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Matson Hill Park

 4.4 (15)

8.0 Miles 12.8 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

709' 216 m

Ascent

-707' -215 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

802' 244 m

High

575' 175 m

Low

Shared By Carl Sechrist

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All Clear 14 days ago
Dry - The trail was really fast today. Get out there and ride! History

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7.4 miles of 100% singletrack in the heart of Daniel Boone country.

Carl Sechrist

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Overview

This ride, in the heart of Daniel Boone country, is 7.4 miles of 100% singletrack designed for hike and bike use only. Weaving up and down several times in a large hollow, it is a constant challenge to novice and advanced riders alike.

Description

The area features some unique terrain, heavily wooded, very dark and shady, with several rock-bottom creek crossings. Due to the steepness of the terrain, the area wasn't logged, so it presents an uncommon setting with low volume mid-level growth, and tall old-growth trees forming a high, dark canopy. It almost has the feel of a natural amphitheater.

This ride links together the park's three trails: Matson Hill Loop, Oxen Mill Trail, and Hayes Trail. The trail surface is mostly dirt, with several veins of rock, and rocky creek crossings/waterfalls. Stop and look around when you reach the bottom of the valley. The ride should be enjoyed both clockwise and counter-clockwise as each offers its own pleasures. You'll be challenged both by the rocky parts and the steep climbs, including the finish which is known as Cardiac Hill.

Recently, new sections have been added to this ride offering a nice downhill you earn by first going uphill. Because the trail is heavily shaded, it can take longer to dry out than other trails in the area. For more information visit the GORC website at gorctrails.com/trails/matso…

Lost Valley Trail is the next closest trail, which can be reached by driving North on highway 94 or by riding along the Katy Trail.

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Jul 7, 2018
Corey B
2 big climbs. lots of downhill flow 9.5mi
Jul 7, 2018
Eric Weiss
May 30, 2018
Cynde Brunner
Apr 28, 2018
Landon Brown
Dec 15, 2017
Karin Ohman
Road trip ride 8mi
Dec 15, 2017
Austin Gohl
8mi
Oct 14, 2017
Holly Taylor
Great technical fun. Only a short 1/16th of a mile with rock boulders I needed to hike. 12.5mi
Sep 23, 2017
David Mossoney
5.2mi

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  4.4 from 15 votes

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