Chiniguchi Wolf Loop (223KM, Click here for more trail info)

Have you ever ridden the Chiniguchi Wolf Loop? This exciting loop travels on four different club trails. Goes through the Wolf Lake Forest Reserve, one of Ontario's old growth forests.  The Living Legacy Land Use Strategy  protected approximately 2,400 hectares of Boreal Forest, including Wolf Lake. Check out the scenic lookout from on Top of Wolf Mountain and view the old growth Red Pines and Majestic Lakes.

Many of the trees here are well over 200 years old!

"Scientists from Laurentian took some cores, and found one that is 310 years old," says Franco Mariotti of Science North. "We also have a cross-section, of a tree that was cut down in 1988 for an exhibit on climate change, and it's 240 years old. There are scars showing five fires that were survived over the life of this tree, which goes back to about 1760." That would be 30 years before the formation of Upper Canada.

Sledders like the route because it's a scenic one, and also because it gets a lot of white stuff early in the season. "It tends to be the first trail we open in the (Sudbury Trail Plan) system," Al Ross, President Nickel Belt Snow Spirits says. "For some reason, it seems to make a lot of snow up there."

Nickel Belt Snow Spirits maintains an outhouse at the base of the mountain -- a nice one, too, as far as outhouses go -- at a strategic fork in the C206D route. 

Ishpatina Ridge, the highest point in Ontario, is visible from the lookout on Wolf Mountain.

Before the times of the dinosaurs, a meteorite hit the Earth creating the Sudbury Basin, the second largest impact crater on Earth. The impact cracked the Earth's crust, releasing metal-rich magma. These metals helped secure the Sudbury region as one of the world's largest suppliers of nickel and copper ores. While riding the Chiniguchi Wolf Loop, you will ride past old mining claims and active mine sites. And always keep an eye out for wild life! It's not uncommon to see Moose, Coyotes, Timber Wolfs and Northern Lynx along the Chiniguchi Wolf Loop!

The Chiniguchi Wolf Loop is highlighted on the District 12 Trail Guide and this loop has unique trailside identifier signage. Maybe it's time to do the loop :))

Click onto the above Chiniguchi Wolf Loop Sign to view the loop map

Cartier Moose Loop (253.5 KM, Click here for more trail info)

The Cartier Moose Loop travels through the rugged and rounded rocks of the Laurentian Highlands and travels trough Boreal Forest.

While traveling on the Cartier Moose Loop explore the remnants of the Village of Sellwood. In 1900, the village of Sellwood, located 14 miles north of Capreol, was a sawmill town of about 100 people that included prospectors and Aboriginals. In 1907 it was better known as the northern terminal of the Canadian Northern Railroad and by 1910, the discovery of iron deposits led to the beginning of mining operations.

By 1916, the town had four stores, a Chinese laundry, a bowling alley, four pool-rooms and two restaurants. Accommodation could be found at one of the two bunkhouses, or at the 100-room Warren Hotel. Many of the residents owned their own homes. There was also a school, post office and a church. At its height Sellwood boasted a population of 1,500. By 1930, Sellwood was completely empty. Learn more about this ghost town by clicking onto this link

http://www.ghosttownpix.com/ontario/intros/sellwood.html

While traveling on the northern section of the Cartier Moose Loop, It’s common to view a family of Northern Lynx living in the Boral Forest. Lynx usually have litters of two or three and the young stay with their mother for a year. The Northern lynx is highly adapted for life in the northern forests. The wide furry paws distribute its weight over the snow and its long legs help the lynx to move quickly through even deep powder. The tail is short so that it does not drag in the snow, and the black tips of the ears and tail keep them from freezing. The adult body lengths are between 950mm and 825mm, with females being smaller than males. The lynx needs a large home range to find enough food for itself and can travel large distances in search of prey. When observing these majestic cats along the Cartier Moose Loop, please remember to give these fierce wild cats lots of space and use caution around the Northern Lynx, they have been know to fall deer for food.

The Cartier Moose Loop winds it’s way to the Town of Cartier. In 1885 the community was known as Archer. In 1888 it was officially named Cartier after the township, which was named to honour Sir George-Étienne Cartier (1814–1873), joint premier of the province of Canada with Sir John A. Macdonald from 1857 to 1862.

 

Click onto the above Cartier Loop Sign to view the loop map

Rainbow Elk Loop (325KM)

The Rainbow Elk Loop encompasses several extremely scenic areas; Killaney Park, with an abundance of wildlife including Elk. February 1996, the Ontario government announced, an elk restoration program. As of 2012, MNR estimates a population of 165-195 elk in the Rainbow Elk Loop area. It's common to see Elk along this loop.

 The La Cloche Mountains, also called the La Cloche Range, are a range of hills in Northern Ontario, along the northern shore of Lake Huron near Manitoulin Island. The hills are located in the Canadian Shield, and are composed primarily of white quartzite. With an estimated age of 3.5 billion years, the La Cloche Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth. The hills comprising the La Cloche Mountains are believed to have once been higher than today's Rocky Mountains. They remain among the highest altitudes in Ontario. According to legend, the hills were warning bells, or tocsins, used by local First Nations for signaling. These "Bell Rocks" could be heard for a considerable distance when struck, and accordingly when voyageurs explored the area they named it with the French word for “bell” — La Cloche

 

In 1934 Joachim Gauthier took this famous photograph of Franklin Carmichael painting at Grace Lake while the two artists were on one of their many painting expeditions. Carmichael, a member of the Group of 7, is seated on a white quartzite rock of which the La Cloche Mountains are made of.

This loop can make an extremely enjoyable day ride for high mileage tourers or a two day long family ride. The route contains comfort stations, places to pull-over beside the trail, ready access to the scenic lookouts for the photo buffs wanting memories and shortcuts for the riders not wanting to do the entire loop. It also passes throught the boreal forests and hardwood and coniferous forests. The loop has some of the most diverse riding in the area including, old rail lines, winding bush trails, old logging roads, fields and well staked lakes.