The Sault Cycling Club’s home trails are at Hiawatha Highlands where we maintain the single track trail system. Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into creating and maintaining this diverse trail system. Our 4 single track trail systems are on private land in which we maintain permission for the existing trail networks. Continued permission for use of the properties for mountain biking is a privilege that must be maintained through responsible maintenance and use of the trails. Consider making a donation to our trails today!
Please note that this page is undergoing improvements!
Expect continued trail updates over the summer of 2021.
Download the trail map here: Hiawatha Trail Map – Sault Cycling Club
- Location: East of Landslide Road and South of Connor Road.
- Parking: Next to the blue ski building on Fifth Line.
- Skill Level: Intermediate & Advanced
- Distance: 9.2 km + Optional 2 km add on
The terrain is rolling with some challenging up-hills, downhills, and rocky technical sections. If you’re an intermediate to advanced cross-country rider, these trails are well worth the travel!
Start on the slow climb in along the Crystal trail that brings you to a fast down along a gentle flowing river. Get ready for one more climb as you arrive at Nemesis, known for its challenging technical climb. Heads up for downhill riders! Also, don’t worry, the trail levels out once you reach the top! If you’re looking for a fun down, loop back to enjoy the flow and berms (but you’ll have to climb back up to continue on!)
Take a hard left off of the double track at a good speed and you’ll love the flow into sidetrack! The trail is pretty level but has some sharp corners into gradual ups and downs that finishes off back at the double track. You’ll be met with two options: Easier (turn left) or Wedding Crasher (turn right). If you want to take the easier option, take a left at the end of sidetrack and follow the double track ski trail marked by white Rasta signs. Once you climb up the short punchy hill, you’ll see the sign for “Drop Zone” on your right and “Anymel” down the other side of the hill. If you’ve chosen to have more adventure, take a right at the end of “sidetrack” to head over to Wedding Crasher! Flow through the winding trees until you reach a small log roll. Begin a short climb where you can either turn right (easier) or left to challenge yourself to a rock garden. Back on the main trail, you’ll find yourself pumping through the next section and rolling through a few small rock gardens. Finish off with a small climb.
Drop Zone! (ADVANCED): If you’ve got what it takes, take a left at the end of Wedding Crasher. You’ll see the sign for “Drop Zone” to your left once you climb the hill on the ski trail. This trail is for advanced riders only!! It includes rocky, roots descents and large drops.
You’ll be flowing along a small ridge when you start on Anymel. Enjoy some small jumps off the edge of the trail. Just when you start getting tired, you’ll want to pick up your speed and you’ll fly into a nice roller where you can get some air or feel free to take it slow and enjoy the ride 😉
Want to extend your ride by 2km? Follow the upside down white Rasta signs for an added adventure! (see pic below). Start on Gunsmoke which is a flat, rooty trail that flows along the Voyageur trail and the Crystal Creek. Stop at the Crystal Creek Bridge which is a popular spot where riders take a break to relax, eat a snack and snap some pics! Roll up the hill past the bridge and take a right on to Pump It. This is a Voyageur hiking trail so stop and say hi to the dog walkers and hikers!
Climb up the ski trail hill and take a left. At the top of The Altar you’ll choose your line down this rocky descent. At the bottom you’ll be met with a few rollers and some berm action! (Advanced riders!) For those who aren’t up for the rocky descent, head on over to Bermeeze. You’ll want some speed as you wind through this short trail shaped like an S – S is for Sweet berms! After some pedaling, you’ll pick up speed quick on Jedi as you round a corner into a rolling descent. Take advantage of your speed and enjoy some sharp fast corners. Take a left when you get to the ski trail to head to Guillotine. The name Guillotine came from the original trail having a large overhead downed tree at the start which was known to take a few heads off (not really, but if you weren’t careful, you could hit your head!) Fun, fast berms make this trail a local favorite! (see pics below).
You’ll have some speed from Guillotine as you roll into Root’n and Root’n 2. Time for some flats with, well, roots! After you navigate the roots, head into Squishy. Yep, you guessed it. This trail didn’t get its name from being dry. It’s SQUISHY year round. Challenge yourself to a quick, steep-ish climb followed by a little rock garden when you round the corner. Its time for some Rock’n & Roll’n! Take the easy route (Roll’n) along the ski trail to by-pass this technical, rocky trail meant for advanced riders. If you’ve got the skills, take Rock’n for a bumpy, technical ride into a rocky descent.
If you are looking for a place to stop for lunch, this could be the perfect spot overlooking a beautiful waterfall. We recommend walking your bike down the extremely rocky descent (found by going straight through the entrance of Rock’n instead of taking a left. Listen for the water!
**This is an unmarked trail and not maintained by the Sault Cycling Club.
Ride smooth on Yoda you will. Gentle, flowy trail into Wave which is a short, fun trail that ends with an easy (take a left) or a root’n rock climb meant for Advanced Riders. Watch for the jump at the end! Head into Switch for a few flowy turns followed by a rooty uphill into Flow! YEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! What more can we say?? It’s a fun rooty downhill that ends in a couple berms that’ll send you back up. Keep the flow!! (yeah we said more… shush!) Ridge Run is the last single track section of the Crystal Creek Trail System. Keep your speed and you’ll fly through this flowy, rooty trail to finish it all off.
After you cross the big bridge, hop off your bike, take a right and walk down the walkway to the bottom of the Crystal Falls. You saw this water a few times already, upstream!
Sorry, eh. Got to pedal back up that big paved hill to get back to the trailhead. At least there are no roots or rocks!! :-p
- Location: Opposite the blue ski building.
- Skill Level: Beginner & Experience Riders
- Distance: 5 km
Go across the road to the Pinder singletrack, a twisty and tight trail good for beginner-to-more-experienced riders. The terrain is generally level with no sustained climbs or descents.
- Location: Trailhead located at the top of Landslide Hill just before it meets Fifth Line.
- Parking: Small parking area to the right of the trailhead sign, or park in the main lot off of Fifth Line next to the blue ski building.
- Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
- Distance: 14 km
The Red Pine trails have easier, intermediate and difficult sections. The are many different loops you can take depending on how long you want to ride. The trails paralleling Fifth Line are on a relatively flat bench. The trails to the south (e.g., Holiday, Rabbit Run) are below the bench and have significant descending/climbing.
Red Pine Mini (2.7 km)
This trail is great for beginners or an add on to your ride when you’re short on time. It’s got a little something for everyone. You’ll start easy on Wolf Tree and Penny Lane. Don’t miss your right turn towards Tricky Bit (if you’ve hit the double track / ski trail head back about 20 feet). Tricky Bit tends to stay middy year round. Keep your speed up through it to get some air off the small bridge at the end (*easily rollable). You’ll travel through the Magic Forest and tall pines. Nearing the end keep an eye open on your right and you can test out your skills on some log rolls.
Red Pine Main (2.3 km)
Stickman Drive (1.7 km)
Rabbit Run (2.2 km)
Holiday (2.7 km)
- Parking: Next to the blue ski building on Fifth Line.
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Distance: 1.2 km
The Kinsmen Family Adventure Trail is a short 1.2 km loop, perfect for beginners. The trail starts in the Kinsmen Park. Follow the green trail signs (see below picture).
The first half of the trail includes a slow incline along some switchbacks. Once you reach the top of the trail, you’ll flow along some rollers and berms bringing you back to the Kinsmen Park.