2,090 ft
80 ft
-24 ft
Avg time

Hell's Kitchen Details

  • Riding Area
    GORBA Trails
    Guelph, Ontario
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking
    #35072 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The first part of this trail is actually called Monkey Wrench. You can see it with that name as a segment on STRAVA and Endomondo. It's a fun trail, and you can run through most of it with speed, given the start is downhill off the Guelph Lake levee.

As can be seen in a couple of posted photos, there are some muddy spots on this trail, and they stay that way most of the year.

The two main features of this trail are the hand built bridge and the incredible number of roots. The bridge is a simple feature, but narrow enough to keep you on your toes. It also has a tricky entrance (over roots) and a exit (over rocks). It's nothing a serious down hill rider would even notice, but it's still a fun feature. As mentioned, the roots are pervasive, and they will keep you bouncing from pretty near top to bottom of the trail. They are a little easier to manage once you've been on the trail a few times, and you get to know exactly how to attack each grouping.

The entire trail runs the perimeter of a marsh that surrounds the south east part of Guelph Lake, and tends to be quite muddy in spring. I would go so far as to say that the trail should be avoided in the early season to mitigate erosion.

One more note of caution here. Most riders start this trail off the levee, attacking with as much speed as they dare. But on occasion riders like to run the trail in the opposite direction. This gives rise to the possibility of chance meetings on a blind corner. Just something to keep in mind.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Hell's Kitchen bike trail
  • Altitude change
    56 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,129 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,190 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,129 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,186 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,232 ft
  • Distance down
    677 ft
  • Distance flat
    181 ft
  • Avg time
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on Dec 8, 2018
Snow Covered
Avg: 3 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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Hell's Kitchen Trail Reports


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Nov 26, 2015 @ 3:06pm
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Hell's Kitchen, Guelph
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Walking Monkey Wrench
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