Hoyt Park "Hidden Trails" - Trail, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Hoyt Park "Hidden Trails" - Trail, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION

Very technical singletrack. Lots of roots, skree, and trees. Many paths to take, all about the same difficulty. Distance varies depending on route taken. These trails are little known to the public but the good riders find them to be very fun and challenging! Fast in certain areas, tricky in others. There is even a jump section on the south trail. Location: just south of 92nd & North Ave on Swan Blvd.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 25, 2014]
newbee
Weekend Warrior

I cant seem to locate the jump section!!! I took the trail to the right heading out of the hoyt parking lot, and ended up by the train tracks? so I went back to the hoyt park entrance and took a right onto swan and then a left at intersection and cut down onto the single tracks, it was fun but ended up coming to a stop at the little creek. if someone can give me a idea of witch way I need to head to find these "jumps" id very much appreciate it!!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 11, 2008]
Java Jim
Weekend Warrior

I've been riding these trails between Burleigh and Hampton since the 70's. Back then were rode 20 inchers with high rise handle bars banana seat and a sissy bar. We used to go under the freeway to the AMF proving grounds for snowmobiles and dirt bikes. Well the trails have gotten better. On the north side of Capitol drive, just west of the Menomonee River is a new 4x4 post announcing the MTB TRAIL. It's about a 2 mile loop. Back out on Capitol Drive head east and down the grass hill to the parkway which goes through Currie Park. Cross HWY 100 (Mayfair Rd.) and about 30 feet on the right starts the singletrack trail where you can ride all the way to Burleigh. Cross Burleigh at the lights and ride parallel to the road for about a 1/4 mile and duck back into the woods again all the way to North Ave. Go under the North Ave bridge and continue to 92nd St.(Swan Blvd) You can choose to go under the bridge(be careful) or you can take the upper route and cross at the street level. To the left you may take a paved path, to the right and in Hoyt Park is the continuing singletrack trail. The trail leads all the way to the village of Wauwatosa.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 02, 2008]
RudeSechsVibe
Weekend Warrior

You can ride fast and there are virtually no climbs. This is a good beginner trail. If you are up for a bit more challenge, try along the NORTH SIDE OF THE RIVER. Directions below. Compared to the regular Hoyt trails, this has more AM terrain and less groomed XC.

Customer Service

Park in the main Hoyt lot then head out to Swan Blvd and turn right. At the parkway traffic light, turn right. The trailhead is on your right about 20 feet down from the intersection. Head down the trail and turn right. You can follow this trail for about 5 miles. You can go under the bridges or you can cross the roads and drop back in.

Similar Products Used:

Harley Woods Trail. It's a bit more raw. Follow the trail described above, cross over Burliegh and drop down the hill. The trailhead is just on the left along the treeline.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 28, 2008]
banpuppy
Weekend Warrior

for the place this trail is in, its amazing. its smackdab in the middle of wauwatosa, and goes on about 2 miles of river. there are plenty of challenging areas, and a whole section for jumps and etc. i ride these trails almost every day, and i love it.

Customer Service

hmm...no one good route i usually enter the trail from the enterance to hoyt park by the car entrance, take the right trail.

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ive never ridden it, but i hear crystal ridge is good.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 20, 2008]
ohdeebee
Weekend Warrior

disappointing

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 01, 2008]
Harold schmidt
Cross Country Rider

The Hoyt Park trails were rerouted and rehabbed by METRO mountain bikers this past year. There is a 2-2and a half mile loop between the river and the railroad tracks. This a fun area to ride but it is definately not real challenging. METRO hosts novice rides here. The Hoyt trails tie in with a series of trails up and down the Menomonee River. It's a good area for night riding. The best recommendation is that the Hoyt trails are easily accessible by bike for those people in the urban area.

Customer Service

METRO has posted signage asking riders to ride in a counter-clockwise direction and walkers to go clockwise so as to help avoid user conflicts. These are multi-use trails.

Similar Products Used:

Harley Woods trails - go up river to just north of Capitol Drive. Jump in on the west side of the river. METRO has just finished rerouting the southern section. Signage will be up by May 08

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 19, 2007]
Andy
Cross Country Rider

If you are just riding Hoyt, you are missing out. Trails stretch all the way from Hart park (good section to play around with a few 1' drops), up along the ridge next to cradwell school, down through hoyt, and then continue all the way past Hampton ave!

Hoyt has some tight, twisty sections as well as some open sections where you can really get your speed up. If you want a challenge, hit the biggest double in the jump area. It's really smooth for a mountain bike wheelbase. The section from swan to north ave is about as tight as it gets on these trails with some quick up's and down's and narrow passages. North ave. to Burleigh is a good mix of pretty wide open xc. I just spent some time down there clearing overgrowth and putting in two small brides (read: pallets) over some nasty, swampy sections. Burleigh to Capitol is similar to the previous section. You can also ride the other side of the river here. Past Capitol, you can enter on the "Harley" trails off of Capitol drive. There are a bunch of different loops in here with some nice downhills and a few short and technical climbs. Keep going and you'll find a trail that takes you all the way to Hampton. If you feeling like even more, you can explore the paintball fields past Hampton. Try not to get spooked by the burned out cars. The best part about these trails is that if the water level is low enough, you can ride under most all of the major streets without ever having to deal with traffic.

If you aren't challenged enough on these trails, shut up, ride faster, and find something bigger to launch off of. It's tough to beat these for being in the middle of a city!

Customer Service

All of it.

Similar Products Used:

Downtown urban assault.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 02, 2007]
jump453
Cross Country Rider

Being an avid mountain biker and new to the area, I was excited by the trail description and first review of this trail. After riding it, I was disappointed to say the least. To say that this trail has challenging, technical singletrack is far from true. I rode from as far north on the Menomonee River Parkway I could find, all the way through Hoyt Park and found nothing that I wouldn't recommend to someone who was going on their first mountain bike ride. At one point, there was a 10 year old girl on an old Huffy coming from the other direction that seemed to be having an easy time with the trail.

If this is the best, most challenging stuff around, it looks like it will be road biking all the way. I sure hope I somehow missed the "technical" portion of the trail.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Aug 01, 2007]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

Based on the description and review, I was excited to try this trail for the first time. It was a disappointment to say the least. I just moved to the area, and if this is what passes for "very technical" around here, its a real shame. Here I am with my helmet and camelback, clipped into my hardtail when a 10 year old girl comes zooming from the other direction on her way too big bike with no helmet or anything. She seemed to have no problem with the trail, and neither will anyone else who has ever seen a bike.

This trail is very short, very easy, and very NOT technical. Maybe I'll head out and check it out again, I sure hope I missed something.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 24, 2007]
Big Pwn
Cross Country Rider

My favorite close-to-home trail. I've crashed twice on this trail (in 4 rides) and not any other trail in SE Wisconsin, to date, has challenged me like Hoyt Park does.

Customer Service

North of the parking lot is the longest and most technical route. South of the parking lot has the jump section.

Similar Products Used:

Crystal Ridge/Alpha Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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