There are two new intermediate / advance trails at Guelph Lake. They were built on November 1, 7, and 14 at GOBRA trail build days. I attended all three. Anyway, here’s what the many fantastic volunteers managed at three trail build days!
Intended as a reroute of Mad Hatter’s muddy section near the Pine tunnel, a new trail was cut. It features rocks, boulders, and a tractor tire! Trail ranges from intermediate to advance.
- Entering from the trailhead (Victoria Road), there are now three options (Grand Trunk Trail, Mad Hatter, and Digger).
- The start of Digger features rock piles.
- Some small boulders on the trail.
- A larger boulder. It’s ramped on the other side.
- A tractor tire followed by a boulder. It is asking to be ridden over or at least attempted to be ridden over.
- At the opposite end, approaching on Mad Hatter from the pine tunnel, the Digger entrance is on the left.
The West Nile trail has been extended all the way to Roy’s Ridge. Currently known as East Nile, it is divided into two parts. An advanced rocky section with off-camber sections, and an intermediate section with fun features. The two parts merge at multiple points to allow alternate paths.
- Approaching from the trail head (Victoria Road), East Nile entrance is near the end of West Nile where it merges onto Grand Trunk Trail.
- Entrance features a long rock pile on the advance section.
- Further up on the intermediate section is a Whoop-De-Do.
- A rock pile, another of many new features.
Roy’s Ridge 1 and 2 have been around for some time; though, they remain relatively unknown. Entrance was off of Homestead and easily missed as it was at the apex of a sharp turn. Nonetheless, East Nile now connects directly to Roy’s Ridge. Access from Homestead has also been moved to reflect this.
- The entrance to Roy’s Ridge features a rocky trail.
- More rocky trails before the split to Roy’s Ridge 1 and 2.
- Roy’s Ridge 1 is tough.
- Roy’s Ridge 2 is even tougher!
Homestead Access to Roy’s Ridge
The southwest access to Roy’s Ridge has been moved. When approaching from the west entrance to Homestead, access is on the right after the double rock pile.
One modification was made to Rollercoaster. There are now five berms at the northern section on the descent. In addition, access onto Grand Trunk Trail has been moved further down to improve the merging of the two trails.