8/9/15 9:00am to 3:30pm
The ride will begin and end at the Warfield House banquet parking lot. Charlemont Trails System, is a relatively new MTB destination set on both sides of the picturesque Deerfield River Valley and straddling Route 2 - less than 20 miles west of Greenfield. Most of the trails are hilly, but we'll do our best to keep the shorter loops with the climbing on open dirt roads and double track. The easiest loop will consist of a long gravel road descent then climb to a beautiful meadow. From the meadow riders will descend a gently flowing single track to a large plateau with a nice network of linked non-technical trails. Following this section, riders will climb a double track back to the meadow then descend and climb back to Warfield House. The Middle Loop will begin as the easiest loop, but after returning to the meadow, riders will ride the upper east side single-track consisting of Game Trail, Sweet 16, and the CTS Signature Enduro segment - Red Zone to Rice Brook. After Rice Brook, riders will climb back to Warfield House. The Long Loop will add the Warfield Zoar Connector, TV Tower, Lost and Happy Days to the mix. For those who need a bigger ride, the Hero Option will break south off the Long Loop at the start of TV Tower and instead loop down to Zoar via West Side, Out of Gas, and finally climbing back up to the Connector on King Philip's. Once back at the TV Tower intersection they'll continue with the Long Loop.
After all riders are through with their rides, but not before 1:00 PM, they are encouraged to present their NEMBA wrist band at Thunder Mountain Bike Park for a 50% off afternoon ticket. That's 4 hours of lift accessed Mountain Bike riding at the hottest destination in the East for $15.00!
GoogleMap to the Warfield House Inn: 200 Warfield Rd., Charlemont MA
7/20/15 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ashland State Park
North Quabbin Trails Association
The North Quabbin Trails Association is located in the historic hills and river basins of north central Massachusetts We have many miles of newly connected trails and would like to extend a unique and educational opportunity to NEMBA members.
NQTA is a Trail Design & Development, Stewardship and Hiking non-profit organization dedicated to collaboration. It seeks to bring together the entire outdoor trail community for the betterment of the North Quabbin Region.
Our core mission is the creation of the Quabbin to Monadnock Trail (Q&M), a 200+ mile East – West Forest Legacy Loop Trail with 12-15 overnight shelters. The West side is the N.E. Scenic Trail. The East side is a series of preexisting trail systems connected together.
Many miles of trails are available now. NQTA is constantly engaged in creating new trails for outdoor enthusiasts and looks forward to sharing that information with trail users both near and far. Stewardship opportunities and hikes are posted on the website, many of which unveil new trails. The offices of NQTA and monthly gatherings are held at the Millers River Environmental Center in Orange, MA.
NQTA is in the final mapping, gps and gis tracking of the Q + M trail and is working with naturalist guide book author John Burk on a 150 page Q + M trail map and guide which will be completed within a year.
Of interest to NEMBA members is the re-branding of our uniquely beautiful N Quabbin region into 7 geographical zones.
These are the Monadnocks, The Tully Basin, The Millers Basin, The Swift Valley Basin, The Quabbin, The State Forests and Mount Grace / Northfield.
This is the corridor of the Q + M and it’s an amazing connection of water, hills and forests.
NEMBA members are invited to come, enjoy a section and then return to complete other sections at their convenience.
This directly ties into the 'Stay and Play' theme that NQTA has established with its Explore North Quabbin partners. Imagine a 2-3 day adventure were you can stay at some of our lodgings, with great places nearby to eat and shop.
NQTA welcomes NEMBA in for jamborees and will work closely to help with logistics.
In addition NQTA would like to offer NEMBA a unique stewardship and mapping opportunity.
Starting right now we’d like NEMBA members to join with us out in bettering these newly connected trails. As the leading mountain bike and stewardship organization NQTA would like to see NEMBA and its members act as partners. We need your input on trail conditions. Most importantly we’d like your assistance in setting up a grading system to rank the level of difficulty of our trail systems.
NQTA's first full length trail map and guide of Birch Hill / Lake Dennison is in publication and offers many miles of biking opportunities. The map is set up to highlight multi-use and mountain biking is an integral part with biking trails clearly marked.
This map and many others can be ordered on our website NQTA.ORG for $8.00.
Now for the more adventurous bikers is the new 16.3 mile Red Apple Trail System. The grand opening was held May 16th and it’s this intermediate trail system that NQTA would like to collaborate with NEMBA on. So come out and start the evaluation and stewardship process. Or, just go explore. Contact me for more information.
NQTA as a mapping organization has over a dozen new trail maps available as part of our $20.00 / $35.00 family membership.
NQTA at its core is organized as a stewardship and mapping collaboration and we actively seek NEMBA's partnership and experience in helping to create these new trail systems.
Our headquarters are at the Orange Innovation Center, 131 W Main Street Orange, MA 01364.
We have our monthly Gathering the second Monday of every month. We have a great meal and normally have educational speakers.
We would welcome a team of NEMBA members to join us as guest speakers to educate NQTA members on your organization and the great stewardship work you have accomplished.
I sincerely hope to see you out on the trails, soon.
You can contact me personally via email at email@example.com. Please visit our 2 websites, NQTA.org and explorenorthquabbin.com to have better understanding of what NQTA has happening.
Upward and Onward!
and ENQ Co Chair
Read more about North Quabbin Trails Association
Southern New England Trunkline Trail
This write-up concerms the Massachusetts portion starting in Franklin and ending near the Connecticut line in the Douglas State Forest.
Few people will ever ride the entire 22 miles. But, many people ride parts of it, using it to connect good riding areas.
The trail itself is straight, very flat but has many whoop-de-dos caused by off road vehicle use. It's very scenic and beloved by area equestrians.
On the eastern end you have the trail dense Franklin State Forest.
On the western end in the Douglas State Forest there's an alternate staring area at 108 Wallum Lake Road where the SNETT crosses the road.
From this point if you continue west you'll hit the Connecticut state line. Of particular interest is the Tri State Marker. A stone monolith that marks the intersection of RI, CT and MA. Ride around it and you'll hit three states in a second or two. Where else can you do that?
Links to Relevant Resources
5/17/15 9:30am to 1:00pm
West Hill Dam - 518 East Hartford Ave, Mendon, MA
Mike Cove - BVNEMBA Liaison to West Hill Dam
We'll meet at 5:00 and the rides wil start at 5:15. They'll last for 1.5 - 2 hours with some socializing afterwards.
Terrain and pace will be determined by whoever shows up. These will be, as all PV NEMBA rides are, no-drop rides.
Join us for a fun ride on trails that you may not be familiar with. If you do I expect that you'll come back again and again. Wendell's trails are that good.
For last minute updates incuding weather cancellations check the PV NEMBA Facebook page.
Location: The rides will start from Wendell's Park Headquarters building at 392 Wendell Rd in Millers Falls.
Ride Leader Name
5/9/15 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Items to be discussed:
Additional VP/Park POC volunteers - Matt Chandler for Hodges, Mike Tonry for Plummers/Goat Hill and Douglas SF, Laura Zimmer for Whitehall and Upton SF, Mike Cove and Bill Dakai for West Hill Dam, Bill Dakai for Mendon Town Forest.
Annual election of officers -
Incumbents: Eammon C. President, John G. V. President, Rich K. Treasurer, Anne S. Secretary.
New Candidates: ?
Mendon Town Forest trail care agreement
MBAS Ride at Mendon Town Forest (Southwick Zoo Trails) next year?
Trail building at West Hill Dam - Bill Dakai, Mike Cove
Weekly rides, Tue beginner rides, Thu intermediate rides other volunteers to lead a ride? Read more about BVNEMBA Chapter Meeting
KBC Brewery, 9 Frederick St, Webster, MA
3/18/15 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Hatfield for 7pm on Wed March 18th.
On the Agenda:
Setting Up Rides
Involvement in High School Mountain Bike Racing
Bike Patrol Expenses
The date is set and the venue is secured for the January meeting that we polled people for. We've closed the poll and are announcing the date as Wed Jan 14. We booked the large room in the downstairs of the Rutland Town Library, 280 Main St, Rutland, MA. The library is in the center of town, on Rte 122A, just to the left as you face the two churches. Enter in the lower rear library door. The meeting will start at 7pm but we've got the room starting at 6:30pm so feel free to come earlier so we can start on time. Please spread the word of this, would like to reach as many as possible. Thanks!
With that, we will begin spreading the word and your help is welcomed and needed to do this. To be sure, we are working to help solve the issues the DCR is facing in the watershed while at the same time balancing access for non-motorized trail users. We want more than anything to create a win-win arrangement and welcome you to join us on this journey.
Thanks for your help and hope to see you there
Rutland Town Library, 280 Main St, Rutland, MA
ChapterBlackstone Valley Pioneer Valley Wachusett
Brett Russ, VP Coldbrook Springs, Wachusett NEMBA