Westwood Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.93 out of 5
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Intermediate
5
miles

Singletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 700 ft
1,209
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This place is an awesome ride, and the folks that work on it keep it in GREAT shape. If you start on the tech side, it gives you a pretty good chance to warm-up: no big hills, just lots of sweeping singletrack. There a two good drops that will bust ya butt if you're not ready for the g-change. The ride is ROOTY, but not so bad that you can't get up some good speed. The first section ends and turns into a TIGHT path behind the ballfield. You're low enough that you're out of sight, but you still may want to be aware during practice or games. The path has some cool mounds to ride up and out of before it ends in a small wall that leads in to the climb before the basic trail. The basic trail is pretty awesome, esp. for new mtn. bikers. It's constantly rolling up and down and remains in great condition throughout the year. There are a few log crossings, but the highlight is the one super-fast rolling downhill. For a brief time, you can literally 'fly': as soon as you roll over the first hill, you bomb another downhill that throws you into some twisty, rooty singletrack that is awfully close to some BIG trees. The next hill is just a good aerobic workout that will put you into the first tech section. This is where the FUN begins. After doing some fast weaving, you roll into some singletrack next to the road that is peppered with granite. There is one nice drop that rolls into hill that pitches into another drop that shoots you up a hill. After making a short climb, you roll into a wicked downhill that weaves through the low area between the two hills. Before leaving this section, you ride through what has become an EXTREMELY WET and MUDDY section before popping over a fire road. Parts of this section have been closed due to the mud. I suspect it won't be long before there is another re-route. After bouncing through some small ravines, you come to THE HILL. In a short section, you climb a MONSTER of roots, tight turns and tighter trees. When it's wet, it stays wet. When it's dry, it's dusty. This thing is typically pretty slick and will work both your heart and your climbing skills. The first part is weaving and rounding over roots. The second is STRAIGHT Up and fairly wide but still rooty. Just when you think you're clear, you have a few more feet of DEEP roots to cross that will pitch off the trail with the wrong twitch. After I take a break and try to find my breath (yea, I'm a wuss) the trail is a gradual climb into the third tech section. It's short, but it can be the meanest. After crossing a good drop, you round over into a ravine that has a nice, jumpable water bar. Carry some good speed over this cause you have an EVIL switchback coming up that is too difficult for this guy, but I have seen it conquered. I keep tryin, tho. From here, its a good climb back to the basic trail. You come into a fire road that is super smooth and even faster. Be careful, cause it ends much too quick and turns you back into the singletrack. You will ride through some basic trail that when rode hard, gets really fast and really tight. After crossing the big log crossing, you have a nice downhill section that's not steep, but it is fast if you shift into the big gears. For the finale, you enter the lake section, the last tech section. It seems harmless until you hit the first rounder, where you're dropped into a fast, rooty, rocky, spontaneous ravine. If it's doesn't buck you, it's because it's pounded your bones into the bike. This drops you into an area next to the creek. Before the last flood, around the same time as Hurrican Isabel, you would cross the creek and ride Side Hill. That's GONE. You can get there, but I don't think you're supposed to since they've started on a new section. The new section is VERY new and fresh, and almost unrideable. I rode what I could and pushed what I couldn't. The ground was so fresh, you mired into it. However, this section is gonna be cool when it's done. It leads back into the lake trail, which was just after SIDE HILL. The lake trail ends when you come to the long fire road climb that leads you back to the remaining part of the first tech section. Don't miss out on the dirt mounds at the trail head; you can have some fun jumping and bouncing. For an extra kick, ride this one BACKWARDS. I did it for the first time today and fell in love with place once again...
added by Guest November 17, 2003
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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September 28, 2014
 
Review: Decent at best for a short ride. I managed to squeez out 7 miles. The short green track is well established 1 mile trail. The various yellows were slightly overgrown and leaf covered. The red or technical tracks weren't very technical unless you consider finding the trail under all the leaves a technical skill. All in all not a bad afternoon ride.

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September 24, 2014
 
Review: Leaf covered and not a heavily ridden trail. Lots of spider webs. The intermediate and advanced trails were overgrown. Trail features that were built from lumber seem old and sketchy.

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September 23, 2013
 
Review: Great trail if you are in the area. It is rooty, but not bad, also kinda sandy in areas so could be a good trail when damp.

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May 12, 2012
Arq
 
Review: Not bad this trail. I recommend checking it out if you are in the area. Well maintained, nice all together ride. Has potential to get better over time.

Similar Trail: North Meck

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January 8, 2012
 
Review: Thanks to some recent building from some of us locals, Westwood is now up to about 8.5 miles. Some new features: planks, rock garden, fun desents, switch backs that make it even more tricky at times, (making it even more fun:) and were also adding some nice by-passes with well built signs and also there are very obvious trail direction signs. * Review edited 1/8/2012

* Review edited 1/9/2012

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November 26, 2010
 
Review: With some rerouting and the addition of new trail, the system makes a complete loop, and is a little over 7 miles. With 7 miles of trail in a small area tracks are often close enough to high 5 your buddy when you meet. Due to numerous short cuts, (easy trail) the trail can be a bit confusing, at any trail junction just keep straight and you should stay on the desired route. Overall a great intermediate trail system for a in-town park.

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April 16, 2009
 
Review: good trail note to self don't ride trail when back brake stops working half way thought ride should of choose basic first not technical

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May 17, 2008
 
Review: This trail has a basic skills loop and a technical loop that I would call moderate. There has been a black diamond section that is way back in the woods that has some wooden features and some technical jumps that I would not try. Overall I enjoyed this trail and will definately go back.

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May 31, 2005
 
Review: Love this trail!!! I have ridden it several times and like it more each time I go. They have added some new sections too. Easy to follow and I always meet the nicest people here. Good aerobic workout and tests your technical skills too.

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May 26, 2005
 
Review: I used to ride this trail when it was first built. It was the first real trail riding I had ever done. I loved it then when I was riding my Huffy and haven't riden it in years. I can't wait to go back with my newer and improved bike.

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Westwood Park MTB Trail 3.93 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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