The trail is mostly fast and flowy with some obstacles (log piles, bridges, rock gardens, drops) setup to add some technical elements to a mostly flowy ride. Each feature has a "safe" route around, making this a great trail system for almost everyone. There are enough ups and downs to keep your heart pumping, with a lot of quick bursts followed some some fun, flowy awesomeness.
Trail marking are excellent, with a metal post showing the trail name, difficulty, and length at the beginning of each section. The whole trail system is directional so there's never any fear of head-on collisions. However, you should beware that this is a multi-purpose trail system is in regularly used by walkers, trail runners, and you may encounter a friendly dog or two.
This trail is continuously maintained by the Waterloo Cycling Club and new features/routes are added each season. The trail system is constantly evolving.
Parking is available at the two trail heads - Glasgow or Snyder, although most will start their ride at Glasgow.
There are a couple of maps posted at the trail heads and at the main intersection of trails on The Pines side and of course, don't forget to have the MTB Project app with you!
Main drawbacks are high mosquito population in the summer, and a fairly long drying period after rain (1-2 days).
These trails take some time to dry, so check the trail conditions and don't ride in the mud.
The Hydrocut is a fast and flowy trail system that links two sections of trails: The Landfill and The Pines. Most people will start from the Glasgow parking lot (The Landfill) and complete the circuit starting with Kaitlyn's Switchbacks
Switchbacks, quick ups and downs, and fun singletrack best describes The Hydrocut has a little of everything, including board walks, bridges, rock features, berms, and enough windy flow to keep your heart pumping. The Hydrocut is a collection of great one-way trails that offer a variety of challenges for every level of rider. There are many options to extend or shorten your ride depending on your energy level or time.
After entering the trail system with Kaitlyn, you'll want to take a sharp right on to Stinky Girl
. If you're looking for a little quicker ride you can take Bypass
and head over to The Pines. Rocky Mountain
will gradually climb towards Scrambler
, which is essentially the entrance to The Pines section of the trails. At the end of Scrambler
you'll see a map, which has all the trails named and numbered. There are many options at this point, but if you want to hit'em all you'll need to have a quick look - find Sweet Street
and follow the numbers.
There are a few times when you'll cross over the Main Trail, which can be bailout areas if needed.
With about 25 km of trails available, this can be a great way to spend 1/2 a day on two wheels.