Cutler Park Needham/Newton
Needham Massachusetts 02494United States
The best parking area for Cutler Park is located in Needham MA. But the park itself extends into Dedham, Newton, Brookline and Boston. Cutler park consists of a few hills and a lot of trails near an 800-acre marsh along the Charles River and beside route 128.
Cutler Park is right on the dividing lines of three NEMBA chapters. Greater Boston NEMBA, Blackstone Valley NEMBA and SE MASS NEMBA. but don't let that confusion stop you, everyone's welcome here. :-) It's quite close to boston, bordering on route 128 in Newton and Needham.
There is a large lake near the parking area and the more challenging singletracks are located between it and Route 128. The singletracks nearest to the highway go up and down Cutler's only hill. They are quite fun and include one roller coaster section. See if you can do it without pedaling.
There are many more trails however, stretching out into the marshes on plank bridges. So expect to spend a bit of time exploring. If you do that you'll eventually make your way out of Cutler Park and into Riverdale Park, Millennium Park, The Brook Farm Conservation Area, and Newton's Nahanton Park. Succeed in doing this and you'll do a 16-mile loop. Cutler Park itself has about 9 miles of trails. The whole complex has about 22 miles of trails to explore.
The first map above shows the entire complex. While the succeeding maps are of individual properties.
Southeast Mass NEMBA has been doing trailwork at Cutler for many years including the bog bridges. How many times have you been northbound on Route 128 and looked into that marsh, never realizing that there was a trail right through the middle of it?
Cutler's singletracks range from moderately technical to the most buffed singletracks imaginable. There are also some wide dirt roads that are fine for beginners and families. The road around the lake is the best example of that. My favorite trails are on Powell Island which is located after the first long wooden bridge. The trails on Powell's Island roughly form a figure eight. They are quite fast and fun to ride in both directions.
So close to Boston, and yet so far from most people's radar the trails at Cutler and the surrounding parks are worth exploring.
By Bill Boles Read more about Cutler Park Needham/Newton
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Four Ponds & Monks Park
Pocasset Massachusetts 02559United States
The Four Ponds Conservation Area is located entirely in the town of Pocasset on Cape Cod. It’s contiguous with the Bourne Town Forest so most locals lump them together and just refer to them as Four Ponds. It also abuts Bourne's Monks Park conservation area.
One of the most enjoyable trails that I’ve ever ridden on the Cape is Four Pond’s Pine Trail. It’s a smooth never straight singletrack snaking through the woods. It never goes for long without going around a tree, a rock or up or down some small hill. Whoever laid that trail out fully grasped the concept that the experience can often outweigh the location. It’s only a few miles long but you’ll be disappointed when it’s over. But then again, you can ride it in both directions.
Four ponds is well marked. You’ll find hard to get off the track if you follow the trail markers for any of the mapped trails. Ah the map…. Unfortunately it doesn’t show all of the trails. And it doesn’t show any of the trails in the Bourne Town Forest which is immediately north of Four Ponds. This Stava Map
does a better job of highlighting what’s actually on the ground.Monk's Park
located to the west of Four Ponds both north and south of Valley Bars Road is a small conservation area with about 2 miles of very enjoyable singletracks. You can use these trails to ride right down to Monk's Cove for a swim on a hot summer's day.
Most people coming to this area ride the endless trails of Otis. Never realizing that less than a mile away, just on the other side of Route 28 that there’s a much smaller, but just as enjoyable place to ride.
Cautions: You will encounter a lot of people and dogs especially near the parking area. Many older people enjoy relaxing on the many benches provided around the ponds. The ponds themselves are beautiful. Stop for a bit and you’ll observe turtles, frogs, swans, ducks and many other types of birds. The area used to be a fish hatchery and there’s still good fishing here. Drop a line and you’ll agree.
To sum up. Four Ponds may never attract hard core bikers. It’s not that kind of a place. But for a relaxed ride where you’ll get a chance to explore some wonderful trails immersed in nature. Give Four Ponds a try.
Alternative Parking: There's another good parking area at 58 Valley Bars Road
in Bourne. This one is always less crowded and gives you quicker access to the Bourne Town Forest trails.
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Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Feb 28 2015 . 1/13/15 (All day)
We have back in our midst a former MTB racer--downhill, cross country, trials, the list goes on...Eric Heinrich. He's been racing cars for a number of years instead of bikes, but he is fit again and flicking his trusty Fat Chance rigid drop-bar machine on the local trails again. He would like to share his talents--see the copied text from him for a good description of his intentions. If you need help with technique, speed, endurance, check out his Saturday morning series that continues up to march, where the trails close to bikes for the muddy month. SC VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV the regular ride will be officially starting after Jan 1, up until March 1 when the trails are closed to bikes. When: Saturdays, 9 am, unless the trails are unrideably snowed in or it's raining. Where:Houghton's lot. Level: B+ All are welcome, but it's not an A pace ride and it's above a C level on skill. Length: 2 hours +/- There will always be a bail out option that will get someone back to the lot in 10 mins or less from wherever we are. The goal is to teach people the trails, keep moving, climb hills and get better at technical skills. The ride will stay in the Houghtons and Big Blue sections Question, comments? email me or find me on FB. If the planned ride is to be cancelled I will email here and post on my FB wall by 7:30 that morning. Eric Heinrich
NEMBA Volunteers: If you spent any time building trail, leading rides or volunteering at any NEMBA event last year, WE WANT TO THANK YOU, at the Visitors Center and Beer Hall at Harpoon Brewery in South Boston (306 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA), on Thursday, January 14th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm. Pizza and Harpoon's finest and cool give-aways! Come celebrate your hard work!
This is open at any and all NEMBA chapters and volunteers!!!
Location: Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA
Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I gotta say, that, as usual, the entire Super8 Ride Series, with the finale of the Toys Ride, was a group effort. Local peeps came out in support of their favorite riding spots and led and assisted with rides. Riders and their spouses and kids volunteered to work the sign-up tables and even helped cook! Bike shops came out to offer tech support, lead rides, and generally spread the good word. The idea of a ride series has been bounced around the chapter table for many years, and we've even had some successful skills series and such. But at our January meeting David Farrell setup a slide/ video presentation for us complete with super graphics and charts and graphs and stuff. Blown away by his enthusiasm, we came up with a master plan over the winter and by spring, we were ready for our series 'pilot' at Wompatuck State Park. The formula seemed to work well, and lots of people were starting to ask about it, so near end of summer, we started it up full speed and had an event in a different park every few weeks. We had rides in Borderland, Foxboro, Freetown, Ames Nowell, Massasoit, and Blue Hills. We had different themes for some rides-- Foxboro was a Turkey Burner 'Brunch' ride, Freetown was a joint 'demo-bike' effort with a local shop, Ames was supported by Bike Barn, in Blue Hills the Holiday Toys Ride was a natural fit. The toys collected went directly to InterFaith Social Services in Quincy to be distributed to south shore kids in need for the holidays Local advocacy groups Bike Milton and Quincycles helped promote. Blue Hills Cycling Club came out in huge numbers. The racers in 'Ice Weasels' race on the previous day filled three huge bins full of toys and delivered them to the Toys Ride. But what was great about the Super8 as a whole was that each ride had more riders signed in than the last! The real key to the success of the Super8 came from the dedication of each park's local crew. They're the ones who know the trails best and can translate that to the most FUN! And FUN was had, BY ALL! Thanks to all of my chapter VP's and board members--Christopher Patrick, Richard Higgins, Malcolm Neilson, Brad Childs, Jack Storer, Chip Baker, Jason Berube, John John Bailey, David Farrell, Dave and Leslie Riding, support crew people like Wayne Strohm, Bricky Cement, all of our spouses who understand our commitment to having FUN and our kids who school us on how to have more FUN, too many more to list, and to all those who helped us out throughout the year. Thanks to Mass DCR and Ranger Lt. Tom Bender, Blue Hills TrailWatch, NE MTB Patrol, Spark BikeRunSports, BikeBarn, Landry's, Anderson Bike, Bicycle Link, Dave's Bike Infirmary, ( my apologies to anyone I missed ....) And special thanks to all who came out to ride with us--it's all your smiling faces that makes it all worthwhile! ( OH Yeah! and the fact that we get to ride too! ) Stay tuned for next year--we will do this again-- STEVE COBBLE
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
SEMass Chapter Update 11/15/14
WOW! Whatta year! We’ve had a dizzying amount of fun events, rides, meetings, events, meetings, and rides. Oh did I say everything twice? That’s right !! We’ve probably had TWICE as many of everything this year here in SEMass NEMBA-Land. Or as we affectionately refer to it—‘The Southeast Kingdom’……
Twice as many of everything equaled twice as much FUN!
Some of the FUN that we had included:
-- The now famous Super8 rides series, where we showcased 8 different parks
-- We represented at the Northeast Regional Mountain Bike Summit in Hyannis
-- Chris Patrick hosted many trail- and bridge-building days at Clifford Grant in Easton, and was able to see this three-year project completed before the snow really started flying.
-- A NEW trail system was built in Wompatuck in the now-open ‘Annex’ where all the crumbly old rockets and ammuition buildings were finally removed. As of now, this adds about 3 more miles of trail to the park, with plans for even more starting in spring.
--We hosted the NEMBA BOD Ride/Meeting at Adams Farm, which despite some cold rain and snow, brought NEMBA leaders from all over New England for a great pow wow
--Our NEMBAFest SEMass Barbecue, which we promise to expand on for the upcoming year……
In the words of dedicated mountain biking ambassador Jay Tarantino, 2014 brought us “New bikes, New trails and best of all new friends”
Now that we are riding headlong into WINTER, dreaming of sugarplums and new studded tires, what better way to stay warm but with a dark, roasted, crunchy bacony snack that you can share with your riding buds (or not…)
One of Steve's Secret Trail-Shaking Snacks
You probably have never heard me talk of this, or even share with you. I've been sneaking bites at trail intersections while everyone's busy catching their breath....but now it's time to SHARE!! It's an easy-to-make great winter snack that you can keep in your pack.
Be careful, it can be addictive!!
6 slices Nice Smoked Bacon , cooked, but not crisp-- reserve all the rendered fat!!!
2 cups raw Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Nanami Togarashi Spice/pepper blend( available at your local Asian market )
Chop up the bacon into 1/4" pieces and put in a non-stick or cast-iron pan with the bacon fat.
Warm up the bacon on medium heat until it starts to crisp, then add the pumpkin seeds and almonds. Continue to cook until 'golden' brown, adding as much of the spice as you like. Turn off the heat and spoon out onto paper towels. When cool enough to handle (but not cold) add the dried fruit, then put back onto fresh paper towels until room temp and all the excess fat has drained off. This will keep the 'greasy finger' problem to a minimum while on the trail.
Ziplock baggie-up and take on your next adventure!! It lasts a good long time at room temp but I don't know how long. Best to refrigerate if more than a few days, but also tastiest when consumed at room temp. You can freeze it if you want to make big batches.
Variation: add small chunks of 70% bittersweet chocolate when the mixture is cold.
12/18/16 8:00am to 12:00pm
December 18, 2016
Sign up and toy drop starts at 8 and we'll ride at 9:30. Intermediate pace for about 2 hours.
Toys should be unwrapped and suitable for kids up to 16.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate. But in any case tires of all sizes are welcome, as are snowshoes and skis. :)
The ride will start HERE!
25 Hoyts Wharf Rd, Groton, MA 01450
Merrimack Valley Southern NH Wachusett
Repeats every week every Friday 1000 times . 4/10/15 (All day)
The Wednesday and Friday evening Trail of Tears rides are a long standing tradition.
The format is informal, just show up and be ready to go before 5:00 PM.
Some people choose to extend the ride by starting at 4:30. Be there before then if you'd like to take advantage of that option.
We split up into groups depening on the number and desires of the people who show up. The rides are always no-drop rides.
No two rides are the same, The leaders change, the length and level of difficulty vary and the trails we ride are always different.
We don't ride if it's raining.
The ride starts at 1590 Race Lane, Marstons Mills, MA
For more info, post a note to the Cape Cod NEMBA Facebook Page. Or, contact Mike Dube. Read more about Cape Cod NEMBA Friday ToT Ride
Marston's Mills (Barnstable)
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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Do you want to continue to keep the Trail of Tears quiet and safe for biking? We need your help! A group of concerned citizens are working to keep the shooting range (located on the north side of the West Barnstable Conservation Area) closed.
The Town of Barnstable wants to re-open the range as soon as it can (it's been closed since Dec 2012). A few trails will be closed to make a "buffer zone" from the shooting ranges.
If you are concerned about this and might be willing to write an email or make a phone call, or, if you just want to learn more about what's going on regarding efforts to keep the Conservation Area safe for ALL passive recreation, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll get right back to you! Thanks!
At the October 16th Barnstable Town Council meeting the Council voted to put off consideration of this issue until January 22nd. http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/home2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37638&Itemid=152
>>Try to attend that meeting it will be at 7:00 PM at Town Hall, South Street, Hyannis that's when the vote is expected to be taken.
8/24/14 (All day)
The Coleman's are hosting a "Ride To Paint" party on Sunday August 24. The ride starts at the Trail of Tears, 1590 Race Lane, Marston's Mills at 9am.
Painting party to follow at 52 Turtleback Road, Marstons Mills (as in interior house painting for our new, beautiful home that was rebuilt after our house fire last June).
Food and beverages supplied. Please RSVP via a comment so we can plan. U guys r da best.....Nina, Chris, Ruby and Finbar
Marston's Mills (Barnstable)
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