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  1. MichaelSchorpp

    MichaelSchorpp Ride Organizer

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    Re: Simcoe County-staging areas

    I'll be trailering up the 400 to ride SCF this afternoon/evening. I'm not too familiar with the area. Where is the best spot to park and unload? I would prefer not to drive as far as the Orr lake staging area.
  2. dean.f

    dean.f Limited User

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    I always use the hendrie staging area off of nursery rd. Its a bit hard to spot with the trees all grown in but there are OFTR. Arrows on the pole at the entrance. Its toward the north end of the tract you can see it on google.
  3. Faze Man

    Faze Man Limited User

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    Is there any updated/revised maps of what we can ride in SC. I don't want to find out the hard way that some routes are no longer allowed to be used. I'm also hoping there is more routes added to the 2014 season.

    Do we have to have a SCORRA membership to ride Simcoe County trails or is the OFTR membership/sticker fine? Is there dates we can ride there or is open all year round for dirt bikes? Thanks

    Trenton (formally Faze)
    DR450S
  4. OrangeKoolaid

    OrangeKoolaid Ride Organizer

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    Your OFTR membership is fine to ride in the Simcoe County Forest, that being said the most up to date maps GPS stuff is on the SCORRA site under a members section.

    The main staging areas are marked and the trails arrowed, ribboned or relatively clear that you can ride there. We will be adding more single tract once the snow melts.

    The Midhurst Trail Ride in May is a fantastic way to see what SCF has to offer, blue plated event though...

    The forest is currently closed to offroad bikes right now, I suspect we will be a few weeks before the County Forester gives us the green light. Still plenty of snow in the forest up here.

    Hope that helps, if your coming this way once were hoping send me a PM I may be avail to act as tour guide.

    Don
    SCORRA VP
  5. DualSport

    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    Anyone able to confirm if the "OFTR Signage" project at SCF is now complete?

    It seems like many trails I used to ride may not have been "legal" even though they are in a Designated Tract. Last time I was in SCF there were still many trails that seemed to be well used that had no OFTR signs. From a comment above, it seems that most of the double-track in Hendrie is not approved - only the single-track.

    This would be so easy to resolve if the SCF Interactive Maps were accessible to all "legal SCF Riders", and not just SCORRA members. I find it strange that ONLY an OFTR Permit is Mandatory (and not SCORRA membership), but the OFTR members have no access to the Trail Maps. If it is not a requirement to be a SCORRA Member, why are the Trail Maps only on SCORRA's website?

    However, If all the tracts now are fully signed, then we don't really need the SCF Trail Maps.

    Bob
  6. MichaelSchorpp

    MichaelSchorpp Ride Organizer

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    I'd like to echo Bob's comments for more clarification. I have OFTR membership only and ride in Simcoe county once a year. Typically I'll ride abit of everything-single track, ATV, hydro line, fire roads. I want to stay legal.

    thx,
    Mike
  7. 3BeeJay3

    3BeeJay3 ODSC Past President

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    Some of the trails in SC are signed, but many aren't. I've been relying on my mental GPS to navigate them. Sometimes the signal is kinda wonky though.....

    I believe signage issue is partly to do with the county requirements with regards to what types of signage is permitted, how much signage can be in the forest and how it is mounted to trees etc....
  8. 2smoke

    2smoke Limited User

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    The county does not want us to put up many signs, so it's a bit problematic to sign all the trails. We're not sure we want to sign everything, anyway....since then the non-members (OFTR or otherwise) will have less reason to join.

    Regarding the SCORRA Trail Maps, membership has it's privileges! The decision was made by the SCORRA board to restrict the Trail Maps to SCORRA members only. The trail maps were implemented by a SCORRA volunteer (moi), specifically for SCORRA. It was not an OFTR project. The OFTR has a mapping committee, and I have offered to implement a similar Trail Map system at the OFTR level (customized for the OFTR of course), but have had very little feedback on that suggestion.

    You can join multiple clubs with your OFTR membership, so why not consider joining SCORRA? Access to the trail maps alone would be worth the few extra bucks to have a dual ODSC/SCORRA membership.

    ....Purple Beast (aka: Andrzej)
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