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Homburgturm

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

The entire Rheinland Pfalz is incredible for mountain biking. From epic all-day rides that never end to super technical descents, it will amaze anyone. Having lived there for over six years, and now as long in Colorado, I speak the truth. I just returned over the Holidays with my ''cross bike packed in my bags, and opted to do the Homburgturm. South of Kaiserslautern, the Homburgturm (or tower in English), over looks the Pfalzerwald and Kaiserslautern at around 400 meters in elevation. All through the surrounding woods are hundreds of kilometers of singletrack in as many variations. I rode from my wife''s (and mine in Europe)hometown of Enkenbach. I rode over the main forest way to Hochspeyer, and then onto Kaiserslautern. This is abot a 15km ride. Then, using the Barbarossa Trail System, I networked a loop of around 12km, barely touching the possibilities. From there, it was over the backside towards "Die Welt Axis" (world axis). This dropped me back into Hochspeyer and towards home, Enkenbach. There are forest roads, but mostly I rode single track. Trails are very well marked and you can purchase trail maps at most book store, but Schmidt bookstore in the Fussganger zone has the best selection. Take your bike if you go to Europe, there is riding everywhere! And don''t listen to anyone who says it sucks, because it does not.
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Latitude
49.444694
Longitude
7.768987
Trail Directions
One can pick up the Barbarossa Trails anywhere on the south side of Kaiserslautern. Just look for the numbered trails with crowns on them. They are all loops, so it is hard to get lost.
Trail Length
Endless Kilometers
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Kaiserslautern
State/Territory/Province
Rheinlandpfalz
Zip/Postal Code
67607
Country
Germany
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 28, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chris ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome, well-groomed, well mapped mix of single track and double track with some fire roads. The best I've ridden in Europe (so far).

Recommended Route:
Park in the stadium overflow lot. There are numerous trailheads within 100 meters of the lot.



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Review Date
December 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: maxrobb00 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Since moving here to the K-Town area(Kaiserslautern Germany), I have been very please with the quality and amount of trails that snake through this region. I am especially pleased with the Enkenbach-Alsenborn area. About 1k from my door step there is a logging road that starts the mtb trail, I'm not quite sure the distance beacuse I never took a GPS with me. The trail starts at the big cemetery at the edge of Alsenborn, you start on a small uphill on a logging trail then to a long uphill til it narrows. As it narrows there is a sign telling you where bikes can go, just follow that and you are good to go for a while. Good luck!

Recommended Route:
About .3k after the sign at the top where the trail narrows and the bike sign is posted, be perpared to either go left and take the trail that will in about .4k backtrack you on the trail you'd previously climbed or go right and CAUTION! cross a 2 lane country road to the rest of the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Near the same trail network I am building a small downhill trail with fast and low speed corners and jumps. Keep checking back for updates. Est. completion is summer 2009.



Comments
dieselrugg (02/02/2009)
Um, how's the trail building going? A friend of mine and I are looking for some jumps and would love to help build your trail if you need the help. We enjoy the local single tracks but miss hitting some good burms and jumps. Let me know if you need help of if you just want to share your creation. Thanks, Russ
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Review Date
November 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: VanMorgan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Unfortunately i recently moved from K-town, but this area is have the best mountain biking i have ever had a chance to ride, all of the logging trails and fantastic. A handheld GPS made things a little easier, because they arent many signs. There are great climbs, These trails are the things that i miss most about Ramstein. I live in Einsiedlerhof behind the yellow Schmidt bakery on B-40 by the Jacob Pfieffer St. bridge. You could park there are up the hill there is direct access to trails. i used to run this trail to the Rod and Gun club on Vogelweh. You can get trail maps at Outdoor rec on Ramstein or a Rathaus in a German village. take advantage of these trails



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Review Date
April 23, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Voyager ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Completely agree with above description. Having recently lived in Kaiserslautern for several years, we can attest to the incredible wealth of phenomenal trails. The area, like much of Europe, is completely bike friendly. The large network of trails is unprecedented. Supposedly, Rheinland Pfalz has over 8000 km of official, legal trails. I believe it. The number of trails is so expansive that you can ride for months and never hit all the trails. As you would expect with such a large network of trails, the conditions vary widely. Everything is there…jeep trails… singletrack…scenic overviews...screaming downhill runs…gnarly, root infested climbs…dark forest…castles…etc. In a word…awesome.

Recommended Route:
There is no “official” trail loop. Just grab a local trail map and head out. Maintain your direction by reading the thousands of trail signs along the way (color-coded numbers and letters painted on the trees).



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