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    3 stage trail ?

    what kind of terrain make up 3 stage trail?

    is it rocky like Hilton bent rims?
    Is it rooty like ravenshoe?

    I saw only 3 videos about 3 stage trail on youtube.

    can someone tell me the terrain there? I want to ride this fall.

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    There are distinctly different areas up there. In general there's lots of clay so when things get wet it gets bad. You'll find fast flowy hardpack trails, super rocky trails, bombed-out clay badland-type trails, etc.

    Generally you'll find Mountain Bike trails: not too easy, not too tough, juuuuuust right The hardest part is putting together a nice loop and A) not getting lost, or B) not ending-up at the bottom and on the complete wrong side of the park!

    This pic is a typical tough section (click to embigen):




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    Is night ride allowed?
    What is the best route to get there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    Is night ride allowed?
    What is the best route to get there?

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    It's just a wilderness area, no facilities etc. Do whatever you want. Just keep in mind that cell signal can be weak or non-existent, it's easy to get lost and the place is HUGE. Oh, and wear bright colours in hunting season.

    This is the main trailhead, small parking area + room on the SW side of the road to park: https://goo.gl/maps/WxTcShXzE9x

    http://forums.mtbr.com/eastern-canad...a-1049000.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by VR6ix View Post
    It's just a wilderness area, no facilities etc. Do whatever you want. Just keep in mind that cell signal can be weak or non-existent, it's easy to get lost and the place is HUGE. Oh, and wear camo and your deer antler helmet in hunting season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    fifp (fixed it for Picard)
    Dooooood! You forgot the white tail! Of a... rabbit... or elk... or emu... lots of natural game up there to emulate

    This is probably high-time right now to hit any and all MTB trails in flat-land Onterrible

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    I'd you're not familiar with the area going there at night would be a bad idea because you are going to get lost. Probably a few times.

    If you don't get any offers of a personal tour, get a gps that you can load Routes from Trailforks onto for turn by turn intro's into new awesome trail networks.
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    who wants to come riding with the captain at 3 stage? I don't want to ride alone in the woods. I don't want to get molest by sasquatch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    who wants to come riding with the captain at 3 stage? I don't want to ride alone in the woods. I don't want to get molest by sasquatch.
    Sorry, I can't make it, but rest assured, my company of Sasquatches have an excellent understanding of consent.
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    oh come on guys.
    Is there any MTBR member brave enough to ride with the captain ?

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    what about the ladies? which lady would ride with the captain?
    I promise that I won't bite. the captain always honor his word

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    I am disappointed with 3 stage trail. I went for a ride yesterday. the trail was all muddy in swampy double tracks and single tracks.

    the place is one big hill. It was easy to ride down but it was painful to climb up. I had to walk my bike up. the trails were mostly easy. it is technical like ravenshoe or dagmar. the trail is mostly easy flow.

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    There is some pretty fun stuff in there once you learn the area.

    In terms of the geography people call it 3 stages because the top is basically flat (some will come just to ride that area) then there's the various downhill trails, and third is the flattish area at the bottom.

    It does absolutely suck when it's swampy, agreed %100.

    Try a trail like 3 Bitches going downhill (south east) before writing this place off.

    Also a trick I've learned for getting back to the top if you're completely bagged is to follow the double track marked on Trailforks as South Access Rd to Third Line to the roadway and back. Pretty easy riding. (or hike a bike up Elevator shaft. A bit intense but doesn't last too long)

    EDIT - any idea what trails you tried?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I am disappointed with 3 stage trail. I went for a ride yesterday. the trail was all muddy in swampy double tracks and single tracks.

    the place is one big hill. It was easy to ride down but it was painful to climb up. I had to walk my bike up. the trails were mostly easy. it is technical like ravenshoe or dagmar. the trail is mostly easy flow.
    lol, 3 stage is one of the bet places i have ridden....IF you know your way around.

    And even if you don't, it's still fun.

    Sounds like you need to HTFU
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    I tried blackdiamond trail. It was all downhill and I had to hike my bike up.
    I am not thrilled about 2 1/2 hrs drive there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    blackdiamond trail. It was all downhill and I had to hike my bike up.
    People are offering to assist you, and you respond with this particularly vague answer..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_o View Post
    People are offering to assist you, and you respond with this particularly vague answer..
    How can I be clear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I am disappointed with 3 stage trail. I went for a ride yesterday. the trail was all muddy in swampy double tracks and single tracks.

    the place is one big hill. It was easy to ride down but it was painful to climb up. I had to walk my bike up. the trails were mostly easy. it is technical like ravenshoe or dagmar. the trail is mostly easy flow.

    Hi Picard

    I have ridden there every September for the past 10 years. Yes, some of the trails really suck for mud and slippery tech rock with lots of hills. However, there are some real beauties in there too. They are hard to find, and even harder to connect together without hiking the bike. But they do exist once you know where they are, if you are not afraid of a few hills. Even today, I will hit an intersection of 4 choices and forget which one to take.

    Don't ride in there without a map, and a route plan...or else. Hopefully, you will give it a go again. Just don't listen to the locals as they make it sound so easy to find your way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    How can I be clear?

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    "blackdiamond trail" isn't saying much.

    Get a map as suggested, or use trailmaps. Do you have a gps you can download a suggested Route from trailmaps onto? No? Get one, or a friendly local if possible.
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    I have trailfork map. I end up riding downhill into the small pond

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    I'd be careful to not judge a place after one ride.

    Part of the fun of mountain biking is getting out there and just getting lost. You also won't "learn" to navigate by following someone; the best way to learn a forest and its trail to just get out, get lost and ride the trails. You'll figure how you like to link the trails together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I have trailfork map. I end up riding downhill into the small pond
    So tell us the name of the trails... oh and check-out the Routes that people have posted and maybe try following one of those next time.

    Sounds to me like you went and did everything that we said not to do and now you're complaining that your ride didn't match the hype. Don't try Kolapore either then lmao


    Quote Originally Posted by Canadmos View Post
    I'd be careful to not judge a place after one ride.

    Part of the fun of mountain biking is getting out there and just getting lost. You also won't "learn" to navigate by following someone; the best way to learn a forest and its trail to just get out, get lost and ride the trails. You'll figure how you like to link the trails together.
    True, BUT this place is a bitch with 5-way intersections and lack of signage and some consequences if you pick the wrong trail and descend to the other side - been there, done that! Sure was fun going downhill though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VR6ix View Post

    True, BUT this place is a bitch with 5-way intersections and lack of signage and some consequences if you pick the wrong trail and descend to the other side - been there, done that! Sure was fun going downhill though...
    You (usually) only make those types of mistakes once.

    That's how I learned to navigate Copeland Forest. Lots of mistakes, getting lost and riding trails in the wrong direction. Now I know them like the back of my hand.

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