By: Kent Lester
Just returned from a great day’s riding in Haliburton and Muskoka. Left Minden Monday AM and, although really cold (-18C) had great riding conditions up the lakes all the way to Happy Wanderers in Baysville.
Haliburton trails are generally good with decent snow cover but the base is really limited and there are a few places you’ll be scratching through to the dirt. Not much moisture in that white stuff!
Most trails are groomed in the county and the rail line from Fenelon Falls to Haliburton is being groomed regularly. The Peterson North deserves a long look this year. Last August’s tornado has really changed the look of the landscape. Unbelievable carnage but the snow is good!
We took Happy Wanderer’s MSR trails up to Hill & Gully in Port Sydney and those trails are excellent. The grooming (as always) is good and there’s lots of snow all the way across to Dorset.
Algonquin trails are good to fair and grooming is going on there. I hope there was a bit more snow since then because these areas are all getting a ton of traffic. Yup, winter has arrived.
Saw lots of snowmobiles during the 170 mile trip and rode a combo of lakes and trails. Because of the recent deep freeze, there’s plenty of ice on the small and medium sized lakes but keep your eyes open and only go where you know the area. Had a great ride and can’t wait to get up there again.
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