Trail #1 Details
Riding areaParc de la Gatineau - Gatineau Park
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular in reverse
SeasonMay to November
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.
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 change828 ft
Altitude min448 ft
Altitude max1,319 ft
Altitude start448 ft
Altitude end1,276 ft
Distance climb7 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat1 miles
Avg reverse time01:22:36
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Trail #1 Trail Reports
Jun 17, 2018 @ 11:00amJun 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 @ 10:23pmJun 11, 2018
Mar 1, 2018 @ 12:40amMar 1, 2018
Oct 9, 2017 @ 1:03pmOct 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 @ 4:39amAug 18, 2017
Routes with this trail
|Burma loop||7 miles|
|P7 to Champlain Lookout and Back||9 miles|
|Gatineau park Trail #32, #3, #1, #1b, #33, 40#, #1 and 14# loop||14 miles|