Glen Major – MTB Trail Sideline 4 Rd., N. of Ajax
Posted on September 27, 2017
Glen Major – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Central Ontario
Total Trail Km : 20
MTB Track % : 30
Double track % : 20
Hiking trail % : 50
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, structures, logs jumps, crushed gravel, can be muddy, bridges, large hills, gentle hills, open field, twisty & gnarly
Faclities : parking, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 20km (with 35km+ more on the north end across the road at Durham Forest and Dagmar)

30% MTB single track
50% hiking trail
20% double track access roads

Terrain –  small to large hills, a few steep climbs, open field area in middle, straight hiking path mixed with good gnarly single track

Surface – smooth track , sandy spots,  some gravel sections, can be muddy, a few log hops and boardwalks

Skill – All levels, some steep sections and tight turns

Trail Pass – free

Facilities – 2 parking lots, out house up the road at Durham Forest

Maps –  also at trailhead and numbered posts on most intersections (map courtesy Mike Sweet)

Phone – none

Website –   brochure

Similar Park – Durham Forest and Dagmar across the road

Local Clubs – DMBA on facebook

Access- From TorontoHwy 401 east to Brock Rd. in Pickering. North on Brock Rd. to about 20 km to Claremont, turn east on Durham Road 5. Travel to Balsam go north on Sideline #4. About 3 km north to parking lot on west side. (called 3 Rocks, can you find them?) This a gravel road and can be rough and muddy.

Or further north up the road past the white church to the north end about 4 km , park on the west side.

The two main trailhead entry points are the south parking lot (3 rocks)  and north parking lots on the west side of Sideline #4 gravel road.

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 Glen Major plus Walkers Woods have some of the best riding on the north east side of Toronto.

Well maintained, flowing trails, a few big hills that make you work. Not too crowded. Excellent trail system which has been managed by Durham MTB club.

Most trails connect and run well, a few old hiking trails don’t. Recently new MTB specific trails have been officially designed and cut. One leading from the south entrance called 3 Rocks (can you spot them?)

The other main spot, which improves erosion issues, is in the middle open area that winds up the hills the way MTB riders like.

This central open field area has a few scenic views which are beautiful in the fall.

Also included in this post as one in the same ride is the north section which is Walkers Woods.

There is a real mix of sweet single track that meets up with old boring straight forest access roads that cut across every which way.

All trails run both ways, though some are definitely better going down and challenging up (hike a bike).

This woodlot rises slowly from the south end to the north side in elevation. This makes for a fun descent, so watch out for speedsters.

If you still need more riding in the day, there is on the north end across the road at Durham Forest 20km + and then the more recent addition Dagmar for even more excellent riding…more then anyone can ride in day, so make it a weekend. :^)

Glen Major bike trail map

Glen Major bike trail map

Glen Major trail - courtesy M. Sweet

Glen Major trail - courtesy M. Sweet

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