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    Current Hilton Falls Conditions?

    Holla out to Hilton Falls irregulars, anyone been on the trails in the last 48hrs?

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    I went to hilton falls last weekend and the gate attendant told me no mountain bikes until the snow is out in spring. I was very dissipointed and very surprised because that place was always open to bikes during winter. I don't know what is going on here this is the first time I hear something like that. I am gona call them and ask one more time about that.

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    The Hilton Agreement Forest is open year long. Conditions vary from good to not ridable depending on trail usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnormal
    Conditions vary from good to not ridable depending on trail usage.
    Well I am lacing up the north waves now...let you know in 2-3hors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    Well I am lacing up the north waves now...let you know in 2-3hors.
    Couldn't help myself here. Nothing like no flow in the snow anyway. Perfect place to ride in the slow winter snow...
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    I await Peter's trail condition report eagerly.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Couldn't help myself here. Nothing like no flow in the snow anyway. Perfect place to ride in the slow winter snow...
    If the agreement forest trails are packed down, the flow isn't bad at all - makes from a nice break from indoors. Think of it this way Neil - we'll grab the lights, go there on a weekday afternoon and finish up with a few pounds of wings and a half-dozen beers. Makes for a good day, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    I await Peter's trail condition report eagerly.



    If the agreement forest trails are packed down, the flow isn't bad at all - makes from a nice break from indoors. Think of it this way Neil - we'll grab the lights, go there on a weekday afternoon and finish up with a few pounds of wings and a half-dozen beers. Makes for a good day, no?
    You might get me to to do this. Momentum and flow is not going to be existent in many places with the snow on the ground, so I might give it a shot...And the invitation for another half dozen beers and wings is one I don't generally refuse...Let's see what Peter has to say...
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    Trails were great! Lot's of packed down areas through singletrack and double track, everything was rideable. Going back tomorrow morning.

    I was really suprised how long you could just keep going for without hitting some sort of loose snow to mess you up. I actually don't like Hilton much in the summer, but in the winter it is a blast.

    We took a few photos. Some are not great but some turned out pretty cool.

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    Ok now could somebody explain to me how to enter that place without having to deal with those dumb gate attendants that think biking is only for summer time. Looking at those pics makes me want to get out there.

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    Nice pics!!

    That sure beats riding the trainer. I only wish I had time to go today, with 20-25cm of snow expected on Sunday it may be a few days again until the trails get packed down.
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    We parked on the 3rd parking lot (if you are going north) off of 6th line. Not the main Hilton parking lot. My understanding is that some of the trails you first do are not part of Hilton.

    Of course the stuff we hit closer to the falls was in Hilton. Lots to ride!

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    I'm sure I could embed the Google Maps image here some how, but I haven't got the skillz. So use this link: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1...,0.172005&z=13

    I usually park just west of the conservation area at the 90 degree bend on Fourth Line. There is a marked trailhead into the agreement forest there, You can also park across Guelph Line from Mohawk Raceway and enter the agreement forest at a trailhead there. There is more parking there than on Fourth line and if that is full, park at the raceway parking lot and cross the road.
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    hardcore guys good stuff, dont' think i'd be up for a night ride though.

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    Hardcore indeed. And very cool and very crazy and very much the reason these guys will kick butt come spring time.
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    Now that is dedication!!! Must have been fun

    Great looking pics!!!

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    i expected the mystery rider to pop up and take a bow but alas...nothing.

    what tom neglected to mention in his review was the ace ghost rider that had (clearly) just left before we got there. we followed the majority of his route for the 2+ hours we were out there...it appears that he crashed on a flat (bizarre) but aside from that we couldnt locate so much as a dab the entire time...

    Lepperesque for sure.
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    Secret training for sure.

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    Night riding on a winter weekend........WHY?
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    friday night rides are tradition...plus kiddies are in bed and dont mind so much.
    now get yo-self to hilton with those big shoes of yours, pack down the single track first please.
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    aw man.. even for someone who despises anything below 5 degrees, that looks mighty tempting.

    Maybe Ill bring out the SS sometime during the holidays.

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    winter riding will make you a better rider...i dont care who you are...riding the single track is like being on a 15km skinny...the results are a helluva lot less damaging...not to mention hr spikes...

    different.

    supa you is always invited.
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    WHAT! Now you want me to go all the way to Hilton Falls, and snowshoe on boring flat terrain??

    Deep snow and hills at Albion getting to you? tsk, tsk

    You really need a different hobby in the winter.....oh, I don't know......say nordic skate skiing. The Chico boys do it, so it must be good for you!
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    pshhhh ski's and snowshows. Wheels are still working just fine. I still plan on going back on Fri. Hopefully the mysterious ghost rider will have started packing down the new snow.

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    this friday 930...?
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    At this point, I'll do just about anything to not ride the trainer. Which "trailhead" do you guys park at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    At this point, I'll do just about anything to not ride the trainer. Which "trailhead" do you guys park at?
    Tom says:
    We parked on the 3rd parking lot (if you are going north) off of 6th line. Not the main Hilton parking lot.


    BUT, to avoid confusion we could meet at the tim whortons 1 blk north of the 401 on hwy 25...at say 915?
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    That sounds like something of a plan, or at least as close to one as I've had in a while. Now I have to see if I can drag Neil away from his Friday night beers...

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    BUT, to avoid confusion we could meet at the tim whortons 1 blk north of the 401 on hwy 25...at say 915?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    Now I have to see if I can drag Neil away from his Friday night beers...
    ohhh.
    i thought you were coming alone...

    does this make me look fat?
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    Well, I am coming alone - Neil has other commitments...whatever.

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    ohhh.
    i thought you were coming alone...

    does this make me look fat?
    Nice slimming effect!!

    Not familiar with Dissolvene - does it have insulating properties as well or is purely cosmetic? The bit about "no unusual exercise" is ummmm....interesting.
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    Nice pics, is that Hilton Falls frozen over?
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    oh stop with that rubbish...

    lack of riding is obviously affecting your judgement. i hope it is not your celebrity status that makes you sound like drunk or drugged...

    it must be tough now that there are no tuesday night races or 24 hour races that you used to abuse fellow riders, admittedly mostly underaged.

    tapsa is better than nothing, i guess, and if it is a treesome - it is party time...

    having said all that, i have to come out one of these fridays and join you and other losers who got no life but resort to riding in the dark on friday night...


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    ohhh.
    i thought you were coming alone...

    does this make me look fat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    i hope it is not your celebrity status that makes you sound like drunk or drugged...
    ...i have to come out one of these fridays and join you and other losers who got no life but resort to riding in the dark on friday night...
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    Forecast looks good - 21:15 rendezvous at Timmie Ho's tonight?

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    BUT, to avoid confusion we could meet at the tim whortons 1 blk north of the 401 on hwy 25...at say 915?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    Forecast looks good - 21:15 rendezvous at Timmie Ho's tonight?
    it will be a small but dedicated group...prolly only 3 or 4...better then drinking egg snog and eating deep fried candy canes.
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    I'm in. Too bad oogles and bits is so skeptical. Word is this is the funnest ride since Valley to Village.

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    I'd love to join you guys sometime as I've never ridden at Hilton Falls, and I do love winter riding. Too bad it's over an hour drive for me to get there... is it worth it? How long do you folk usually ride on the fridays?

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    Keep your eyes peeled for me.

    Hey Y'all,
    There's a good chance I will be there.
    If ya don't mind that is?

    I am just going out to the shed to put on my "out of shape" gears. And make sure all else is in working order. As I haven't been logging very miles since october.
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    If ya don't see me by 9:15 then have a good "Winter Solstice" ride.

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    Hey all,

    has anyone been there as of late? (last two days)

    We're thinking of heading up from Hamilton to ride the agreement forest tomorrow AM at the Mohawk Raceway entrance. Any up to date conditions would be appreciated!

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    Hope to see you there mcgyver!

    I will probably ride Hilton tomorrow morning too (providing it is decent tonight).

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    Hey All,
    If you are going to Hilton Falls today, you had better bring your single speed.
    The single speeders ruled tonight.
    No need for squishyness either.

    There hasn't been much traffic in there so it was a pretty good work out.
    My technical abilities were put to the test. We were pretty much riding a 12-16 inch skinny single track where ever we went. Most of the good trails in ther haven't seen enough traffic to ride.
    I was once again impessed by Hilton falls.
    Forsure, the best trail conditions in Ontario right now.

    So much more of a challenge than siting on a trainer.

    I wouldn't say winter riding at it's best.
    But as good as you are gonna get after the last snow fall we had.

    I am thinking that after this weekend the trail conditions will be even better.
    If the temp goes above freezing then riding Hilton Falls would be even harder.

    I don't think Tapsa would agree with my assesment of the great ride we had.
    But at least I had fun. Err should I say, more fun than I would have had holding my couch down.
    I wouldn't tell anyone to not go for a ride at Hilton Falls.
    But I would say if you are bound and deterimned to ride today than give it a shot.

    Next time will be even better that's forsure.

    Thanks for the ride to Nogearshere and Nspace.
    And I hope you get the chance to ride more trails next time Tapsa. Good to meet you.

    Good luck and have a good ride to anyone planning on making the trek to Hilton falls.
    Just remember if you are not having fun it's your own fault. It could be worse. You could be stuck at work or out battling with the lazy folk and fellow procrastinators for last minute gifts.
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    As much as I got own3d by the trail, it still beat the crap out of my other two options for the evening: sit on the sofa and watch TV or ride the trainer and watch TV. If the weather co-operates at all, I'm going to return to the scene of my demise in the next few days and put up more of a fight. Maybe I'll try a different bike, maybe I'll dip into the HGH, time will tell.

    The Hilton Falls/Agreement Forest trails are the best riding you're going to find this time of the year. Everybody get out and ride at least one day a week, the woods sure make for a nicer surrounding than your basement.
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    Well nothing but rain/melt/crap...
    sounds like Hilton tonight, I'll wear galoshes and double diaper drawers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    Well nothing but rain/melt/crap...
    sounds like Hilton tonight, I'll wear galoshes and double diaper drawers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I like the new avatar.
    it felt appropriate...

    but not so much any more.
    hilton is perfect...well not that they improved trail markings or paved out those dern rocks for meister...but perfect for january n'schite.

    there was a weee bit (understated for effect) of flooding on the western side but completely avoidable, the singletrack and double track is dry and smashing. no trail damage happening there...and with the freeze coming back it should stay that way.
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    bigwheelboy sprawled out on the rocks on our way to five bridges. coniditions were indeed great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    ...on our way to five bridges...
    considering the ride WAS chasing the elusive cinco puentes...

    kermit bike was there too, nicest beater bike i've ever seen.
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    I was just there this last weekend. Great riding but u have to be careful. The fireroads are all ice, the st is great aside from being a little wet. Some of the rocks had some ice on it but thats all. If you do the fireroads you'll have a hard time, go to the single track.
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    I usually park in the par. For $4 ..... who cares, plus the money goes to the park. There is another entrance right off the main highway right by rama.
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    sunday we managed a guided tour in excess of 3hrs. sure our sherpa rode a squishy cheater but to our surprise he rode it well...

    aside from one or two low zones there was nothing unrideable, even cleaner then friday...see y'all tuesday.
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    Tuesday?

    what is happening on Tuesday? races started at Albion? cant be...

    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    sunday we managed a guided tour in excess of 3hrs. sure our sherpa rode a squishy cheater but to our surprise he rode it well...

    aside from one or two low zones there was nothing unrideable, even cleaner then friday...see y'all tuesday.

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