Northern NH

Pemi - Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

10/27/16 6:00pm to 8:00pm

This meeting is open to all interested parties. Any decisions that will dictate club
business and/or actions will be acted upon by active Pemi-Valley NEMBA members.
General Discussion
● Other
Club Business
● Treasurer’s report
● Trail Work Participation
● Whitten Woods Update
● Fox Park and abutting land owner
● Election

Location

29 Wooley Pasture Rd. Plymouth NH

Chapter

Pemi Valley

Franconia Area NEMBA Membership Meeting

Date

10/17/16 5:30pm to 7:30pm

You are invited to the FA NEMBA General Membership Meeting at the Franconia Town Hall.

All our welcome – members, non-members, riders, walkers, runners, dreamers, etc.…

We will be sharing our struggles and successes from the past year as well as our goals for 2016-17. Special guest speakers include Tom Giles from the USFS and Bill Boles, the founder of NEMBA. 

There will be an open discussion for new ideas and feedback. Refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!

Janel

Location

Franconia, NH

Chapter

Franconia Area

Event Leader

Janel Lawton
janel.lawton@gmail.com

Northern NH

North Conway's East Side Trails

195 Skimobile Rd
North Conway  New Hampshire  03860
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

Nestled behind Walmart and the outlet shopping centers of North Conway and below The Nature Conservancy's Green Hills Preserve is a fine network of trails known as the East Side trails. The full gamut of the East Side runs from Red Tail Trail at the north end to the Outer Limits/Twilight Zone trails in the recently expanded Green Hills to the south, however this article focuses on the center of the network located between Mt. Cranmore and the Redstone Quarry.

Three trailheads access this centerpiece of the network: Mt. Cranmore (first parking lot on right when coming down Skimobile Road), Hemlock Lane (located at a dead end cul-de-sac between Walmart and The Bike Shop), and Thompson Road. Cranmore and Hemlock both have a kiosk with the Conway Area MTB map in place. Cranmore has some fun singletrack when heading south, and riding through the spooky and ever-changing Ghoullog is one of a kind. Hemlock Lane has lots of space and is close to the historic Redstone quarry, including a massive polished granite column. The Pudding Pond Conservation Area trailhead on Thompson Road is convenient to Sticks & Stones but is a small lot with a lot of use; please consider this 3rd choice.

The trail network is on land owned by Cranmore Mountain Resort, Town of Conway conservation land, State-owned "bypass mitigation" land and some private parcels. The State-owned property consists of 450 acres of land that was purchased for the long-proposed Conway bypass project. The bypass has been put on hold and the land, which would become town conservation land if the bypass is built, sat in limbo for years. It had old woods roads and motorcycle trails on it and has long been enjoyed by mountain bikers. The town offered to manage the land for the state and White Mountains NEMBA assumed maintenance duties, which have included building over 200' of bog bridges in wet sections, rerouting trail sections for improved sustainability & flow, and rock armoring a steep section below the "green granite" quarry.

The network is fairly easy to navigate, with a powerline running north to south on the flat below the Green Hills. Trails also run predominantly parallel to the powerline, with a couple easy trails (Pillar to Pond and Muffler trails) on the west side of the powerline, and a few intermediate trails (Sidehill, Rattlesnake and Swamp) on the hillside above the powerlines.

All trails are bidirectional and flow well in either direction. Because of this, there are no right or wrong route directions and it's easy to mix up rides that have a different feel each time. The quarry area has a number of historic sites, including massive lathes that were used to finish granite from all over New England. A local web site with lots of historic photos is available at redstonequarrynh.org.

By Rob Adair

Links to Relevant Resources

White Mountains NEMBA's 17th Annual Trailbuilding Weekend

Date

7/28/17 6:00pm to 7/30/17 1:30pm

17th Annual Trailbuilding Weekend

  • 7/28 Friday night – 6 pm ride and BYO barbecue from 116 Grandview Road, Conway. Moat Mountain Brewing keg on draft
  • 7/29 Saturday
    8:30 am – 12:30 pm; We are working on a new downhill trail and the neighboring Red Tail trail in the Hurricane Mountain Road Common Lands, not Marshall Conservation area. Meet at the water tank parking lot on Hurricane Mountain Road..
  • Lunch on your own
    2:30 pm rides leaving from various locations
    6 pm – barbeque at Echo Lake; beer from Moat Mountain Brewing, food courtesy of J-Town Deli and Sea Dog Brewpub (no charge)
  • 7/30 Sunday
    10 am rides leaving from Cranmore
http://www.wmnemba.org/
 
 

Chapter

White Mountains

Event Leader

Rob Adair
radair@allpointstech.com

Franconia Area NEMBA Annual Gathering 2016

Date

7/10/16 5:00pm to 7:30pm

FRANCONIA AREA NEMBA 2016 ANNUAL GATHERING & Barbeque

Date: Sunday, 7/10/16
What: Franconia Area NEMBA with our community partners Lafayette Recreation and Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country will host a trail network Land Owners appreciation barbeque.
All friends of the North Country trails are invited to come celebrate with food, games and entertainment!
Where: Dow Park, Franconia, NH
When: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm 
Please bring a cold salad or dessert to share. Grill food (hot dogs, hamburgers, etc...) will be provided. BYOB
Also, there will be a group ride on Sunday, from 1 pm – 3 pm, leaving from the Franconia Inn, 1172 Easton Road, Franconia, NH. Please park in the lot across from the Franconia Inn.

Location

Dow Park, Franconia

Chapter

Franconia Area

Event Leader

Janel Lawton
janel.lawton@gmail.com

Northern NH

PRKR MTN

10 Pine Hill Rd
Littleton  New Hampshire  03561
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

Need another reason to go riding? Well, the growing PRKR MTN Trails located in the vibrant North Country town of Littleton NH might be just what you’re looking for.
 
The PRKR MTN trail network is entirely located on or around the 2000-foot summit of Parker Mountain on several hundred acres of privately-owned land. To date, the total trail network is estimated to be 24 miles and includes singletracks as well as doubletrack logging roads. Trail work is ongoing for 2016, so the trail mileage will continue to grow. PRKR MT’s professional trail crew works hard to expand the current trail system while improving what’s already on-the-ground.
 
The trails stretch north from the top of School Street and behind the Town Pool.  The system provides access to the summit of Parker Mountain -- the highest point in Littleton -- but the most impressive views are from “Linda’s Lookout,” a cliff with a view of the entire northern Presidential Range of the White Mountains.  From there, the trails are designed to connect directly to town and downtown restaurants and inns.
 
Most people choose to ride uphill on one of the old logging trails or doubletracks. There are a variety of ways back down ranging from easy to advanced in difficulty.
 
The two downhill-only trails Wildcard and Beginner’s Luck drop off the back of the summit and are definitely not lucky for beginners. They’re serious downhill trails. They flow very nicely, but have berms, banks, bridges, and drops.
 
A more mellow route back to town is the I95 trail.
 
As a general rule, the farther you get from town the harder the trails become. Two exceptions to that are Rhyme & Reason and Tin Can Alley, which, while mostly flat offer a number of technical challenges.
 
The land has been owned since 1975 by the Caswell family.  Dr. Caswell was a physician in town for almost 30 years and was an outdoor enthusiast and often trained local search and rescue teams and ski resort patrol members.  Linda’s Lookout is named Mrs. Caswell, who often hiked to that spot.  The family is actively involved in designing and promoting PRKR MTN and you are likely to see Taylor Caswell out riding the trails.
 
From Linda’s Lookout you can ride downhill singletracks all the way back to town starting with Gardner’s Trail.
 
When you do, a good first stop when you get back to town is the Schilling Beer Company, a riverside brewpub with the best local beer around as well as a great place for lunch or dinner. Other notable places to eat are Miller’s Café, Chang Thai, M-Zo Coffee and Tea, Bailiwick’s, or Gold House Pizza.   And there are many more.
 
Lodging includes Thayer’s Inn, The Beal House Inn and Restaurant, Hampton Inn, and many more.
 
Littleton’s award-winning downtown makes it an excellent choice as basecamp for an epic weekend riding PRKR MTN and Kingdom Trails, located only 40 minutes northwest of Littleton.
 
I welcome you to explore what we feel is one of the best trail systems in the state. Our team includes Dave Harkless of Littleton Bike & Fitness, Justin Daigneault of Horizons Engineering and Blake Roberts, our head trail builder who manages a crew of trail workers. All are avid mountain bikers and enjoy nothing more than talking PRKR trails with newcomers.  
 
On your way into town, be sure to stop in at Littleton Bike & Fitness for some local knowledge and a copy of the current trail map. Check the PRKR MTN Facebook page for more info, photos, a few videos, and upcoming events. And check out this Caledonia Record article on PRKR's new pump track.
 
Taylor Caswell 
  Read more about PRKR MTN

Local Shops

Littleton Bike & Fitness

Links to Relevant Resources

Local Eats

Schilling Beer Company

Miller's Cafe

Chang Thai Cafe

M-Zo Coffee

Balliwick's

Gold House Pizza

Northern NH

Central NH

Fox Park Trails

19 Prince Haven Rd.
Plymouth  New Hampshire  03264
United States

Easy

5%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

35%

Description

Fox Park Trails on Price Haven Road, Plymouth, NH

Pemi Valley NEMBA's largest project to date!  Fox Park has several long, hand built long looping switchbacking trails.  There are quite a few hills to climb. But then you get some truly awesome flowy downhills, as your reward. There are plenty of tight tight technical sections and lots of hand made berms on the tighter corners. First time visitors may well find themselves off their bikes a bit. But by your second time around you'll know what to expect and the trails will seem much easier.

 All of the singletracks are designed to be ridden in both directions, and each direction brings it's own set of challenges and rewards.

There's a short beginners loop, But most true beginnners will find it a bit daunting.

While there's a little something for everyone at Fox Park, people who favor technical challenges will be happiest here. 

Stop by Rhino Bikes to get trail recommendation, and first hand accounts of the system.

Local Shops

Rhino Bikes Works

Links to Relevant Resources

Cooley Jericho Community Forest Trail Day

Date

11/7/15 (All day)

Time: 8:45 meet at parking area; the hike up will take a 1/2 hour; trail work will begin at 9:15

Where: Trumpet Round Road, Sugar Hill. Park on the gravel at the end of road or drive an SUV up to landing if vehicle clearance allows. Meet at the parking lot at the end of the bog bridges. See attached map for more details. 

What to Bring: foliage clearing tools, loppers, clippers, Pulaski, grub hoe, crow bars, rakes, shovels, water, food and energy!

Chapter

Franconia Area

Event Leader

Janel Lawton
janel.lawton@gmail.com

Cooley-Jerico Community Forest Trail Day

Date

10/10/15 (All day)

We have 2 more trail days scheduled for 2015. We will be working on trails at the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest and Suzanne Beauchesne will be leading the groups to help with benching and rock work on the traverse. 
And specific questions can be directed to Suzanne at: bobandsuzanne74@gmail.com

When: Saturday, October 10th and November 7th 
Time: 8:45 meet at parking area; the hike up will take a 1/2 hour; trail work will begin at 9:15
Where: Trumpet Round Road, Sugar Hill. Park on the gravel at the end of road or drive an SUV up to landing if vehicle clearance allows. Meet at the parking lot. See attached map for more details. 
What to Bring: foliage clearing tools, loppers, clippers, Pulaski, grub hoe, crow bars, rakes, shovels, water, food and energy!

Location

78 Trumpet Round Rd. Sugar Hill, NH

Chapter

Franconia Area

Event Leader

Suzanne Beauchesne
bobandsuzanne74@gmail.com

Top Notch Mt Bike Weekend

Date

10/23/15 6:00pm to 10/25/15 3:00pm

Friday
• 6pm Welcome Social at Mt Moriah Cottage includes
“Chili, Moat Beer & Mt Bike Movie!”
Saturday
• 9:30 am Mt Bike Rides-Beginner to long EPIC –
Rides include a guide & "trail-side food truck"
• 6pm Delicious Family Style Dinner at Libby’s Just $15
Sunday
• 10 am Coos Cycling Club “Campground Crit” a short course to test your wit!
Followed by guided rides in Moose Brook State Park and Power Island
Raffles, Rides, Race & Really good food all weekend! Come join us!

Donations of $10 daily welcomed
Keep up with the latest information on Facebook.

FMI Call 603-466-5496 or visit Local/Activities page on topnotchinn.com

Location

Gorham NH

Chapter

White Mountains

Event Leader

Sally Brassill
sallybrassill@hotmail.com
(603)986-3991

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