5.3 miles
431 ft
-393 ft
527 ft
High Point

A classic rip through Bronte Creek. You can also venture off onto some of the side trails.

This route is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

Detailed Description
Bronte Creek Classic Out & Back is a 5 mile popular expert unsanctioned route located near Burlington Ontario. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 431 ft with a max elevation of 527 ft then descends -393 ft.

40 Reviews & Comments

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TheReeKz (Apr 5, 2022 at 16:33)
Anyone have the inside scoop on Bronte North? Is the closure due to construction temporary or permanent? I really hope it re-opens since it's local for me.
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robstel (Aug 1, 2021 at 13:32)
I'm happy to addd my voice here. My daughter uses these trails for training and knows our local MP. This is super disappointing.
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towtowtow (Jul 9, 2021 at 9:54)
Here's the response I got from the Halton construction ambassador:

The project team is currently reviewing the locations of official Bronte Creek Provincial park trailheads within our Construction area and the possibility of detour routes that would allow for safe pedestrian passage through the construction zone.

We apologize for any inconvenience this closure has caused and we will work to resolve this issue as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience in this matter, and I will provide you with an update within the next few days.

Trail reports are coming in, is there already a way in?
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towtowtow (Jul 1, 2021 at 4:43)
Perhaps an uphill battle but 100 percent nothing will get done of we don't try. accesshalton@halton.ca

Has anyone explored potential for going under Dundas?
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snowyrider (Jul 1, 2021 at 10:15)
I had a glance the other day (looking from the south side) - looks sketchy at best. Not something I would recommend trying. Also - not sure how it looks on the north side...
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markholloway Trailforks (Jul 1, 2021 at 10:51)
What I am afraid of is the more attention this area receives the more potential for all the TTF's to be destroyed and removed by the authorities. This is exactly what happened about 15 years ago. The place had so many cool features back in the day and they were all destroyed and cut up with a chain saw. Of course, no one knows who did it. But seemed kinda odd that almost every single feature was cut up and destroyed.
The more emails they receive the more attention it will get and it may not be the positive response you are hoping for.
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towtowtow (Jul 1, 2021 at 13:45)
What are the obstacles to getting the trails sanctioned?
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markholloway Trailforks (Jul 1, 2021 at 16:24)
Been there done that. A large group of us set up a meeting with the Ministry and the superintendent of Bronte Creek about 6 years ago maybe more. We ask exactly this, we offered to create an official association and obtain insurance to do trail maintenance, they wanted nothing to do with it.

They told us the area falls within the Green Belt. The area in question falls under the Valley Nature Reserve Zone, this zone extends 40 meters from the crest of the valley bank which basically encompasses every single trail in that area. This is a protected area, due to sensitive plants, it being a natural corridor for wildlife in an urban setting, and a few other things they mentioned, but I am sure you get the drift.

The trails have been in there for as long as I can remember and I have been in the area my whole life. Features and wooden structures have come and gone over the years, they get taken down and things quiet down in there for a few years. Then new features are built, rinse and repeat, been like that for years and years. Over the last year or so a lot of building has gone on in there, I would hate to see this all go to waste because a bunch of people started emailing the region demanding access to unsanctioned trails. Unneeded attention.

This just my two cents, I've seen this repeat itself in other places. Waterdown was a perfect example of this, at one point in time it was considered the North Shore of Ontario. But features just kept getting removed, the builders finally gave up and found a place to actually build sanctioned trails, minus the amazing features of course.
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bsharpe (Jul 2, 2021 at 13:26)
I just drove by this location yesterday. I was surprised that it has been blocked. I suggest we kick this up a notch, and send a message to the Mayors office as well to get the proper attention on this. It's important that we site COVID 19 and how this is one of the only safe avenues that people have to stay safe while maintain healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally. Depending on the response we could always kick this over to a local newspaper or CBC. Once they push, change always occurs.
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markholloway Trailforks (Jul 2, 2021 at 15:22)
You guys do not get it! Why the hell do you want to bring undue attention to unsanctioned trails! This makes zero sense. But in the end, do as you want, maybe I am wrong and by you emailing and taking this to the media the trails will magically become sanctioned. As I have also mentioned this area is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Halton region nor the mayor's office have anything at all to do with this land. If you are going to reach out probably wise to do your homework and reach out to the correct land manager.
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snowyrider (Jul 2, 2021 at 16:27)
Perhaps I'm not right either - and thanks for bringing the history into the context here. I agree with "bsharpe" - there are two major differences this time around. First of all - this is no longer a cyclist-only trail but a multi-use trail. I see dog walkers, hikers, and runners there daily. Last week I saw a group of 10 seniors (some looked well in their 70s - perhaps older) walking along, and I passed them on the far section north of 407. Second - I agree with the Covid angle. Government is closing malls, gyms, etc - so now with this action, they are cutting off access to the local forest. This doesn't put them in the right - but puts them in a pretty bad context.
I spoke to the construction ambassador and we exchanged emails. In her last email she sent me this:
"Thank you for your email and clarifying the location in question. I have provided this information to the Project Management team and we are currently reviewing the locations of official Bronte Creek Provincial park trailheads within our Construction area and the possibility of detour routes that would allow for safe pedestrian passage through the construction zone.
We apologize for any inconvenience this closure has caused. We appreciate your patience in this matter, and I will provide you with an update early next week."
So we will see - I'm hoping we'll get some resolution where everyone is satisfied but who knows. Personally, I don't believe that we should just take it, be quiet and wait for this to blow over. Squeaky wheel does get the grease...
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towtowtow (Jul 2, 2021 at 17:33)
I could be missing something but it seems to me that we have nothing to lose in making some noise here. The trails are already closed.

I do agree we need to target the appropriate land manager but don't really see downside. At this point the best case scenario (if nothing is done) is it unofficially regaining access in 2025 after construction and dealing with access issues every few years thereafter. This does not sound appealing to me personally.

If we get organized and at least make another attempt at securing access either a) they will say no way and we'll be no worse off or b) trails are sanctioned and we can develop trails in a responsible and ecologically sensitive way. Even if b) is a long shot... Why not?
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robstel (Aug 1, 2021 at 13:48)
Hey - my daughter and I ride here weekly at least. She is currently on the national mtb team, ranked 3rd in Canada for elite XCO and prepping for Italy worlds in August. She also knows our local MP pretty well. As you can imagine, we want to help get these trails open. I'm planning to reach out to Karina Gould. Also reached out to the HAFTA folks to see how they've organized. Time to get this going. If you're interested in helping, hit me up on facebook. Rob Stel
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snowyrider (Jun 30, 2021 at 13:04)
There is now construction on Dundas (widening of Dundas) happening and as of today the access to North Trail directly off of Dundas has been completely cut off. There is a solid fence erected with a "No Trespassing" sign. There really is no easy way to bypass this as I definitely tried. Right now there is nothing there besides the fence (i..e. no machinery). I've emailed "accesshalton@halton.ca" to demand they provide some type of detour for hikers, cyclists, or dog walkers. I suggest if you are annoyed by not being able to access this trail. to email them as well or perhaps you guys have better ideas. I'm definitely ticked off - not being able to use that trail. BTW - the construction project is a major one expected to last till 2025 so unless something is being done, it may be a while to get access there.
If they get hit with mass emails demanding access perhaps they will act on it.
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markholloway Trailforks (Jun 30, 2021 at 15:08)
So the issue you are going to have is these are not sanctioned trails. I personally have had multiple conversations with the head Superintendent of Bronte PP and the Ministry who manage the land, both groups "tolerate" the trails but would much prefer they didn't exist. I think you will be fighting an uphill battle on this one.
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snowyrider (Jun 30, 2021 at 17:09)
Definitely. Already happened. Had a conversation with few Halton reps and this is pretty much the story they go with. As always in these situations, the strength is in the numbers. If I'm the only one complaining nothing much will change.
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norbski (Nov 5, 2020 at 16:26)
PLEASE HELP! I forgot my front wheel at the Dundas trail entry. Its a Black WTB complete wheel. If anyone has seen it please reply to this comment. I am willing to offer a cash reward.
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towtowtow (Aug 30, 2020 at 8:16)
Any volunteers needed to help maintain or rebuild?
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DarDarBikes (Jun 9, 2020 at 7:32)
Was out there this morning. The trails are in great shape A big thank you to the team that maintains these trails. Lots of new bridges.skinny's, gaps etc. this year. Really fun ride.
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AlesAndTrails (May 9, 2020 at 15:10)
Trails are in great shape...Get our and ride. Thanks to the dudes who built the new bridge to keep us out of the chronic mud near the start.
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Shanerodrigue81 (Mar 15, 2020 at 10:18)
My gf works at the Horse ranch we can get to the just very quick if anyone wants to help us rebuild this trail on weekends I will be able to help with Suplys and hands please let me know 2263885860 Shane let’s get this fixed before the season starts ????
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beanzz (Feb 17, 2020 at 15:57)
I've done trail maintenance and a little building in Bronte North. If anyone needs help or extra arms and legs for labour send me a PM. I'd love to lend a hand!
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Conn0r (Aug 31, 2019 at 13:42)
Can someone put in all of the side trails and ttfs
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Conn0r (Aug 16, 2019 at 17:31)
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Conn0r (Aug 3, 2019 at 11:09)
If you want to start another group I guess we can too
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Conn0r (Aug 3, 2019 at 10:50)
Hey, I am trying to find the people building the trail in order to help build new features
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markholloway Trailforks (Aug 3, 2019 at 11:25)
There is no organized group building in there. A bunch of people tried to organize an 'official' group about 4 years back but it didn't get very far. I believe its current just random people in there doing their thing.
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Elbowgrease153 (Mar 27, 2019 at 18:27)
These trails are great, a good place for beginners and experienced people alike. The dog walkers get in the way some times so it’s good idea to bring a bell. If you arrive by car and don’t want to pay the fee at the campground to park, you can go to the neighbourhood above, there’s a park with farm fields attached. You can use the app to follow a green trail that leads to the top of this one, so you can ride it down all the way
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lungsnlegs (Oct 20, 2018 at 13:53)
Is there still a group maintaining this trail? I would be happy to help.
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Sasha123 (Dec 15, 2017 at 15:33)
This is a nice easy trail to ride, the only problem is all the dog walkers. There is a lot of people enjoying the trail making it hard to go fast without running into somebody .The Bronte park itself is free if you ride your bike into the park, to use the trail. Anyway its definitely a trail you want to check out.
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Secondjay (Oct 13, 2017 at 19:11)
Do I need to pay the fee to access Bronte South and North? Where do you guys park?
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atrokz (Oct 17, 2017 at 13:28)
shoot me a msg
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Reeceman2 (May 17, 2017 at 9:47)
I was in riding with a buddy this morning and the gap jump and various other lines around it were completely cut off or destroyed. we tried to fix some of the skinnies but they need a lot of work. the big banked turns were completely destroyed as well. saw some tire marks that looked like BMX tires on the berms as if they rode it when it was wet.
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Markythesparky (May 15, 2017 at 14:51)
Would love to help out I'm 14 and eager to work on trails. If I could be of any help please contact me at marko.benn7@gmail.com
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cheng2 (May 12, 2017 at 3:52)
PEOPLE, PLEASE DON'T RIDE WHEN THE TRAIL IS WET. You are the ones ruining the trail.
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cheng2 (May 2, 2017 at 15:44)
Does anyone know who is managing this trail? I've been to the gap jump and skinny and they were all destroyed, I wasn't even able to get into the gap jump. If needed, I can volunteer rebuilding trails.
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atrokz (May 9, 2017 at 6:38)
We are. That 'gap' jump was ruined by shitty kids. The inner jump line was tables, built by a group of adults, and some kids cut them out, breaking the cardinal rule of trail building (poaching a builders line). If you know who these kids are, please let us know and tell them to stop altering the trails before we find them. That line will be shut down this weekend or next weekend by us, we don't f*ck around. Word is a group of kids on BMX bikes have been burning and destroying the features, if you know who these kids are, please inform us or tell them they are messing with the wrong adults.

how were the gap jumps on the trails themselves? Haven't been in in a few weeks.
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cheng2 (May 12, 2017 at 3:50)
I went there about a week ago, and I was completely unable to access that gap jump feature. There were too much bushes grown, so someone needs to cut down. looked like the jump itself was still in good shape, however, needs a minor fix. lot of skinny features were destroyed(pallets were falling off from the log).
I haven't ride much yet as it was raining for weeks and dont live close to bronte, but someone really need to maintain this trail.
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atrokz (May 12, 2017 at 10:58)
we will be blocking off that line now that it's been altered by kids. The jumps on the trails will be maintained and that's it. Since it's spring, most trails will need maintenance and this is no different. If you have a weekend free let us know and we can sort it out.
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Elbowgrease153 (Apr 4, 2019 at 18:35)
I haven't been there but based on other reports its a mess. I'm not sure if the trails have been repaired or cleared and if not i'd be happy to help fix them.
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