283.7 miles
5,477 ft
-5,472 ft
1,622 ft
High Point

A Central Ontario bike loop connecting several old rail trails, scenic secondary side roads, provincial parks, and quaint villages. The full loop allows riders to easily choose start and finish points anywhere along the route.

Trails Include: The Victoria Rail Trail, The Ganaraska Trail, Access to Paul's Dirty Enduro IMBA Epic, The Hastings Heritage Trail, The IB & O Rail Trail, and several secondary side roads

Bikepacking.com Full Route Info: http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/central-ontario-loop-trail/

By: Miles Arbour

Detailed Description
Central Ontario Loop Trail (COLT) is a 284 mile less popular intermediate route located near Lindsay Ontario. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a easy overall physical rating. This route climbs 5,477 ft with a max elevation of 1,622 ft then descends -5,472 ft.
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
Capt-Insano (Oct 30, 2021 at 17:26)
Rode most of this October 2021; sadly, would not recommend. The trails in the northern half especially, are completely mauled by ATVs. Riding for hours on waves 4" high spaced 1'-4' apart kills you, and is super slow.
The Eastern Ontario Trail Alliance has signs up at every road crossing stating that these "multi-use" trails are maintained by them, but in addition to not fixing the washboard surface, they also seem to not care about streams cutting across or down the trails, or ponds submerging 40m of the trail, making it essentially closed to pedestrians and questionable for anyone not in an ATV.
  • + 1
SteveShik (Sep 21, 2017 at 17:55)
Rode this trail (at least a lot of it) but cut it short on the south end and did the Trans Canada trail rather than going all the way down to the lake. Blog post: ridecyclespin.com/2017/09/18/bikepacking-the-central-ontario-loop-trail


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More Stats for Central Ontario Loop Trail (COLT) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    245 ft
  • Altitude start
    837 ft
  • Altitude end
    840 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    123 miles
  • Distance down
    107 miles
  • Distance flat
    53 miles
Avg: 2.65 (3 votes)
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