So…Why aren’t the trails open yet?

Many riders are asking why, with all the snow on the ground, are the trails not open??!

Haliburton’s terrain consists of water, rocks and hills. The biggest delays in opening trails are usually related to water.

This year, the snow came before the frost was in the ground. As a result, swamps and wet spots were not frozen, creating dangerous conditions beneath the blanket of snow that are not apparent until you are stuck in it. The continuing mild weather has not helped the situation.

HCSA volunteers and groomer operators continue to prepare and pack trails wherever possible. Trails will open as soon as it is safe and practical to do so!

Thank you for your continued patience.

Best wishes for a safe and happy 2017!



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25 Responses to So…Why aren’t the trails open yet?

  1. paul says:

    Thanks for the update and explanation.

  2. Jason says:

    You could still groom the rail bed and thanks.

  3. snowmobile says:

    The rail bed is groomed almost daily, however, HCSA did give the operators time off over Christmas and New Year’s so they could spend time with their friends and family. In fact it was groomed last night before the rain started.

  4. Pop says:

    I arrived today and am at Pinestone
    Is there anywhere I can ride?

  5. andrew says:

    Will the hydro cut to Whitney be opening soon by chance?

  6. snowmobile says:

    Hi, please refer to for updated availability.

  7. snowmobile says:

    Work is underway to open trails throughout the system. Please refer to for updated availability.

  8. Dunner says:

    Hi – plans to open B112 from Minden to 118 this year? There is still a big tree down on the portion from Fleming Road to Scotch Line.

  9. Jason Thompson says:

    thanks for all your efforts working on the trails. I just rode the b112 trail to minden. some parts were excellent. I can see what you mean by the swamps not freezing yet. I think I’ll wait until I see it marked green before I ride it again. Just a heads up, I noticed a tree down accross the trail on the hill behind the rockcliff tavern. Ride safe.

  10. Dan says:

    We are hoping to make the RAP tour at the end of next week and the south tip of Algonquin is one of our two catches! Fingers crossed for snow.

    Thanks for all the work.

  11. snowmobile says:

    Thanks Jason. The groomer operators will deal with it when they come upon it.

  12. snowmobile says:

    Thanks for the info. Efforts are currently focused on opening main trails (B, E). Once these are ready, efforts will shift to the bush/feeder/club trails.

  13. snowmobile says:

    Good luck on your tour! Check for updates on trail availability.

  14. Dunner says:

    I also saw this tree and was surprised the groomers left it there so would also be happy to see it go – it is towards the top of the big hill and a real potential hazzard

  15. Dan says:

    Will do!

  16. Alex Cole says:

    Will the trails be open near Halliburton by Feb.6th starting the RAP.

  17. snowmobile says:

    Most trails are currently available as “yellow”. We will begin staking lakes when ice measurements reach the required thickness. Thanks.

  18. Jack says:

    Trails where great today, thanks for every thing you guys do to keep us going. I’m wondering if the Anson trail part of the b112 will be opening this year. It doesn’t say closed on the map. I am also wondering about the 9 from Donald to gooderham, and will that open this year? Last year neither of these Trails opened, and they are connector Trails to make loops . I’d really like to make plans to see both of these Trails again. Thanks again for a great day

  19. Ralph says:

    We would like to come snowmobiling in you area next week.
    We will be staying on Kennisis Lake.
    Is there any indication that the trail crossing the lake will be openen and staked?

  20. mike says:

    Living near Minden, we are handicapped if we want to head north. Trail #4 and B112 are both closed. Really, the town has been made a dead end for sled traffic. Are these trails deemed low priority?

  21. snowmobile says:

    Hi Jack,
    Thank you for your feedback, the groomers have been working every chance they get.
    The #9 trail is being rebuilt, courtesy of a $100k grant and should be ready for grooming next week. The B112 N. of Minden needs lots of snow and cold weather, we will check it next week. It’s one of my personal favourites so I’m rooting for it as well!

  22. snowmobile says:

    Hi Mike,

    The route out of Minden is the B112 to B103 (Rail Trail).

    The bridges on the #4 were closed by Parks Canada in December and we are exploring reroutes. The B112 to Hwy 118 has been trashed by 4×4 trucks and ATVs and needs lots of cold weather and snow to be viable. With the recent temps and snow, we plan to check it next week. Keep your fingers crossed!

  23. snowmobile says:

    We are monitoring the conditions on Kennisis and Redstone Lakes closely and will stake them as soon as it is safe to do so. Shouldn’t be much longer if this cold weather holds.

  24. Wayne says:

    I am coming to your area this week on a snowmobile trip. Can you tell me if trail # 607 that joins trail # 9 to trail # 509 together is going to be open by Thursday.

  25. snowmobile says:

    Hi Wayne, Trail #607 is a Paudash trail, we are unable to update you on the status of their trails.