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Montreal - Mont Royal

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Local TipsFantastic view of the city from the top of Mont Royal, but not an easy climb to get all the way up there!
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-11-27
Created Bydhegley
  • Paved
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Road Cycling
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Hills
  • Loop
  • Out And Back
  • Good For Workouts
  • Single-Track
  • Baby-Jogger Friendly
  • Has Playground
  • Technical
  • Family Friendly
Street Crossings
  • None
  • A Few
Max Distance7-10
Volume of Use
  • Steady
  • Heavy Peaks
DescriptionWhen traveling to Montreal, try to get in at least one run in the Parc du Mont-Royal. Located about a mile west of downtown (depending on your hotel location), it's worth the uphill slog to get there. I've found the best route from downtown hotels is to make your way toward and through the MacGill campus, then enter the park just southwest of the intersection of Peel and Pine (Rue Peel et Avenue des Pins). From there you can climb up the switchback gravel roads and head for the top. Or, take your adventurous self and explore what seem to be dozens of little side trails, which criss-cross the park at many levels. I've managed to get in about 9 miles within the park by jumping into and out of these little trails, which can range from smooth crushed gravel to rocky and technical. Be aware that some trails lead to staircases, which you may or may not like. I've always seen other runners in the park, at least during morning and mid-day hours. You can definitely get temporarily lost in the network of trails, but almost all of them eventually lead back to the main crushed gravel loop "Olmstead Trail" so that you can reset your bearings (or just stay on the main crushed gravel roads, which are all marked). Be ready for some climbing, and of course some descending when you leave. It's not exactly mountain running and there will be no issues with real elevation, but it's at least a "darn big hill".

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