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Trail Info

This Menu will be used to keep folks up to date on trail conditions and issues concerning trail advocacy.

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May 5th, 2017

Everything is perfect.  All trails are cleaned, blown, major downed trees cleaned up, others now used as log overs.

 

April 27 2017

Oops, forgot to update!  It’s good out there, all good. Dry & all cleaned up & ready to ride. Have fun!

 

April 7th 2017

Lots of snow in the woods again.  My suggestion would be if you can want until Sunday things should be great again.  If you need to ride Sat you will get wet for sure! I’m running Sat aft so I’ll update then.

April 03 2017

Well a bunch of us as well as likely 50 others were out for a ride on Sunday, what a day! All the trails are in excellent condition so feel free to come out anytime.

April 1st 2017

Karen and I and Max got out for a run today. Karen did the stick and I ran Ken’s to Steve’s…Max did both. Happy to report trails are all super dry! No mud, no ruts, no snow, completely Max approved!
So if you are looking to go for a ride, everything is good. See you out there!

 

March 30 2017

Well the gang rode Stick, Lollypop, Ridge last night and these trails are in superb shape. No issues at all, just nice tacky single track. I still don’t have an official report for Ken’s, Steve’s, Wheel hill but I may try to have a look on Friday. Come out and ride… 🙂

 

March 29 2017

Got out for a run last night and checked into the Stick and the west portion of the lollypop.  Happy to report everything there looks great. Trails are definitely dry enough for skinnies now!  No trail damage to really speak of from any of the riding so far.  Tonight should be awesome for a ride and we will likely stick to the trails south of the main east-west fire road.

Please note that this report does not extent to Ken’s, Steve’s, Wheel Hill, Trail to nowhere…I’ll try to go for a pre-ride hike and check into those tonight.

Double track is still really soft.

A bit of damp weather on Thurs-Fri to watch out for.  I’ll get out Friday aft. for and update for the weekend.

Regarding lights…if you have one I’d bring it along. It seems like it just starts getting dark as we are on the lollypop homeward bound but most of the ride is now in daylight.

Come out and play…yeh Sunshine! See you tonight.

 

 

January 24 2016

We had our grooming team (11 folks on snowshoes!) out on the weekend  to reset the snow on the single track.  Half the group did and out and back on the “stick” and the other half made their way to the “pop” of the lollypop. The stick is completely done and all but maybe the last 700m of the pop is done as well.

Once it drops below zero again, these trails should be again in excellent condition.  Taylor is planning on a late week grooming of the 9km TVGFBL. The loggers are still busy in there and have taken some of the trail down to dirt. Hopefully it won’t ice up too much.  We’ll see.

If you give it a go and are leaving ruts, please wait until it freezes or we will have a frozen rut trail…no fun 🙁

Enjoy your time out there!

 

 

November 30 2016

Trails are all in great shape. Leaves are all packed down and traction is very good. Still one section on Ken’s Trail to be logged and that may or may not happen this year.

November 03 2016

Trail update…the logging is now complete on the stick and the trail has been restored and cleaned up.  The tree on the uphill of the lollypop has also been removed.  There is another section now being logged which will both be affecting a section on Ken’s/Steve’s trail (you will see blue flagging tape marking the trail) and the small pine on the beginning of the “Stick” (before Gorilla Mountain) which will soon be marked with orange tape. Please exercise caution on these sections of trail when the loggers are present. Trails are in great shape so keep on riding!

 

October 17 2016

Hey everyone. Just a little trail update…after the SSITT this weekend (which I must thank everyone for making this a great day and night. Everyone is awesome!) the trails are in superb condition!

A heads up on the first half of the lollypop which was not in the race…Janet contacted me and reported that there is a large tree top down over the trail at the top of one of the hills.  We had thought the logging was complete in this section, but maybe not.  She has said that it is a chainsaw operation and too large to move as it is and as a result is a good size hike a bike. Hopefully they are still around and are able to move it.

Also keep a heads up in the pine logging area.  They are still in there and should hopefully be done by the end of the week. The trail is clear right now but that may change daily.

Enjoy the trails and the fall colours!

 

April 18, 2016

Trails are open and awesome!  The stick, lollypop, trail to nowhere, the “wheel hill” and ridge trail are super clear and in great shape. Substance Projects held and event (H2i) on Saturday and the trails experienced no damage (only one wet spot for 200m)  and are actually overall in better shape than before the race.  Ken’s, Steve’s…haven’t been leaf blown yet but we rode them last Weds and they are clear of major debris, just small sticks and stuff left. So come on out and enjoy the ride.

 

April 5th, 2016
Trail Report from Bernie:

 

Did a ride (Monday) up to the Red Arrow tree.

Slow tough grind all the way.  Not due to the snow depth (2-6″) but due to the icy crust that you had to break through.

 

Most was rideable!

 

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March 30th, 2016

Bernie was out in Dufferin last, below are a few photos.

 

 

 

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March 24th, 2016

Dufferin is getting better all the time.  We did get some snow last night / freezing rain, so that may take a couple days to go away again.  Last night (Wednesday) it would be about 90% rideable for a skinny bike.  Couple soft sections still, dont want to leave ruts.   Below is a photo of last weekend’s ride.

 

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March 16th, 2016

Forest Management Plan Update.  I’m pleased to let everyone know that the Dufferin Forest Management Plan for 2016-2036 www.dufferinmuseum.com/forest/forc.html was accepted by Council last week.  This Management Plan has been in the works for over a year and now the next step is to begin the process of developing the Recreation Plan for the County Forest.  It was decided that all the past input from the surveys and public input is to be utilized in this development process, so thank you all again for the time taken in the past. I’ll update as things progress.

 

March 16th, 2016

I was out last night (Tues) on the lollypop and things keep getting better…less snow, still kind of soft.  Not bad for Fat Tire bikes but I still can’t recommend skinny tires yet.  There has been a skinny bike out and it’s mark on the trail was very obvious in the soft spots.  Maybe another week or after the weekend.  We’ll keep updating every few days as we are out there. We’re getting closer!

 

March 14th, 2016

This past weekend Bernie headed out to Dufferin Forest to check the trails, and snap some photos of the spring thaw.

Check out the below!  The double track is still very soft, so not recommended to ride on it.

As you can see in the below there are sections that are clear, and there are sections with snow on it.

Probably another week before she is all cleared up, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

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June 26th.

Clean up is done at the logged section.  A great group of 19 helpers made short work of cleaning up debris and rebuilding some of the trail.  We had some extra time so we have started a new trail that will be expanded on later.  No new logging expected until October so we should be in the clear until then.  Trails are in great shape, likely need a full going through next year as the vegatation has been growing like crazy this year. Have a great time out there….

 

 

May 19th.  So logging has begun.  It is mostly a select cut of oak which will effect the first 3rd of the lolly on the “lollypop” if travelling clockwise as well as half of the “trail to nowhere”.  Hopefully some clean up can happen as the logging progresses and the a full scale trail day in the future.  Stay tuned for updates…

 

 

 

April 16th Update:  Bring out the skinny tired bikes.  Dufferin Forest is  dry and ready to ride your normal bike!  Put away the fat bikes.  On Wednesday night, we finished the ride, with no mud on anyone!  There are some small sticks down etc, so if you are riding there and come across something small, please kick it off the trail.  There are also some new logs across the trail, we are hoping to make ride arounds and ramps for these new natural features!

 

March 26th Update:  With warmer temperatures and cold nights, main snowmobile trail is hard as a rock, and Icy in sections.  Snow is disappearing fast, South Ridge trail is almost completely opened up.

 

 

Feb. 18th Update: single track is in need of a warmer day to firm up but the snowmobile/double track is in amazing shape!

 

 

January 15th update: Single Track is now amazing for 4km, the length of “the stick”.  So that’s an 8km out-and-back all on trail!  I’m going to try and snowshoe a bit of the “lolly” in order to link in with the snowmobile trail on Sat.  I’ll update later…..

 

 

January 11th Update:  So as of this weekend, the single track has become limited to about 6km….need to snowshoe more!  The better news is that the snowmobile trail has been groomed! I think this is one of the later years that I can remember that the sled trail has come into play.  So now you can ride as far as you like on the snowmobile trail, it goes on for further than you will care to ride! We managed an 18km out-and-back today. Not bad for January! One less ride to do this spring.

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Fat Tire Trail UpdateDecember 15th, 2014

So on Saturday we switched our Fat Bikes out for our snowshoes due to the soft snow conditions.  About 10 of us were out and set down a nice 3km track which incorporated some single track and some narrow double track.  The trail we set terminated at the snowmobile trail which is not yet been groomed.  With a few days of mild temperatures in the forecast then a drop in temperature the trail should be good for Fat Bike riding by mid-late week.  During the more mild weather it would be great to avoid riding it if you are leaving any ruts as if it gets rutted out and freezes it won’t work out well in the end for a fat bike trail.  We will be trying it on Weds night so we will post an update then.  Bernie and I also set out another 2ish km loop of off this track that we hope to open as a trail in the spring.  Feel free to stomp it down, trim some branches and even explore and extend it!  See everyone out there soon! Johnny

LIVE UPDATE: as of Monday 10am the trail is definitely too soft to ride…keep on shoeing!

 

 

Trails Still Good to Go!!  (17/Nov/14)

 

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Photo from this past weekends ride.  This was taken at 11am, so not a lot of snow in the forest.  The leaves made it a little slick, but all in all a lot of fun.  Tyler was on a skinny bike, Mark and Ryan on Fat Bikes.  Rode the North of 20 Trail, and the Lollipop Trail (or Africa).

 

 

Trails in Great Shape  (10/Nov/14)

Did a ride this past weekend in Dufferin, the trails are in great shape still.  The typical leaves on the trails, and a little dusting of snow in the forest, but nothing major.  Skinny tires are more than adequate to ride out there!!!  Head out and do a tour, it’s so nice to be out in the forest!!

 

 

 

New Trail Complete

Thanks to a great turn out of 17 helpful hands, the trail that was logged this year has now been rerouted and completed.  The loss of this trail meant having to ride a couple of KM’s of loose, sandy fire road–no fun.  The trail now meanders up (or down) the “big sandy hill” section and has some things to keep it interesting. It was great to have so many people out volunteering their time and giving back to the trails. Thanks again to all that came out, your participation means so much to us. See you out there!

Note: at the top of the hill you need to make a quick right on the fire road, then first left to rejoin the single track

 

 

 

 

 

Dufferin  Forest Trail Build Day

So it seems like the logging has been competed for now on the “sandy hill” climb section of the forest.  After many weeks of riding the loose sandy fire road around the logged section it’s time to rebuild the trail to avoid it. The trail was started last build day and Bernie and I marked out and flagged where we would like the building to continue to the top of  the hill yesterday. Any help would be appreciated and we hope to get this done in one day. We will be able to transport tools and bodies to the trail building area.

Start time will be 10am in the Dufferin Forest parking lot.

Please R.S.V.P through the CONTACT US tab or let me know directly if you are coming as we would like to provide lunch for the volunteers and we need to know the numbers to be prepared for. Thanks for your help!

 

 

 

 

 

Last Chance for input to Dufferin Forest Management Plan

 

The County of Dufferin is closing out their options for the public to comment on the Draft Plan for the Forest Management Plan for 2015-2035. They have done a great job in our opinion so far as they have created a recreation plan for the Main Tract which never existed before.
If you have not read the Draft Plan here is the link to it:

Welcome to the Dufferin County Forest Website

We are quite happy with what is there and are trying to have two things altered which we hope fellow riders out there could e-mail comments regarding this.

1. As of now there is talk of trail separation for different user groups (top of page 2) which is great except that it is stated as:

“but this shall not be construed as exclusive use”

2. The other point is under General Rules of Etiquette which states:

“Most trails experience problems in the spring. Check the trail conditions. If you are leaving tracks over 1/2” deep don’t use the trail”

We would like to convince the Committee that separate trail usage should mean exclusive use and encourage the idea of exclusive trail networks for different user groups to avoid trail damage and user conflicts.

On the second point, trail conditions in our opinion should be respected year round, not just in the spring so we would like to have “Most trails experience problems in the spring” omitted.

It would be helpful to send an e-mail to:

forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com

regarding these suggested changes and any other comments you may have.

Thank you to everyone who has helped on this project, so much has been accomplished thus far that could not of happened with out so much input from the mountain bike community. It’s been great to see that we can influence land managers and make a change.

 

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Dufferin Forest Management Plan – Public Meeting

You are invited to attend a public meeting on the development of a new twenty-year management plan for the 2,600 acre Dufferin County Forest:
Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Mel Lloyd Centre – Auditorium
167 Centre Street (Entrance D)
Shelburne, Ontario
The County Forest is made up of thirteen tracts located throughout Dufferin County. The plan will guide the use and management of the Dufferin County Forest over the next twenty years (2015-2035) to ensure the health and viability of this community resource.
The Forest Plan Advisory Team, which has been advising the County throughout the development of the draft plan, is holding this open public meeting to hear input regarding the draft forest management plan, draft recreation policy, and the OFTR proposal for access to the Forest by off-road motorcycles. This is an additional opportunity for any members of the public to have input on the recreational and other uses of the forest.
Documents relating to the Dufferin County Forest Management Plan are found here.
Written input regarding any of the items mentioned above can be provided to the County Forest Manager at any time between now and July 31, 2014:
By email: forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com
By mail: Dufferin County Forest (c/o DCMA)
936029 Airport Road, Mulmur, Ontario L9V 0L3
By fax: 705-435-9876
Thanks to everyone that has helped in this endeavour, the support has been remarkable.

One last step…the Draft Recreation Plan is now available for public viewing

http://www.dufferinmuseum.com/forest/plan.html    (click on draft recreation policy).

Please review it if you have time, it’s a short document.  Public comments are being encouraged by the county and must be in by July 31st. Please send them to the following address;

forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com

 

Beneficial points to stress are  for the single track to be designated as a exclusive separate hiking/biking trail, have a separate exclusive marked and mapped network for equestrians and to mark and expand the hiking/biking network.

I would also like to say thanks to Sue and Mike at OCTRA, they have been wonderful to discuss issues with and to Caroline and the other committee members for taking the time to consider everything and create this Plan.  I realize how much work this is and the difficult issues at hand to be considered.

Thank you again to everyone who has taken the time.  See you on the trails!

 

 

 

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Dufferin County is requesting public input for the preparation of the Forest Management Plan. This is a supplement to the survey and is an opportunity to voice your opinions. As usual, our goal is to advocate for the single track to be designated hiking/biking , have a separate network for equestrians and to mark and expand the hiking/biking network. You can e-mail them at:
forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com (you may have to copy and paste this e-mail address)
If you haven’t complete the survey for the Forest Management Plan it can be found at:
(just click the link) take the survey

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Some important dates concerning the future of Dufferin Forest in Mansfield. The County is developing a 20 year management plan and will be holding public meetings.
If interested here is the info for the public meetings regarding the Management Plan.
The next meeting of the Advisory Team will be April 15, 7pm at the Sutton Room, 55 Zina Street, Orangeville to discuss the draft forest management plan (this is open to the public, but not for comment. We are still encouraging a show from the MTB community as a show of interest). Public open houses to review the draft forest management plan will be May 9, 3-8pm at the Sutton Room and May 10, 10am-4pm at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives which are open to public input.
A good show from the MTB community at all the upcoming meetings would be beneficial.
Thanks and see you there,
Johnny

Head to the Events Calendar and click on the Dufferin Meeting for locations, times and directions

 

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Date:  April 28th, 2014

 

Anyone thinking of coming up to Dufferin to ride, you will not be dissapointed.  The trails are good to go.  After this past weekend and the hard work put out by team van goer’s and other volunteers, all the trails are ready to ride!!!!!

 

Come on out and ride the trails!!  They are free to ride, and ready to ride.

 

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Date:  April 24th, 2014

 

Dufferin Trails are good to go!  Well the Stick and Lollipop trail are anyways.  A little patch of snow, but you can stay to the right or left to avoid it if you want.

 

You can go out and ride there for sure now on any bike you have… unless it’s a road bike, then it may be difficult to ride….

 

 

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Date:  April 21st, 2014

 

Trails are in a lot better shape than they were last Wednesday.  On the main Stick and Lollipop trail, I’d say there is about 90% of the trail open and free of snow.  The other 10% are still just too deep for Skinny Tire bikes, and make them hike a bike sections.  But the difference from last week to this week is night and day!!!

 

We have not ventured onto Steve’s trail or Ken’s trail yet, but am expecting some snow still through there as they are in the lower lying areas.

 

If you get out to Dufferin forest, do some exploring, pick up some small sticks off the trail, and enjoy the forest!!

 

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On the Stick, just after the pine forest. About 1.5km from the parking lot

 

 

 

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Date:  April 16th, 2014

 

Trails are coming along really nicely, snow is melting and opening up the singletrack.  There is still snow on the trail, but very little in spots, and about a foot of snow in other spots.

Any South facing trails are in great shape, north facing trails are ridable but tough.

 

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South Ridge Trail

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Stick Trail, 1km from the parking lot

 

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Stick Trail, 1.5km from the parking lot

 

We will check the trails this weekend, but with the drainage at Mansfield there little to no wet spots, just some stick debris, and the odd new log across the trail.

Cheers

 

 

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Dufferin County is requesting public input for the preparation of the Forest Management Plan.  This is a supplement to the survey and is an opportunity to voice your opinions.  As usual, our goal is to advocate for the single track to be designated hiking/biking , have a separate network for equestrians and to mark and expand the hiking/biking network.  You can e-mail them at:

 forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com    (you may have to copy and paste this e-mail address)

If you haven’t complete the survey for the Forest Management Plan it can be found at:

(just click the link)    take the survey   

 

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Some important dates concerning the future of Dufferin Forest in Mansfield.  The County is developing a 20 year management plan and will be holding public meetings.

If interested here is the info for the public meetings regarding the Management Plan.

The next meeting of the Advisory Team will be April 15, 7pm at the Sutton Room, 55 Zina Street, Orangeville to discuss the draft forest management plan (this is open to the public, but not for comment. We are still encouraging a show from the MTB community as a show of interest). Public open houses to review the draft forest management plan will be May 9, 3-8pm at the Sutton Room and May 10, 10am-4pm at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives which are open to public input.

A good show from the MTB community at all the upcoming meetings would be beneficial.

Thanks and see you there,

Johnny