“Intermediate ride with a few sections of difficult root covered track but mostly singletrack, hard pack forest trail.
— MTB Project Staff
NCC has strict rules about off-leash dogs and heavy penalties. Leave your four legged friend(s) at home for this ride.
Beautifully forested and marked trails with a few clearings, a few wooden bridges over national park land, wetland, and streams make this an interesting ride for anyone who loves the outdoors. There are only two roads to cross; one of them is a three way T-junction, the other is a relatively busy two lane road with miles of visibility in both directions. Some of the track takes non-maintained singletrack sections through dense forest to jump between two National Capital Commission maintained tracks.
Need to Know
Not to sound like your mother but bring bug spray and water.
The second half of this course will take you along the edges of Bruce Pit, a popular dog walking park. Be prepared to encounter lots of dogs and their owners along some sections between 7.7mi and 8.4mi around "The Pit." You may also find training groups asking you to ring your bells and "honk you horns" to help acclimate the dogs to "normal sounds" they might encounter on their walks.
You enter and exit this track from a quiet residential neighbourhood onto a singletrack the will take you through some interesting twists and turns, ups and downs an along side a stream. It then joins an NCC track at a bridge wide enough for three abreast and continues on and off NCC track onto enthusiast beaten forest tracks.
While most of the trail is well maintained, our ride leader for this week chose to take us off the beaten track a little bit into some singletrack rarely used trails. At about the 2.25mi mark we took a wrong turn down a track with moderate mud and large 8" tree roots and rocks. If you prefer not to have to carry your bike for about 200ft I suggest continuing a little further on the maintained track at that point to the next "entrance" into the forest. It will cross the wooded area along much the same trajectory to put you onto the same NCC trail that we started / ended up on. You can avoid this forest adventure by sticking to the NCC 27 track at the 2.2mi mark (but where the fun be in that?)
While many of the trails are NCC maintained there are some fun side trails along much of this course.
History & Background
Almost all of these trails are on NCC land and several sections cross national park land / Greenbelt / wildlife preserve.