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Postby Strider » Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:35 pm

treadlightly wrote:We ended up doing Trail #36 to Trail #50 (west) and back for a total of 24K and LOVED IT! Trail #50 was great for us newbies, Trail #36 was pretty hilly but fun.


Good choice - #36 is one of my most favourite sections, it's not hilly though, it's rolling :)
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Postby treadlightly » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:00 am

On the weekend I ran 22K on the Stony Swamp Trails. This run is probably more like 20K if you don't get lost and have to backtrack.

I parked at P13 behind Bell High School and ran behind the baseball diamond until the end of the fence where the trail starts. Don't follow the gravel road, it just takes you to the hydro station. Ran Trail #28 to #27 to #26 in a clockwise direction (always heading left). The trail was well-marked here with numbers and was a mix of pine needles, rocks, roots and meadows and was beautiful. Followed the lime kiln trail to the ruins which were cool. The path here is gravel-covered. Past the ruins when you arrive at a right turn option with one of those educational signs that tells you nothing about where you are on the trail take the right turn. Otherwise the gravel road just takes you to Richmond Rd. I followed this trail to P6 but it isn't marked with numbers, just triangles. After hitting P6 I turned around and headed to P8 but got a little turned around in here too. When it was rooty it was really rooty. Once at P8 I took Trail #27 to #28 back to P13, again clockwise so I was running on a different loop than on the way out.

It was a varied trail and I'm so happy to have something like it close to home. It was more technical than I'm probably ready for and I cranked my ankle on the rocks a little bit. I would love to see more numbered trail signs. I had a great time and will head back whenever running in the Gats isn't an option. It would be great to hear about more trails on the Ottawa side too.
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Postby Marg » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:13 pm

treadlightly wrote:On the weekend I ran 22K on the Stony Swamp Trails. This run is probably more like 20K if you don't get lost and have to backtrack.

I parked at P13 behind Bell High School and ran behind the baseball diamond until the end of the fence where the trail starts. Don't follow the gravel road, it just takes you to the hydro station. Ran Trail #28 to #27 to #26 in a clockwise direction (always heading left). The trail was well-marked here with numbers and was a mix of pine needles, rocks, roots and meadows and was beautiful. Followed the lime kiln trail to the ruins which were cool. The path here is gravel-covered. Past the ruins when you arrive at a right turn option with one of those educational signs that tells you nothing about where you are on the trail take the right turn. Otherwise the gravel road just takes you to Richmond Rd. I followed this trail to P6 but it isn't marked with numbers, just triangles. After hitting P6 I turned around and headed to P8 but got a little turned around in here too. When it was rooty it was really rooty. Once at P8 I took Trail #27 to #28 back to P13, again clockwise so I was running on a different loop than on the way out.

It was a varied trail and I'm so happy to have something like it close to home. It was more technical than I'm probably ready for and I cranked my ankle on the rocks a little bit. I would love to see more numbered trail signs. I had a great time and will head back whenever running in the Gats isn't an option. It would be great to hear about more trails on the Ottawa side too.


I used to bike there a lot back in the day. Those are great trails.
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Postby Strider » Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:27 pm

Kim and I ran #24 and #25 from TCT up to Chipmunk Trail a few times last year. Haven't been back yet this year. Likely the same as #26/#27/#28 as far as technical and not really hilly. I should get out there and run them again - maybe Sunday.
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Postby orleansrunner1962 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:48 pm

So I would like to try my new trail shoes this weekend, but don't know where I can venture off safely on my own (read here safety for a woman running alone).... I was thinking of starting in the NCC trails in the east end (either Mer Bleue area or Leitrim road area).... does anyone know if 1) this is safe? and 2) I can bring my dog (on leash of course)....??
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Postby Strider » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:44 am

If I were to choose, I'd say trails #43 and #44 just off Davidson. A lot of people bird watch there and bring their kids for a hike in the woods. Trail #43 (across Davidson from P18) is a 2.5km semi-circle, so you can run it there-and-back for a nice easy 5km.

Running #50 & #51 from P20 on Anderson is also a really good option. I would say during the day they are pretty safe too. I run there at lunch sometimes and there are often women by themselves. Dogs are welcome on either of them.

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Postby mas_runner » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:46 pm

Headed up to Gatineau Park this weekend and did Skyline #6, #8/17 and #30. Conditions were great as it was somewhat frozen underfoot. For more details and pictures, head top my blog: http://mstocksley.blogspot.com/
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Postby Strider » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:08 am

mas_runner wrote:Headed up to Gatineau Park this weekend and did Skyline #6, #8/17 and #30. Conditions were great as it was somewhat frozen underfoot. For more details and pictures, head top my blog: http://mstocksley.blogspot.com/


Great report, was that your first time on those trails? that is one of my favourite loops.
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mas_runner wrote:Headed up to Gatineau Park this weekend and did Skyline #6, #8/17 and #30. Conditions were great as it was somewhat frozen underfoot. For more details and pictures, head top my blog: http://mstocksley.blogspot.com/


Great report, was that your first time on those trails? that is one of my favourite loops.


It was my first time on #6, you recommended it to me after I did #8/17 last time. It didn't disappoint, loads of ups and downs and changing terrains, the views from the right hand fork are amazing.
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Postby Strider » Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:04 am

I should probably head up there on Saturday if the snow holds off. I have a 3 hour run to do...of course that also depends on Friday night ;) - I have done my last 2 weekend runs on the RLT/NCC trails and even though they are not hilly they are technically tougher than the Gatineau Trails. (also because there is no hills to speak of, you don't get those nice walk breaks so you are hammering the whole time)

Nice thing about trail # 6 is that is totally different when you run it in the opposite direction. I usually run it first counter-clockwise and then when I get back to the fork turn around and run it clockwise. I think the loop is 3km so it is a great warm-up for long days.
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Postby mas_runner » Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:34 am

Strider wrote:I should probably head up there on Saturday if the snow holds off. I have a 3 hour run to do...of course that also depends on Friday night ;) - I have done my last 2 weekend runs on the RLT/NCC trails and even though they are not hilly they are technically tougher than the Gatineau Trails. (also because there is no hills to speak of, you don't get those nice walk breaks so you are hammering the whole time)

Nice thing about trail # 6 is that is totally different when you run it in the opposite direction. I usually run it first counter-clockwise and then when I get back to the fork turn around and run it clockwise. I think the loop is 3km so it is a great warm-up for long days.


Cool! I ran it counter-clockwise, I will do a double loop next time to see the difference.
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Postby mas_runner » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:10 am

I didn't mention it in my blog but there were 4 guys on mountain bikes on trail #17/8. I don't know why people cannot respect the rules up there but I didn't say anything (I was alone vs 4 guys and didn't like my chances if it turned nasty). However a lady with a dog gave them a piece of her mind right after they passed me.

They were finding it tough going and I actually ended up passing them. Then ran up #30 to Wattsford lookout to admire the view one last time and I saw them heading onto #8 (also a non-bike trail).
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Postby _Eric_ » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:21 am

mas_runner wrote:I didn't mention it in my blog but there were 4 guys on mountain bikes on trail #17/8. I don't know why people cannot respect the rules up there but I didn't say anything (I was alone vs 4 guys and didn't like my chances if it turned nasty). However a lady with a dog gave them a piece of her mind right after they passed me.

They were finding it tough going and I actually ended up passing them. Then ran up #30 to Wattsford lookout to admire the view one last time and I saw them heading onto #8 (also a non-bike trail).



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mas_runner wrote:I didn't mention it in my blog but there were 4 guys on mountain bikes on trail #17/8. I don't know why people cannot respect the rules up there but I didn't say anything (I was alone vs 4 guys and didn't like my chances if it turned nasty). However a lady with a dog gave them a piece of her mind right after they passed me.

They were finding it tough going and I actually ended up passing them. Then ran up #30 to Wattsford lookout to admire the view one last time and I saw them heading onto #8 (also a non-bike trail).



Do you really think the NCC banned MTBer's because of erosion? I think they are more worried of liabilities than ecological conservation...


I didn't really think about why they have hiking/running trails only and others that allow MTBs. All I knew was that they weren't supposed to be on there, but thinking about it now I would be inclined to agree with you, there are some parts of trail 17 that I would want no part of on a MTB.
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Postby dgrant » Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:10 pm

I don't know about Gatineau Park specifically, but in talking to various conservation area managers around Toronto I've been told that trail damage is indeed a huge issue with MTBers. The damage caused in even one month on some popular trails is remarkable. In fairness though, I find MTB organizations are really very good at contributing money and volunteer hours to trail maintenance. Way better than us trail runners.

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Postby bruyere » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:50 pm

dgrant wrote:I don't know about Gatineau Park specifically, but in talking to various conservation area managers around Toronto I've been told that trail damage is indeed a huge issue with MTBers. The damage caused in even one month on some popular trails is remarkable. In fairness though, I find MTB organizations are really very good at contributing money and volunteer hours to trail maintenance. Way better than us trail runners.

I know that's true here. The Mtb Associations do so much work on the trails. (Of course, at times, I hate a lot of the work they do, when I'm running, because those steep rock slides get slippery!) We trail runners have the odd volunteer requirement for races, or trail maintenance days, but from what I've seen - and maybe I do have limited exposure, who knows - what you say is true.
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Postby _Eric_ » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:51 pm

Well in my opinion, a park is for people to play in it and enjoy it, nature is not a 16th-century portrait!

I agree with you that it has an impact on the environment but seriously how bad is it?

EDIT: Just to make it clear, I'm no PIRATE. I bought my seasons pass at Camp Fortune and I only go on official trails.
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Postby mas_runner » Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:59 pm

_Eric_ wrote:Well in my opinion, a park is for people to play in it and enjoy it, nature is not a 16th-century portrait!

I agree with you that it has an impact on the environment but seriously how bad is it?


So if you frequented a park and used your MTB on an MTB only trail but came across say a bunch of people on ATVs and they said, "hey, it's a park, we're just enjoying ourselves"...would that be ok?

EDIT: just saw your edit. The point still stands, if the NCC are able to prolong the life of the trails by making rules about traffic, is whether we think there would be significant damage or not relevant?
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Postby Doonst » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:17 pm

Always an issue over here on the Bruce Trail. It was created for foot traffic with seperate priorities from cyclists. It attempts to go over the "prime route" which is close to cliffs and near precious plant life and geological formations. "Bicycles on the Bruce"
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Postby _Eric_ » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:28 pm

mas_runner wrote:
_Eric_ wrote:Well in my opinion, a park is for people to play in it and enjoy it, nature is not a 16th-century portrait!

I agree with you that it has an impact on the environment but seriously how bad is it?


So if you frequented a park and used your MTB on an MTB only trail but came across say a bunch of people on ATVs and they said, "hey, it's a park, we're just enjoying ourselves"...would that be ok?


Of course not, you need to talk to the NCC about that! This year the NCC has been doing some extensive “rehabilitation” work with heavy machineries so now the main trails are now roads and on top of that they resurfaced the path with contaminated soil...

According to the National Capital Commission, trash is suitable for trails?!?!?! (SAY WHAT?)

"...traces of glass, wire and chemicals, making it suitable for a trail in a public park"
http://outdoorottawa.com/2010/09/gatine ... h-garbage/

I'm not making this stuff up, I don't trust the NCC because of those reasons. Public consultation is a joke talk to Rock Climbers about it! Look it up
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Postby mas_runner » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:40 pm

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Of course not, you need to talk to the NCC about that! This year the NCC has been doing some extensive “rehabilitation” work with heavy machineries so now the main trails are now roads and on top of that they resurfaced the path with contaminated soil...

According to the National Capital Commission, trash suitable for trails?!?!?! (SAY WHAT?)

"...traces of glass, wire and chemicals, making it suitable for a trail in a public park"
http://outdoorottawa.com/2010/09/gatine ... h-garbage/


Hmm, hopefully that isn't true. I was on a small section of #1 this weekend and didn't see anything like that, but as I say, I was only on a small section of it.

Speaking for myself, I don't know a thing about the NCC, but when I use the park, if a sign says no entry or hiking only then I respect that.
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Postby _Eric_ » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:52 pm

mas_runner wrote:Hmm, hopefully that isn't true. I was on a small section of #1 this weekend and didn't see anything like that, but as I say, I was only on a small section of it.

Speaking for myself, I don't know a thing about the NCC, but when I use the park, if a sign says no entry or hiking only then I respect that.


I've seen it myself at the intersection trail #1 and #14 a piece of wire sticking out of the ground
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Postby mas_runner » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:55 pm

_Eric_ wrote:
mas_runner wrote:Hmm, hopefully that isn't true. I was on a small section of #1 this weekend and didn't see anything like that, but as I say, I was only on a small section of it.

Speaking for myself, I don't know a thing about the NCC, but when I use the park, if a sign says no entry or hiking only then I respect that.


I've seen it myself at the intersection trail #1 and #14 a piece of wire sticking out of the ground


Damn, that's not good. Somebody somewhere has made a huge balls up...
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