West Hartford Reservoir - Trail, West Hartford, Connecticut

West Hartford Reservoir - Trail, West Hartford, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

All levels can ride here

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 24, 2011]
Chip
Cross Country Rider

First off this is a running review, not a cycling. I ran the Red trail which is 3.4 miles long. The whole trail is paved and trees have red marks on them to mark the trail. It goes along several lakes and has lots of hills. Very pretty run in early morning, with mist still in the trees.

Customer Service

I turned into the entrance for the water treatment facility at the bottom of reservoir 1, and pulled into the parking lot on left. Red trail starts at the top of the parking lot and loops back to same spot.

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2
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2
[Jun 26, 2004]
John
Weekend Warrior

I ride this 2-3 times a week. It has everything. Climbs for cardio, descents, and technical trails, rock gardens. Saw a bear last Monday!! BIG!! I can ride a 9.25 mile loop in about 1.5 hours with a couple breaks. There are a lot of different cuts through the woods and resevoir to keep it different. If you want a harder ride, ride counter clockwise. The hills are bigger and longer periods of climbing.

Customer Service

Easier to do a clockwise loop around the property. Hook up with some other riders and follow them to learn the loops and trails. It's how I learned. Meet some new people.

Similar Products Used:

South Mountain (Mt Southington), Burlington, Nepaug, Morris, Middlesex,Tyler Mill(Wallingford)

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5
VALUE
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4
[Oct 23, 2003]
Aram
Weekend Warrior

This is a great place to ride it has a wide veriety of things you can do from technical single tracks to down hills it has alot of things to ride including drops 2-9 feet,rocks and roots and many log piles. this trail is also well mantained.

Customer Service

you go past the resivor to where you see a central wheel bike shop and after that shop you turn right and go up a hill and when you get to the top you will be on this little private road you can park there and go right up a hill there will be a fence next to you on your right once you see a opening at the top of the hill go in there. dont go right down the hill go left and keep on going throu a grassy feild and once you get out of there you keep going right up the hill, you will see a trail to your right dont take it keep going up the hill and you will get to a place where you can go right or left go right you will see arrows in the path once you have gotton past there you will see a trail on you left and take that you will go through a little grassy area then there will be a steep up hill or you can go left they will take you to the same place go down the hill and go let up a hill and there is the good stuff.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
[Oct 29, 1998]
Anonymous

Sweet trails, try the "blue trail" near the "powerline" some great singletrack, and great climbs, and hikes... great riding, unlimited terrain... Go there!

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4
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[Nov 14, 1998]
Anonymous

these trails are great, many dropoffs and much climbing and technical singletrack. Phat tire fun!!

Customer Service

If you want to find some good trails, head up route 44 to the "dykes" across from res. 6. Here you can find the "fences" trail and the "metacomet/blue" trail and the "powerlines". To get more specific directions, go to Central Wheel, at the entrance of res. 1.

Similar Products Used:

case mountain in Glastonbury and middlesex

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5
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[Nov 16, 1998]
Anonymous

This area has a little bit of everything- some great single-track, a lot of rocky double-track, big climbs, some nice descents. There are some nice open areas.
There has been noticeable erosion in the past year, and there are a lot of sensitivities about having MTBers there in the first place. Don't want to have access revoked, so be courteous to other users when you ride there, obey the IMBA rules of the road, and you'll be OK.

Customer Service

Metacomet (blue) trail North, follow fence-line on far eastern end of area back south to your car. There is a terrific map available at the MDC and also at EMS across from Westfarms Mall.

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4
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[Nov 16, 1998]
Anonymous

Not bad, although there are no long-distance 1000ft climbs like I'm used to in the S.F. Bay Area. The longest climb is the first one out of the parking lot to the top of the ridge, and I'd guess it to be only 500 ft or so.
The singletrack is nice, especially along the fence on the eastern boundary. Lots of rocks, but no big drop-offs and only one big fallen tree. Conditions are pretty loose on the fire roads, so watch your speed on the curves!
There's basically only one route, and it's about 9-10 miles depending on your route. I do it twice when I want a big workout.

Customer Service

1) Follow main (paved) path to upper reservoir.
2) Turn up the hill, and the pave turns into a somewhat loose fire road.
3) Either follow the power towers for a nice up&down singletrack to the northern boundary, or continue on the fireroad.
4) Follow the dike from the northern boundary back south. If you keep on bearing to the east, you'll hit the eastern fence trail, a nice climb followed by some nice weaving, rocky singletrack back to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Nepaug State Forest in New Hartford, for you singletrack freaks out there!

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4
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[Nov 19, 1998]
Anonymous

Rather boring area; just a big local park convienant to Hartfordites. A social event.

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1
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[Dec 05, 1998]
Anonymous

I've ridden all the trails at the res at least once. So I know basically everything. If you've done all you think you can, you can go out to the gates at Rt 44 near the dikes and cross the road to some other trails.Once you get there, you'll have to walk up the hill and there are a couple others like it you'll have to walk up. But coming back is better cause you get to go down these hills.

On the main side that everyone rides, The metacomet is probably the main trail.Directions to the metacomet(The way i prefer to go)Facing out of the lot,take a right(Past the map and past the blue outhouse) Go straight for about 100 ft and then you'll see a mtn bike trail on your right, follow it. Avoid all intersections until you reach the paved road at the end. Take a right on the road. Go up the road until you get to another intersection and another map. Facing the map with the pond to your right, go up the paved hill and avoid any intersections. Right after you get up the big hill there is a fireroad, go straight a while and then you'll come to a fork, take a left and go for about 100 ft Here you'll come to another fork, take a left so that a trail into the woods is on your left and a sand/gravel road in on your right. Take the trail to the left that leads to the woods. Now you're on the metacomet and you can see blue marks on the trees. Yopu can go where you want from here or after you reach the stream and the rocks you can go straight and cross another stream and some more rocks. Now go straight and continue through the intersection so that you take a sharp right and go up the hill. After a while you'll get to some dikes and here go straight through the dikes so that you meet where the two dikes meet eachother. Here go to the left and through the woods. Now you'll get to ANOTHER intersection, take a right and go up the steep hill. After a bit you'll pas through some wooded sections with rocks and roots, follow the fence trail and you'll eventually get back to the parking lot.

Customer Service

I usually ride the metacomet(AKA: the "Blue" trail) It has nice climbs and plenty of fast singltrack and nice technical sections.

Similar Products Used:

The trails on the other side of rt 44 acros from the gates at the dikes.

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5
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[Jan 11, 1999]
Anonymous

good for beginners. FOR FUN, and a REAL CHALLENGE USE CYCLOCROSS BIKE. Not much for the experienced rider in terms of techinical or, really fun single track. trails too worn out from use, and improper trail ediquette. Fun, but becomes boring fast.

Customer Service

metacomet trail from the farmington ave. entrance good selection. steep uphill 1/4, then down hill the rest. Ride out in to meadow, and take first right before steep decent rigth before forest. Follow untill hit red trail (space coster). fast fun, little number.

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3
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