Cross-country Skiing

Hockleycrest Ski Trail Network 2016/2017

The Hockleycrest Ski Trail Network consists of 14 km of single-track trails, on land belonging to 5 landowners: The Taoist Tai Chi Society, The Bruce Trail Conservancy, The Moule/Cohen Family, The Wilson Family, and Mother of God Monastery (Coptic Orthodox Church).

The trail network owes its existence to the generosity of these landowners.   Please respect their property and their privacy.

Trails are marked and maintained by one person on a voluntary basis. Most are groomed (packed and track-set) when practical in order to make them safer and more comfortable for trail users. As of 2016, only one short trail section remains too narrow to be groomed: a short stretch (about 200m) on #1 Mainline between #16 Pine Cut and #3 Hockleycrest. Every effort is made to ensure trails are cleared and safe.

The 22 numbered trails are marked by yellow diamond-shaped markers at all trail junctions. Please stay on the marked trails at all times.

A portion of the main Bruce Trail is considered Not Suitable For Skiing, and is marked as such. Please do not ski this trail section (hiking and snowshoeing are still permitted).

Some trail sections are suitable for skiing in one direction only, due to steep hills and/or sharp turns. Please obey the signs indicating the correct direction of travel. Skiing the wrong way on a one-way trail could lead to serious injury.

 

USERS OF THESE TRAILS DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK

 

You can download a map of the 2016-17 Hockleycrest Ski Trails.

Odd numbered routes run predominantly North/South Even numbered routes run predominantly East/West
1.       Mainline [3.6 km]
1a Mainline one-way uphill [0.2 km] 2.       Gazebo [0.3 km]
3.       Hockleycrest [1.7 km] 4.       Tornado Alley [150m]
5.       Westside Story [1 km] 6.       Central Park [0.4 km]
7.       Around the Pines [0.8 km] 8.       Get Down [80m]
9.       The Pasture [0.7 km] 10.   Field and Forest [0.4 km]
11.   Tamarack [130m] 12.   Southfield [1.0 km]
13.   Harmony [130m] 14.   Logging Trail [0.1 km]
15.   The Lowdown [160m] 16.   Pine Cut [0.2 km]
17.   Northfield Circuit [0.9 km] 18.   Roller Coaster [0.4 km]
19.   Stonehedge [0.3 km] 20.   North Plateau [0.8 km]
21.   The Ash Grove [0.3 km]

 

We are continuing the skate skiing loop consisting of portions of Central Park, Westside Story, Hockleycrest and Southfield, which was initiated in 2015. The total length of the skate loop is 2.5 km. It has been cleared to a width of 3 metres, and will be packed flat with a classic track set along one edge. The skate loops are marked with red arrows containing the word “skate”.

New for 2016/17 – snowshoe trails – In an effort to separate incompatible uses (i.e. skiing and walking) 2 new trails are being opened this year, exclusively for the use of snowshoe enthusiasts. The first is an alternate snowshoe route that parallels the main Bruce Trail from the junction of #1 and #16 to the junction of #1 and #6. The second is a loop trail named Peter’s Path, which follows an approximately rectangular route of 1.5 km around the Hockleycrest property. When combined with the main Bruce Trail and the alternate snowshoe trail, this creates a 2 km loop for snowshoeing, separated from the ski trails.

Trail and snow condition reports can be found at www.hockleycrest.blogspot.ca