Last year I got thinking that it would be very handy for bike riders to have something they could refer to when looking to go out and ride somewhere new.
Sure you can come to this website and surf for ideas, but what if you also had a condensed list of all the trails as a starting reference.
After much thought and many hours of labouring, I think I’ve put together a wonderful list of most of the bike trails on this site, in a quick to read format. This PDF file can be saved on your phone, desktop or printed out as a reference.
Here is What is Listed on Our Chart :
Trail Number – number matches the approximate location on the map on page 1
Trail Name – common name for this forest, woodlot, park, Rail trail or BMX park. Links are to ontariobiketrails.com webpages with full reviews.
Location – general location in Ontario of trails. Some trail spots do not have exact addresses; refer to OBT website maps
MTB km – total kilometres of mountain bike style trail – combined single + double track
Park km – total kilometres, one way, of Park style paths on paved and soil trails in city parks or forest woodlots.
Rail km – total kilometres, one way, of Rail trail style routes on repurposed old railway lines.
BMX – BMX Park/Racetrack or suitable Skate Park at this location
Skill Level – minimum skill level and rated mainly for that skill level range for your safety and enjoyment.
E = Easy, enough trail here for a beginner to enjoy and learn bike riding
I = Intermediate, enough trail here for a seasoned, intermediate bike rider to enjoy
A = Advanced, enough challenging, expert trail here to keep the pros happy
All = All Levels, enjoyable for everyone; there are enough sections of trail for every skill level to enjoy, though not all trails may be suitable for all skill levels.
> Note this rating is not based on distance. One could ride an Easy Rail trail, which is flat, crushed gravel for 50 km, at which point is not going to be easy for a beginner.
Surface & Terrain – a brief summary of the trail base, general elevation and any added structures (log hops, boardwalks, skinnies, jumps, bridges…) more detail on the site pages
Trail Fee – typical cost (if any) to bike for the day for one adult on a weekend
Rentals – bike rentals are available locally
Toilets – always good to know of pit stops – fancy public washrooms or just an outhouse
To get this free Bike Trail Chart, check which of the 4 boxes; Mountain Biking – Park Paths – Rail Trails or BMX Parks you are interesting.
Tell us what kind of bike riding you favour. This right away tells us what type of riding the newsletters in the future should focus on for you. Yes, you need to subscribe to our newsletters to get the freebie.
Next check your email inbox for one of those confirmation emails (so that I know you’re a real person –with a bike and not a robot bike). Once you’ve done that, a link to a OBT webpage will show you how to download the chart.
Now I encourage you to stay subscribed to the newsletter, because with each new issue I will have a link to an updated version of this chart.
Newsletters take time to make, you won’t be getting a flood of them. Maybe 4 or 5 a year?? My priority is to add new trail reviews, cycling articles to the site and publishing guide books. Naturally, staying subscribed will inform you of that and current Ontario bike trail news.
Have a great ride; see you on the trail! – Dan Roitner