13 miles
2,324 ft
-1,496 ft
Avg time

Trail #1 Details

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  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    May to November
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager

Gatineau Park Trail #1 is multi use trail/ maintenance access road for most of it's length. Several of the parks cabins are accessible from the trail (Keogan, Shilly Shally, Huron, Western and McKinstry) as well as the very popular Champlain Lookout.

The #1 trail starts with a very steep climb near Old Chelsea and then turns into a moderate "blue square" trail with lots of hill climbing and descending until the end at the Luskville Fire Tower.

Be aware that some of the hills occasionally sustain water damage and can have deep ruts running through them (the Kingsmere climb in particular). As well there are long stretches of the trail with a gravel top layer that reduces traction.

Please be courteous to the other trail users as you can get going very fast on some of the down hills. This is a popular hiking trail for the entire length due to the many connecting hiking trails.

Access Info

If you are starting from Old Chelsea you can park in the Chelsea parking/picnic area next to L'Orée du Boris restaurant on Notch Rd and at the Gatineau Park Visitors Center on Scott Street. You can find the Gatineau Park map on the links on this page.

More Stats for Trail #1 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    828 ft
  • Altitude min
    448 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,319 ft
  • Altitude start
    448 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,276 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jun 17, 2018
Avg: 3 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to trail-1-63042 trailhead (45.502160, -75.812880)
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Trail #1 Trail Reports

Jun 17, 2018 @ 11:00am
Jun 17, 2018
Rode #1 from P7 to the #3. Trail is in good condition. Rideable on a cyclocross bike with 33mm cross tires.
Jun 11, 2018 @ 10:23pm
Jun 11, 2018
Mar 1, 2018 @ 12:40am
Mar 1, 2018
Oct 9, 2017 @ 1:03pm
Oct 9, 2017
The trail needs a warning on the left-hander past the hut - the exposed bedrock is quite hazardous. Otherwise, there are three fallen trees...
Aug 18, 2017 @ 4:39am
Aug 18, 2017
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Aug 6, 2018 @ 7:02pm
Aug 6, 2018
Trail #1, My City
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Aug 5, 2018 @ 2:23pm
Aug 5, 2018
Trail #1, My City

3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag carbonpro (Sep 8, 2016 at 8:12)
 Great trail to get you around in the Gatineau park and connect with other trail to make different loop.
  • + 2
flag peterjd66 (Jul 30, 2017 at 13:17)
 This is my go to trail if I need to warm up my legs and just pedal on nice easy terrain but the climbs are definitely lung busters and make your legs feel a bit heavy after. Best way to ride this trail is to start at Keogan and then head towards Champlain and the double back on the 1 all the way to chemin Old Chelsea.
  • + 1
flag JumpinJesus (Jun 9, 2018 at 20:06)
 What a climb on a dh. I'm going to bed now. Good trail!

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