The Hydro Cut has some of the finest mountain bike riding in Southern Ontario. With 30 km of loops and almost as many trails, it is a favourite destination for many.
These twisty, hilly trails are in two wood lots connected by a straight open trail section along a hydro line corridor.
Surprisingly there are a lot of loops packed in here (like Ravenshoe). While you would not expect it to be as hilly, it actually is.
The local club keeps a well-maintained trail network with new signage, that flows well, and has moderate inclines on a smooth clay base. There are few rocks; just assorted exposed tree roots.
The ride never gets boring. All loops are short in length (longest 2.4 km) with random log rollovers, bermed curves, boardwalks and wooden or stone structures/jumps. There’s plenty here to add interest and challenges that riders love….and more added all the time. Grab some air if you dare!
You can take optional easy lines around many features and if none exists, then consider it a sign to be perhaps too hard for you to venture.
Trails tend to loop back to the same start points at three different junctions where there are map boards.
A few favourites are the flowy fun runs on Stinky Girl, The Bride, plus the downhill rush on the switchbacks of Kamikaze.
The difficulty rating here is a little exaggerated by Ontario standards. (This is a tendency as you head further west in the province.) A black diamond trail may have a few tough features to navigate but it seems Intermediate to me.
Two minor points to mention with such a great day of riding: the mosquitos are “really friendly” and on the east end, you may catch a whiff of the local dump.
Situated on the west side of Kitchener it also serves the cities of Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and beyond as a central hub for MTB action.
The area has an active, passionate club membership that builds trails and posts many group rides. (eg. Monday Ladies Night) There has been the talk of an expansion to adjacent wood lots… can you help, or volunteer?
Being so popular, all single track trails are one way only. The parking lots fill up on busy days. Hydro Cut is closed after a good rain and in early spring to reduce erosion. Check the status on the club site just in case.
Fatbikes are in there year-round, and best to use the Synder entrance in the winter to get to the main trails.