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    Riding suggestions please

    I am fortunate enough to be spending next week at a cottage of a family friend in Lake Of Bays. I am looking forward to long days riding Buckwallow and Porcupine Ridge as I haven't been to either yet this year. (Have been pouring over the recent thread about the Porc for trail suggestions and map )

    Are there any other don't-miss locations in the area? How about the Torrance Barrens? I've heard of it but never been. Are there maps available? Where is the trailhead? Any good options for a night ride while I'm vacationing?
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    I wouldn't classify it as a must ride, but down hwy 35, between Dorset and Carnarvon is the Frost Center. There are a XC Ski trails that you can MTB on in the summer (double as hiking trails, but not really maintained). I've ridden there a few times, it's a place to ride. I wouldn't classify it as a waste of time, but I wouldn't say it's an MTB destination.

    Mixed reviews, and I've never ridden there, but Haliburton forest is a place to look at.

    Edit: If you head to the frost Center, just park at the Western Side of the road. The trails are well marked (from what I recall), and easily looped. Climb from the parking lot, but relatively flat from there.

    http://www.skithefrost.ca/trails-map-2008.html
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    Maybe the Cornall Lake trail in Gravenhurst. We call it the rocks in Gravenhurst after you ride it you will know why
    BlackCanoeDog has posted some video of it I think.
    Buck of course
    Santas Village is sorta special maybe not for SS or carbon but I'm sure both have visited.
    I have done the Torrance Barrens but I think of it as more than just a bike trail I have gone there on foot as well and it's always worth while you get to it via Southwood road.

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    Buckwallow, I'd spend a full day or two...
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    BRMC north of Bracebridge...

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    Hahne Farm to Cornell Lake in Gravenhurst, or The Rocks as per Near North...
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    Torrance Barrens off Southwood Rd...
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    There are others, but these are best option for you. Acces videos and more pics via my signature. May require bug spray for deer flies for Barrens and Cornall Lake.. but I think they are dying off now, you might just be OK next week. Cornall Lake might be difficult to find and keep to trail without a guide?
    There is also a very good ride report for Pocupine Ridge in Bracebridge posted recentlyby Raganwald.
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    Update...

    I did Cornell Lake as my morning ride today and the deer flies were horrendous!! Started out being not too bad so kept going on with thoughts of a swim at the end. But once I got to the point on Cornell Lake I had hundreds of deer flies hitting on me They are really lovin this hot dry summer we are having and will no doubt be around until end of August if this weather holds. So I suggest you stay away from there and also Torrance Barrens which is similar terrain. Keep to trails that have a tree canopy, such as Buckwallow and BRMC.
    I did squeeze off a few shots at the lake despite the bugs...




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    Beautiful bike.

    Very jealous .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    I had hundreds of deer flies hitting on me They are really lovin this hot dry summer we are having and will no doubt be around until end of August if this weather holds. So I suggest you stay away from there and also Torrance Barrens which is similar terrain
    I'll second that, rode the Barrens on Monday - deer flies were all over us once we stopped. Little buggers...were still all over me once exiting the Barrens, stuck with me on Southwood, managed to drop them at just under 40km/h - I swear they were tucking in and drafting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy View Post
    I'll second that, rode the Barrens on Monday - deer flies were all over us once we stopped. Little buggers...were still all over me once exiting the Barrens, stuck with me on Southwood, managed to drop them at just under 40km/h - I swear they were tucking in and drafting.
    LOL...exactly, black flies & mosquitos you can at least outride. I had same problem coming back out but nowhere to get speed up
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGuillicuddy View Post
    Beautiful bike.

    Very jealous .
    Thanks! have had it a few weeks now Did learn today though that Mountain King tires (the OEM ones anyway) when wet have almost no traction on rock kinda surprising!! Both front and rear slid out from under me a few times this morning where I wouldn't expect and almost went down! Yet when they are dry they are very good! One more shot from home...
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    I'm kinda bummed to hear about the deer flies as I've always been curious about Torrance Barrens. Perhaps I can persuade the bf to make a road trip up there in the fall.....
    I've been to Buckwallow a couple of times and loved it. Tried to ride Porcupine Ridge but had 'second day' legs and was still a little tentative after a pretty big crash the week prior, so I'm looking forward to having a good go at it this time. If these are the only places the bugs will allow us to ride, we're still in for a treat! There's some great riding ahead for me!

    What and where is BRMC? Maps?

    Thanks to all for the input, everyone! You guys are swell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetfilly7 View Post
    I'm kinda bummed to hear about the deer flies as I've always been curious about Torrance Barrens. Perhaps I can persuade the bf to make a road trip up there in the fall.....
    I've been to Buckwallow a couple of times and loved it. Tried to ride Porcupine Ridge but had 'second day' legs and was still a little tentative after a pretty big crash the week prior, so I'm looking forward to having a good go at it this time. If these are the only places the bugs will allow us to ride, we're still in for a treat! There's some great riding ahead for me!

    What and where is BRMC? Maps?

    Thanks to all for the input, everyone! You guys are swell!
    BRMC = Bracebridge Resources Management Centre and is just north of Bracebridge off Hwy 11 and beside the north branch of the Muskoka River. Not technical at all but very scenic especially the outside loop #4 which is mostly very flowing single track parallel to the river. There is about 17~18K of riding in there total some of which is fireroad. Personally I would ride the outside loop which is 7~8K clockwise, then turnaround and ride same loop counter clockwise. If I had time and inclination I would explore some of the inner loops but these are primarily double track/fireroad. Map at each trail junction btw.

    You should plan to come back weekend of Sep 30th for the Muskoka Bicycle Festival if you are into that sort of thing...
    http://thebikeshopingravenhurst.com/festival

    or any other weekend in Sep / Oct. Pick nice weather and I will happily tour you through this favourite of mine at ~40Kplus...
    Old Stone Rd to the Barrens and return. Or in one word...Heaven!!

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    Buckwallow is so awesome. Those picks make me want to drive up there this weekend. Inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenAnimator View Post
    Buckwallow is so awesome. Those picks make me want to drive up there this weekend. Inspiration!
    It is so!! RideGuide crew arrives tonight and is doing a shoot at Buckwallow
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetfilly7 View Post
    What and where is BRMC? Maps?
    BRMC is about 7 km north of the Taylor Road exit in Bracebridge. BRMC location map

    There are trail maps through out the area as BlackCanoeDog has mentioned.
    If you follow trail 4 there, and its a hot day, watch along the river in section 4b (BlackCanoeDog can correct me if the section number is wrong), there is a flat rock area that makes for a great swimming location to cool off. BCD told me about this spot, and twice after rides at Buckwallow, my fiance and I drove a few minutes north to BRMC to have a picnic and a cool down swim.

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    Thanks for all the tips and links, you've been a great help! We're packing the car now. This is going to be fuuuuuun week!
    I love riding my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetfilly7 View Post
    Thanks for all the tips and links, you've been a great help! We're packing the car now. This is going to be fuuuuuun week!
    I would gladly join you for some rides but next week I am back at work after 3 weeks vacation, most of which was spent on Muskoka trails and waters. Weather has been absolutely fabulous and looks likely to continue to be so. Enjoy
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    "It is so!! RideGuide crew arrives tonight and is doing a shoot at Buckwallow"


    They'll likely not do it as well as you do B.
    Other than maybe do some shots on the Weasel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Near north View Post
    "It is so!! RideGuide crew arrives tonight and is doing a shoot at Buckwallow"


    They'll likely not do it as well as you do B.
    Other than maybe do some shots on the Weasel
    That Weasel Trail is aptly named! I weasel out of riding it every time
    They will have shot much better than me I hope!! Was talking to young Justin C. today and he said it all went well. I have watched a number of Ride Guide episodes on their web site, particularily Vancouver Island and Newfoundland because I have been to both. I think they do a pretty good job showing the riding scene in each area. The Newfie Episodes really surprised me because they came up with some great looking rides around St John's and nearby areas but when we were there we could find very little riding even after inquiring at the LBS's!!
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