The optional side trail to the Quinn Trail, known as Pinion Pass, offers a steep dirty rocky climb with outcroppings and likely body damage. Winch required in group.
OF4WD Rating: 4+
This very popular well-known trail has been used for many years by all kinds of groups. In 2008, tire manufacturer BF Goodrich awarded it the status of “Outstanding Trail”. The trail has seen a lot of wear and tear lately due to traffic. It is very rocky with rocky climbs and off-camber areas. In some areas even the bypasses can be challenging. This is a full day trail; there is a traditional lunch spot at top of the hill overlooking the lake. We usually go in the “back door” (north entrance) which makes the trail more challenging and exit via the “front door” (south entrance) over bridge. This trail is only passable in a stock vehicle driven by an experienced driver. Skid plates highly recommended.
OF4WD Rating: 4
A longer alternate path to Crag Lake, known as the Crag Lake Back Door, leads from the road through tight trees and large rocks for a good distance before reaching the lake. Body damage is possible. Modified vehicles with 33” tires. Experience required.
OF4WD Rating: 4
EOTB began using the trail about 2006. The road down the power line to the Crag Lake turn-off is dusty, rough and lumpy. The trail crosses a beaver pond and climbs through the forest to reach a lake at the top of the hill. Skid plates recommended. This trail has seen a lot of abuse lately, please STAY ON TRAIL. The lake makes a good lunch and swim spot (beware of leaches). Normally we turnaround at the lake and exit via the entrance.
OF4WD Rating: 3+
There is an optional steep exit from the top of the Lavant Trail, known as the Lavant Back Door, which requires 33” tires and may be extremely tight between the trees.
OF4WD Rating: 4
The Lavant trail is a favourite EOTB trail located about an hour west of Ottawa. This is a beautiful forest trail. At the lake there is a camp site and lots of space to air down and prepare for the trail. At the trail junction is a rocky creek crossing or uphill bypass. Midway to the top, a challenging narrow rocky pinch point requires careful spotting and may result in body damage. Skid plates recommended. Exposed rock ridge at top offers lots of spots for crawling over rocks. This is a great spot for lunch and pictures. Exit back down the mountain, and out the side trail. Driver experience would be an asset.
OF4WD Rating: 3
This main part of this trail follows the hydro line from near California across Hwy 511 to Joe’s Lake. A short-cut entrance to this trail is a bit rocky and slippery with pine needles leading to a road. The road leads back to the hydro line. The hydro line road is well used by ATVs and other motorized vehicles.There are lots of opportunities for rock crawling. The trail crosses Hwy 511 and continues until it gets too tight for a truck.
OF4WD Rating: 2
This forest trail just outside Brockville, parallels the railway tracks and is used by many locals.
For more information about the old railway: http://www.railwaybob.com/BandW/BandWPage01.htm
OF4WD Rating: 3
This unmaintained road located just outside Kemptville was built for scotch settlers and abandoned do to the amount of mud and water. Full day of mud running and tugging and winching, good friends with recovery gear are necessities. Sometimes we couple this with a run back into Kemptville for ice-cream.
OF4WD Rating: 3
A few minutes west of Ottawa is the Carp trail – a rocky bumpy trail that is great place for local runs, night runs and for people wanting to try off-roading for the first time. This trail is suitable for stock vehicles and in some places modified vehicles can also be challenged. It can be quite overgrown. The main road allowance is used as an OFSC snowmobile trail. The side trail to the old Crazy Horse saloon was used by snowmobiles to stop for gas and beer but is used less frequently now that the restaurant is gone. Recent subdivision development brings backyards right up to the edge of the trail. Reduce noise and lights at night when near houses.
OF4WD Rating: 3
Located not far from Stittsville and within the City of Ottawa, the Dwyer Hill trail area has been used for many years by locals and off-road clubs, ATVs and snowmobiles. The trail entrance leads to a disused sand pit, crosses farmers’ fields under the hydro line and exits on to back roads. The area, especially around the sand pit is populated by lots of burned out cars and garbage. Bring recovery gear and long winch lines.
OF4WD Rating: 3
The Three Mountains trail is located about two hours west of Ottawa in the Griffith area. First discovered in 2007, the trail follows an ATV track that leads up to the top of one of the three mountains. A lot of exposed rock offers good traction and a few off-camber spots. There are still places to explore here. The top offers a nice view of the surrounding hills and is a great place to stop for lunch and chat. The trail continues across the mountain and exits down the back. This exit follows an old lumber road and can be tight and overgrown in places. On the back of the mountain, the trail splits and heads out to the road, heads north to Dugan Lake and splits off on an old overgrown trail to Waterfall Mountain. With travel from Ottawa, this trail takes a full day to reach and traverse. Fill up with gas at the Eagle’s Nest before hitting the trail head. Lots of blueberries along this trail when in season.
OF4WD Rating: 2+
The Rusty Bat trail follows the Madawaska River into Wabun Lake. The trail head is located about an hour and a half west of Ottawa. The trail criss-crosses the power line with a few rock climbing opportunities, all with go-arounds. Climbing a long rocky hill, the trail climbs to a peak under the hydro line which offers a scenic view of the lake and river. This is a nice place to stop for lunch before turning around.
OF4WD Rating: 2+
The Gorge trail is a stock-friendly hydro line trail located about an hour from Ottawa. The trail follows the hydro line access road making it ideal for new off-roaders and those who wish a gentle introduction to off-roading. There are many off-shoots and rock climbing opportunities that keep the trail interesting for novice and experienced drivers. All of the off-shoots return to the hydro line access road so drivers can try the obstacle or skip it without getting separated from the group. Some logging occurred in this area several years ago; it is rumoured that this area will be logged once the price of spruce recovers.
OF4WD Rating: 2
The thing I like about off-roading is the unpredictability.
You can open a new trail at fall camp and return 3 weeks later and raise the bar on minimum requirements and still spend all day slipping sliding and twisting on wet leaves and rocks and come out in the dark.
We ran 7 trucks in the back door of the Quinn and emerged out the front some 10 hours later.
Wow! what a great day on the Quinn. There were 7 of us and we were at the lake overlook by 2:30. The trail was dry, dry , dry so the traction was excellent. No winches or tow straps needed.
Well the weather report for Sunday looked bleak and Sunday morning confirmed it, "….so much rain no-one will want to go out today…."
My son Martin and I gassed up Carol's Jeep , as mine was on block's, and headed out hoping to get to Bells Corners as close to 9am as possible. The whole drive in from Brockville was rain, there goes my internal dialog again, " ..probably one or two Keeners will show up…" .
Well to my surprise we had over ten vehicles ready to roll with a grand total of 14 after meeting up with the ones at the trail head. The rain held off and the bugs weren't bad at all, we actually made it to the lunch spot for noon with time to play on the rocks.
Bon Echo this year was a little more low key than previous years. We managed to get some exploring in but it really didn't pan out into anything interesting. On Saturday we ran the Kilbourne trail, this was a trail we discovered last year. This trail is close to the park with enough interesting scenery and moderately challenging obstacles to keep us entertained.
With a nice sized group, we left camp with the intention of running the combination of Rusty Bat and Calabojee Line. We began with our routine air down at Wabun Lake where we had to take a few minutes to secure Marks sway bar before hitting the trail (can you say foreshadowing).
Rodney took the lead as we slowly made our way up the trail, playing on the various obstacles along the way. We deviated from the traditional path along the power in a few places to add a little variety to the trail. A few trucks even climbed one of the larger rocks just for the photo opportunity including some great shots of Jerry climbing it from the side.
The latest version of the EOTB Trail Maps has been released and is available for download in the Trail Leaders’ file section of the website along with the user’s guide.
The maps have been updated to reflect exploration that was done last year as well as some minor corrections.
The EOTB Trail Maps were created for use by EOTB Trail Leaders to help them host successful events that represent the values of the club. They are intended to foster responsible off-roading by ensuring the Trail Leaders can verify that they are adhering to the designated trails and avoiding sensitive areas or private land where access is prohibited. The EOTB Trail Maps were designed to work with Garmin mapping GPS devices as well as Garmin’s MapSource and BaseCamp software.
The maps are to be used as a guide and an aid to the trail leader and are not a substitute for trail knowledge.
We had a beautiful day offroading in Brockville today, but as always, we had a little drama :-)
Firstly, I apologize in advance, I am not good with remembering names. I arrived at the Loblaws in Bells Corners at about 0845hrs and was met by Dominic and his two friends in his beautiful black JK. Bit by bit more trucks arrived: New member Dave and his wife, with about 2,000km on their brand new mango-coloured JK Rubicon, followed by Ken in his new mango-coloured JK Rubicon. Another new JK Rubicon showed up, this time blue, with Rob and Melanie. The Ottawa group was rounded out by Vince (and daughter), Steve in the only other non-Jeep, and Evan with his three kids. Lucky Christine with a day alone. I gave a very quick and dirty explanation of geocaching, and a couple of programs on my laptop: MapSource and EasyGPS that help downloading maps, waypoints, and tracks onto the GPS receiver.
We left a little late, and the drive to Brockville started with a bang. On Hwy 416 at about Roger Stevens my front-left tire blew. It was certainly a bit of a shock, fortunately I had both hands on the wheel and made it safely to the shoulder. I'm sure it was a surprise for those behind me too.
We finally made it to the waterfront park in Brockville, which was unsurprisingly crowded on a beautiful summer day. We were met by ChrisP, Wiz and LJ, Pat, Cyndy and Paul, and John. Chris and I differed on whether or not the trail is stock friendly. I think I am right, with the by-passes, it is a stock friendly trail. Without taking the bypasses...
I love that trail, it isn't long, but offers a little of everything, some mud, some rocks and climbs, all within the city limits. We had a bit of a scare when we thought Paul may have hydrolocked his motor, but thanks to Pat's hard work, they got it all cleaned out. Steve gave Chris's winch a workout, and everything went well.
We found two geocaches along the trail, nice classic hides and made some trades and Evan dropped off a new EOTB travelbug.
Thanks to all who came along for the beautiful day in the woods, especially for your hard work and patience. I look forward to seeing some photos.
We started off the day with a nice meal at Shooter’s Bar and Grill in Calabogie. When I pulled into the parking lot, Grant, Tom and Mike were already there, and shortly after we joined them Brian arrived. We ate, chatted and laughed before heading for the trail, stopping only briefly to air-down tires and disconnect sway bars. The weather was threatening rain, but so far, we had remained dry.
The forecast for the day was clear and sunny, but it turned out to be a warm but overcast day. Being Mother’s Day it was questionable as to the potential turnout for the run. Lavant is a great trail with a little of everything to offer the off road enthusiast, but with very few bypasses. At the primary spot, I was met with a good turnout of eager participants, including a new guest to the club Stephen in his blue modified 2 door JK. With the vehicle count at 7 trail rigs, 1 tow rig and 4 dogs, we headed out to the secondary meeting spot in Hopetown. Peter in his Land Cruiser offset the Jeep sweep of vehicles.
We came … we saw… we conquered! Yup that trash never had a chance!
We had great weather for the cleanup and an awesome turnout, including a new guest, Nick from Renfrew who rolled into Munfords in his YJ. We completed the 2KM cleanup in record time finishing just before 1pm. That stretch of highway sure looks great! A big thanks to all those who participated.
After all the rain we have been having the forecast was calling for cloudy skies and a high of 13 C… it was exciting looking forward to Easter Sunday for our first official trail run of the year to get the off road season started. As most of you know we choose the Gorge trail as an opener for two reasons. One because we always get new folks wanting to try their hand at off-roading and Two because the Gorge is an “obstacles are optional” trail.
We had a total of 21 trucks, 14 members and 7 guests – not too bad of a turn out even considering it was Easter Sunday! We had folks from East Ottawa to as far west as Toronto driving both stock and modified trucks.