1. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Here is the map of riding areas for Simcoe County. Submitted by TE 450 Pilot (with permission from SCORRA).
    Attached here for download.

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  2. OrangeKoolaid

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    This is a map that has been provided to SCORRA by the Simcoe County Forester's office, it has all the current Designated Trails on the map. This technically means that an OFTR Member only has permission to be riding on these Desginated Trails.

    Not only has the County forwarded this map to us the riders, they have forwarded this map to the OPP for enforcement purposes.

    The Land Use Agreement states we are to be riding on these Designated Trails and if found on a non Desginated Trail you are Trespassing.

    Once we are able to clean and sign all of the current Desginated Trails the County will entertain adding more Desginated Trails, so its not all bad.

    Bottom line, know where you are riding..

    Have Fun
    Don
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    I encourage everyone to help out with this task if thy have some time. Better yet , join SCORRA and help support this club. Keeping trail and perhaps adding more helps us all
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    Don - can you clarify "Designated Trails", please?

    The reason I ask is that the map doesn't seem to show any trails, it only shows Forest Tracts. I was advised by the SCORRA rep at the Bike Show that all trails in a tract are NOT open to OFTR. He explained that a trail had to have an OFTR orange sign on to show that it was open. He said it was SCF's plan to restrict OFTR to specific trails in selected tracts.

    Looking at the new SCF map, it seems to indicate the entire tract is open for OFTR member use. We were riding there yesterday and only saw a couple of OFTR signs all day.

    Has something changed - are ALL the trails in the designated tracts open?

    Bob
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    Bob

    My understanding is that just because a tract is designated does not mean all the trails within it are approved. The approved trails are marked with OFTR signs. I have been told that the OPP will lay trespassing charges if you are riding a unapproved trail , even if the tract is a approved one.

    Don should be able to verify if i have this 100% right.

    Randy
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    Bob et al

    The County has Desginated Trails which have been approved by the County Forrestry Recreation Technician (also Municipal By Law Officer) which were submitted to the County by a SCORRA Member.

    It are these Designated Trails which we are only permitted to be riding on, they must be arrowed and marked accordingly which SCORRA volunteers are trying to get to. A vast majority of the Desginated Trails have been marked but there is still some more work to be done.

    I would suspect that if you are in an area from the County's map riding that you will certainly get some leahway from the OPP however I would virtually guarantee that if you are riding in an area that is not approved on the County's map that there will not be much leahway. The County does realize that Rome was not built in one day and they have been pleased with the amount of work done up till know.

    Once the current Desginated Trails are marked and signed there will be an opportunity to add to the existing trails.

    Even more so now with the OFTR's recent grant application.

    It's really not that bad the County is truly willing to work with OFTR and SCORRA.

    Bob, with any luck we may be able use some of the GPS work that you did last summer in order to get additional Designated Trails.

    Take care
    Don
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    Thanks for clearing up that point.

    I guess we must have been riding in some of the less popular tracts on Sunday as we saw very few OFTR signs. I rarely ride trails - I prefer DualSport - and I was mainly there to check out the tracts that are on the new SCF map that I hadn't visited previously.

    As you seem to know, I've been making GPS maps from tracklogs and have a growing set of trails marked for the SCF tracts. If this is of any use in helping keep riders on the legal trails, I'd be more than happy to give the maps to you for free distribution. I'd also considered adding the "legal" tract boundaries to the maps as some area are adjacent to off-limit tracts and it would be easy to inadvertently ride into them in error.

    Thanks
    Bob
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    Bob, I'll pass on your information to the SCORRA fellow who oversee's that particular area as he does not frequent this site.

    We appreciate your offer to provide you GPS skills.

    thanks
    Don
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    I recently downloaded the 2010 Approved Forest Tracts map from the OFTR website and it's different to the one posted above.

    To simplify needing to carry a paper map, I took the 2010 Map and created a GPS waypoint for the approximate mid-point of all the approved tracts. This should make it easier for those with GPS to easily find approved tracts.



    Bob

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    There is a new version of the Approved Forest Tracts map on the OFTR website and it's different to the 2010 one posted above.

    I used this new map to update my GPX file.

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    Yes, it's the same as the one I posted earlier which gives the waypoint at the approx centre of the Approved Tract.

    I do have a very full collection of tracks for almost all the trails in all the tracts, but it appears that no one really wants to publish all the tracks. I believe the "official" view is that we can only ride on trails that have an "OFTR Sign", which obviously isn't all the trails in a tract. Perhaps you don't need a GPS tracklog if you can only ride those that actually have signs.

    I no longer distribute my GPS maps that have "all the good stuff" shown :wink:

    Bob
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    Anyone have a map for the easy double track trails for simcoe? I'm going to be heading out with a beginner who is no where near ready for harder trails.just looking for a good afternoon puttering around some nice big trails.
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    Joe - I'd suggest just going to Hendrie. Lots of double track on each side of Nursery rd.
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    Thanks Brian ill get the jump off point from the flyer.
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    Joe, as much as I enjoy riding the Hendrie Tract what has been desginated is mostly single tract which might not be what your new rider friend is after. If so then great, there are some new trails cut in there and we have made good use of the natural elevation changes in there.

    For a new member I would suggest the Strachan Tract, this is mostly two tract Couple years ago SCORRA ran our Ladies Only Training Day out of this area and it was well received. There is some single tract and some small sandy hills that a rider could practice on.

    http://scorra.ca/documents/Strachan.jpg

    Here is slide show of the event which will show you the terrain. http://www.tarafrost.com/galleries/slid ... e2011.html

    Have fun

    Don
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    Thank you don for the info. Ill grab a look at it and maybe zip up on the rapid transit bike for a quick walk around before actually taking her there
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    I'm looking for somewhere near Orillia to take my wife also. We have a KLR650 and a KLX250. I love the 250 offroad.
  19. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    SCORRA has a forum where you can find info on Simcoe County riding. http://www.scorra.ca/phpBB3/ It's best to have someone show you around as the good stuff can be hard to find.
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    Thanks for the information Don. I was there today playing and the double track there is great for learning on. Lots of nice wide open areas and not near as rocky as the ganny.
    Thanks for your help.
    Joe