Larose Forest – MTB Trail

Indian Creek Rd., SE of Ottawa
Posted on May 16, 2021 / 6301
Larose Forest – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Eastern Ontario
Note : Family Friendly
Total Trail Km : 17 +
MTB Track % : 60
Double track % : 20
Hiking trail % : 20
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, bridges, flat sections, drains well, gentle hills, twisty & gnarly
Faclities : parking, toilet, outhouse, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained, shelter
Trail Fee : Yes - club membership

Length – 17+ km

60% MTB single track
20% hiking trail
20% double track access roads

Elevation – Near level terrain, with lots of rolling bumps and dips.

Terrain – Fine sandy base, smooth trail, no rocks, few roots, drains well. Flowy bermed single-track, some tight turns.

Skill – Easy, beginner level.

Traffic – Not busy, typical path users: bikers, hikers, Fatbikes, nordic skiers, dog sleds – 2 way trails.

Maps – Mapboards at the trailhead and junctures with numbered signposts too.

Facilities – Parking lots, outhouses, shelters, (weak cell signal).

Highlights Flowy ride, tall trees, creek valleys, bridges, quiet.

Trail Fee – OMBA  membership – $25/year, Youth $17 (recently brought to my attention)

Phone –  613 675 4661

Website –  Prescott – Russell County,  Facebook

Similar Trails – Limerick Forest, Northumberland, Ganaraska

Local Clubs –  Ottawa Mountain Bike Association – OMBA

Access – Best locations to park at, P1 Indian Creek Rd. and P4 Champlain Rd.



South of Ottawa lies the large Larose Forest where mountain bike riders can find 17 km of fast, flowy loops to please everyone.

This large forest is typical of many wooded areas that were either too rocky or sandy for farmers to use. This one has a very fine sand base. Surprisingly it’s firm to ride, with only a few spots so loose on turns you could slide out. Even so, there are berms at many of these curves to keep your speed.

I had the chance to ride the loops near P1 and none seemed too tough. The track is smooth with few roots and no rocks at all. 

A few log hops set on the route would have been welcome. Maybe they are omitted to keep it as an easy, beginner MTB experience.

At first my group headed into the woods on the east side. Here there are a few loops and wider cross-country ski trails that take you way in…but fallen trees and hungry bugs chased us out.

Next we tried the more established west side by the large rain shelter at P1. I soon found out this was the better ride; well worn with good signage.

A number of loops run along the top edge of small creek valleys that…

 

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Reviews
3.7
Total Score 3 REVIEWS
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  • August 3, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Terrific bike trails and loops. Easily accessible for all age groups and skill levels. My four year old conquered the twists and turns and it was still super fun for advanced bikers. Well done Russell, we’ll be back for sure.

  • May 29, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    This is by far my favorite trail I've ever ridden on. There is almost no work involved in getting the most fun out of it, just flowy, smooth, fun trail. I don't think there was a single root on the entire trail. If I could give a fun factor rating of more than five I would.

  • August 16, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    An excellent spot to mountain bike ride for fast, twisty trail. Easy flowy, loops take you around with no need to worry about rocks or log jumps. There are none. Large dry and dusty area.

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