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Hey all. I asked a question like this last year for my Lake Placid trip and got some decent responses, so here goes again:

Headed to Toronto in June for a weekend (from C-bus Ohio). Where are some good places to ride?. It will need to be beginner level since my fiance will be with me and she is not into falling down cliffs or techy stuff.

Anything in the woods is acceptable since I am never picky about where I ride...I just like the feel of the tires on dirt, and the fresh air. I have researched the Hardwoods (?) trail area up near Barrie and Lake Simcoe. It seems really cool, but is it too "organized"? And will it be super busy?

We will have a car, so I don't mind an hour or so travel...

thanks!
 

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You could try Buckwallow, in the Muskoka region 1 1/2 hours north. And 1/2 hour past hardwood. Bit of a race crowd there. Buckwallow is a laid back trails maintained nicely but a little Rocky and has a mix of beginner and advanced all marked. Owner would help you pick no large hills and lots to check out post ride in a holiday area. The Hydro cut in Waterloo region 1hour west of T O is a huge free area with marked trails . Been down that way and tried a couple times. Easy to medium from what I did with son last year. There are many trails much closer but I don't venture down to city to ride. That said I plan on a couple trips down to Durham area east .
 

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You should check out the Durham Forest trail network near Claremount - located about 45 min north east of Toronto. Lots of buff single track in the forest - there are three large tracts to chose from. Its the best riding area in close proximity to the City.
 

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Go to the Hydrocut in Waterloo. You will not be disappointed. Great trails, all are marked and rated. There is Parking and although it can be busy, once on the trail you seldom run into more than a couple people. This is one of the best trail systems in Ontario so I highly recommend. Feel free to PM me for details. It has it's own website for more info
The Hydrocut
 

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Go to the Hydrocut in Waterloo. You will not be disappointed. Great trails, all are marked and rated. There is Parking and although it can be busy, once on the trail you seldom run into more than a couple people. This is one of the best trail systems in Ontario so I highly recommend. Feel free to PM me for details. It has it's own website for more info
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I will definitely check this out. We are starting to finalize our plans this week. We leave in 2 weeks.
 

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https://youtu.be/qZMJebVnmRc

This is from last May. I am riding with a friend and our kids but you can see some of the trails to give you an idea of what it is like at this time of year. All I can add is be sure to bring bug spray or do not stop riding ;)

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definitely will have bug spray. I am hoping that we are just ahead of the real bad black fly season...we used to have a cabin up in Biscotasing, north of Sudbury, and I remember you couldn't go up there till late July without being a feast for those things
 

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No black flies here or not enough to be bothersome but the mosquitoes will carry you away and bleed you dry. I just use it as motivation to not stop.
 

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I'm not the OP, but I was able to sneak away from my own Toronto trip to explore the Agreement Forest/Hilton Reservoir trail system, and I was blown away. They've got a good club dedicated to maintaining and building expert technical rocky trails and features. It reminded me of everything I love about New England riding, but amplified.

The Bent Rim trail on the Hilton property has to be the most relentlessly technical rocky trail I've ever ridden (and I've been around a few places). Every yard is an out-of-saddle muscly maneuver, for a whole 3 miles! Take all the "challenge" rock features of your regular technical rocky trail, subtract out the smooth sections in between, and smush them all together. Absolutely fantastic!
 

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Well? Did you go?
Yeah. We ended up hitting the Albion Hills trails. My fiance had a HUGE head over bars bail on a really rooty downhill curve that sort of cut the ride short. It was terrifying to see from behind since I couldn't stop her. She flew 15' from the bike through the trees. ended up with only some great bruising and a pretty gnarly scrape down her leg. Her decent through the trees prevented her from continuing down a 15' drop into a creek.

By that evening, we were joking about it, but holy freakin crap....she gets the "Epic Bail" award for the year...will try to ge the pix of her artwork off her phone and up here
 
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