3,370 ft
360 ft
-37 ft
Avg time

Purgatory Details

  • Riding area
    Three Stage
    Pretty River Valley, Ontario
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, RD
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating

This is an old ATV double-track that is rutted and overgrown to trail. It has a dirt/natural surface and mild machine grading.

The lower trail tread is soggy during shoulder seasons with a lot of standing water and drainage ruts and small streams of water. The middle section has an open grassy meadow that becomes a seasonal marsh when flooded full of spring melt water. The top of this trail ends just above the big snowmobile billboard. This upper section is a decent 2-track road that holds up to some bike use.

If you're around that snowmachine sign and looking for the fastest way out of the forest, this is a good direct escape route that descends all the way to the nearest road.

Despite the straight lines and constant grades, this trail is physically and technically quite hard to ride and most people will probably walk and push their bikes at times, it's less easy and more annoying than the alternate routes. You need to ride around a lot of puddles, holes and wash outs and it takes a lot of effort to pick your way through.

Every other option is more fun and more recommended for MTB use but you may need this connection one day if you're on a broken bike or running out of daylight.

More Stats for Purgatory mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    323 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,148 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,471 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,148 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,471 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,792 ft
  • Distance down
    545 ft
  • Distance flat
    33 ft
  • Avg time
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on May 30, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 1.5 (2 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to purgatory-19719 trailhead (44.420060, -80.300270)
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Purgatory Trail Reports

May 30, 2018 @ 10:24am
May 30, 2018
Deep soft mud, standing water, rutted out.
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag hipposauce (Jul 18, 2017 at 10:05)
 Don't climb this one unless you have to - the name Purgatory isn't a joke - lots of insects if you try at the wrong time of the year too...

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