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      This is a large network of old-school backcountry mountain bike trails. They are primarily very narrow singletrack through a huge forest area. Trails are typically on un-graded, un-raked Canadian shield so expect lots of granite and steep ups and downs. These are not modern "flowy" trails for the most part but are amazing if you like a technical challenge with lots of unique, rugged, and beautiful scenery. Expect many beaver dam crossings, mossy outcrops and other unique features (hint, don't wear your best white socks). Some of the black trails are like trials courses at times so be prepared. Wide, burly tires are recommended due to the granite, leave the 1.9" semi-slicks at home, 7km/hr is a pretty good average speed.

      Trail maintenance is done by very few people so expect fallen trees and if you have a folding saw, bring it. Any help clearing deadfall, limbs, branches etc is welcome and greatly appreciated Trails are sporadically marked with metal tags nailed to trees with the trail number on them and "Shabomeka Legpower Pathfinders". You will note piles of rocks or rocks standing on edge marking the trails periodically. Intersections are often marked with piles of rocks. Trail maps are available at the primary trail-builder's house signed "Glen's House of Blues" on Shabomeka Lake Road, just east of the entrance to Trail #1A. Navigation can be challenging, particularly on the more difficult trails as they see few riders. Looking for areas where low-hanging branches have been removed is often helpful in finding the trail when it gets faint. Cell service in the area is sporadic but the GPS maps are pretty accurate.

      A 60 km network of beautifully scenic paths for non-motorized use only meandering through a wide variety of habitats in the forest heartland surrounding Shabomeka Lake in the Madawaska Highlands of the Land O’ Lakes region of Eastern Ontario. Hiking and mountain biking in the spring, summer and fall. Ski touring in the winter.

      Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act, path users are deemed to willingly assume the risks of injury. Exemplary consideration for the paths and for others is expected of all users. Those with motorized vehicles are of course asked to refrain from using or altering the paths. Use of the Shabomeka LEGPOWER Pathfinders paths implies a responsibility on the part of the user to regard their use, whether on private property or Crown Land, to be a privilege, not a right. You are expected to conduct yourself as a guest, not an intruder.

      The sLp path network is just southeast of Bon Echo Provincial Park. 3.7 km north of Cloyne turn east off Hwy 41 onto Head Rd. at the south end of Mazinaw Lake. Pass Cedar Lodge, cross the bridge. Just past Bon Echo Family Campsites (1.0 km from Hwy 41) turn left onto Shabomeka Lake Road for 5.7 km to a short causeway, where Shawenegog Lake Lane begins. After 0.4 km turn left into driveway 1067 marked PEARCE 22/23/EKELI (Norwegian for 'Sheltering Oaks'). The pathhead is 1067B.

      Please DO NOT use skinny Nordic skis on the paths.
      It’s important to understand the vast difference between ski touring (ungroomed) and Nordic (groomed) skiing in terms of conditions, equipment, and technique. Ski touring tracks LOOK like grooves, but are really raised rails, as the only packed snow is directly under the skis. A ski travelling only a centimetre or two off the centre of the ‘rail’ will fall off into the soft snow on either side, effectively destroying the track for others, as well as wrecking the skier’s own enjoyment. Touring skis are wide because that makes them effective in soft snow. Nordic skis are very narrow to operate most efficiently in hard grooves, or packed snow for ‘skating’. There is no incentive in Nordic skiing to learn to glide the skis exactly parallel to each other because they HAVE to go parallel in the machine made tracks. Thus, Nordic skiers find it impossible to stay on touring tracks/rails with their skinny skis, and very difficult even when they use wide skis. Nordic skiers also find the 5 cm spacing between ski touring tracks awkward, as they are used to the crotch-splitting 20 cm spacing of machine-made tracks.

      The essence of ski touring is tip and edge control, two factors pretty much missing in Nordic skiing. Ski paths, especially after a thaw, consist of many small to large moguls. Every time the centre of the ski goes over the apex of a mogul it will want to pivot. Only constant precise positioning of the tip by ankle and knee will prevent the ski from pivoting off the track. Similarly, the varying texture of the snow will make the ski want to cant and slide instantly off the track. Again, only ankle and knee edge control can counter this. The paths are not groomed, and since you won’t be able to count on another skier preceding you to lay a track, you’ll have to assume you’ll be breaking your own track. A FLAT and EVEN track, that is, as a courtesy to those who follow. This is when having learned to parallel glide becomes very important. Developing this skill will take a lot of practice, but it’s worth it. Practise gliding rather than clomping around flat curves, and telemarking on all downhill curves.

      Touring skis should be from 60 mm to 75 mm wide. They’re light, extremely stable, and will break track all day long. Check out ski sales. Wide, unfashionable skis are generally the ones being sold off at very low prices. The only way to decide between ‘wax’ and ‘waxless’ (neither being perfect) is to try each. Waxed skis and technique can almost eliminate ‘herringboning’ up hills. Poly-soled skis are good for both early or late in the season because of their abrasion resistance. The classic type of 3-pin Nordic Norm binding works best for ski touring. The standard ‘armpit’ pole length is fine, especially for deeper snow, but baskets should be at least 100 mm in diameter.

      For ski touring, clothing ‘fashion’ is obviously not a big factor, as there are not a lot of people out there to impress. Wear the outdoor clothes you feel most comfortable in. Don’t forget to dress in layers that you can remove when you get too warm, as in hiking and cycling. A small knapsack will hold discarded jackets, sweaters, and gloves, as well as your waxes, compass, matches, lunch, drinks, and an indispensable tool: a small hand windshield scraper to get frozen slush off the bottom of your skis, and packed snow from under your boots.

      Please DO NOT use snowshoes on the paths. Snowshoes aren’t quite as destructive as that ski touring nemesis – the cursed snowmobile, but they do ruin the ski touring experience.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      AKA: Shabomeka Legpower Pathfinders
      Land Status: Crown Land
      Access Info:
      The entrance to trail #1A is a good parking spot and good access point to some of the more moderate trails.
      Disclaimer:
      Shabomeka LEGPOWER Pathfinders Vice-President Greg Alexander has fully reflectorized sLp path # 10 for night hiking, biking, or ski touring.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Jan 2, 2021

      Stats

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      Trails (view details)
      54
      Trails Mountain Bike
      54
      Trails Hike
      54
      Trails Trail Running
      54
      Trails Snowshoe
      1
      Trails Nordic Ski
      1
      Total Distance
      31 miles
      Total Descent
      3,365 ft
      Total Vertical
      244 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,139 ft
      Reports
      59
      Photos
      21
      Ridden Counter
      348

      Shabomeka Lake Mountain Bike Routes

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      14 km 4-hour ride
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      14 miles

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      Photos of Shabomeka Lake Mountain Bike

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      Recent Trail Reports

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      SLP #5 to the Portal
      Oct 17, 2020 @ 10:28am
      Oct 17, 2020
      VariablewettoastCouple of trees down
      SLP #5 Portal to 1A Connection
      Oct 17, 2020 @ 10:28am
      Oct 17, 2020
      Variablewettoast
      SLP #5
      Oct 17, 2020 @ 10:28am
      Oct 17, 2020
      VariablewettoastTricky wayfinding along the lake edge in...
      SLP #6C
      Oct 17, 2020 @ 10:28am
      Oct 17, 2020
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      SLP #4D
      Oct 17, 2020 @ 10:28am
      Oct 17, 2020
      Idealwettoast
      SLP #7
      Oct 11, 2020 @ 7:35am
      Oct 11, 2020
      UnknownBatsawdonTrail difficult to follow at times
      SLP #5 Balsam Hallway
      Sep 8, 2020 @ 8:14am
      Sep 8, 2020
      DrymtbtrailquestThis section is very overgrown and lost...
      SLP #5C
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 10:34am
      Jul 4, 2020
      Idealdeleenhe SLP
      SLP #5D
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 10:34am
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      Idealdeleenhe SLP
      SLP #6 Connector
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 10:34am
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      user #2534530thunter25wishlisttrailSLP #5C
      Dec 28, 2020 @ 9:34am
      Dec 28, 2020
      user #611761markhollowayaddtrailSLP #10
      Nov 19, 2020 @ 6:57am
      Nov 19, 2020
      user #814509wettoastaddreportSLP #5 to the Portal and 4 more
      Oct 18, 2020 @ 2:05pm
      Oct 18, 2020
      user #2374085BatsawdonaddreportSLP #6C and 1 more
      Oct 13, 2020 @ 7:09am
      Oct 13, 2020
      user #2411702braychriddentrailSLP #2C Ridgeback bypass
      Sep 15, 2020 @ 1:40pm
      Sep 15, 2020

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      user #2324498mtbtrailquesttrailSLP #5Some land rock scapes worthy of a manicured...
      Sep 8, 2020 @ 8:18am
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      Nearby Areas

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      Bon Echo Provincial Park4.7 km
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      Madawaska Nordic Trail System 6 4 232.1 km
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      Activity Type Stats

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      Mountain Bike5431 miles3,366 ft12 miles243 ft
      #5,001#1152159275
      Hike5431 miles3,366 ft12 miles243 ft
      #4,430#1065918
      Trail Running5431 miles3,366 ft12 miles243 ft
      #4,430#10659
      Snowshoe12 miles177 ft3,333 ft131 ft
      Nordic Ski12 miles177 ft3,333 ft131 ft
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