By Simon Holden, manager of programs and services | Kelso & Glen Eden
Conservation Halton is in the middle of another epic season of mountain biking. We are truly fortunate to be blessed with such incredible and diverse riding opportunities in our parks. The trails are some of the best in Ontario, and with a wide variety of trails at Kelso Conservation Area and Hilton Falls Conservation Area, we can offer up a trail to match every ability level.
Hilton Falls offers 35 km of beautifully groomed gravel trails for a great introduction to exploring the forest on two wheels, for all ages. Among these trails are some of the rockiest, gnarliest, technical single tracks to challenge even the most experienced riders. Just across the highway from Hilton Falls, Kelso is a cross-country rider’s dream, with over 25 km of fast and flowing trails along the brim of the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, and some great gravity fed excitement for those inclined more towards downhill thrills.
Enter through the main gate, off Tremaine Rd, for all the challenge and reward of climbing the escarpment, or use the Summit entrance off Steeles Ave., to experience everything Kelso has to offer without the gruelling climb. Please note that seasonal hours are in effect at Kelso Summit. If you enjoy a bit of competition, there are a variety of events riders can take part in, ranging from the fun and friendly to the fast and furious. The season kicked off with the All-Weather Challenge at Hilton Falls in April, here’s a look at the other events:
– Tuesday Night Weekly Race Series (including FREE kids races) – now until August 30 at Kelso
– Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – October 2 at Kelso
– Spooks and Spokes – October 30 at Hilton Falls
– Kelso is also a regular stop on the provincial race circuit, playing host to Ontario’s most talented riders.
These events also offer great spectator opportunities, and the chance to get up close and personal with Ontario’s best riders. One race is left, the Ontario Cup X-country on August 6 and 7. For more information on mountain biking at Hilton Falls and Kelso, as well as all the recreational opportunities available at Conservation Halton Parks, visit our website www.haltonparks.ca.