Hydro Cut – MTB Trail

1522 Glasgow Street, Kitchener
Posted on September 6, 2019
Hydro Cut – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Western Ontario
Note : Popular
Total Trail Km : 30
MTB Track % : 85
Double track % : 15
Rate Skill Levels : Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : smooth soil, structures, logs jumps, crushed gravel, can be muddy, bridges, steep hills, open field, twisty & gnarly, rocky patches
Faclities : parking, food close by, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 30 km

85% MTB single track
15% double track access roads

Elevation – There are 2 woodlots separated by a field with Hydro lines running up the middle; slopes gradually up westward.

Terrain – Smooth clay, mud patches, roots, the odd rock, grass field, bridges, structures.

Skill – Most trails Intermediate to Advanced (easier kids zone by Glasgow lot).

Traffic – Mainly mountain bike riders and a few hikers. Loops are one way. Main trail two way.

Maps – Well marked with posted signs and a  few maps boards. (could use a few more out on remote trail forks)

Facilities – Large parking lots, very close to malls, restaurants etc., no outhouse at trailheads.

Highlights – Well-maintained, and cut MTB track with variety and ample challenges.

Trail Fee – Free

Phone – None

Website – The Hydro Cut

Similar Trails – Albion Hills, Dagmar, Hardwood

Local Clubs – Waterloo Cycling Club

Access – Main lot is at 1522 Glasgow Street, Kitchener.  Ride west from Glasgow lot for 5 minutes to enter the forest.

The other (perhaps better) access point is off 1974 Snyder’s Rd. E. There is no sign and the side road looks like a driveway to a farm. Head down the hill across the tracks to the parking lot.

mtb trail guide

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.

Hydro Cut MTB trail map

Total Score 2 REVIEWS
Fun Factor: Scenic: Trail Design: Technical: Workout:
  • May 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    AMAZING! Always super well maintained,well laid out and a damn good workout. The smell of the landfill next door will ensure you don't stop for deep breaths at the top of stinky girl! In all seriousness it's a great trail by a cool bunch of cyclists.

  • June 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Good reason this is such a popular ride location. Tons of fun winding through the woods and taking on the wood and rock structures. Experienced riders can open up here for some thrills. Mosquitoes can get nasty if you stop too long.

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