After years of wanting to get up to the Muskoka area to ride I finally did it today. I had the day off from work and was inspired by some of BlackCanoeDog's wonderful photos. I made the 3 1/2 hour trip this morning driving through some rain storms that I hoped would not ruin my ride and arrived at Buckwallow about 11:30 am. The skies were overcast but the rain had stopped before I got there. As I pulled into the parking lot I was greeted by a young fellow handing out trail passes, I also got a map and some area info, being a noob to Buckwallow and all, and set out onto the trails.
Conditions were good, the sandy soil had soaked up all the rain but the roots and rocks were a little slick. The trails are excellent and I only had trouble with a few spots on the 5 "hoof" sections of trail.
Into the trails!
I happened to notice that alot of the rock in this area has what looks like quartz veins running through it, really neat.
After my fill at Buckwallow I decided that a visit to Torrance Barrens was in order. I can't even begin to describe this place, its so huge and open with rock everywhere. No pictures I've seen have done the area justice, you have to see it yourself to really experience it.
I'm not sure why it took me many years to finally get up here and ride but you can bet that I'll be back again soon to see more of the area by bike.
Curious what folks think about Torrance Barrens and how kid friendly it might be ... my guys (5&6) do well riding rocks elsewhere just don't go for long (5k max) or handle big hills well. I've been wanting to get there for a while (checking out BCD and other's pictures has helped) and it looks like going with the kids is the most likey route. We have a blast riding the rocks at Killbear every year, this looks like a more complete trail system on a similar landscape but grander scale.
West D-Nile is tough so be sure to be scanning for places to "West Coast Bail" just to be on the safe side.
It's one of those trails in which confidence plays as much or even more of a role than skill.
My version of the west coast bail is to push down hard on the handle bars as you start to go over, do the splits and vault to a standup landing. Saved me once from going for a swim in October on the Cornell Lake trail
Ratch...real happy to see you finally got here