This is a great loop of Winchester Trails' Northern Trails. The trails are rooty and technical, so this ride is not for beginners. These are multi-use trails and can become very rutted and littered with debris from motorcycles.
These trails get very rutty from moto abuse and can be littered with broken branches and debris, so watch your derailleur and stop immediately if you hear your drivetrain pick up a stick.
This ride starts with a road climb up to Hootman Road
. From Hootman, descend to South Dunstable
before ending at a newer logging road. Hop on the road and watch for Dunstable to pick back up on the left. There are a couple of other road crossings, but the trail usually resumes directly across the road. There are a multitude of Dunstable variations in this area, so play around a bit before heading back down the dirt road and into the clear-cut. There are a couple of drainage crossings before you begin to descend down to what is left of North Dunstable
This trail has a steep climb up a trail made of cinder blocks before you pop out at a road. Head down the road and watch for Combat Wombat
on the right. This is a fun trail that loops to a road. Head left and then take a left on the North Howling Connector
A right turn into North Howling
serves up a rolling climb that ends at a gravel road, riders have the option to do a quick little trail called Bobcat Trail
(as mapped) or continue directly onto South Howling
. South Howling
is a fun trail that travels in and out of an old clear-cut before descending down some steep sections that can be slick when wet. Some users have cut different access points and shortcuts into South Howling
, so be careful and use the MTB Project mobile app
to navigate if you can. At the end of South Howling
, there is an optional unnamed out-and-back trail that leads to somewhat of a pond.
From the end of South Howling
, begin climbing the road to the left and watch for Skyline Trail
on the right. After looping back to the road, take a right and climb a short distance before taking a left onto Bud Dry
. There is an option on this trail to head to the road at the top, but this ride takes a left at the junction and descends on Bud Light
. This puts you out just across the road from 8-Ball
Ride 8-ball, which is one of the most rooty and technical trails at Winchester, and then head towards Stealth
when you've finished. Stealth
, like many trails, loops out and returns to the main road. After Stealth
, head over and ride what's left of Flying W
, which will return you to the main road. Take a left, which descends to a corner then begins to climb back toward the parking lot. Watch for a trail in the clear-cut on the left. This trail is Hanz
, which marks the last trail of the ride.
At the end of Hanz
, head south paralleling the highway back to the parking area.