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  1. hardman

    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I'm thinking about doing a coastal ride from Owen Sound through to Wiarton and up to Cabot Trail Head.

    I would be riding along the Georgian Bay side on the way up as it seams like a scenic ride.

    I'm wondering are there any trails to ride up north of Wiarton?
    Has anyone ever ridden this route and have any advice?

    Thanks
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    There is a good trail that starts from the dead end at Huron rd. And runs north up to Bell dr(at pikes bay). Lots of side trails also.
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    That looks like a good run, but I cannot see any trails on Google Maps. Do you have a GPS track or is it not needed?
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    Not needed - just start from either end. Can't see it from google maps as it's all bush/foliage covered.
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    That's what I figured. Thanks for the info!
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    North of Miller lake there are a few snowmobile trails that I have explored in the past. If you look closely on Google satellite maps you can see them on either side of 6. I think I accessed 1 from Cameron lake rd & rode it til Little Cove rd. (people visiting Little Cove looked at me kinda funny when I popped out of the bush on my TXC into the parking area. I was dressed in full battle gear :D .) There is also a 'T' in there that you can take and follow across 6 to Belrose Rd. These trails are kinda rough in spots and may have standing water with logs hidden in the water holes. Be safe. The cottagers sometimes use these trails on their quads in the summertime.

    Don't go in the Reserve on the south side of Emmett lake rd.
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    When are you going, Hardy? I'd like to take another look at the area.

    Bob
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    I'd be interested in this ride too. I know the area Eric mentioned above.
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    theres a good road down (dirt) the escarpment from Skinners Bluff which is a great lookout over Georgian Bay, although you have to hike down the Bruce trail a bit to get to the actual cliff. Worth the hike though. I would like to get in on that ride too but not sure I can get away. Dan
  10. hardman

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    I was kind of thinking the next long weekend and spending a few days there. I would be heading up along the George Bay side from Owen Sound into Wiarton and then along the coast to Cabot Head. Any trails along the way could be explored, but there's nothing written in stone here so if your interested let me know.

    Thanks

    PS: I'm riding up to Huntsville tomorrow so I may be out of touch for a few days. Visiting the inlaws and riding back in Algonquin crown land.

    Have a great Canada Day weekend everyone! :D =D> =D>
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    Hey Hardy. I'd be interested in this for sure. Bit of a stressful summer for me planning wise so hard to plan long term but I'll keep on eye on this post.
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    I had a fabulous weekend up in Huntsville! I rode up all back roads with great scenery and never touched Hwy #11 once. There's was even a 20 km snowmobile trail my ride took me through which came out in the small town of Baysville and to my pleasant surprise there is a small micro brewery there. No doubt I had to quench my thirst and they even had free BBQ beef and pulled pork to boot! :D =D>

    Spent most of Sunday in the crown land area from Huntsville north up into the Kearny area (its actually Rain Lake Rd which ends 40K form Kearny into Algonquin Park). The trail consist of a mix of logging roads and ATV trails. There is one section of ATV trail which takes you down deep into a valley and than back up. The route up is ok until you reach one section about 20 to 30 feet, it's steep and rutted like a stair case. For the first time I was a little nervous being on my own as I had to really battle to get the Sherpa up that small section. After that it was smooth sailing with lots of lakes and rivers.

    Here is a link to some photos I have taken over the weekend (there's a few from May 24 as well) https://picasaweb.google.com/1084257831 ... directlink

    Anyhow I've been sort of thinking, this would be a great little trip if any of you are interested? Huntsville has lots of accommodation for motels and food. There are trails everywhere in the area and after spending a number of years up there (my in-laws live there), I've gotten to know many of them.

    If your interested, than perhaps we could organize something here on a long weekend?
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    I am going to be spending some time in the south hampton and Lions Head areas so I too would love some trail ideas.
    also I might be interested in the Muskoka ride let me know when you start planing it.
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    Hey Guys,

    I'm familiar with the area and must warn you. It's very tricky to find legal trails in the area north of Ferndale. With the tip of the bruce being a world bio-reserve, home to two national parks, migratory bird research stations, Native reserves, and several provincial nature preserves, combined with land owners who are very protective of their land... it's difficult to find trails to ride. They are there but you have to pay very close attention to where you are and what type of land you're on.

    I have tried a number of the snowmobile trails, all of the ones I've been on so far this year have been clearly marked as no trespassing. There are clear signs of recent ATV use, but I don't know who is using them.

    There are some fantastic roads too. If you are landing at Cabot Head (a favourite spot) I recommend taking the Ismuth bay/ 40 hills/east road road combo north out of Lions Head to the Dyers bay road. Some amazing views of Ismuth bay just north of Lion's Head and the farmland more inland along the route.

    Actually, Bruce road 9 from Colpoy's Bay to Lion's Head is a great alternative to Hwy 6 now that I think about it.

    Interesting fact; the intersection of the East road and Dyers bay road (at Brinkman's Corner) is the exact half way point from the equator to the north pole.
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    Ok thanks for the advice
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    Yes thanks for your advice.

    My in laws use to keep their sail boat in Wiarton and they told me that there's been lots of trouble when people stumble or ride into the native reserves up there.

    I guess maybe its just best to stick to the back roads up in that area.
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    I've heard that too, I haven't stumbled onto a reserve yet, but a couple of years ago I popped out in the middle of a migratory bird research station. Was thinking to myself that it was odd there were nets strung through the trees. I was putting everything together in my head when the park ranger came over to say hi.

    He was pretty reasonable honestly, but he asked I not make the same mistake again.

    The trouble is nothing is marked on the smaller side trails or old logging roads and you can find yourself in a spot you shouldn't be pretty quickly. Are you guys riding with GPS? That could solve some of the navigation risk if you know where you are.

    I'm not trying to discourage anyone from exploring, more of a warning. And it's only north of Lions Head/Ferndale that you really start to see the parks and nature preserves.