Walden – MTB Trail

Denis Ave. Naughton
Posted on August 4, 2021 / 6482
Walden – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Northern Ontario
Note : EPIC Ride
Total Trail Km : 15
MTB Track % : 70
Double track % : 30
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : smooth soil, wood chips, can be muddy, flat rock, flat sections, large hills, drains well, steep hills, twisty & gnarly
Faclities : parking, food close by, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 15 km

70% MTB single track
30% double track ski trail

Elevation – Easy section is flat, the rest is on the large hill, a few tough climbs and big drops,

Terrain – Open flat rock, smooth soil, wood chips, roots, boulders, main x- country ski paths tall grass with boardwalks to cross soggy sections

Skill – Beginners have a few flat easy loops and the x-ski trails, the rest is best for the Advanced rider

Traffic – Lite use with mountain bike riders and hikers. In winter Fatbikes and snowshoeing.

Trail Maps – Map board at trailhead , well-signed markers on trails

Facilities – Parking lot, outhouse

Highlights – Lookouts, open rock is technical fun,

Trail Pass – Free

Phone – None

Website – Walden Mountain Bike Club

Similar Trail – Laurentian  South March , Porcupine Ridge, Georgian

Local Clubs – Walden Mountain Bike Club , Sudbury Women’s Bike Group

Access – In the town of Naughton,  Hwy 55 turn off at St. Louis St., left down Denis Ave. to x-ski parking lot on left.

Open from early June to Oct 15th. Lower trails muddy after rain.

mtb trail guide

Walden (formally 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-country 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 15 km, 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.

Then slowly it 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 northeast side. If you are driving through the Sudbury area it’s worth a visit.

And Fatbikes are welcome in the winter join the Nordic skiers here too.


Read my new review of Walden and 54 other top MTB loops in my new guidebook.

Walden MTB trail map

Walden MTB trail map

Walden MTB trail loops

Walden MTB trail loops

Walden Fatbike trail map

Walden Fatbike trail map

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