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    Willowdale?

    Hello!

    Looking to get some info on Willowdale; namely how trails are marked and some recommended routes. While there are many threads on Willowdale from ~5 years ago, I was hoping to get an update on how the riding was in there before I went. Thanks in advance!

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    Very flowy. Pretty different from all the more technical trails in the area. There is a perimeter loop that is relatively easy to put together. I don't think it is marked but you can, for the most part, follow the "path" of previous bikers. I went there for the first time 5 years ago and put the loop together without issue.

    Download and print the park map.
    Check Strava Heatmap.
    Read about it on NEMBA trails section.

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    There are also free map apps. They're similar to the Strava Heat Map. Most of the trails will show up plus you can track your ride and see where you are on the map. Below is an example of Willowdale from the app called Maprika. You can zoom in a lot more than this for more detail and see more trails. These apps may not work great though depending on your cell provider.

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    That is pretty awesome. Maprika doesn't have an Android app though. Know of any other good ones that you can see where you are on the map with the trails? I'd love to find one for Android.

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    I have it on my Galaxy S6. I think the App is labeled "GPS on ski map" in the Google Play Store.

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    OK. That came up when i put in Maprika. Thanks.

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    Alternative to Maprika for OSM on your phone are apps that have additional features (offline maps, tracking, etc.). Try Locus or OSMand.

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    You can't beat RIdeWithGPS
    Here's my route

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13040895


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    Quote Originally Posted by thecanoe View Post


    You can't beat RIdeWithGPS
    Here's my route

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13040895


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    I haven't used ridewithgps before or my Garmin edge1000 that much..I should be able to download this route to the garmin and just follow it correct?

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    That Maprika App is pretty awesome. Very different. I stopped mountain biking about 5 years ago and recently picked it back up. I am very glad to see that smart phones are now a good tool for biking in the woods. As someone that likes to bike alone whenever and wherever my schedule allows, these tools are great. Maprika and Strava Heatmap are great.

    I now don't have to get in arguments on forums about people not sharing info.

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    Dont forget to warm up across the street at Bradley Palmer. One of my favorite singletracks near trail marker #17 (on Strava as Skullface)

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    Quote Originally Posted by idbrian View Post
    That Maprika App is pretty awesome. Very different. I stopped mountain biking about 5 years ago and recently picked it back up. I am very glad to see that smart phones are now a good tool for biking in the woods. As someone that likes to bike alone whenever and wherever my schedule allows, these tools are great. Maprika and Strava Heatmap are great.

    I now don't have to get in arguments on forums about people not sharing info.
    Phones with Verizon seem to do OK in the woods. Not so much with other networks though.

    I never understood the whole "I'm not sharing info on trails in public areas" attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badsneakers View Post
    I haven't used ridewithgps before or my Garmin edge1000 that much..I should be able to download this route to the garmin and just follow it correct?
    If you have a smartphone with the RWGPS app, you can download this route and follow it. Yes. Works great.


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