“A great winding singletrack with some Canadian Shield rock riding tossed in for good measure.
— Trevor Miller
One of the great trail systems in the Greater Sudbury area, the Naughton Trails are comprised of many short segments that run off wider cross country ski trails. Each segment is completely different and you can expect to ride everything from Canadian Shield black rock to hard-packed singletrack that has some great flow.
The Walden Mountain Bike Club (WMBC) has done an excellent job of creating various loops that give you a great variety of all the terrain that Naughton has to offer. The Kitchen Sink Loop is their longest loop, measuring in at about 12 km. Each loop is allocated a color and the trail markings are excellent. The Kitchen Sink Loop is the Red Loop.
When you arrive at the Naughton Trail system, you'll find excellent signage right from the start. The Kitchen Sink Loop starts to the left of the Chalet and you complete the loop in a clockwise direction. There is a large map located at the trailhead with the loop maps located on the backside. If you're a visitor, drop a few bucks in the jar - every dollar helps to keep these trails in great shape. If you're a regular, check out the website (waldenmbc.ca/index.php/memb…
) and get your membership.
Heading out in this direction allows you to ease into the trail system with a few nice, fast, and flowing sections. Keep an eye on the red arrows and you shouldn't have any trouble finding your way around. Every junction has a series of colored arrows, so just keep following the red ones.
As you make your way around the loop, you'll notice that the northern section of trails features a few more of the black rock riding segments. These sections are arguably the most interesting pieces of trail and definitely the most unique to this area. Take a moment on Pacemaker
to check out the great Northern Ontario vistas before careening down some more rock and finding some great fast, switchbacking sections. The eastern side of the trails offer a great mix of rock and flow and offer some very unique riding.
If you haven't quite had your fill as you're finishing up Misouri-Guerin
, follow the yellow markers and add the Second Lap to make the Full Monty ride.
Whatever you decide to do at Naughton Trails, you'll have a blast. There are several loops that have been designed for every level of rider and can accommodate a quick ride or pack a few together along with a lunch and enjoy the day.