A tour of Kincaid Park gives you a great ride with many options to have fun and progress your skills. A counter-clockwise tour starting from the Raspberry trailhead hits the north side of the system first, using Middle Earth
as the main part of the route. Connecting from the Coastal Trail, you'll link a number of trails in the south side to finish with lots of fun and flow.
The loop described here can be accessed from the other trailheads at the Chalet and Jodphur Rd.
Despite being in the city, be aware of bear and moose in Kincaid. Your best defense for an interaction is to avoid surprising an animal. Be noisy and/or travel in a group.
From Raspberry, the ride starts on an easy rolling incline pass the optional trail Hanging Chad. Bank hard left here, descending and climbing past both ends of Evolution. The climb is short, steady but not overly difficult. For a little flow/gravity fix, loop Evolution back to Middle Earth
A pedaling transition takes you into rougher singletrack with some minor roots. Bear left at the Old School
to stay on the route, crossing a few xc ski trails and a road.
Take the left option and drop into the trees (the right option is Second Breakfast
). Stay left again and flow through a lush, dense stand of trees that opens up into big turns through a meadow.
Another ski crossing takes you into pine forest and more rooty trail. There are a few really short punchy climbs before reaching another major ski trail intersection.
Head straight across, crossing a short bridge and start climbing consistently to the top of Northwest Passage.
The best descent of the ride starts here, a long fun, swoopy section of trail that has amazing views. Once you hit the bottom stay left to roll out on flat terrain to the Coastal Trail.
From here cruise the Coastal Trail the chalet parking area. On the south side of the parking lot, look for the trail kiosk and jump in on Mighty Bike. Continue straight at the first intersection onto C$ Express
. Enjoy a ridge and sidehill traverse all the way out to Lee's Train
Get ready from some fun while you connect Lee's Train
, QFB and Good Greeff
back to the Mighty Bike/C$ Express
intersection. Turn right and ride out to Bolling Alley
Depending on the day (odd/even), you'll ride the loop out to Sandbox
. Either way, you'll enjoy and up and down contouring trail that alternates between big trees and open meadow and dense forest.
Head out towards Jodphur on Sandbox
and across the parking lot to Kitchen Sink
, short and extremely fun trail. You'll see where this trail gets its name when you get to the intersection with Tower Power
. Make a quick right here and then dive left onto Change of Pace
, taking you back to the start at Raspberry trailhead.