1 miles
Distance
90 ft
Climb
-87 ft
Descent
00:21:52
Avg time

The Den Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #19742 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
  • Year Opened
    2018
  • Land Manager
    Region of Halton

The Den of Spines - named after the resident porcupines, this is the first new trail in the Agreement Forest inventory in years. This trail will flow on the bike but it is sure to become a favourite of all forest users.

Looping through a former homestead, this area is home to several active porcupine dens. Be on the lookout for signs of porcus spina, like bark scraped from trees.

Dog walkers and hikers are sure to be attracted to the lookout at the lake.

This trail has two or three short but tough climbs. The overall rating is moderate.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Den mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,069 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,105 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,102 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,106 ft
  • Grade max
    -12.6%
  • Grade min
    10.8%
  • Distance climb
    2,316 ft
  • Distance down
    2,457 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,762 ft
  • Avg time
    00:21:52
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:28
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Status:
on Jul 29, 2020
Variable
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      The Den Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 29, 2020 @ 10:22am
      Jul 29, 2020
      reporter
      "Cleared and flawlessly perfect" - Raf
      Jul 5, 2020 @ 12:06pm
      Jul 5, 2020
      Rocky as usual. Put a good beating on me and my bike today. Great ride. Can I have some more please?
      Jun 19, 2020 @ 5:22pm
      Jun 19, 2020
      reporter
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 12:01pm
      Jun 13, 2020
      reporter Did a little clean up but all good.
      Jun 8, 2020 @ 5:59pm
      Jun 8, 2020
      reporter
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 294 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 416 rides
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      Technical Trail Features (TTF)

      Photos

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      176 |
      Jul 1, 2018 @ 8:30am
      Jul 1, 2018
      102 |
      Jun 25, 2018 @ 7:38am
      Jun 25, 2018
      24 |
      Jun 25, 2018 @ 7:37am
      Jun 25, 2018
      117 |
      Jun 25, 2018 @ 7:35am
      Jun 25, 2018

      Routes with this trail

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      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag Tacoma16 (Jul 13, 2018 at 5:43)
       Lots of hard work on this trail. Awesome job! Lots of fun!
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag jcklondon HAFTA (Jul 14, 2018 at 10:42)
       Thanks T. Good to hear people are enjoying it, over 400 hours of volunteer work went into its creation.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Mastermmartin (Jul 18, 2018 at 15:11)
       Awesome trail guy's.. One of my new favorites.. Great work...
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag Spider29 (Jul 31, 2018 at 14:41)
       Doesn't quite beat out my favourite AF trail (Strangler) but this might be a close second. Needs a bit more time for rocks to settle in and anchor themselves. This will become a mandatory loop when I'm there. It swings both ways, great in either direction.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Bangkokgold (Sep 3, 2018 at 12:44)
       Rocky trail even by AF standards. Gonna love it in winter on my fat bike
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag jbirchy HAFTA (Jul 7, 2019 at 16:30)
       Trail Captain report:
      Did a little rock work repair today, no need for brush cut-back yet. All else seems good.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag HAFTA HAFTA (Jul 11, 2019 at 12:55)
       Awesome Birchy. Agree on the pruning.. the benefits of a "new" trail!
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag Yoga100 (Jul 9, 2019 at 15:43)
       I think I need to get used to Canadian trails. I found this to be almost unrideable. All endless rock gardens where you don't have any momentum considered to be fun here?
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag HAFTA HAFTA (Jul 11, 2019 at 12:54)
       Hi Yoga100,

      Momentum can be had on this trail and your next time around will be slightly less "unrideable" Please give it a few more tries before giving up.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag skateboardnorth (Jun 14, 2020 at 17:31)
       5 star trail building. It requires a lot of bike handling skills to get in the flow and make it through. It’s pretty relentless, so be prepared for a rocky ride. Pick your lines wisely.
      [Reply]

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