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  1. hardman

    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I'm planning a ride in October up the Old Nipissing Rd from Hwy 518 up to Hwy 522 and than across to Lost Channel down along a Forest Access road over to Hwy 69. From here I'll travel south to Sandy Road.

    According to Backroad Mapbooks, Sandy Road takes you from Hwy 69 all the way over to Ardbeg. My Garmin map does not show this route (as expected) but when I look it up on Google Earth, it also does not seem to exist. :?

    Has anyone ever taken this route or know if it actually does exist? If so is this a logging road or rough atv trail?

    thanks
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    I've done Ardberg, via Bunny Trail but I can't find Sandy Rd on my maps. What's it's coords at Hwy 69 end.
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    At Hwy 69 the cords are 45°33'1.98"N, 80°17'11.32"W

    According to Backroad Mapbook, Sand Rd runs off Dumont Rd from Hwy 69. The information seems to be conflicting as Google Earth does not show Sand Rd.
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    MichaelSchorpp Ride Organizer

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    It is possible to ride from Ardbeg west to 69. There is a single lane dirt road from Ardbeg to Black Lake where the hydro lines crosses. From there it will be rough jeep or Atv trail until you reach the road which forks off Dumont rd. I did this years ago before I had a GPS.

    It's a great riding area, also popular with jeep clubs. There's even one club who haul modified jeeps from Sudbury to Black Lake. According to them it's the best spot in Ontario for rock crawling.
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    So it sounds like its a pretty rough ride through there with lots of rock climbing and water. I was talking to a buddy who hunted up there 2 years ago and they came in from Ardbeg with atvs to some lake. He mentioned there was tons of water to go through.

    I think its a good idea to leave this section for another time in late summer to explore.

    Thanks
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    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    I was there in late August with Alex (ARP). We rode up the powerline from hwy 124 then followed snowmobile trail west to Sandy Rd then on more snowmobile trail coming out on hwy 69 near Point au Baril Station. The snowmobile trail from the powerline over to Sandy Lk road was very rough and rocky in some spots. For the most part there little water or no water. On the way back we re-rode the same trail back to the powerline. There was one well used turn off that may be the actual 'road' that could have hooked up directly with the Wagon Tr/ Clear Lk Rd.

    The actual distance of the snowmobile trail between Sandy Lk Rd and the powerline is that great but it's definitely not a novice level trail.

    Brian
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Many thanks for the information.

    This is something I definitely would like to check out. I'm hoping there's still an opening in the weather before November hits for a few days of warm weather up that way, otherwise I'll have to leave this trip for next summer.

    Hardy
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    Lots of hunting up there, be very careful in the woods, wear a vest.