Weather and Recreational Trail Conditions
Full COVID-19 UPDATE
Current Trail Conditions
Updated – Monday, March 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Non Motorized Spring/Summer/Fall Trails
Hiking, Running & Mountain/Gravel Biking Trails – Open Friday, April 2, 2021!
Trails will be muddy, snowy and icy but beautiful to get out and enjoy some fresh air and nature. Spring birds are already starting to make an appearance and the spring run off makes for stunning water features along trails.
Purchase your Day and Season’s Passes here.
For the first time ever we will be opening camping in April. Friday, April 2nd to be exact. Sites will be walk in access only until the May Long Weekend. They will have snow, mud, ice but that is all part of the adventure! Online booking will open next week! Stay tuned.
Dog Sledding Tours
It has been a great season! With warmer temperatures on the horizon and trails loosing snow quickly we ran our last tours Saturday, March 20. We are sorry to those we must cancel and will be calling in order of arrival date to issue full refunds.
Open – Hard pack base. Easy to hike or snowshoe (some may even want to bring cross country skis , but trails will not be groomed).
Snowshoers/hikers are welcome to use, free of charge, John’s Trail, Dale’s Trail and the Forestry Walk.
Winter Recreational Snowmobile/ATV Trail Conditions
ATV Trails – OPEN – Up to and including Thursday, April 1st, 2021 – Fair to Good
Snowmobile Trails – CLOSED
Winter/spring ATV trails are open for ALL seasons pass holders as well as day pass holders. Both types of passes are available for sale online as well as by contacting the Main Office.
All clients must follow social distancing, personal protective equipment, hand washing, and other health guidelines throughout their visit to Haliburton Forest. Furthermore, clients should always follow the directions of their own public health unit. And if you do come up to visit, you must listen to our staff if they ask you to step back, space out, wear your mask, and so on.
We appreciate the patience you have afforded to us as we continue to understand the ever changing regulations.
Stay safe and stay healthy, everyone!
Trail maintenance and patrolling will continue as usual.
**ATVs are advised to stay off lakes. Stakes have been pulled. Trails have wet, slushy, gravel and icy sections. They also have some debris from the windy weather. ATVs are welcome until April 1st.**
As usual the further north you head on the property the better the trails.
Our groomers went out for their last run Tuesday, March 16.
We have over 400kms of trails open.
As always, riders should expect icy/wet sections of trail, particularly corners, with the possibility of exposed gravel/rocks, trees down and debris from branches.
- All lakes
- Powderhorn Trail
- The Gorge
- Sprucetree Trail
- Havelock Loop/Holt’s Road for the remainder of the winter.
Shelter Cabins – Open for emergency purposes only, no socializing. Only one group at a time. Masks must be worn. Sanitization is the responsibility of guests. Haliburton Forest does not take responsibility for cleanliness or sanitization.
Our next update will be posted if there are any changes in the conditions. Stay tuned!
Keep Up To Date
We will do our best to update conditions on the website every Thursday by end of day if not more frequently. Check out our ongoing trail reports and stories on Instagram @haliburton_forest, and Facebook.
Insider Tip! Weekdays are a great time to come. Groomers head out first thing every Monday morning and groom all week (if conditions permit). We don’t see the same volume of day passes and typically have some availability in our accommodations. Have you booked your winter getaway yet?
Having trouble finding accommodations on weekends check out My Haliburton Highlands for other great local B&Bs, resorts, hotels, motels, etc…
Reminder: Permits are required before entering Haliburton Forest property. In the winter months Haliburton Forest limits the number of daily riders on its trail system to 100. Therefore, daily visitors, especially on weekends, are required to reserve a space on the trails prior to arrival. This will ensure that visiting snowmobilers and ATVers will be provided with the best possible and consistently superior snowmobiling conditions.
- At time of purchase valid ownership and insurance will be required per snowmobile being booked as well as on the trails. Upon arrival passes MUST be picked up at the Main Office. Driver’s must have a valid driver’s license or the equivalent Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s License.
- Youth 12 and older can drive with proof of valid Snowmobile License or G1. Children under 18 are to be accompanied by parent/guardian.
- Family Season’s Passes must be within the same household. Valid for up to 2 adults with their children 21 years of age and under.
- Side by sides are not permitted on the trails.
- No after market pipes, cans, etc… (nothing that makes your sled(s) louder).
- If riding double, adults must have a legal two up. Children are permitted to ride double with an adult. All riders are REQUIRED to wear helmets.
Trail Maps and Information
For more information about our trails and a downloadable PDF map click here.
Click here for our interactive CarryMap.
Please report concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 800-631-2198 option #1 for the Main Office. We will do our best to address these concerns as soon as possible but please be patient we have much to catch up on.
Passes are required to use the Haliburton Forest trail system. Whenever possible, please purchase your pass online versus coming into the office. For online purchases, please make sure to sign the appropriate Online Summer Waiver and have proof of purchase on you at all times. A receipt on our phone or printed copy will suffice.