Love walking or running off the beaten path, but afraid you might get lost? At Hardwood Ski and Bike, enjoy our picturesque forest, well-marked trail system, and peace of mind. Be prepared for a fantastic workout! With over 80km of combined single track and double track trails featuring an up and down vertical, your terrain options are endless!
We ask that you please yield to mountain bikers. It is easier to step aside on foot than it is to with a mountain bike. It is important that you stay alert and listen for mountain bikers, as it is harder for them to hear you. Since the trails are one way and have a few blind spots, it is highly recommended that you do not have your headphones on the highest volume. We also recommend wearing brighter colours, so any riders can spot you and know to slow down.
Dogs are not allowed on the trail. We’d like to think everyone would scoop their dogs poop, but unfortunately that’s not the case. If you could imagine being on a mountain bike and running over a stinker, it will not only spray up in your face (gross!), but it would more than likely get caked in the grooves of your tires (awesome! Not.). So please make other arrangements for your pets.
TRAIL WALKING & RUNNING TIPS
1) Be Safe – Bring water, cell phone, and pay attention to where you are in case you fall. Which brings us to number 2.
4) Invest in Trail Shoes – Although a hiking boot supports the ankle, it has a thick sole, which can increase your chances of rolling an ankle (not fun). We suggest you invest in a trail shoe, which specifically has a lower profile (lower to the ground) than the average running shoe, and has better traction for use on the trails.
2) Watch Your Footing – Tree roots and fallen branches can pop up out of nowhere, so although you want to enjoy the natural setting, be careful you don’t trip and fall.
5) Go slow – When starting out, it is better to go slow. The terrain takes some time getting used to, especially for road runners. Use your arms for balance and even consider using trekking poles to help with stabilization. Just like any new exercise or activity, you will get stronger and faster overtime, so don’t be discouraged. Slow and steady wins the race.
3) Know the Rules – There’s only two: a) Yield for mountain bikers, and b) No dogs allowed.
Things to do
Hardwood Ski and Bike has over 80 km of beautiful, rolling trails through hardwood and pine forests for mountain biking.
Due to construction of the new Pan Am mountain bike course, we will not have all 18 holes open this season.