Laurentian – MTB Trail

Laurentian University, Sudbury
Posted on June 2, 2019 / 6840
Laurentian – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Northern Ontario
Note : EPIC Ride
Total Trail Km : 20
Double track % : 10
Hiking trail % : 90
Rate Skill Levels : Advanced
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, logs jumps, can be muddy, bridges, flat rock, large hills, drains well, steep hills, open field, twisty & gnarly, tree roots, rocky patches
Faclities : parking, food close by, lodging, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length –  20+km

90% hiking trail
10% double track access roads

Elevation – Large smooth rock mounds with a few steep inclines. Level riding by the water.

Terrain – Gravel sand base, with grasses and random rock and boulders on path. Gravel access roads. Enjoy open rock ridges, flat tabletop rock, drops, gnarly bit and mud patches.

Skill –  moderate to advanced – very technical

Traffic – MTB riders, popular hiking area, Nordic skiing in the winter.

Maps – none yet , paint swatches on posts

Facilities –   parking lot – metered

Highlights –  open flat rock riding, scenic high points, lakeview, fall colours

Trail Fee – donation box

Phone – 705 674-5249

Website – Rainbow Routes

Similar Trails – NaughtonPorcupine, Buckwallow,  South March

Local Clubs – Walden MBC

Access – parklot at SE, the back of the sports field of Laurentian University (flag on map location), also entry from Laurentian Conservation Area

mtb trail guide

 Behind Laurentian University in Sudbury is an awesome 20+ km ride for the adventurous rock riders out there.

This network of hiking trails behind the sports field offers some excellent technical trail riding with a few fast sections and flat rock ridges to climb.

This is a very scenic ride with lake views, white birches, tall grasses and lookouts. All the rock peaks are bald and the views go on forever. In the fall it is beautiful.

Definitely, a must ride for any rock loving technical rider. (And perhaps better than Naughton.) The locals must have endless fun on all the trails branching out from this area.

 By following the red trail, and doing the blue marked loops you will keep busy discovering and climbing numerous rock peaks. Work your way to the back where the abandoned sports field is.

All the hiking trails close to the University are rideable: some are simple gravel paths, others steep rocky insanity.

Expect it to be slippery when wet and there are a few muddy patches. One can get extra riding beyond the north side of Lake Laurentian into the Conservation lands with some fun stuff but not as sweet.  An attempt was made to do the loop around the lake.

At first, it’s a flat nice trail, but then you get to a long rock climb and the riding is spotty on top. It was turning into a hike-a-bike, so we did a U-turn.

Bugs are thin by mid-July and blueberries are there for the picking.


Read my new review and 54 others in my new MTB trail guide.


Laurentian Bike trail map

not all trails shown, I will need to make a map....


Total Score 4 REVIEWS
Fun Factor: Scenic: Trail Design: Technical: Workout:
  • August 2, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I should have read the trail description more closely. The loop around the lake is hiking only. Some stuff is rideable but I also turned around halfway. I wish I would have had energy left to explore the trails around the university. I found some sections of single track that were nice. I would ride here again but would research more Strava accounts to see what the locals are riding.

  • August 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    These trails are not built for mountain biking, and if you do find yourself in the area leave these trails for the most experienced riders. The actual trails are not nearly as simple looking as the pictures show. I repeat leave for a VERY SEASONED rider.

  • June 22, 2016 at 7:03 am

    One of my favourite trails in the province. I love the rock riding. Worth the drive to Sudbury. Combine it with Naughton for a great weekend.

  • June 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Excellent rock riding with beautiful vistas, trails go on forever. Some serious drops and rock gardens will test your nerve.

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