Bikepack the Gats is a challenging bikepacking route through the Gatineau Park. This is not an easy trail bike ride. There is plenty of single-track mixed in with with flowing double-track, water crossings and hiking trails and some serious hike-a-bike.
This is not meant to be an easy ride. It’s not a gravel bike ride with a bit of single-track. It’s a lot of MTB routes with some gravel mixed in. It’s meant to challenge you physically and mentally. If you are new to bikepacking, I recommend you try smaller sections of this ride before attempting the whole thing.
For this route, you are going to want a minimum of a hard-tail mountain bike with front suspension. Some of the single-track trails are specifically for mountain bikes and would be even will challenge you with rock gardens, steep descents, loose gravel and more. Although some sections of the route could be ridden with a gravel bike, the single-track sections demand more.
This route is mostly in the Gatineau Park but does pass by a few small towns along the way where accommodation is available. Otherwise, you will need to make do with camping if planning the trip as an overnight adventure. There are also shelter’s and yurts that can be rented for a more comfortable experience.
Although very similar to the A Day in the Gats bikepacking route, this route tackles trails that are much more challenging, taking you through trails that range from 5-10 in difficulty, from flowy doubletrack to challenging singletrack, huge climbs which will require you to hike-a-bike, river crossings and more. This route culminates in big climbs up to the Champlain Lookout and epic descents back to Old Chelsea.
Starting off with a tough climb up to a paved road, the route then changes to fun double-track in a counter-clockwise route through the Gatineau Park. Mixing in some tough, rocky singletrack, tough hiking trails, river crossings and more, this route will challenge you technically, just as it does physically.