1,833 ft
58 ft
-69 ft
234 ft
High Point

The Gord Downie Details

  • Riding area
    Ottawa Urban
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • AKA
    Baron Ridge
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Bridge, Jump, Rock Garden, Other
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

Coming from under the bridge, this trail winds through a grassy area and then passes into the bush. On your left is a drop in under a log that has a stepped s-berm at the bottom, which does meet back up to the main trail. Once in the bush, continue past the root drop and down the hill to a very small clearing. Up ahead is a small s-curve that ends up crossing a small drainage ditch into what used to be a bum's campsite. Access to the river is on the left here. The path goes up the hill to the right, then cuts left between trees up top. Here, you continue through the bush, under about three trees, then take a slight left and follow it down to the round-a-bout. This may be as far as the average rider should go, because it gets tight up ahead on the side of a 40 foot high embankment.
But you've got gut's so you're going to push your way past the two trees, and along the ridge of logs until you get to a clearing with a bridge. Here there's a dip into and out of another drainage ditch, into a climb to a small rock kicker. Past that, you swoop down the hillside in the open and on stones and gravel and keep cutting across. There's another climb here that will likely make you touch down if you don't keep up the momentum. Then if that weren't enough to have you winded, there's a jump that's sideways up ahead into more climbing. After this, the trail continues along the hillside back into the bush at Hog's Back. Climb up through the boulders a bit and then you find yourself coming back down to the basin below. It's steep here but it's fun. You're now at the Bog's Hack trail. Enjoy!

Access Info

Under Heron bridge on Colonel By or Via Hog's Back through the Bog's Hack Trail

This trail is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!


Respect the wildlife & watch out for hikers. Path is VERY narrow at times with high consequences.

More Stats for The Gord Downie mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -12 ft
  • Altitude min
    206 ft
  • Altitude start
    234 ft
  • Altitude end
    222 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,014 ft
  • Distance down
    766 ft
  • Distance flat
    52 ft
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on Nov 12, 2017
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The Gord Downie Trail Reports

Nov 12, 2017 @ 2:17pm
Nov 12, 2017
Connection to Bog's Hack trail is flooded. Viva 2017. Rest of the trail is hard and clear.
Oct 28, 2017 @ 3:57pm
Oct 28, 2017
Connected to the trail at Hog's Back Falls now and all clear.
Oct 24, 2017 @ 9:06pm
Oct 24, 2017
Connection to Bog's Hack trail not complete, forcing you to turn around or help build. I ain't complaining, but I still do...
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