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Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult (Terrain).
Setting: Wooded, rugged singletrack.
Signage: Periodic signage and markings.
2 looped and 1 linear trail.
Extends into the Purcell’s Cove Backlands.
The new Norawarren Singletrack trail system was created thanks to the McIntosh Run Watershed Association and their group of hard-working volunteers (donate!). The trails consist of 2 stacked 1/2km loops and a linear backcountry trail which will eventually meet up to the extensive trails in the Purcell’s Cove Backlands. The two recently completed loops were designed with the beginner level mountain biker in mind. Banked turns, boardwalks, and bridges help tame the rugged trail without detracting from the natural feel.
Designed For Mountain Bikes
Entering at the trailhead on Norawarren Drive you’ll start along a 1/2km “In-N-Out” trail, which leads an intersection of the looped trails and the backcountry trail. The looped trails are stacked, meaning you can choose to do the 600m “Nora” loop by itself or continue on the additional 500m “Warren” loop. Both loops are rugged but well constructed narrow single tracks which wind through the dense forest with occasional granite outcrops scattered throughout.
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The 2km “West Pine” backcountry trail is more rugged and is currently under construction. With that in mind, caution should be used as the trail is harder to follow and doesn’t have the signage the completed looped trails currently have. The “West Pine” trail leads to West Pine Island Pond and will eventually connect up to trails in the Backlands. The various ponds (I would call them lakes) also make up a canoe loop (see map).
The trail system is ideal for a quick walk or a place to practice your mountain biking skills. Eventually, it will become a gateway to the backlands where you can challenge yourself with more demanding hikes and rides. Be sure to have a bike bell, keep your head up when walking and be kind by moving aside when you see bikers nearby.