When Dagmar North Trails reopened in 2015, after about 10 years of uncertainty, the MTB community was all excited, and with good reason. These trails on Conservation land are mainly new MTB-specific trails, designed and cut for thrills and spills, and not resembling much of what was there.
Some are easy and winding for beginners, while others have rock gardens, log jumps, ramps and beams to keep the veteran riders entertained.
You’ll never get bored or winded from too many hills; you may perhaps get a bit spun around if you’re new to the area. Trails connect well and once you’re familiar with them, it’s non-stop action.
Even better, rarely do you have to ride doubletrack if you don’t want to. As with any well-designed trail system, here you’ve always got a choice: you can pick the easy or the hard way through.
The DMBA bike club has done an excellent job of creating these singletrack trails. With the hard work of over 200+ MTB volunteers + donations, the Toronto area has a new spot to ride.
Parking is unusual at this location: there isn’t any available at either of the two entrances! You are asked not to park at the trailhead or on sideroads, SVP. Instead, pick one of the two lots for Glen Major and ride to the entrance (the south lot is closer). Dagmar Parking Map
It’s amazing how so much trail can be compressed in one square kilometre (similar to Ravenshoe) and still leave mountain bikers grinning with delight. Thirteen-odd kilometres of trail might not be much, but it’s all about quality, not quantity, in our mountain bikers’ heads.
Upon entering the trailhead from the road, you will see a map board and a single trail. The fun starts right away, as you wind your way along a benched section in the woods to an open field.
Zipping through the tall grass of this field leads you to the first of many choices to make on your ride. You can go north and take on the CattleLogs trail for some trick log hops to exploit. Or be more cautious and enter the forest the other way…
Read more of this review in my new MTB trail guide.