Trailforks Trail of the Month: The Boundary Trail

Aug 31, 2015
by Mark Holloway  
 
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The Boundary Trail, Milton, Ontario, Canada

Trail of the Month


A short 20 minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto you'll find Milton, Ontario and The Boundary Trail. Sitting directly on top of the Niagara Escarpment are 6 connected forest tracts with 45 trails, making up the Halton Agreement Forests, better known as the "Agreement Forest". Right next-door is an additional 14 neighbouring trails that make up the Hilton Falls Conservation Area. Combined, both networks have over 60 km of trails, ranging from easy access double-track to rock littered singletrack.


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The Boundary Trail will keep all riders on their toes. The intermediate to advanced crowd will have fun negotiating the many skinnies, rock walls and the now famous Gnome Rock that can be found along the way. Novice rider can push their limits or choose to use one of the by-passes which are available at all trail features

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Hitting the bigger drop.




The trail took over two years to complete and has seen multiple re-routes since its original layout 10 years ago. The latest changes took place just last year. A section of the trail was located on private land where a new land owner had erected a fence blocking a portion of the original trail. The local trail association, Halton Agreement Forest Trail Association (HAFTA) and a crew of volunteers worked with the landowner, Conservation Halton and IMBA to come up with a plan that would meet the needs of everyone. The re-route was started in the fall of 2014, extensive amounts of rock were moved to add technical trail features. HAFTA volunteers put the final touches on the new re-route this past spring and built the Revolver by-pass, resulting in a trail that's even more challenging than the original.

Gnome Rock
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A small parking area can be found right at the trailhead to The Boundary Trail. Additional parking is available directly across the road in the Mohawk Race Track parking lot. Between late May and early September bug spray is highly recommended as the mosquito's can be relentless. If you plan to venture into the Hilton Falls Conservation Area portion of the network you're encouraged to purchase a day pass or a yearly membership to help support the work they do and amenities they offer. Amenities include, fire pits for cold fall rides, washrooms and trails like Bent Rim and Hilton's Hwy, which will definitely keep you coming back for more.


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If you like what you see then please support our friends at the Halton Agreement Forest Trail Association and earn some Trail Karma while you're at it.


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50 Comments

  • + 20
 Cool. Brings a tear to my eye. Chris Paul volunteers to rebuild and maintain Gnome Rock for years to come. His words, not mine...
  • + 3
 He said this? For real?
  • + 3
 I heard that Chris Paulx guy is a Lion?
  • + 1
 Lion Tamer.
  • + 1
 I heard he has Wolverine claws.
  • + 12
 Wow - I live in Seattle and I just got a work contract in Guelph. This is killer timing. West coast vs east coast tech gnar!! Big shout out to Trailforks. Navigated around Squamish last weekend using the App and it was awesome. Direct link to SORCA let me buy a trail pass from my phone. Thanks for supporting local builders. Ace!
  • + 11
 You may enjoy Squamish more. Just sayin'
  • + 2
 Mutton - I used Trailforks up in Pemby and over in Kelowna. Love it! Also bought printed maps and intel from the local bike shops. When you heading off to Canada?
  • + 1
 U need to check out a trail network in Kitchener. Its only 20 mins from Guelph. Called The Hydrocut. Its about 25km(15.5m) of one way single track rated in the top 5 in Ontario!
  • + 1
 Yea from Guelph there's a bunch more trails. Hydrocut is decent these days (long gone are the good ol days where there were a bunch of large drops, but oh well). Take note of a few of us and send us msgs when you arrive and we'll surely take you out around the trails.
  • + 1
 I second that! Always good to have more people to ride with. That is if u can stand us crazy Canadians drinking maple syrup and sayin EH! after every other word eh!
  • + 1
 Mutton, send some PMs and I'm sure someone will meet up to show you the local trails.
  • + 1
 @mutton - you're gonna love the Agreement Forest! Hydrocut, Puslinch, and Kelso are all good places to ride as well when you're in the area.
  • + 8
 Awesome! I first started riding and racing almost 20 years ago at places like Kelso and Hilton Falls. I call BC and the North Shore home now, but it's good to see progressive building and stewardship from the likes of HAFTA keeping it real in my old stomping grounds.
  • + 3
 If you take some time away from the trails, or have a bit of an off day on the bike, these trails can certainly kick your ass and humble you pretty quick. But when you get it right and nail some corners, keep good momentum through a rock garden, or make it up that tech climb.. there's no feeling better than knowing you got the better of the trail that day. These trails are just as good at building your confidence as they are at shattering it. That's why I love riding here. Oh and living 5 mins away doesn't hurt either...
  • + 2
 I've been riding there at least 2x a week for the last 15 years. Take it from me, once you get to know these trails, and when conditions are right, one can easily reach 5, 10 km/hr... Only pillage I like to ride better is Utah and sedona.
  • + 1
 Wish I had that map the first 5 times I got totally lost in there. BIG KUDOS TO HAFTA!! I had no idea who was maintaining those trails. I haven't been in a couple years so not sure if there are signs acknowledging HAFTA now or not - but there should be.
  • + 1
 Have spent the last few weeks exploring these trails, amazing forest and area. Some nice flow trails with a lot intense rock trails that can definitely kick your ass. The Trailforks app has been awesome for navigating through and getting me back to my truck when I'm beat.
  • + 2
 I've been riding these trails and St. Helena for 15 years now, and can say that with experience, and good trail conditions, one can easily reach 10 km/hr on these trails... 7 km/hr @ St. Helena, LOL
  • + 1
 most people jog 10kmh?
  • + 3
 Wow I bet that dude doing the drop has wolverine claws
  • + 1
 This is considered a fact around these parts.
  • + 4
 I'm quite sure he is in fact the wolverine.
  • + 3
 Nice looking trail! At first I thought it wasvBoundary on the N Shore.
  • + 1
 I got really excited for it too. That trail is out of this world, or at least it was in its prime...
  • + 1
 Rode N.S. Boundary couple of weeks ago. Primo.
  • + 1
 I ride a rigid 29er on smooth trails!! so sick that's where it's at yo!! instead of putting my bike on my car and burning gas driving to Milton?
  • + 1
 great place if you love going slow, like walking speed!!! rocks rocks nothing but rocks and more rocks
  • + 6
 If you know it like the back of your hand, you can carry quite a bit of speed through it, but yes, if you're at all unfamiliar you'll be going slower than expected that's for sure. I'm pretty sure this is the exact place that caused shimano to come out with shadow drls. I busted mine up the 2nd time in within 10 minutes!
  • + 2
 yeah I'm just telling the truth it's a very odd style of trail riding, it's not for everyone
  • + 4
 I think you mean classic style of riding Wink
  • - 2
 umm sure??
  • + 6
 Yes, classic as in "not a flow trail". I like it.
  • + 2
 "yep" it's all slow and rocks and tricky, don't come. We like it when nobody is around....articles like this only allow for swarms of people to come to an amazingly well maintained trail network like this and start picking away the rocks that make it difficult.

Truthfully the network offers a mix of double, single, single technical, and the absolute crazy. Gnome rock is only one of many many many technical features. please don't come... J/K

But if you prefer smooth XC, Waterloo Hydrocut is about another 40 mins down the hwy. as is "Twin Ponds/Puslinch Lakes CA" is only 20mins down the 401.

Enjoy.
  • + 8
 Rock gardens are not an odd style of riding. It's mountain biking. Good trails take time to learn, and get better at every time you ride it.
  • + 6
 yes people need to go and ride a trail network the way it is, leave it alone don't move rocks you don't like! lots of other places to go with a normal amount of rocks.
  • + 2
 it's not a rock garden hahahaha trust me!
  • + 0
 what I mean by odd is it's nothing but rocks, but lots of people seem to like going walking speed over rocks on their 6inch all mtn bike that is for high speeds?
  • + 4
 Come ride these trails with us at night my friend It is anything but slow I guarentee u that!
  • - 2
 are you guys riding hover bikes?
  • + 2
 Love these trails! Takes skill to ride them at all fast, and a 5 to 6" bike is perfect. Tried my steep twitchy xc race bike there a few times. White knuckles on those rides. Back to the 6" bike.
  • + 4
 Some trails like Bent Rim are as you describe - walking speed and a LOT of rocks. There are plenty of faster, flowier trails there that you can in fact carry some momentum through and those to me are more characteristic of the riding in the Agreement Forest.
  • - 3
 plenty? more like some, most are not,
  • + 3
 No just 6 inch travel with momentum and skill and some ballzz
  • + 3
 after riding these trails for years and recently riding lots of north shore and squamish, I must say the agreement forest is still top quality. I hope Hafta can continue to improve things. Can't wait to ride it on my next trip to Ontario.
  • + 1
 Ain't that the truth! For an increased challenge night riding here will definitely test you in many ways. Extra bandaids are usually a must along with some sense of nerve. But this place has been home for many for a long time and it's great to see some of the original gang still hard at work making it what it is. THANKS GUYS! (from the guy in the red Jeep with the yellow Tuff-rack and the black and lime specialized pitch pro)
  • + 1
 These trails are very well crafted by the finest builders in the area.
  • + 2
 That picture of Gnomes Rock is absolutely stunning! Perfect looking trail
  • + 1
 That tech gnar looks like a mini version of Fromme or Squamish.
  • + 2
 It's more like a flat bromont.... haha. Been to Fromme and that place was loamy goodness with some rocks thrown in. Awesome place.

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