t goes without
saying that Algonquin is best know for its canoe tripping but
scads of campers, hikers, backpackers, and cross country skiers
will let you know that the park has a lot more to offer than that.
Unfortunately, cyclists are often overlooked in the discussion
but they shouldn't be. The Minnising Trail is a great cross country
ride with a set of loops that let you choose what you can handle
today. The trail is just off the park's main corridor, so access
is not a problem. There is parking at the trailhead. You'll also
find another short mountain bike trail in Algonquin South. In
addition the park's rail trail is a great ride for the whole family
and is accessible from several of the parks corridor campgrounds.
Outside the parks' eastern entrance you'll find some of Ontario's
finest mountain bike areas in Muskoka, Simcoe and the Grey-Bruce
region. And south of the park is the well know Haliburton Forest.
The trail is set aside for mountain biking in the park, with varied
terrain ranging from sandy flats to rolling hills. The trail consists
of four overlapping loops with distances of 4.7km, 10.1km, 17.1km and
23.4.km. The longest loop will take you north of Canisbay Lake, around
Linda Lake and back around the west side of Polly Lake. In the winter
the trail is used for cross country skiing. The trail is in the southern
sector off of Hwy 60 and very easily accessible.
Mountain Bike Trail - Intermediate, Linear, 13km Return
The trail is locate
in Algonquin south and can be reached from the Kingscote Access Point
from Highway 648. There are some climbs and steep descents but the highlight
is the side trail which takes you to the Gut Rapids canyon on the York
(The Old Railway Bike Trail) - Beginner, Linear, 10km
This is an old rail line which has been converted to a bike trail. It
runs between the Mew Lake and Rock Lake campgrounds, a distance of 10km
and passes by Kearney, Coon and Pog Lakes where you'll find access points..
on outdoor guiding, instruction or bike rentals, for the park have a
look at our Guides and Outfitters