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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +388/375 ft
Total: 35 riders
 

Mountain Biking Hashawha

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#78 of 97 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#11079 in the world

Fun network of trails (Approximately 5 trails, Loop 1, 2, 3, Stream Trail, and Vista Trail.)

Some climbs, some tech, mostly fast singletrack. Back in the day there used to be Tuesday evening rides, 6PM, at the pond parking lot. Haven't ridden here in 10+ years.

Multi-use trails, so please be respectful!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
- From Main St in the center of downtown Westminster, take Rt. 27/Ralilroad Ave North.
- Continue thru underpass & turn right onto ramp for MD 140 West and MD 97 North.
- Continue on MD 140 West / MD97 North.
- Bear right on ramp leaving MD 140 onto MD 97 North.
- Follow MD 97 North.
- After passing the air park on your left and a plant nursery on your right, turn right onto John Owings Road at the park sign for Hashawha Environmental Center and the Bear Branch Nature Center.
- Turn left on Hashawha Road at the sign for Hashawha and Bear Branch.
- Park on the left hand side of the road, in lot by the small barn and pond.
- Alternatively, proceed ahead to the right hand turn into the Bear Branch parking lot.
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  • Ken Harris
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    It looks like they did some work on the trails. A lot of the trails look groomed, there's new signage and the trails now have names, not just color blazes. Conditions today were a bit tacky with great grip.

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    • MichaelMD

      Hi Ken! I took my son out to Hashawha the other day. We've done the ride around bear branch, the pond, past the birds and the old mill a bunch of times. We decided to try the Boundary trail. We stayed on Boundary for a long time....even passing other trails named Hickory and I think Warbler might have been another one as well. We definitely got lost, but eventually made our way out to the main road and made our way back to our car. My main question is, what trail system are these trails part of? I've looked at the maps on different trail apps, as well as the ones posted on the Hashawha website.....and I haven't seen one map that lists any trails with names like Boundary, Hickory or Warbler. I just want to find a decent map so we can explore these trails and not get lost. Any idea if these trails are listed anywhere?

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  • snoltz
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    So it's been a few years since I rode here, but the trails were mostly unmarked. This system is more for hikers and horses. Oh, horsesh!t

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  • Ken Harris
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    If you are thinking about riding Hashawha, please watch this video first!
    https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-videos/watch-closed-a-reminder-to-stay-off-wet-trails/

    The trails are soaked - even some of the doubletrack are nothing more than mud pits, so please be respectful and let the dry out!

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  • Ken Harris
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    If you are thinking about riding Hashawha, please watch this video first!
    https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-videos/watch-closed-a-reminder-to-stay-off-wet-trails/

    The trails are soaked - even some of the doubletrack are nothing more than mud pits, so please be respectful and let the dry out!

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  • Ken Harris
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    With all the rain, even the double tracks are not much more than large mud puddles. Everything here is slick from the rain and harder to navigate because of the mud and ruts everywhere.

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  • Ken Harris
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    Trails are wet and slick with some leaf cover. Wet spots even on the hills.

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  • Ken Harris
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    Getting to know these trails a bit better has certainly helped. Anything from single track, double track, some gravel and paved roads.

    The Sep 2018 trip showed the trails to be covered with mud and water or completely washed out from recent storm damage.

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  • Ken Harris
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    My first time on the trail. It is not well marked and easy to miss a turn, but still a decent ride for a beginning MTB rider. I will be going back to build up my endurance and some skills.

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  • rmap01
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    I hate to be the outlier here but this trail does not warrant a 4/5 rating. For the most part, the singletrack is badly overgrown (late May) and the trails are in desperate need of some TLC. I also did not find the markings very useful and had great difficulty navigating. There's a decent amount of elevation change so it can be a good cardio workout but there is no creativity to the trails. If you live in the area that's one thing but this is by no means a destination for mtb'ing.

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  • Dennis Champney
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    This is a wonderful hidden secret. I would not say this place is too technical but you can definitely get a great workout

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  • Clint Magers
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    A great mix of fast, flowy and technical trails. Think half Patapsco and half Frederick watershed. Its never crowded and theres always parking. It should be updated to Hashanah/ Union Mills area though. As we have added over 10 miles of amazing singletrack.

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  • ChrisCue
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    I said overgrown in for status.. But I don't know if what I saw that was overgrown were actually bike trails! I really did like the sections I did ride. It took me a bit to figure out where the trails were. I finally found a trail marked by a green arrow. What I rode had a low degree of difficulty, but a nice ride with some slight climbs. I'll be back to check out the rest soon.

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  • Mike George
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    Well this was my first time riding here....I won't be back.....trails need tons of maintenance....trails are definitely, definitely beginners. Very little difficulty. Great if it's your first time off pavement. If you have ever mountain biked before go somewhere else these trails will be to easy.....Very nice park though.

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  • k.hart11268
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    pretty well kept and well marked. ride these trails with my buddy a lot. always a good time. Nice climbs and descents with some flowy bits as well.

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  • 8valvegrowl
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    Great place to ride, close to Westminster. this is where I learned to MTB. A little bit of everything to test/sharpen your skills.

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