Haliburton Forest - TRAIL

Haliburton Forest - Trail, West Guilford, Ontario

Every kind of riding you could ask for, rocky, sandy, gravel, bare earth, mud etc. Tight single track and open fire roads.

User Reviews (24)

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bettskis   Cross Country Rider [Oct 12, 2016]

It was fun to camp and ride here. It was early October and we seemed to have thousands of acres to ourselves.

I did a loop from 4.3 on East Road to Krista Trail then to Ben Trail and then back along the East Road. It was challenging, and kinda spooky given the fact that I seemed to be the only human for miles.

Challenging route and not well marked in spots. Full suspension recommended.

Customer Service

This place is massive... Have fun exploring.

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3
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4
Dr.Zoidberg   Weekend Warrior [Aug 15, 2011]

We found the trails to be a mix of some decent singletrack with lots of dirt roads and snowmobile/atv trails in between. There seemed to be three types of roads/trails: dirt roads for vehicular access to cottages, ‘moderate’ trails, half of which seem to be snowmobile trails, and ‘difficult’ trails, which seemed to be geared to biking and hiking.

The dirt roads are self explanatory.

Some of the moderate trails were wide grass covered and rutted, I would say a rough double track but not as fast as more double track dedicated for biking. Outlook trail and I think Black Creek trail (or something like that) were examples of not very fun moderate trails. Other moderate trails were more geared for hiking and biking and fairly decent.

The difficult trails were the best trails that had technical challenges at the same time as physical challenges (hills, hairpin curves). Some good downhill type runs here but also tough hill climbs too. These trails IMO are much more technical than GTA trails. Maybe Broken Rim at Hilton Falls is comparable, but there is no grade change to contend with at HF. Most weekend warrior types would not be able to ride these trails.

We had two types of riders in our group: weekend warrior and the more avid mtbr. The former found the difficult trails too challenging and not enough moderate singletrack (e.g. Ravenshoe, Durham variety) to keep them entertained. The latter thoroughly enjoyed the mix of moderate and difficult trails. One rider brought his hardtail and was kicking himself for not bringing his FS.

Customer Service

Suggested route for those used to GTA singletrack and who do not want to ride on a lot of dirt road: from base camp: ride east on Normac Trail, turns into Chico Trail, turn east onto Northshore Trail, then do the Red and Green Trail loops to Black Lake for a swim. Take a clockwise loop of Outlook Trail (optional), take Dutton Road/East Road (dirt vehicular roads) to Greg’s Trail and go south, take in view at Marsh Lookout, head west to Krista Trail, Ben’s Trail, Vista Ridge Trail, the Pass Trail, and Poacher’s Trail; base camp is not far off. This route is about 55km with good variety and minimal dirt road riding.

If your technical skills are not that strong then take the same general clockwise route but choose the moderate trails that run parallel, such as Red Trail instead of Normac Trail. But you’re kinda done after Ben’s Trail because the only options to base camp from there are the difficult trails or KMs of dirt road.

Similar Products Used: Minnesing Trail in Algonquin Park.
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5
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5
Slingbiker   Weekend Warrior [Aug 17, 2010]

Spent an August weekend riding most of the trails in the forest. For the most part, anywhere where it was dry we loved the ride. Plenty of short climbs, rocky descents and grassy paths. Especially liked, Krista, Ben and Greg.
There are many areas that have potential to be wet. Our trip had only a moderate amount of precipitation however, there were plent of muddy sections that made it tough to keep your momentum. My recommendation is to make sure the trail conditions are dry. If so, you'll have a great time with enough trail routes to last you a week.

Customer Service

See Mel's guide, he spells it out nicely.

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4
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3
massspike   Weekend Warrior [Sep 29, 2005]

Great variety -- you can easily spend 2 or 3 days riding here. There are some very steep climbs over varying conditions. They are still logging so it a Cat had gone down the trail it was very sandy/loamy. Went in August so it was dry enough. From the other reviews it seems to be a late season (August to October) location.

Customer Service

Any Red-rated trail.

Similar Products Used: Buckwallow Minnising Lake (Algonquin Park)
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4
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4
Aryn Pongratz   Cross Country Rider [Jan 14, 2004]

I must agree that the beginning of the season has many bugs flying about. You need to keep moving to stay ahead of them. I live in the Detroit area and have a cottage out in Wilberforce about 30 minutes from the forrest. Every time my wife, son and I head for the cottage the first thing I pack up in the car is my Kona. in my opinion, to enjoy these trails you need to love every aspect of riding - from long climbs to steep decents. I have ridden many of the trails in the forrest and have enjoyed them all, even going the morning after a hard rain the night before. The only recomendation I have is to bring a bike with at some rear travel and disc breakes for the mud. I rode all last summer on a hardtail but plan to get a softtail under my bum to make things a little smoother. If your ever in the area I would make it a point to stop in and check it out. Base Camp people are very friendly, (as are all Canadians to the state sider), and the trails are great. I have ridden all over Michigan and as far down as West Virgina. These are still my favorite trails.

Customer Service

Make sure to get a trail map from Base Camp. The arrows on the paper don't lie when they tell you a steep incline or decent is coming. Don't have the map with me so I can't tell you all of them. The Normac connected with the Red trail will give you a good feeling of the rest of the park. the further you go from camp the more overgrown the trails are tho. To me they are still fun but people who like the pretty groomed trails might not find it the same.

Similar Products Used: Don't know any yet. You ever want to go across the border for a trip, Elk River in Slaty Fork West Virgina is well worth the drive. Many trails to keep you on the saddle all day. Tea Creek has a sweet downhill for the last three miles. It's better if you don't touch the brakes.
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5
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4
Alfonso   Cross Country Rider [Oct 11, 2003]

This was the first time I've ridden at this centre. If you aren't a wuss and don't mind some trails the way mother nature intended them to be then this is the place for you. It appears there is little or no maintenance performed on the Normac, Red and Dog trails but this was simply awesome. I regularly ride Shorthills, Brock escarpment and Kelso a few times and Haliburton Forest is the most technically demanding riding I've done to date. A full suspension rig would have been nice (hardtail here). If you like manicured trails then stay on the bikepath.

Customer Service

Start at the main gate, work your way to Normac and follow Dog, Red and back to Normac.

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4
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4
Hector   Weekend Warrior [Oct 08, 2003]

I've cottaged on Kennisis Lake four times this year and Haliburton Forest is only 10 minutes away. Lots of rain and bugs early in the season so we decided to wait for early October. Positive- beautiful, scenic setting - lots of trails, well marked - bike wash area Negative- expensive $13 for a day pass Unfortunately it rained all week before we arrived and started snowing while we were riding. Found lots of hills, exposed rocks, roots, mud and stagnant water on all trails. Normac was very technical. Due to the inclement weather a large portion of the terrain was unrideable and we had to get off the bike often. Did a 15 km loop that felt like 40 km. A great workout. I will try again next season.

Customer Service

Did a loop that consisted of Normac, Dog and Red Trail.

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3
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3
atpils   Weekend Warrior [Oct 08, 2003]

These trails are great!! I have ridden at Kelso and other trails around Ontario, and these are extremely challenging. If you are the type that wants to keep your bike clean and sweat-free don't go!! Otherwise go crazy!!

Customer Service

Normac.. No bugs in sept-oct!

Similar Products Used: The 100 + kms of trails should keep you busy!
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4
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4
Bill Steele   [Oct 22, 1998]

With hundreds of km of trails this park is worth an extended visit. The trails are marked for difficulty with big uphill/downhill sections noted on the map. I just pick a purple trail and ride until my friends say no more.

Customer Service

If you like nasty, rock infested, no blazed trail, ten foot wide non roads then try the Kendra. This will push you to your limits.

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5
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M. Howe   [Nov 03, 1998]

These trails are rough and fun. Some logging has resulted in loss of some decent trails. The riding is fun, but it is a long way from most Ontario cities.

Customer Service

The Poacher and the Normac are the best trails. The climb up to the Lookout is also fun. It makes a great stop for lunch!

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4
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