2,757 ft
Distance
104 ft
Climb
-74 ft
Descent
00:07:46
Avg time

La serpentine (3) Details

  • Riding Area
    Parc Régional du Massif du Sud
    St-Philémon, Quebec
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May-October
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking

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Origine du nom : ce sentier tire son nom du fait qu’il serpente beaucoup sur toute sa longueur, ainsi que du type de roche trouvé à certains endroits sur le sentier (serpentine).

Aménagé à l’automne 2014 et ouvert en 2015, le sentier de La Serpentine fût le premier sentier du parc aménagé sans aide mécanique. Résultat : un sentier plus étroit, avec beaucoup plus de racines et de roches que les 2 premiers sentiers (Chauffe-moteur et Trail du Buck). Le niveau de difficulté de la Serpentine est donc relativement plus difficile que celui de la Trail du Buck.

Le début du sentier donne le ton : un saut aménagé en pierres (avec sentier de contournement), suivi d’un passage technique (virages serrés, petites passerelles de bois, rochers). Bref, un beau début pour donner quelques sensations! Le sentier traverse ensuite le chemin Beaudoin, et enchaîne avec deux petits caps rocheux (drops), encore une fois avec voie de contournement. Après cela, la montée technique débute, avec des virages serrés et des racines à souhait.

Finalement, la dernière section du sentier redescend dans une série de virages profilés pour rejoindre le milieu de la Trail du Buck.

La Serpentine est encore une fois un sentier situé entièrement en forêt (mixte), majoritairement feuillue. Ce sentier permet de rejoindre la Trail du Buck (2), l’Érablière (6) à mi-chemin ou de revenir vers le Chauffe-moteur (1) puis l’accueil du parc.



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Origin of the name: this trail is called Serpentine for 2 reasons: 1) Because it has a lot of switchbacks, hence the word serpent (snake) in the name; and 2) Because there are a lot of serpentine minerals in the park.

Built in October 2014 and inaugurated in 2015, The trail La Serpentine was the first trail in the park to be built without a mini-excavator (only manual work). The result is a very narrow trail with lots of roots and rocks, much more than on the majority of trails in the park. Therefore, even it the Serpentine is rated moderate, it is quite more difficult than the Trail du Buck, which is also rated moderate.

Right from the start, you can feel that this trail is going to be of another level of difficulty: a small jump (built with rocks - but with a lane to avoid it), followed by a quite technical pass (tight turns, wooden bridge, rocks). The trail then crosses a gravel road, and continues with two consecutive rock drops (once again, with ways to avoid them). After that, a long series of switchbacks with tight, narrow turns reminds us that not only descents can be technical!

The final part of the trail is a gentle descent with switchbacks, until the trail crosses once again the gravel road to end on the Trail du Buck, from where, if you wish, you can do the Serpentine once again, or continue towards the Robineuse (5).

Access Info

300, Route du Massif, Saint-Philemon, G0R 4A0

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More Stats for La serpentine (3) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    29 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,704 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,794 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,711 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,740 ft
  • Grade
    1.066%
  • Grade max
    -8.909%
  • Grade min
    12.121%
  • Distance climb
    1,289 ft
  • Distance down
    1,021 ft
  • Distance flat
    447 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:46
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Jul 26, 2018 @ 1:43pm
Jul 26, 2018
La serpentine (3), St-Philémon

1 Review & Comments

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flag onetrackm (Aug 15, 2017 at 15:04)
 Fun loop, when added to Buck. Tighter switchbacks, steeper climbs and descents. Just a little more technical than Buck, but still within Intermediate category.
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