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  • #1417
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    (– by BrettDez #6815 –)

    I asked Rob already but figured I'd pose this question to everyone as the snow season starts to get nearer. I always like to plan out in advance.

    First, I understand that most if not all trails are off-limits during the winter season. I have no intention of violating any laws, agreements, or guidelines. I would only ever go places that are legal and acceptable.

    With that said….is there anywhere to go snow wheeling? I moved from the west coast and out there would be thousands of miles of dirt roads through the mountains. And so long as the gates were not shut to them, you could go exploring through some VERY deep snow(around 8 to 10 feet one time!).

    Is there anything like that if I head far enough north? Just normal unmaintained roads that are unplowed that could make some good 4×4 exploration in the snow? Even a normal unmaintained road gets to be a challenge when there's several feet of snow on it! We used to do snow wheeling trips out into the deep snow and make camp for the night and then wheel back out. Made for a few cold trips, lol.

    Again though, I repeat that we will never go anywhere that is illegal or not acceptable by OF4WD standards. So is there anywhere legal to explore unplowed roads through the wilderness or is there any trail at all open when the heavy snow falls?

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    #2735
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    (– by BrettDez #6815 –)

    One more picture…just because I love sharing pictures…lol

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    #2736
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    (– by Quanti #6494 –)

    Looks awesome! I will keep an eye on this post. 🙂

    #2737
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    (– by BrettDez #6815 –)

    Well, it's been almost a week without any response. I think we'd have to return to the west coast to do….

    I'm dissappointed…but I will continue to do my own research.

    #2738
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    (– by reverage #5130 –)

    Snow wheeling is some of the best wheeling there is, if one can find a place to partake

    #2739
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    (– by Robert T #6964 –)

    Snow wheeling sounds great, Brett.  Good topic cause I heard from a member of Kool Kats that the Green Mountain trail in Bobcaygeon closes for the season on November 3rd.  Trail reserved for snowmobilers.
    So brings me to a question:  What one do to with his wrangler in winter?
    This is my first year off roading, snow wheeling is definitily something I would like to try at least once.  Please post of any winter runs and I'll do the same should I hear of any. 
    I also enjoyed your photos  🙂

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    #2740
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    (– by hustler #5243 –)

    I'd also be in for this.

    #2741
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    (– by molley #7217 –)

    hi i know of several places up north north bay area total wilderness and no gate closed roads not a place to go alone the end of the 805 hew above river valley ont all crown land lots of logging roads and deep lakes

    #2742
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    (– by peterw #2012 –)

    Sorry folks, I have not been keeping an eye on the forum and this has only just come to my attention.

    There is strong case to be made for winter wheeling. The ground is hard and as a result the opportunity for damage to trail minimized. However, snowmobile guys rely on their snow base not being screwed up or ridge compacted by vehicle traffic. The best way forward with this is to find some specifc trails that we know are not groomed and used by snowmobile crowd.

    I am attending an Off Road Vehicle Initiative meeting in Haliburton at the end of this month. The list of attendees includes the local sled and ATV clubs. I will raise winter wheeling as an agenda item. Let's see if we can identify some trails get agreement on a plan for this Winter. Consulting with sled guys and having them on board with our plan is key.

    For now, please consider trails closed as of Dec 1st until further notice.

    Thanks

    #2743
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    (– by Robert T #6964 –)

    Okay thank you

    #2744
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    (– by BrettDez #6815 –)

    Peter,

    Absolutely, we all appreciate the efforts!

    I am new to the area, but I assumed if we go far enough north there is just open wilderness roads that are not in use by anyone that could be explored responsibly and legally.

    I know I'll be watching for positive news!

    #2745
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    (– by sibbles #2090 –)

    We have some trails in the index which the Snowmobile clubs do not use.  Once peter has had his meeting we will show those trails as open in the index after Decmeber 1st.  There isn't many but there are a few.

    We'll keep you posted

    #2746
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    (– by peterw #2012 –)

    Actually folks – I'm looking for some suggestions for places beyond our trail index.

    Clearly, winter wheeling will likely be a much different activity from summer wheeling. Rock crawling or steep ascents/descents likely should be avoided. It would seem to me the main fun angle/appeal is the challenge of actually getting through the snow in may be a nice setting. May be accessing winter camp site ? Even roads that are not ploughed could be good candidates.

    Any suggestions we can look into ?

    Thanks.

    #2747
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    (– by BrettDez #6815 –)

    Well, I don't know what the feasibility is…but Algonquin Provincial Park apparently has tons of unplowed roads. I've been told that it is illegal to go on any unplowed road. It'd be nice if well equipped vehicles who WANT the challenge could head out into the snow legally.

    I wish I could offer more help….

    So instead, another picture!

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    #2748
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    (– by peterw #2012 –)

    Went to Off Road Vehcile Initiative meeting on Monday. MNR said they would help facilitate discussions with Snowmobile clubs. PLease note: we will not be asking to use Snowmobile trails, just consult with them to make sure we are not going to run in areas they would rather we not.

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