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This west edge of the Frontenac Arch ride follows a section of the Cataraqui Trail as it skirts the granite landscape of the Arch, but exits the trail to follow country lanes back to Sydenham.
Start the tour in the village of Sydenham, parking in the library lot where Wheatley and George Streets merge. Either starting of ending this loop, explore the town and Truesdale’s General Store, the oldest still in business in Ontario; and the Mill Street Café for great local tastes.
Ride north on George Street to the Bedford Rd., and cross to the Cataraqui Trail, and go right/east. The Trail here is a path, unpaved. Follow it east as it winds along the shore of Sydenham Lake, and crosses trestles over Boyce Island. From shore again, and through the woods for about 1.4KM, the trail is crossed by Hogan Rd. Turn right onto Hogan Rd., a gravel country lane. Hogan ends at a T-stop at the paved Wilmer Rd. Turn right/south and follow Wilmer to where it reaches Rutledge Rd., and cross Rutledge where Wilmer becomes Keely Rd. Keely jogs southwest, then jogs again west, to end at Sydenham Rd.
Turn left/south onto Sydenham Rd., with its paved shoulders and ride to Railton Rd., and turn right/west on Railton. In 1.8KM, turn right/north onto Stage Coach Rd. and follow it to cross Rutledge Rd. in Sydenham, and where this becomes Mill St. Merging onto George St., you’re back to the start point of the ride.
Parking area at the Sydenham library
Rolling hills, but lots of flat terrain.
Unpaved surfaces much of the way; suitable for touring, hybrid or mountain bikes with suitable tires.
Notes and Cautions
Be aware of following and converging traffic on Sydenham Road