Homer Watson - TRAIL

Homer Watson - Trail, Kitchener, Ontario

Single Track, Double track, Technical down Hills, Some North shore stuff going in

User Reviews (7)

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Max power   Weekend Warrior [Jan 07, 2004]

THis is the Cat's pajamas it is a good trail. Has some very steep up hills that really make you feel the burn.

Customer Service

N/A

Similar Products Used: Sweet Street Hydra-cut
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4
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4
Dan   [Jun 12, 2000]

This trail is a blast from the past! It's really technical along the river with steep down hills and drop offs. The other trail are really fun and some what a challenge but over all this trail is wicked!

Customer Service

just follow wilson road to the end

Similar Products Used: Hidden Valley, Chicopee, Hydro Cut
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4
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Roger Snogger   [Jul 19, 2000]

Ah, Homer Watson Park, the grandfather of all Kitchener MTB trails, at least in my estimation, and I ride it every chance I get (I think we need a category beyond more than once a week, please, there seem to be very few gasoline rich couch potatoes around who ride a new trail every day, eh?). Local cyclists have been pounding out trails here for well over a decade and though it doesn't have the sort of sado-masochistic bent to it of say, the Hydrocut (please don't inflict such craziness on us down here in the south end), it is a classic, fast technical collection of trails that combines appropriate strength and endurance requirements (excellent for training) with tricky sections for the advanced rider. Although the descents are not as high as you find at Chicopee, many of them require more technical aptitude as they plunge a serpentine path off the cliffs. The climbs are much the same, steep, but perhaps a little short and plagued on occassion by rabid downhillers who feel it is their mission in life to barrel devil-may-care down the gradients in damn the torpedoes fashion, putting the fear of God into those of us who prefer routes more oriented towards going up. Am I mixing my metaphors? Nevertheless, with sufficient cooperation we all arrive home in one piece. There are a few new, low speed technical sections open now after a brief absence and the Observed Trials minions have been busy building log barriers to leap over. With the large variety of trails to choose from it is possible to vary your route with every ride, attempting new challenges as necessary. What else is there? Well, it's very much a racing course, rather than a stunt course, indeed there is a race around the park every October (although the race course omits some of the best sections due to packaging requirements)and I think it is quite possible for the competent cyclist to well and truly hammer the course without fear of lengthy hospitalization (although some of the downhills are deceptive and will keep the ER staff at local hospitals employed for a few nights a year). It should be noted that some of the best sections are actually across the street in the Waterloo Region Agreement Forest, sections that demand a modicum of technical skill combined with smoothness.
The downsides of Homer Watson Park? Popularity, perhaps, although it has fallen temporarily out of favour among hard core stunt riders, it is still awash in dog walkers, nature lovers and dirty old men in trench coats (not as much as in the past, though). There is some erosion, unfortunately, in some of the better sections, but the tree huggers are doing a nice job to offset this. Also, the park has been flooded a good deal more this year than in the past, making some of the riverbank sections irritating for those who value their equipment. Access to Hidden Valley is close at hand, but apart from a few short trail runs that are temporarily out of commission, Hidden Valley strikes me as inferior to HW Park, unless you must have BMX style jumps (Homer Watson lacks such facilities). Perhaps it needs larger hills and a little more variety to qualify as a five star, though, four and half as it is, but alas, that rating does not exist...
Overall, most riders will find suitable trails in the park, ranging from easy beginner trails for the family bike ride to the more intense(but not juvenile crazy man stupid)routes. Very popular in the spring and fall, less so in the summer, and there is some decent winter riding in areas where the tree canopy prevents too much ice.

Customer Service

It's a matter of personal preference, really, just zip down to the south side Wilson Ave. cul de sac and peruse the open trails, quite a few to choose from. A visit to the waste water treatment plant is a must! Ask for a tour(I jest, of course)when you exit the tricky downhill sewage chute.

Similar Products Used: Dryden Tract, Waterloo Hydrocut, Grand River, Chicopee
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4
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Ryan   [Aug 28, 2000]

I must be blind, every time I go there I end up on the same trails scratching my head asking myself "what sweet trails?" oh well, its a blast anyway.

Customer Service

ask bill ney.

Similar Products Used: Dryden track is better, same with Grand vally trails.
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3
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David   [Jun 11, 2001]

This trail is pritty good if you are going to teach a beginner or if you are just going to have a good time. This trail mainly only has one technical down hill. It has alot of singel trace. If you want to go mtbing and you don't want that technical stuff than this is for you. Try it out you'll like it.

Customer Service

same as the other guys

Similar Products Used: chicoppee ski hill, hidden valley, adams run.
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3
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Robert Plant   [Nov 01, 2001]

Look, it ain't perfect, right? No freeride, no half hour downhills, no can't-ride-it tech stuff. But hey, it's all about old school XC trail bootin', so the faster you go, the better it gets, you've got to hang it out a little. Better than Chic, 'cause you can ride in the forest all the time, better trails (that's real trails, not skid bridges and balance beams) than any of the freeride places. Okay, so a beginner can ride it, most of it (though not well), but like I said, the faster you go, the sweeter the singletrack gets. Then it also gets dangerous, which is part of the fun. More trails going in all the time. Bottom line is, if you're a fatty freerider on some soft city dualie, stick to the 'Cut and Tech Ec'. If you're fit, this is more fun than Chicopee or Dryden or anything else in this area and has better dirt trails from a technical perspective. No, it ain't perfect, nothing is, this side of Vancouver probably, but if you live in Waterloo Region, this is the best (overall) place you're going to find to ride. Some places may be better in small parts, but the whole dang thing is sweet at H.Wat. I'm going to p**s you all off and give it a perfect score, 'cause I'm not going out to BC anytime soon, and nothing round here can top shaggy old H.Wat. Plus, why is it a good ride if you wreck your bike and end up in traction? Sounds like a baaad ride to me. Come back to reality boys and girls.

Customer Service

Aha, that's a secret. Don't forget the Wat Regional Agreement Forest (the piney place by the cemetery)and dig the new crud plant bypass. You really need to hook up with some local hotshoe to show you the route & direction, so you're not goin' up where you should be goin' down, you know? Helps you find all the hidden sections, too. Stay off the community trails, unless crossing over to the next singletrack section. if you like going downhill, please watch for people coming up, some of us actually like to climb. Get out on a weekday, or early/late on a weekend to avoid the pedestrians.

Similar Products Used: XC? Huron Natural Area, Chicopee, Dryden Tract, parts of Natchez & GRVtrail, Hidden Valley, Steckle for your lunch hour ride if you don't want the risk, Pinnacle if you only have five minutes to ride and live in the area (haha!). Might be some new place out near Paris, but I haven't ridden it yet.
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5
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Tyler   [May 14, 2002]

Aside from the abundance of community hikers and family bikers, this trail is pretty good for straight trail riding. Some of the riverside trails are scenic and good if you want a spot to rest part way through riding. These community trail sections are great for any rider of any age.
The upper single track trails that criss cross between smaller unworked sections of the community trail are great for the more experienced riders. An intermediate rider will have few problems getting over the occasional log obstacle, but an inexperienced rider may be stopping every so often to put their foot down and lug over the logs. These trails are great to loop back through taking endless routes for as long as you like. Just be sure to watch out for pedestrians, as it is a popular spot for families to go.

Customer Service

From the main parking lot keep to the trails between the road and river heading towards Connestoga College area. I take the community trail all along the river passed the water treatment plant, then head up the steep road there and return on the grid of single trails and community trails. This loop doesn't take too long, but it's a good mix.

Similar Products Used: Ottawa street trails, Hidden Valley
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3
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