ENVIRONMENT

The Kolapore Wilderness Trails consist of approximately 50 kilometres of marked trails that are managed for cross-country skiing in the winter and biking and hiking in the summer. In winter the trails are intended only for cross-country skiing; please no walking, snowshoeing or biking, and leave your dog at home.

The trails are located in a rugged, semi-wilderness area along the Niagara Escarpment in The Blue Mountains, about 20 km southwest of Collingwood. The trails are carefully blazed with orange triangle blazes, but the network is complex, so a map is strongly recommended.

The trails are managed by the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association. The cost of managing the trails is covered by memberships, donations and proceeds of map sales. All trail maintenance is done by volunteers. The trails do not receive any government support. Trail users are encouraged to support the trails by joining the Association or donating .

There are a number of access points to the Kolapore Trails, which are shown on the Kolapore trail map. The primary access point is at 495436 Grey Road 2, where there is a parking lot which is plowed in winter. There is normally a toilet at this parking lot. The parking lot is often full on weekends, both summer and winter, so consider the use of other access points. In winter, the primary parking lot is NOT the recommended access point for less experienced skiers – all trails at this location are challenging. The County Forest trails are recommended for less experienced skiers or mountain bikers.

In winter, the trails provide “back country” skiing – they are not groomed. In summer, some trails are closed because they are environmentally sensitive.


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