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Fanshawe Lake Park

Intermediate
 4.0 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great challenging loop around Fanshawe Lake.


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Map Key

13.1

Miles

21.1

KM

90%

Singletrack

915' 279 m

High

871' 265 m

Low

401' 122 m

Up

400' 122 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

The fee to get into the park is $14 per vehicle.

This is an alternating day loop. Even days loop clockwise. Odd, counter-clockwise.
Helmets are mandatory.

There are two low water crossings on the Lake Trail, one over Wye Creek and one just South of the Thorndale bridge on the west side of the Thames River. When the reservoir and river are high, these sections of the trail may be impassable, in which case you'll be asked to double back. See current flows and water levels for Wye Creek.

Overview

One of the best long loops in southern Ontario on a very well maintained trail system. Great views of Fanshawe Lake and a nice visitor center.

Need to Know

Pay attention to which way you are supposed to ride the loop. Some people get pretty upset about it.

There are many features throughout the trail, clearly marked such as Monkey Wrench.

Description

This is a great 20km / 13.1mi loop featuring rocks, roots, nice inclines, but nothing that will overly stress you. About 80% "let it rip" and 20% technical tight spots with steep inclines and rocks, roots, and hairpins. A great workout.

If you're looking for and additional challenge, there are several advanced areas, such as Monkey Wrench with many obstacles such as log rides, roll-overs, teeter toters and places to get some air. The trail has decent markings, but can be a bit confusing the first time as you go off the singletrack onto a pretty busy couple of roads and a few cottage roads. Follow the blue "hiker" signs and hug the lake shoreline where ever you can. Better signage would be much appreciated, especially for newbies!

Contacts

Shared By:

Greg Masse with improvements by John Fritz

Trail Ratings

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Photos

Coasting through the trees in Fanshawe Lake Park!
Oct 13, 2014 near London, ON
Striking path through the pines. Photo doesn't do justice.
Sep 16, 2018 near London, ON
Water views for most of the trail.
Sep 17, 2018 near London, ON
Somewhere on the east side heading south. There is a lot of this really mellow stuff, but I didn't stop to take photos in the tougher technical sections, which is there too.
Sep 16, 2018 near London, ON
Should I "crop" this photo?
Sep 16, 2018 near London, ON
Typical wide open section. Let 'er rip!
Sep 16, 2018 near London, ON

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Jun 7, 2019
John Fritz
Conditions quite good - only a few spots of deep mud - easily negotiated. 1st time counter clockwise. Easy to miss entry back to trail at very N end. 14mi
Sep 16, 2018
John Fritz
Beautiful ride. Fun trail. Clockwise today. 82F, so definitely broke a sweat, but not bad. Will go back! 13.1mi — 1h 45m
Aug 26, 2018
Zachary Driesenga