HOMESTEAD HAMMER

By team rider and Landyachtz employee Lucas Greenough

This route features the first half of the Demolition Forest gravel along Fishermans Trailwith a slight modification on the way back. The detour takes you up the gnarly Homestead hill, a beautifully steep section of double-track trail. Of course, if you aren’t feeling the hill, this route can be done as a standard out and back, but if you’re looking for a ride with some extra sauce, give the Homestead Trail try.  

From the shop you’ll make your way towards the Iron Workers bridge, feel free to take Wall St or the Adanac bike route. If you’re looking for snacks or a washroom, the Northwoods Village after the bridge is the place to do that, before getting into the woods. Once you’re over the bridge, you’ll ride up Riverside Dr to the trailhead. The route features a gravel alternative to cross Mt Seymour Pky, through Seymour River Heritage Park. It’s a fun alternative, but not for everyone.   

Once you reach the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverside Dr, you’ll jump onto Fishermans Trail, and remain on it for the next chunk of the ride. Right out of the gate there’s hill that can be loose sometimes, so make sure you’re in the appropriate gear and prepared for the terrain change. Until you reach the suspension bridge, keep left at all the forks in the trail, following the river. Head across the suspension bridge and continue along Fisherman’s, keeping right the whole time. Once you reach the turnoff for Homestead Trail, (which you’ll be heading up later) they don’t allow dogs past that point and that results in the trail being a little quieter, and gives you the opportunity to open up the throttle a little 😉This portion has seen some landslides over the past couple years that have yielded some more technical sections, so keep your head up for those. There is also a section that has some undulations or whoops in the trail, these can get pretty nasty and have eaten a few front wheels in the past, so keep an eye out for those as well.  

When the trail spits you out onto an access road called Spur 4, that your turn around point. This is a good time to have a snack and some water, although it seems to be buggy around here, depending on the time of year. Fishermans Trail on the way back is downhill, so make sure to enjoy that before you have to turn and tackle the Homestead Trail hill. The hill is about a kilometer long maxing out at around a 20% grade, a good benchmark to test yourself. 

Once you’ve topped out the climb, you can enjoy a fun descent on the Twin Bridges Trail back to the suspension bridge. From here you’ll follow Fishermans Trail out of the forest and then head home along whichever route you prefer.  

This route follows the Seymour River, and that can cause the temperatures along the trail to be a little colder than other parts of the ride. On a hot day this can be a great relief from the heat, but keep that in mind if you’re heading out on a chilly day without an extra layer.  

Ride Summary

Distance: 

40 Km

Elevation

600 m

Est. Moving Time:

3 Hrs 

Difficulty:

3 Burritos 🌯

Terrain

2 Spice 🌶️