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West Hartford Reservoir

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 30

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Latitude
41.74992765612834
Longitude
-72.78116226196289
Trail Directions
from 84 take exit 38 (Farmington Ave/Rt. 4). At the light take a right onto Farmington Ave. Go approx. 3 miles. Reservoir on your left.
Trail Length
12+
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
West Hartford
   


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Review Date
September 24, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chip ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
June 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: John ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Mountain (Mt Southington), Burlington, Nepaug, Morris, Middlesex,Tyler Mill(Wallingford)



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Review Date
October 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Aram ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
March 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chance R. , from Austin, TX

Summary:
My review of this trail system is based on its potential not on my experience at the MDC Reservoir. When I was there it was a muddy mess. With that said, the singletrack along the powerlines was a blast to ride and was not muddy. It made the trip worth it. The fireroads were all muddy to the point of impassability, but the park could be alot of fun when its dry.

Recommended Route:
From the main parking lot, go right on the main paved trail until you can take your second right at the path marked as bike trails. Kepp going up and up and up until you reach the power lines. Find the trail running along the powerlines and you will not be disappointed.



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Review Date
December 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Flying Squirl , from Suffield

Summary:
Basically like most CT. trails this place offers something for everyone. The more you adventure the more you appreciate, the more you return and have fun. I remember in '96 when it was legal to hit jumps off of the grassy areas near the parking lot, but no longer a good idea. Some new trails are open and still more to be found. See you there!

Recommended Route:
WOODS! I usually park off Rte. 44 at the dirt lot and hit the trails from there. Easiest to park off Rte. 4 in the Res. and just follow the signs till you're haveing fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Penwood and Metacomit



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