I hadn't been out to Guelph Lake in quite a while so I decided to take advantage of my day and head up there. I started in the park in town and rode the community pathway out to the GORBA trails. Guelph Lake is home to some nice rolling trails through mostly pine forest. Trails like South Park, Mad Hater, Devil's Backbone, and Child's Play are all classic pine forest riding. Jurassic Park, Firefly, Upper Jurassic, and Dragon's Tongue are some tougher trails rolling up and down from the lake shore area. I did notice that the signage was in poor shape. The trails use to have excellent signs and maps but in the few years its been since I've ridden here they have degraded badly. For an out-of-towner like me, it was frustrating as I've only ridden here about 5 times over the last decade and need a reminder as to what is what.
After coming out of Beach Cruiser, you are greeted with excellent views of the lake. Beyond this there are some unofficial trails along the shore line near Highway 24. These trails can get pretty rough and tricky near the shoreline. Stay on your toes.
Heading back to the main trails I usually link up Firefly, Devil's Backbone and Link. Head into the tougher stuff on the south edge of the river (north most trails) for some serious rock crawling. The forest is so dense in here that it stays damp and dark all the time. You can almost catch a chill, even on a day like today with 36 degree plus humidity. Make no mistake, these trails are rocky.
After playing in the GORBA trails for a few hours I headed back out the community pathway to the park where I started. There are some singletrack trails coming off this pathway, these trails have some super tech challenges with alot of gnar tossed in. Roots, rocks, and more roots abound here.
Not a bad way to spend a few hours on a bicycle. Guelph Lake has everything from beginner singletrack, to the gnarly stuff that you might feel safer wearing armour for. Thanks GORBA for making an awesome trail system!
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.