The Pines – MTB Trail

745751 Township Road 4, Woodstock
Posted on June 8, 2018
The Pines – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Western Ontario
Total Trail Km : 20
MTB Track % : 85
Double track % : 5
Hiking trail % : 10
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, structures, logs jumps, can be muddy, bridges, flat sections, drains well, gentle hills, twisty & gnarly, tree roots
Faclities : parking, toilet, outhouse, trailhead map, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Yes

Length – 20 km

85% MTB single track
10% hiking trail
5% double track access roads

Terrain – flat by the river, short hills in the interior, flowy bermed single-track, log hops, bridges, tight turns, a few ramps

Surface – smooth soil, lots of roots, pine needles, some sand and gravel, can get muddy

Skill – easy to intermediate

Maps – at trailhead, good post signage

Facilities – large parking lot, outhouse

Highlights – well treed, maintained by club

Trail Fee – $10 non-member, yearly $35

Phone – none

Website – Woodstock Cycling Club

Similar Trails – Fanshawe, Wildwood, Christie Lake

Local Clubs –  Woodstock Cycling Club,   Facebook

Access –  Not the easiest parking lot to find. Go to 745751 Township Road 4, north east of Woodstock. Down long gravel road to parking lot. Trailhead on the west side by map.

Open year round and for night rides

Out by Woodstock you will find about 20 km of mountain bike loops to ride, which are cut and maintained by the local club.

This somewhat easy MTB ride is a welcome addition to the area as there is little else around these parts.

Sitting by the banks of the Thames River, NE of Woodstock, this woodlot is as the name implies full of pine trees.

The trails are fast and wide in most parts. They wind back and forth over short hills with a few berms to bank on. It’s a twisty, gnarly kind of ride with plenty of exposed roots to contend with.

A few simple (safe) wood structures were found to play on. As the photos show, they are easy to do. You might find the odd dirt jump there too.

Signs keep you on track and moving through the trail ratings are a bit exaggerated. None of the inclines or terrain was too tough as my son and I did the loops.

Maybe in the area it’s a “Black Diamond” trail but within Ontario nope. Try riding Sudbury! NaughtonLaurentian

Lots of shade in here, but I also noted on the ride my mosquito friends were ever present when I stopped. I think the proximity to the river is promoting this.

Unlike other trail locations listed, this forest tract is leased and insured by the MTB club and they have opened it up to guest riders. Please support the cause and pay your way!

These loops flow and connect well together to make it a good fast run that will satisfy. So if you are out this way, give it a go.

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