We now know that Witten is awesome, we visited it a while ago and we also regularly organized a Trail-Addicts ride. But what is behind it? On Trailforks you can see lots of black lines a little further. High time to explore that!
Just a little further down under of Dortmund in a heavy urban area, you will find a little nature reserve just like Witten. This small nature reserve contains hills and on those hills there are hiking trails and bike trails. Let that be exactly the right combination! Hohensyburg is less extensive than Witten, there are fewer trails but it is about the same height and the trails are all about the same length. On this weekday – where it would rain all day – we hit the parking lot below the Ruht Brücke. Remains a gamble from GoogleMaps but this appears to be a great spot to start from. All trails are around this, so you can leave your backpack in the car;).
Well, the rain has been exchanged for some gray clouds and later even sunshine! We are looking forward to it, the trails look wet and slippery so strap tight! It will be sliding today: D
Zum Kleffdown trail
We start with the Zum Kleffdown trail, the name certainly honors the trail with the current wetness. This is a green trail, we thought: nice as a warm-up … NOT! This is just a maintenance path for cars, so no r ** t on. Fortunately we can quickly switch to the black Salamander trail. This is just right with it, here and there some drops, curves a bit “steeper” pieces. Not spectacular black, but that also applies to all trails here.
The Kleffdown Trail
This is a blue trail, but very nice despite its color! Nice curves nice steep pieces, stones, roots, you will find everything here. A bit like the Salamander trail but without the drops in it. Today it is very slippery, making it even more fun and exciting!
We continue to the Die Zwei Besen trail a little further, a little further from the car. We didn’t have to do this. Point 1: the trail is faded glory, point 2: in full glory there really had been nothing special about it. Simply skip this one. To get back to the car and other black trails we drive via the Flo-w backwards, you don’t have to expect much from this, but oh well it is an alternative to asphalt so great.
MuRad 2 TRAIL
This is a black trail that immediately brings us back to our bammetjes. The Murad 2 Trail starts with some steep sections, nice technical curves in it without losing too much flow. The second part is a kind of old walkway with quite a few stones, old stairs and switchbacks! This is pure fun. Later on, when the non-e-bikers are climbing up the road, we take a second break in this second part, because we will catch up again soon! The second time is always fun anyway because you better maintain your flow and speed, because you know what is coming …
HSYBurg DH Sud Mitte
After tackling the relatively long climb and detour you arrive – on the left – at a beautiful ruin and – on the right – at a gigantic monument, really on its own in the format and category “I hadn’t expected this for a moment”. You will also find a beautiful panoramic view for this large monument, so it is certainly nice to have a look. The black HSYBurg DH sud Mitte trail is located at the front, there should be 2 here, but it seems to have been completely washed away so this is the only option here. The trail is very easy at the top, luckily more and more rocks and roots are found from halfway along with switchbacks. All very entertaining, as I said before: Not black, but red …
Steinbruchtrail, Syburg 2, Spielstraße
Three black trails, all starting at the same point. They can be reached in two ways, to the left via a paved road or to the right via the purple Höhenweg. Personal preference is clockwise because you have to drive less along the busier road at the top. The trails themselves are very similar to KleffDown Trail, steep parts, roots, curves, and so on. Nice nice nice! We did not drive the Syburg 2 (the middle one), unfortunately, there was no time left for that. On the way back we did the short but amusing Humustrail. A short nasty piece of trail that was impossible slippery today! The thick needle surface – which normally gives a good grip – lay loose on the surface and that caused some slides and falls in the tail of the day. 2 driven, because then you come out again!
Verdict everywhere? Very nice, but not a replacement for Witten. If you drive to this direction more often it is certainly nice to visit. It is all a bit more natural where Witten has more bike park features. The maintenance is also less good, although that actually makes the trails very nice. If you have never been to this region, we recommend you simply go to Witten: http://www.trail-addicts.com/witten-de-nieuwe-trail-spot/