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Hodges Road Fire Trail Loop

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Length

6.5 Miles 10.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

1,088' 332 m

Ascent

-1,085' -331 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

606' 185 m

High

433' 132 m

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A great loop around the northwest section of the Liberty Reservoir!

John Wolf

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There's a small parking area at the cul-de-sac at the end of Hodges Road. This is a residential area so parking is limited and you must make sure to not block residences or park on private property. Alternatively, you could park off Route 32 about two miles along the trail.

From the cul-de-sac, head right onto the fire road that heads down toward the water. Keep right past the Hodges Road - Shoreline Connector at the fork. Continue all the way down to a creek crossing and start up the climb on the other side.

After some up-and-down, the trail will "T" with another fire road. Go left to climb a gnarly hill that is nearly unrideable. As you get over the top, go left again. This will take riders to Route 32. Cross over the highway bridge and ride on toward the parking lot on the left-hand side of Route 32. By the electrical house at the top left-hand side of the parking lot, dive into the trail again.

Be aware of downed trees as you pedal. Take the trail to the water and go right. Follow this all of the way until you go up a super-steep hill which leads you to an open field with power lines. The trail will wind to the left through the field and down past a gully at the edge of the singletrack (don't slip off). If you are going fast and run into this, you'll most likely go over the bars.

You'll come up to the first water crossing, which is followed by a climb that will take riders to London Bridge Road. Head left on the road to cross the bridge and look for the singletrack immediately on the left.

Continue on till you reach the water, from there, head right. After having paralleled the water for a bit, the trail will begin to fork several times. Stay left for the first two forks and stay right for the last fork. This will take you to the end of the fire road to a paved road (the paved road can be seen from the last fork).

On the left is the start of a fire road with a chain draped across it. Enter here for a long section of riding. The fire road will take you past property lines of several residential homes on the way to Poole Road. Keep skirting the property lines until you reach the second, and final, water crossing. This is the deepest crossing, but with some speed you can make it through on a bike. The rest of the trail is a fire road climb back to Hodges Road.

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Jul 26, 2017
Kevin Smith
Very fun. Partially washed away by stream. Vegetation is aggressive. More than a few trees down. 7mi — 1h 30m
Oct 17, 2016
Shawn Lowman

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  3.5 from 4 votes

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  3.5 from 4 votes
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Not for the faint of heart. Its more of a hiking trail than a biking trail. The vegetation is dense along parts of the path. Lots of steep up and down. Certain parts of the trail open up and are wonderful while other parts you are picking your bike up over trees every 50 ft. If you are reasonably fit you wont have any trouble but I would not recommend it for children. Jul 26, 2017
You can also park right next to the bridge on the north side for another approach into the trail. Jul 26, 2017
Tough trail to rate, I agree with the prior comment from Keven in that there a a couple of steep sections which require you to hike up. I was a little confused on the section near London Bridge road and thought that I might have to portage across. However, this is not the case the path continues all the way to the bridge at the road and then you cross the bridge to continue the path on the other side of Morgan Run. Apr 24, 2018

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