The Palgrave trail system is one of the best free-flow trail systems in the Greater Toronto Area.
Family Friendly: The Palgrave Forest is a great family system as there are some terrific single and doubletrack trails. Although it's hilly, there isn't anything overly technical here.
The Palgrave Forest loop can be done in either direction and gives you a different feel depending on which you choose. Either way, this loop has almost no flat sections and is a constant incline or decline. You won't, unfortunately, find any trail names, so keep an eye out for the numbered markers on posts at pretty much every trailhead - maps are free, so make sure to grab one on your first ride.
Get a good little stretch going on the doubletrack leading out from the parking lot, and you'll be out of your saddle for much of the rest of the ride. You'll quickly come to a fork in the path, where you'll want to hang a right at the "9" marker on the singletrack option - this is Boxed In
After only a couple km's, which feel like a never ending roller coaster ride, you'll be dumped out onto 27 - 26 Connector
, which intersects with The Box Loop
. Keep straight on here and enjoy a nice, easy pedal to Duffy's
This web of awesome will leave you pretty disoriented as you'll become sure that you have somehow looped backwards and are heading in the completely opposite direction.
Once you've splashed a bit of water in your face and recovered your bearings, cross the doubletrack to the home stretch. Zimm
follows the MO of the loop and keeps the blood pumping with some great, quick downs and fast, hard ups. Hang a right on the doubletrack and head back to your car, or my suggestion - pull a U-ey and do it in reverse!