Hashawa - Trail, Westminster, Maryland

Hashawa - Trail, Westminster, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

Great set of twisty windy single track. Good ups and some fast downhills. Some nice technical sections as well. Check out the tues night ride, they depart from the lot at 6:PM. Great way to learn the trails.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 27, 2012]
THarris
Racer

Theres been alot of new trail added across Rinehart Rd. The trail head is here: 39.663014,-76.986823 Theres a small parking area there. The good trails are on the opposite side of the road, about 50' south of the parking lot. These trails are on a combination of state owned managed hunting land and private property. The majority of them are on state land. During hunting season you can only ride on the state owned land on Tue, Thur, and Sunday. You can only ride on the private property on Sunday. Hunting season starts 9/7/12 and ends 1/31/13. We also do night rides there. If its dark you can ride those trails whenever since theres no hunting allowed after dark. We've never had any issues with riding on the private property. Theres "no trespassing" signs at some spots where the trail crosses from state land to private property but we've been told there only to keep hunters off. PLEASE do not ride there on days when hunting is allowed. The hunters get super pissed and we dont want to lose access to these awesome trails.

The lot to park at for night rides is here: 39.66849,-76.985941 We ride pretty much every Wed night at 6pm sharp.

The best way to learn the trails and be able to make a good loop out of them is to come to one of the Wed night rides. Ill post a Garmin link on here in the near future with a complete loop of the trails on state/private land. Theres new trail being constructed this week so when I post a link it will include those.

There is ALOT of climbing on these trails and its very rough. Not huge rocks rough, but not smooth like the majority of Patapsco. Theres alot of technical sections, logs, roots, and bridges. New trails are being added all the time. The reviewer who said the trails suck definitely didnt ride these trails. Check them out for yourself and post what you think here so we can get more riders out there!

Customer Service

You can make many different loops out at Hashawa. We usually mix it up every ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 29, 2011]
SgtBaxter
Weekend Warrior

Hashawa is farily underrated area. The trails that actually are Hashawa aren't terribly difficult, however the surrounding Union Mills trails offer a lot more variety and difficulty, and the two areas intertwine so it's easy to get confused. Hashawa is a nature center, so I can see why someone who only rode that trail might say it sucked as the trail is meant for easy hiking and wildlife observation.

There are a lot of trails in the Union Mills areas that haven't been mapped, and the maps that are provided aren't terribly accurate. There is parking on John Owings road, Reinhart road, Kowomu road and Saw Mill road. Taking the trails from one parking area to another, then back to a different parking area in a loop provides a nice several hour long ride with a lot of hill climbs and downhill sections and creek crossings.

The meadows/bridle trail that connects saw mill road parking and Kowomu/Reinhart parking areas is always muddy even during dry spells in the areas it winds back and forth over big pipe creek.

Across Reinhart road on one of the unmarked sections there is a large hill climb, with one of the trails ending in a very steep rock garden that immediately shoots across big pipe creek via a narrow bridge. Very difficult! Horses are not allowed on that particular trail, and other obstacles are in the process of being built as well.

Mainly I like biking here because it's serene, and in the morning I usually have the trails entirely to myself, only occasionally running into an equestrian rider or hiker.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 02, 2010]
buckno56
Weekend Warrior

This trail sucked ass! Rode it with a buddy and he also agreed. Nothing exciting or technical to offer, just save your time and ride elsewhere. Patapsco or The Watershed would be the places to go instead.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 17, 2010]
Cannondale Ryder
Cross Country Rider

This trail sucks BIG time! Not well marked and no rewarding downhills after climbs.

Similar Products Used:

Patapsco, Sugarloaf Mountain, Watershed, Greenbrier.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 11, 2007]
gene huang
Weekend Warrior

Very comfortable easy ride for newbies or old short of breath riders. Trails are well demarcated. Technically it's not too challenging except for one or two climbs. It's still a blast though and it's in the shade.

Customer Service

Get maps from the Bear Branch office in the park. Ride where it's yellow.

Similar Products Used:

Michaux anywhere, ask the gettysburg bike people.
Gambrill is a monster as well.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 02, 2005]
Speed Demon
Weekend Warrior

I'm a begginer rider and Hashawa was the first trail I went on with my new Surly single speed :) It was a fun ride, with lots of hills, both moderate climbs and some steep shorties. There are trails with stream crossings and somewhat technical stuff, but also easier paths with less bumps in the road. The parts I rode were mostly single track, and the routes are used by equestrians so watch out for poo! Nice lake nearby, also some large hills in the area with great vistas of the surrounding country. There is a small bird sanctuary on one of the trails with beautifull caged creatures including a Bald Eagle and several varieties of Owls. It's probably a good place for people with moderate experiece or serious begginers like me who want to improve their skills. Plenty of parking nearby, and very close to Westminster. Good place to spend half a day.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 10, 2003]
Scott

GREAT TRAIL _ CHECK THIS PLACE OUT. 6 o Clock ride on tues eve rocks!

Meet at the parking lot near Hashawa Lake

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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