Rocks & Cider (Aug 1–Sept 14, 2021) Courses & FAQ

We’re going up onto the Escarpment for Rocks & Cider! This course is part of the Kolapore Uplands area, managed by the great folks of the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association. The map you should receive as part of your registration was purchased on your behalf to contribute the work their volunteers do to keep these trails maintained, marked and dry (when you see the woodwork, you’ll be glad they get muddy so you don’t have to!). We’ll begin both the 6k & 11k at the County Forest parking lot, which may be different if you’ve been there before. It’s generally less busy, and the trail is smooth and fast to start. If you’re in need of facilities, there are port-a-potties at the main parking lot further north on Grey Rd 2. Remember to pack out anything you pack in. Kolapore is a treat; however we strongly encourage you to bring your preferred bug spray, as it gets real in the woods. See the course descriptions below, and while the courses will not be heavily marked, you will be looking for PINK markers at major intersections. The map will be your primary guide. Be sure to bring it with you! After your run, head north on Grey Road 2 and enjoy the beautiful view of Georgian Bay as you drop down towards Thornbury for the awesomeness of the Thornbury Cider patio!
Kolapore Wilderness TrailsThornbury Craft Cider and Beer

IMPORTANT:

Kolapore is marked by intersection number more than by trail name. Rectangles represent your current location, whereas triangles indicates where you’re heading. Don’t be concerned when the numbers jump from 6 to 11, or 13 to 61, they just indicate the intersection you’re travelling towards. Did we mention bring your map? You can also review TrailForks, but it does not include the intersection numbers you’ll see out there. Pink markers will be included at intersections that we feel can be difficult to see, but limited to avoid confusion for other trail users.

START AND STOP YOUR PHONE/WATCH/GPS DEVICE AT THE KOLAPORE FOREST BLUE SIGN.

The 6K Course

Start at the parking lot and follow the single track into the woods. At intersection 8 (square), turn right towards intersection 6 (you will see the 6 in a yellow triangle), and right again towards intersection 11. At 11, turn right towards intersection 12 (triangle may not be visible, look for “Challenging Trails” sign), then LEFT towards intersection 13. Turn right towards intersection 61. Stay left through intersections 12, 11, 6, and 8 to come back to the parking lot. Your total distance is close to 6.23km but will not reliably show on GPS.

6k Rocks Cider Map
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11k Rocks Cider Map
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The 11K Course

Start at the parking lot and follow the single track into the woods. At intersection 8 (square), turn right towards intersection 6 (you will see the 6 in a yellow triangle), and right again towards intersection 11. At 11, turn right towards intersection 12 (triangle may not be visible, look for “Challenging Trails” sign), then LEFT towards intersection 13. Keep left towards intersection 14, then left onto Jackrabbit (signed) towards 34. Go CLOCKWISE up the Mount Dhaulagiri loop and take in the view at the top. Come back down the other side (left after the viewpoint trail) and head back on the Jackrabbit trail to intersection 14 and turn LEFT towards intersection 15 and Sideroad 3. At the double track go right, and take the single track back in (right) to head south towards intersection 61 (not marked). Stay left through intersections 12, 11, 6, and 8 to come back to the parking lot. Your total distance is close to 11.4km (for the view!) but will not reliably show on GPS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parking for the trails is located at the Grey County Forest parking lot at the corner of Grey Road 2 and Osprey Townline (West).

The map you receive by mail is part of your donation to the trail system. This is the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association’s main fundraiser, so please do not share the map online. If you love the trails, membership to the association is inexpensive, and donations are always welcome! We’ll be topping up our donation to Kolapore by $2 per runner in addition to the maps before the race start on August 1!

Trail etiquette for Kolapore:

  • Trails are shared with bikes and other hikers – exercise caution and let others know when you’re passing.
  • Pups are welcome on leash. Please pick up after your dog!
  • If you pack it in, pack it out. There are no garbage cans at the trailhead.

Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House is located at 90 King St E, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0 approximately 10-15 minutes north of the trail on Grey Road 2, go left on Hwy 26 and they are on the right hand side.

Currently, Ontario is on Step 2 of reopening. That’s a go for patios and small gatherings! Let’s keep this trend going, be safe, and be vaccinated if possible!