Trailforks Trail of the Month: The Boundary Trail
Aug 31, 2015
The Boundary Trail, Milton, Ontario, Canada
A short 20 minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto you'll find Milton, Ontario and The Boundary Trail. Sitting directly on top of the Niagara Escarpment are 6 connected forest tracts with 45 trails, making up the Halton Agreement Forests, better known as the "Agreement Forest". Right next-door is an additional 14 neighbouring trails that make up the Hilton Falls Conservation Area. Combined, both networks have over 60 km of trails, ranging from easy access double-track to rock littered singletrack.
The Boundary Trail will keep all riders on their toes. The intermediate to advanced crowd will have fun negotiating the many skinnies, rock walls and the now famous Gnome Rock that can be found along the way. Novice rider can push their limits or choose to use one of the by-passes which are available at all trail features
The trail took over two years to complete and has seen multiple re-routes since its original layout 10 years ago. The latest changes took place just last year. A section of the trail was located on private land where a new land owner had erected a fence blocking a portion of the original trail. The local trail association, Halton Agreement Forest Trail Association (HAFTA) and a crew of volunteers worked with the landowner, Conservation Halton and IMBA to come up with a plan that would meet the needs of everyone. The re-route was started in the fall of 2014, extensive amounts of rock were moved to add technical trail features. HAFTA volunteers put the final touches on the new re-route this past spring and built the Revolver by-pass, resulting in a trail that's even more challenging than the original.
A small parking area can be found right at the trailhead to The Boundary Trail. Additional parking is available directly across the road in the Mohawk Race Track parking lot. Between late May and early September bug spray is highly recommended as the mosquito's can be relentless. If you plan to venture into the Hilton Falls Conservation Area portion of the network you're encouraged to purchase a day pass or a yearly membership to help support the work they do and amenities they offer. Amenities include, fire pits for cold fall rides, washrooms and trails like Bent Rim and Hilton's Hwy, which will definitely keep you coming back for more.