Naughton is classic Northern Ontario mountain biking at its best. This spot west of Sudbury is your typical dual purpose sports area.
The MTB trails cut in and out of the cross-county ski trails that loop around. Half of the single tracks are quick loops back onto the wider ski trail, while the other half takes you in for a good run.
There is a good variety of terrain and difficulty in grade to please all. Here you will find plenty of rock to ride over, especially at the higher points which offer a few nice scenic views, as few trees grow on the bald tops.
The local club keeps the trail well maintained and the signs keep you moving in the right direction. They have now started hosting major races.
Though not a long ride at 12km, you will be tired and happy by the end of it. This area has trail that starts with easy green dot runs on the flats and slowly gets you to the top of the hills where the fun double-black diamond runs take you over the rock ridges.
Most riders will manage, with caution, as there are few short drop offs to clear. Wet weather will make this a slippery muddy place, so avoid.
Bugs were not too bad by mid-July and bears have been seen, so a bear bell is a good idea. Signage for the trails are well-marked (print a map anyway) and the trail loops flow well most of the time.
Favourite loops were Dragon’s Back, on to Will Breaker & Pacemaker higher on the north east side. If you are driving through the Sudbury area it’s worth a visit.
And Fatbikes are welcome in the winter here too.