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No. of Reviews: 4

90% singletrack.Good network of trail. Pretty challenging,steep ups and downs but they are not big hills.Smooth trails for the most part.Well maintained.Small area is restricted,but it is clearly marked.Stay out please. we don't want to lose access.
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Latitude
39.64733644230302
Longitude
-76.98944091796875
Trail Directions
From Westminster-Rt.97 North about three miles.Turn right on John Owings rd.just before sports complex. Follow one mile and turn left at Hashawa\Bear Branch sign just before road turns dirt. Go 100 yards turn left into parking area at pond.To get to trails pass pond on left and head into woods.You will find them.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Westminster
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dave , from Westminster

Summary:
A great set of trails, and met some great folks that have a regular tues night ride here @ 6:PM to boot! The trails are mostly twisty windy single track with lots of ups and downs. And, now that the spring rains of 03 have gone, these trails rock! Cant say enough about these trails, as they are very close to Westminster. So if you live in and around the area, its a short drive for a quality ride.

Recommended Route:
140 to 97 north, right on John Owings Rd, back about 1 mi, then park at the lot on the left, right next to the (fishing) pond.



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Review Date
August 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ted Redmer , from Hampstead, MD US of A

Summary:
NOT for the faint of heart... bring a toolkit and a spare tube just in case. I ride these trails three or four times a week. I know them like the back of my hand, but I grew up in the area, so don't be surprised if you get a little frustrated by trails that end in restricted areas or loop around to a spot you have been to three times already. My riding crew and I, a ragtag bunch of Carroll County good ol' boys that happen to be pretty efficient at burning up singletrack (and the occasional over the handlebars gravity check) have no trouble on these trails, but we have a good bit of experience and great first aid kits. Expect pretty rough trails, as there is hardly any traffic back there to smooth it out, just the way y'all like it right? The other reviewer was right, mud is a pretty common sight around there, so don't wear your sunday finest. Many of the trails are relatively technical, with plenty of fallen trees, roots galore, and rocks the size of your head on overwise smooth sections. There are running trails that are a bit smoother, but what do we want with them?? The most unique feature of Hashawa is that it is also a game preserve, and apparently the local wildlife have figured this out. I have almost smacked into tiny woodland creatures (and some not so tiny) so many times that I have considered putting those deer whistle things on my helmet. Also look for wheel-swallowing groundhog holes, they don't like mountain bikers, and their homes make great launching points for a highlight reel-style crash. The other type of wildlife you run into are roving swarms of horseflys and mosquitos, so bring the insect repellent or you might end up dismounting and jumping into a stream on a good moist day to dodge the black clouds of mean little biting insects. Dry days yield fewer bug bites. Lastly, bring PLENTY of water, you will burn it up on the super steep climbs in no time and there are no fountains to refill. For those looking for high class cuisine the concession stand at the Carroll County Sports Complex (intersection of 97 and John Owings) has some mighty fine hot dogs and french fries. I wouldn't recommend wearing the riding tights there though, the electrician by day, star shortstop by night softball guys give ya a funny look or two. In short, Hashawa is the best riding in the county, so if you go here and don't have a good time, you either like the smoother trails and don't like a good bloody knee, or didn't explore enough to find your style of riding. P.S. Check out the top of the landfill nearby, a few good jumps, and terracing makes for an interesting downhill experience...

Recommended Route:
From the main entrance off of John Owings Rd. swing the first left and park by the pavillion. From there you have two options, either ride throguh the pavillion and follow the dirt singletrack there into the stream bottom or ride up the road a bit and hit the pine forest trails. Either is going to be one hell of a ride. I usually start with the pine trails because they include a few smooth fast decents to get the blood pumping and then get into the smaller trails past the main center. There are so many trails back there that is is more a guess and check experience than anything.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Patapsco, Avalon specifically, is another great trail system, but a good hour and a half ride from Hashawa



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Review Date
April 16, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Joe , from Westminster MD

Summary:
Area is Huge for this area. Tons of trails from very easy to Pretty darn hard. Please stay on the trails and out of restrited areas so we don't loose our rights to ride here. Hashawa is only part of the area, the watershead has some pretty nice trails too. Watch for horses and hikers with dogs. Student from local middles schools are there during the week in spring so be carfull aroud sharp turns. Nice hills and some stream crossins.

Recommended Route:
Take 97 North from Westminster, South from PA to John Owings road. You will see signs for Hashawa. Park near pond or at Bear Bracnh Nature center.



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Review Date
July 15, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Dave Nevells , from Littlestown,Pa

Summary:
Good singletrack.Intermediate or better riders will enjoy this ride.All trails tend to loop back around to begining.A little muddy after rain,so give a day or two to dry out.You want to be in good shape as the trails are hilly and steep.Great workout.

Recommended Route:
just ride them.You can't get to lost.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Liberty Res.



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