The Torrance Barrens is in the District of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.
Popular with local hikers and mountain bikers, it is also known as
a Dark Sky Preserve for star gazing.
This was a 2.5 hr ride edited to aprox. 15 minutes.
Has anyone had any issues trying to watch this video?
I was able to watch the Cornell Lk video on my laptop. I've been able to download this 1, but when I click on the Play button, nothing happens. I guess I'll have to wait until I'm back up north (where my laptop is).
Can you get lost at Torrence? I've been told it is just one loop, but I see the odd branch in the trail while watching your video.
There are 3 loops. Main Loop, Barrens Extention Loop, and Pine Ridge Loop. Only place you could get lost is on the Pine Ridge Loop. This is because part of it runs along a sled trail between Gravenhurst and Bala (see pic in my album of bike leaning against sign post). You could miss the turn either end, but probably not get very far b4 noticing. In which case backtrack to find the split. But I do know a directionally challenged owner of a Muskoka LBS who rode half way to Gravenhurst before he clued in LOL!
Revrnd rode with us in the video and was riding with GPS. Maybe he will post our track on MotionBase.com and link it here.
Last edited by BlackCanoeDog; 05-26-2009 at 08:10 PM.
Here's a touched up version of my Torrance file. According to BCD the track marked Hike A Bike is exactly that & is better off avoided. Also, if you ride the Pine Ridge Loop clockwise, you don't have to carry your bike up a rocky stretch.
The attached file is for Garmin GPSrs, you can use GPSBabel to convert it to other formats.
For those of you that don't have a GPSr, & would like the screenshot of the previously posted GPS file., PM me your email address & I'll email it to you. I'd attach it to this post but it's large than the 97 kb zip file limit. It's a Word file that you can print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
Picard when we did the ride the other weekend we didn't double back on any of the trail other than the 2 dead end side trails.
I don't think you'd need a GPSr to ride the Barrens, but if I hadn't been w/ BCD & his wife I probably would've struggled in a couple of spots. The paint markings aren't exactly abundant & on some of the bare spots of rock it's hard to tell where the trail goes.
I don't think the custodians of the area want to many markings or signposts to intrude on the environment.