Jefferson – MTB Trail 1245 Bethesda Side Rd. Richmond Hill
Posted on September 25, 2018
Jefferson – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Total Trail Km : 12
MTB Track % : 30
Double track % : 10
Hiking trail % : 50
Rate Skill Levels : Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, structures, logs jumps, can be muddy, flat sections, large hills, steep hills, open field, twisty & gnarly, tree roots
Faclities : parking, food close by
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 12+ km

30% MTB single track
50% hiking trail
10% double track access roads
10% park path

Elevation – slopes up from Stouffville Rd. to palteau with valley on north end. some steep sections

Terrain – Smooth soil, patch of pure sand, tight turns, a few log hops and structures

Skill – Medium – Advance MTB

Traffic – watch for hikers and dogs

Maps – new map boards have some trails

Facilities – none, limited parking, try Bethesada lot

Highlights – central and close to Toronto, new twisty track cut

Trail Pass – free

Similar Trails – Centennial, Midhurst, Copeland Forest

Phone – none

Website – none

Local Clubs – DMBA – Durham Mountain Biking Assoc.

Access – Parking is limited – access is from Stouffville Rd. on two small driveways or along Bayview Ave. north east of the bridge. Large lot on top end 1245 Bethesda Side Rd.

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The best thing about Jefferson Forest on Stouffville Rd. ride is that it’s central to the GTA. Medium size in length, but getting smaller as the sub-divisions start popping up.

Good hills and long bomber trails for a short ride, some mud and sand, some signage. Good MTB track that is twisty further in as it does go way back.

York Regional Forest manages some of this land and has removed local structures. Some trails are still there as a fun MTB ride.

Take care of erosion as some of it is poorly designed and should not be ridden.  The terrain is sand and clay with lots of long, windy descents, a few hills plus logs, some mud.

This central location close to Toronto, south of Aurora has been also called “Mosquito Coast” cause there can be a few down in the valley.

Years ago Bayview Ave. did not go through, and there was no bridge or new homes. Progress is putting pressure on this little fun ride. You can park by the side of the road, northeast of the bridge and ride down into the valley.

Over the years ATV and dirt bikes, which are not allowed have not been kind to some of the trails. One trail has changed from a path to a sandy river bed which can be hard to climb.

A crushed wide stone path has been recently put through the woods. This is for Park riders and I find it spoiled the wilderness feel of the woods. But that’s being a little selfish and now Park riders can enjoy this place too. Oak Ridge Corridor

Finding your way to the back end of this ride will take you to the top of the hill north east across the edge of a farmer’s field to another woodlot.

A few hills beyond are near impossible to ride up. Please try not to skid down them. There is also a famous monster mud puddle in the middle that will swallow your bike.

The fall colours are beautiful and in the spring the trilliums come out in carpets on the forest floor, very enchanting.

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