Huntington Reservoir MTB Trail - Trail, Huntington or Fort Wayne, Indiana

Huntington Reservoir MTB Trail - Trail, Huntington or Fort Wayne, Indiana

DESCRIPTION

Very, very fast. Not much singletrack, but there are a few good climbs. One creek crossing and two technical ravines. The rest is rolling terrain. Mostly doubletrack. Watch out in hunting seasons, the south side is partially open to hunters. Wear orange!

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 16, 2010]
lcacula
Cross Country Rider

The DNR announced that in November 2010 the Lake will be forever closed to swimming, biking, and flying (RC planes).

Is there anything we could or should do about this? Read the article below

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100814/LOCAL/308149955/1002/LOCAL#

No matter what your skill level is, this is a fun trail to ride. We cannot give it up without protest.

Customer Service

Any direction away from letting it close.

Similar Products Used:

None, until we get this one back.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 22, 2007]
cma
Weekend Warrior

This was my first ride on this trail. I thought it was a nice ride. It has a lot of variety; i.e., woods, some fast turns, short climbs, some technical twists, plus a couple challenging climbs too. Some of the best things about this trail are that it is well-marked and the length of it should give you a decent workout, plus, that flat areas have enough stretches that you can actually ride and "smell the roses" . . .take your eyes off trail and look around -- this place has some great scenery. It is primarly dirt and singletrack. One negative was that grass has grown over several areas of the trail but just when you're tired of riding through grass, it changes.

Customer Service

The other reviews were very accurate (thanks for the great directions to get there!) Follow the trail markers. Encourage other to ride.

Similar Products Used:

Winona Lake (not as well marked as Huntington).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 04, 2005]
ClaudineInJail
Weekend Warrior

Also known as the J. Edward Roush Lake Mountain Bike Trail. Personally, I thought the trail was great. It's well-marked and a great scenic ride mostly through the woods. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I thought the north side of the trail was more technical than the south side. The creek crossings mentioned in other reviews are gone, replaced by gravel covered culvert pipes. But there are a lot of obstacles to keep the trail interesting. Stay on you toes. One negative: watch out for hunters on the south side of the lake. If hunting season is in, stay on the north trail (it's better anyway).

Customer Service

Start just south of the dam. They have a Mountain Bike trail parking lot...you can't miss it. After parking, follow the road back out to the trailhead (which is near the entrance to the Little Turtle Campground). Follw the trail counter-clockwise around the lake and finally cross the dam before heading back to your car. It's a fun ride.

Similar Products Used:

Winona Lake Trail - Warsaw Morshes Park - Columbia City

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 17, 2004]
vio765
Cross Country Rider

I am a beginner (1 year) and this trail is great for me! it is long with all kinds of places to improve virually any skill. the southern half of the trail tends to be more technical than the north side. there is a challenging stream crossing about a mile in. it takes a sharp left (between two trees that are VERY close together), then drops, the base of the drop is a teeny tiny stream with baseball-sized rocks in the water and on the banks. THEN it takes a sharp uphill. a beginner should try to master this little section (and also be prepared to drop a foot a few times). after this section (about mile 3-4) another stream crossing is really challenging for the beginner. not so much the water or large rocks, but the loose gravel on the opposite bank! i tried this section a couple times and all times i dropped a foot in this gravel. later on, just after the left turn off of CR 200, this section is really fast; and it stays fast all the way to the primitive campsites (about mile 6-7). after all that, it is pretty easy, UNTIL....the "beast"! this is a really scary sight to a beginner. a slight left turn and then the rider sees a ravine. scary at first, but the descent is actually easy (but steep). the acsent is pretty tough. it is steep, long, and little loose things all over the trail to rob traction. this is a goal of mine; to conquer this ascent this season. finally, it is a cakewalk all the way home.

Customer Service

counter-clockwise start at the trailhead just after the entrance office

Similar Products Used:

france park, town run

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 22, 2003]
Adam
Cross Country Rider

Im a beginner, so this track was great for me. An advanced rider may become bored or unchallenged. the beauty of the whole place is impressive regardless of skill. the trail length is perfect. no so short that it becomes deja vu and not too long. for a beginner gaining experience, this track is ideal. i have only had one lap (should have woke up earlier, damn it!) and it was getting dark real fast....and i was bonking.....and i was getting cold.....and my contacts were messing up......and the sun was in my eyes while going through the north side of the lake. but, it felt really nice to get back to my truck. as far as technical stuff, there is a switchback early in the trail that hangs a sharp left and then decends into a small brook and then up an ascent. kinda tough for a beginner but no problem for an expert. overall the trail is fast, but i didn't feel comfortable going to fast on an unfamiliar trail covered with leaves. next time will be fast and i will complete two laps. from a beginner's POV using a 1 - 10scale, the speed potential is a 7.5, technically it is a 4 or 5 and length is a 9. oh yes, BRING WATER!!!! if you follow the trail, but if you run out and you are near the primitive campsight on the north end of the lake, you can fill up using the water spigots. lastly, if NEED to look over the lake from the dam. since it is at the end of the loop, it makes you feel like you are looking over the land you just conquered. kinda nice if you "live" in a cubical.

Customer Service

counter clockwise starting at the starting point just behind the entrance booth and on the south side of the road.

Similar Products Used:

france park- logansport. town run- indy

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 06, 1999]
Steve Eckardt

The trail is not very technical except for a creek crossing and two difficult ravines. There are some longer climbs and a few short steep ones. The trail tends to be muddy early in the year, but once it dries up, you can really move! Probably a 70/30 ratio of doubletrack /singletrack.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead and go counter-clockwise. Some guys ride opposite direction, but that's not recommended.

Similar Products Used:

Franke Park

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 13, 1999]
Joe

Found this trail enjoyable. Being 12 miles without having to ride back and forth over the same trail again and again. the 12 trail circles a reservoir and you never ride the same thing again unless you go through it twice. the trail is setup for counter clockwise travel, but some cant read! The trail is not difficult or east, kind of middle of the road.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 13, 2000]
Steve

This site is a trial for the state's Department of Natural Resources. If it is taken care of and used, it could be the key to opening more parks in the state. If not, the door will be slammed shut.

This is a great site for beginners to experience trail riding without having to do any serious climbing. It's a great place for an experienced rider to get some fast off-road miles in.

Customer Service

There is only one route

Similar Products Used:

France Park - Logansport

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 29, 2000]
Mike B

If you ride this trail more than once, you,re bored. I did, and I was. While it is a "fast ride," and some of the terrain is pretty, it is unchallenging and sloppy depending on what time of year you ride.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 15, 2001]
Nick Hancock

A good trail to build speed and endurance. Anyone can ride it on almost any kind of bicycle. Take at least 2 quarts of water or sports drink, there are no water stations.
I ride here 1-4 times a week during peak season. Since this trail is around a reservoir the Winter and Spring flooding can change the trail considerably. There may be times when certain low sections are flooded. The deer are smart in Indiana, and you can usually find deer trails that will help you hike the flodded areas. Don't worry about getting lost, this trail is surrounded by state and county roads and there are houses along these roads where you can ask for directions.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise starting from the official Mountain Bike parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

France park in Logansporte (10+ Miles) (4 Tires)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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