a member of the board of directors of the Durham Regional Mountain Biking Association. He also showed me the great trail maps that are located at every trail head. The map turned out to be very helpful to get me going, but once riding I found that I didn't really need it. The whole system is so well marked I found my way around easily.

The trails are a mix of single and double track, with some nice twisty sections. There isn't anything technical...it's pure cross country. As a racer I felt that I could get a great workout here by stitching different routes together and riding fast, but there was barely any climbing...some riders might appreciate that. If you enjoy flowing descents though, you won't find that here. This is also a great place to bring family, or riders that are new to the sport.

While speaking with the DMBA board member he told me that there are several other plans in the works to significantly increase the trail system over the next couple of years. From what I have seen, they have done a great job developing this area and it is only going to get better!

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OYF-BYC   Cross Country Rider [Mar 15, 2004]

Ouch. Mr. Grower, a.k.a. Weekend Warrior, sure does have an axe to grind with the cycling hordes. I find it hard to believe that the 18" wide trails winding through a massive forest pose a risk of the sort of devestation that is suggested by Grower. Don't get me wrong. I'm interested in low impact riding in an effort to reduce erosion, but ease up on the subjective judgement please WW. I believe that we all have equal right to enjoy the forest in the way that we deem to be situational palitable. And hold off on the blanket name calling. Mountain bikers are not what I would call arrogant. Isn't that like calling all black people thieves? Anyway, the trails are great. Come and enjoy and don't be put off by high-brow folks who consider their expression of enjoyment as better than others. And if you do wish to distance yourself from the bikers, make use of the God granted gift given to most bipeds and go off-piste.

Customer Service

It doesn't matter, you're bound to get lost. Bring trail mix.

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4
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4
Growver   Weekend Warrior [Dec 07, 2003]

The Glen Major TRCA site is a huge resource. I've walked and skiid it for more than 25 years. Springs bubble from the ground, birds sing, trees grow. I've stopped and read under a blooming abandoned apple orchard, and been entranced by the hum of the zillions of bees. And then the mountain bikers came. In my (substantial) experience, bikers are about as arrogant a lot as they come. The collective perspective seems to be that since they like being outside and use muscle power as locomotion they are in some sense blessed and deserving of awe. Many is the time I've been walking a trail (one that I've walked long before the bikes came), peacefully, only to hear the shouting that passes for conversation between biking companions. Then they whizz past, without the remotest consideration of others on the path (we're not on bikes, you see). They'll kill someone one day. When I first began exploring the site, it was often torn up by all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes. They're gone, thank god. But I see the multiplying trails, the gouges through the forest and on the hillsides, and I know that what we have now is just about as bad. I was there first. I'm going to stay. Don't expect me to be happy with the destructive invasion.

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5
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3
Matt   [Apr 07, 1999]

This is the best trail system in all of Southern Ontario. It is fairly close to Toronto (only about an hour away). The trail starts of as fast double track and then many different single tracks branch off and head all over this beatiful land. You can park the car and ride your bike all threw the woods and if you get bored which you won't (unless your a total tube sucker) the trails hook up to Durham Forest and Skyloft, also you could bike to Dagmar. Some of the trails are nice gnarly technical single track, which I helped build and I'm sure will keep you busy. So for a great day of Ontario mountain biking head over to Glen Major and enjoy the many unending trails of this area.

Similar Products Used: Durham Forest, (Skyloft which also has downhill courses), and Dagmar. These are all very close.
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OL'English   [Apr 22, 1999]

This is a real Sweet trail! The Glen Major/Walker tract is pretty big so don't go on your own. Not only that its a bit dangerous in some areas, so if you get hurt you really need some one there to help you out.Theres some really Scary hills!, so be carfull! Hours of Enjoyment! This trail is one of my favorites

Similar Products Used: Durham Forest, Dagmar
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5
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Sven   [Apr 26, 1999]

This area drains very well and tends to be decent within a day or two of rain. It can be damaged by those riding during rain, so a little bit of discipline should be used by overzealous riders. Lots of hills of all descriptions, some long and tough, others short and nasty, lots for riders of all abilities. DON'T GET LOST.

Customer Service

There is so much terrain that a unless you're really fit you can't cover it all without several hours of good hard riding

Similar Products Used: Dagmar is quite good, and the maps will prevent the potential disaster of disorientation
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4
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Jack   [May 25, 1999]

This is far the best singletrack/fire roads/ tehnical sections near Oshawa and close enough to Toronto. The ridding is great, but make sure if it's your first time to bring a map or compass. I got lost once in ther for about 2 hours. Busiest time is the weekend, but it's not crowded. People are nice, occasional hickers. It's everything you need to enjoy a day of mountainbiking in Ontario. If you know the trails, you can combine them to create a great workout. Some nice downhills that last for more than a while.

Similar Products Used: dagmar, Skiloft
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Ricksom   [Aug 18, 1999]

Durham Forest, Glenn Major, and Dagmar is in the heart of "THE BEST MTB TRAILS IN ONTARIO", hands down. Located in the hilly Oak Ridge Moraine area just north of Pickering/Oshawa, you can't ask for anything more. Combine Dagmar with Durham Forest and Glen Major Forest, and you got trail combinations that enter in the range of 150 kilometers. Challenging technical climbs, tight twisty technical singletrack, and some fast double-track. Throw in roots, rocky sections, logs, dense trees, and loose soil; and you got mountain bike heaven (too me anyway). This place still has a low profile and very little promotion (unlike Hardwood), but all the big mountain bike races are held here, and serious mountain bike racers train here. Mountain bikers also tend to dominate the area, so there is little conflict with other users.

Chico Racing staff and friends have invested a lot of time and manual labour in making this area what it is today, and they deserve a gold medal and standing ovation from the mountain biking community. It doesn't get any better than this, and Dagmar is the only place that charges (Durham and Glen Major are free).

If you are a committed and serious mountain biker, riding here is a must and you will fall in love.
If you are a weekend yahoo rider that needs a lot of attention and needs to be cool, ride somewhere else because you will not encounter a lot of spectators.

Dagmar is well mapped out, and all trails are "one way only". Therefore, no risk of head on collisions or heavy traffic (unlike Kelso). Durham and Glen Major are not well mapped and you can easily get lost. Ask the Chico racing folks for directions and riding trails at "WWW.Chicoracing.com".

Enjoy...

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matt   [Nov 05, 1999]

If you've never been here, you've never enjoyed one of Ontaro's best mountain biking areas. How much does it cost to ride here? $0 So get some friends and hit some great trails.

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5
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Mike   [Nov 05, 1999]

I ride in this place at least 3 times a week, some times everyday. Get your bike and go ride this awesome trail system.

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