Larose Forest Shred

The Larose Forest Shred is a great way to get out for a day of gravel riding with a good mix of gravel roads and single-track trails.  This is a great ride to practice your single-track bike handling skills, particularly if you use drop-bars and don’t get onto trails too often. There are lots of people so take it easy on the blind corners not to run over any small children.

  • Close to Ottawa: A short drive to the Larose Forest parking from Ottawa, or a good warm-up ride from Ottawa along the Prescott-Russel rail-trail.
  • Single-track: Larose Forest is full of single-track. None of it is overly rough or difficult, so it is a great place to hone your single-track riding skills.
  • Gravel roads: As you make your way around the region, it will all connect with plenty of gravel roads.
  • Single-track: Take your time and practice leaning into the curves to get tighter turns.
  • Pack for multi-day: I recommend packing your bike for a multi-day trip so you can get used to handling a loaded bike while off-road. This is a good safe place to do so.
  • Warning: Larose Forest can be very busy in the summer, with many families coming out to ride.
  • Recommended bike: For this route you need a minimum of a gravel or cyclocross bike with 38c tires. It’ll be a tough day without having some suspension and will challenge you physically. Using a hardtail MTB would provide some relief to your upper body and allow you to hit the single-track a little harder. A full-suspension MTB would be overkill on this route.
  • Starting from P1 in Larose Forest, you get to warm-up hitting a bunch of single-track, take you all-over the forest. There are lots of exits in case you need to short-cut it back to the car.
  • Heading to the eastern part of Larose Forest, you will take a combination of gravel roads and forest trails.

No sleep necessary, but if for some reason you are looking for a place to stay, I’m sure you can find a place to pitch a tent, or head to a nearby town to get a motel.

Minimal re-supply locations: Throughout this ride there are no stores to re-supply food and drink. There are no restaurants and no toilets. There are a few bodies of water where one could filter or purify water in order to re-fill their bottles.

This route was created by:

Chris Panasky, host of the Bikepack Adventures Podcast.

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This route was created by:

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