Greenbelt Lime Kiln Trail and connecting trails

Greenbelt Lime Kiln Trail and connecting trails near Ottawa, ON


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
20 kms
3hours
difficult
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Ottawa, ON
User richardw
The Lime Kiln Trail is regarded as the most technical mountain biking trail in the National Capital Greenbelt. The actual Lime kiln technical trail is 1 km. The other connecting trails vary in difficulty from easy to advanced. The time indicated is a guess and the distance is based on Garmin Mapsource.

This is a real fun section of trail to ride. It can also be hiked. It can be snowshoed in the winter and also skied, though some section are better snowshoed than skied.

Directions:

The closest access to the Lime Kiln Trail is NCC Parking Lot P10 on Moodie Drive, though it can also be accessed from NCC Parking lots P6 and P8. See map posted in photos section.

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By Angie BarbarianPosted By: Angie Barbarian  - Sun Feb 08 22:11:09 UTC 2015 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside CROSS COUNTRY SKI REVIEW:

Very INTERESTING trail with tons of variety in the landscape. You can make this a good two hour ski workout if you want.
Downside As a skier or snow-shoer it CAN be confusing in many places.

Although the trail is well taken care of and marked, there are trail sections that you'd THINK were main connectors, marked with blue arrows (but just take you around in circles) and scraggly little "off-shoot" paths that actually serve as the MAIN thoroughfare (a lot of these are marked with the classic orange Rideau trail arrows).
Comment We LOVED this trail for sking and it has MANY upsides.

The MAIN up side is variety. My friend commented many times that it felt as though we were skiing through Narnia as we worked our way through the old cedar forest. Some parts of this trail are wide open with gloriously tall trees that sway in the wind and seem to go forever while other parts make you feel like a giant tucked into a miniature woodland world.

Also, there is a "closed" (cough cough ahem) section with a busted fence that leads to a fully BURNED OUT forest. Totally Gothic! Found myself wondering if any death metal bands took their band photos here.

We got lost a couple of times doing this trail because of people's back country tracks and the sheer fact that some of the main trails on the loop look more "back country" while the parts you'd think are the main trail back to the parking lot just lead you around in a circle.


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