101 Beagle Club Rd. Harwood
Posted on January 23, 2020 / 2286
Listing Type : Cross Country Ski / Snowshoe
Location : Eastern Ontario
X-Ski km : 23
Skate km : none
Snowshoe km : 11
Skill Level : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : large hills, narrow paths, steep sections, tight turns
Facilities : parking, toilets/outhouse, trailhead map, good trail signage
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 23+ km

Cross-Country (Not track set) – 23+ km
Skate Skiing groomed – none
Snowshoe trail – 11+ km 

Skill – All levels

Terrain – Flat sections, rolling hills, large hills, mixed forest. Trail narrow, some tight turns.

Hours – Daylight hours

Fee – Free

Trail Map – Map boards and numbered signposts, no paper map

Facilities – Parking, outhouse, benches

Highlights – Scenic, wilderness, lookouts

Phone – 905 372 3329

Website – Northumberland County,   FB page

Current Conditions No grooming, tracks set by other skiers

Similar Trails – Ganaraska, Durham Forest, Glenleg

Local Clubs – None

Access – Take hwy 45 north from hwy 401 to 101 Beagle Club Rd.  Parking lot on the westside, follow gravel to the trailhead skiing.

To Snowshoe continue 3 more kilometres north on hwy 45 and turn right on Woodlands Rd. to park by trailhead.

No snowshoes, hiking or dogs allowed on ski trails.

The Northumberland County trails are a little-known yet large forested area that offers a free cross-country skiing experience for those willing to rough it. No frills here, just nature and a good, stress free day of outdoor exercise.

North of Cobourg about 15 km from Lake Ontario, this wooded area on the Oak Ridges Moraine matches very much the topography of Ganaraska further west. Here you will find a mix of evergreens and hardwood trees among rolling hills that can be high.

Passionate locals come here to enjoy the serene wilderness and do a bit of backcountry skiing. You will likely find tracks already cut by them bushwacking around the 7 loops available.

No scheduled grooming or skate skiing is here as the trail is narrow with a few tight turns.

From the trailhead signs with coloured dots lead you into four main coloured trail lengths. The Red 2.6 km and the Orange 2.2 km loops both are easy and short enough for most skiers to handle. Consider skiing the Blue 3.3 km loop as well for a bit more.

Adventurous and fit Nordic skiers will want to take on the Green loops (ranging from 5 – 14 km in length) which are full of hills. Perfect to explore and feel one with nature. Down by the southwest corner is the yellow Hog’s Back Bypass if you want to avoid these challenging inclines. (Just don’t tell anyone you did.)

This is a designated ski area only (between Dec 1st and March 30th), so if you wish to Snowshoe, hike or ride a Fatbike then head east to the Woodlands lot. There are a few loops from 3 – 9 km (which is far on Snowshoes) to take you through the woods over hill and dale. The side trail to climb Lookout Mtn. might be to your liking too.

You may notice trails on the other side of the Beagle Club Rd. I am not sure of their status but I know snowmobiles do ride through these woods.

Aside from a large parking lot, outhouse and benches on the trail there are no warming cabins or other comforts. You will find few food options for miles if you wish to buy lunch, so pack well for this outing.

I might also add go with a buddy, or tell someone if you ski way into the bush as this area has few people who can help. 

So there you have it, some fine wilderness skiing in Southern Ontario. Unfortunately, it may be too southern, as in recent years, the snow has not always remained here for long. Curses global warming!… you will have to watch the weather and take a chance, but please do…

Opening Hours
  • Monday :Daylight
  • Tuesday :Daylight
  • Wednesday :Daylight
  • Thursday :Daylight
  • Friday :Daylight
  • Saturday :Daylight
  • Sunday :Daylight
Northumberland Nordic ski Trail map

Northumberland Nordic ski Trail map

Northumberland Snowshoe Trail map

Northumberland Snowshoe Trail map

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