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QC NEMBA - Weekend Warrior Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday 1000 times .
5/14/17 (All day)

If you are looking to get out in the woods, have some fun, and stretch your skills, feel free to join us. The group will stop to play on skinnies, drops and other features along the way. We ride together, play together, teach and learn from on another. This is often a technical based ride for intermediate and up riders.

If you are looking for steady fast paced, high mileage, smooth single track, this is probably not the ride for you.

Starting time and location vary. The ride typically takes place on Sunday, but may change to Saturday due to weather or ride location. This is a year round ride, but revolves around ride leader availability.

Details for each week's ride are posted in the Chapter's Facebook Group Forum. www.facebook.com/groups/QuietCornerNEMBA Read more about QC NEMBA - Weekend Warrior Ride

Location

Varies week to week

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Types

Ride Style

Technical/Freeride

Ride Leader Name

Stacey
860-230-1237

Southeast MA

Trail of Tears

1590 Race Lane
Barnstable  Massachusetts  02648
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Trail of Tears is one of Cape Cod treasures and one of its prime riding areas. The Trail of Tears is a 1200 acre parcel of conservation land in the village of West Barnstable. The main recreation focus is multi-use and revolves around mt.biking, hiking, trail running and cross country skiing. Hunting is allowed in season. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

The Trail of Tears is very atypical of Cape Cod vegetation. American beech, Red oak, Sassafras, White pine, and American holly make up most of the tree canopy. The understory consists of Sweetfern, Bayberry, Greenbriar, Spirea, and low bush blueberry, to name a few.

Management of the Trail of tears falls under the Barnstable Conservation Commission and the Barnstable Land Management Committee. However, most decisions are made by the Barnstable Land management Committee which is a non-regulatory board.

There is approximately 21 miles of singletrack that wind throughout the Trail of Tears area. The majority of singletrack is short and steep with some very twisted sections. Though the trails are not very technical, they’re full of short steep climbs which make for a great aerobic roller coaster ride.

Maps are available through the Conservation Department. Cape Cod NEMBA has built a scenic overlook in this area as well as naming and marking the trails with signs. 

GPX Files: 

  • The first GPX file at the top of this page traces a 6.1 mile introductory or mellow route 97% of which should be suitable for riders of any level. It starts off easy and then, after a warm up, get's a little harder and finishes on a series of extremely fun singletracks
  • The second is an 11.3 mile intermediate route. It has almost 700 feet of climbing and has lots of hills and singletracks. It is not too technically difficult, but is significantly harder than the mellow route.
  • The third is a 17.3 mile advanced route that is meant to challenge you. It contains the most difficult trails at the Trail of Tears and has over 1100 feet of climbing. That being said it's a lot of fun to ride.

NOTE: Both the intermediate and advanced loops formed part of the 2016 Cape Cod NEMBA Mountain Bike Adventure Series Ride. 

The Trail of Tears was originally a 9 mile enduro motorcycle loop back in the 70's It is now a meticulously maintained and marked with over 20 miles of singletrack trails. Fire roads and fields add to the diversity. In the early 80's a couple of local legends, Doug Jordan and Art Hastings grabbed their Univega Alpha Unos and attempted those motorcycle trails which were straight-up-and-down-over-the-bars-rear-tire-skidding steep. At the end of 9 miles with tears in their eyes and many bruises, they called the area the "Trail of Tears". The trails have changed a lot over the years thanks to CapeCod NEMBA members and their hard work. Now the trails are mostly a pleasant fast rolling challenge. Although there many areas to ride on the Cape, the Trail of Tears is one of the best.

How to get there:

The Trail of Tears parking lot is located just off exit 5 on the mid-cape highway, Route 6. From the East take a right off the exit then another right. That is the Service Road. If you're coming from the East turn left at the end of the exit ramp and then turn right on the Service Road. Parking is approximately 300 yards down on the left. Start here and your ride begins with hills.

Another parking lot is located at 1590 Race Lane on the South side of the conservation area. From exit 5 head south on Route 149 until you get to a small rotary. Turn right on Race Lane and follow it for just under two miles. You'll see the parking area in the woods on your right where Farmersville Road intersects with Race Lane. Start here and your ride begins on flat singletrack.

How to volunteer to care for this park:

Cape Cod NEMBA does regular trail care of the trails and works with Barnstable's Conservation Commission to protect and preserve this trail system. Contact Cape Cod NEMBA to find out about the next trail care event. Read more about Trail of Tears

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Cape Cod NEMBA Willow Street Trail Day / Ride

Date

3/2/14 1:00am

Cape Cod NEMBA will be riding the trails removing overgrowth and the winter's deadfalls. It will be a fun ride, and we'll get a lot done. Depending on the number of attendees, we'll split up into groups.  For more information check the Cape Cod NEMBA Facebook page. Read more about Cape Cod NEMBA Willow Street Trail Day / Ride

Location

290 Summer St, Yarmouth Port, MA

Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
dubati@comcast.net

Southeast MA

Wrentham State Forest

700 Taunton St
Wrentham  Massachusetts  02093
United States

508 543-5850

Easy

15%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

45%

Description

The Wrentham State Forest in Southeastern Massachusetts is laced with an almost uncountable number of motorcycle type singletracks, jeep trails, and a few slightly maintained forest service roads. Wrentham does not have a campground, lake, river or even a headquarters building. Just 1,064 acres of well drained, lightly hilled woodland trails. The forest is the center of most of the areas hunting activity. One special feature unique to Wrentham is a single-track under Route 495. But more on that later. Wrentham State Forest is actually a part of the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, which has three sections that are located in the towns of Foxboro, Wrentham and Franklin.

The DCR's Wrentham State Forest handout map does not show 50% of the existing trails that are in use. This means that you will have a great time getting yourself lost and found while you explore. Just remember the forest is bisected by Route 495 which runs from East to West and by Taunton Street which runs from North to South. Any paved road that you come upon other than Taunton Street is outside of the forest. And that knowledge, along with the DCR map and the map below, is all you need to have a great ride.

For your first ride at Wrentham, start at the main parking lot located at 700 Taunton Street. Enter the woods behind the lot and keeping the traffic noise on your left, try to ride all of the trails that are closest to the highway fence as you proceed West. When you reach the paved road, (Route 1A), you will be out of the forest. Retrace your route to the first jeep road that heads left (North) and ride the most defined trails as you head back towards the start. At the minimum this will net you 4 miles of single-track on your Eastern leg and at least 6 on your way back. With this brief introduction to the forest you're ready to explore. And explore you will. The side trails will lead you to additional single-tracks, and so on...

For your second ride cross Taunton Street and enter the woods behind the large Wrentham State Forest sign. Turn left or right at the first intersection - and explore.  Oh! The forest's motorcycle trail is marked with yellow arrows. It's quite difficult in spots, but offers a good introduction to the forest.

There is another section of the forest just South of Route 495.The easiest way to get there is to head South on Taunton Street until you cross over Route 495. Then take your next right on George Street and follow any of the trails leading off George Street on your right or your left.

Now for the surprise. Remember that drainage culvert you noticed along your way West? It leads under route 495 and connects to the trails in the Southern portion of the forest. Try it! Although the inside of the pipe is a little slippery, it is ridable. And it's a kick being under the traffic for a change.

Continuing on, the jeep trails on the South side of the forest lead to a vast array of motorcycle, jeep and ATV trails that run through Plainfield, Attleborough, North Attleborough and even into Rhode Island. Bring along a local town road map to help you find a quick way back to your start.

Riding in Wretham will test your limits. Not many hills, and not much mud, but the difficult, technical single tracks seem to go on forever, and in fact much farther than you will. Why not find out for yourself?

Directions:

The Wrentham State Forest parking lot and trailhead is located on Taunton Street in the center of the forest, and it usually has a copy of the 'good' map on its signboard. To get there head South from the intersections of routes 495 and 1 and take a right on Route 152 (Taunton Street) towards Wrentham. After you go over Route 495, look for the parking lot on your left.

Cautions:

It's easy to get lost here. Bring a copy of the map with you, and if all else fails, listen for highway noise. You'll never be too far from Route 495 or a paved road.  During hunting season expect to find hunters.  (There's no hunting in Massachusetts on Sundays.)

Map: This map was drawn by local rider Pete Lewis. It shows most of the forest's trails.

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World's End

250 Martins Lane
Hingham  Massachusetts  02043
United States

781-740-6665

Easy

90%

Moderate

10%

Difficult

0%

Description

World's End is a 251 acre Trustees of Reservations property located on two islands and a peninsula that jut into the southern end of Boston Harbor. It is unique in that while it consists of islands, they are easily accessible from land. The trails consist of around 5 miles of old woods roads and dirt roads, all of which are open to bikes. Bikes are not allowed on the few, short singletracks.  The trails meander through stands of trees as they traverse four drumlins. They are gentle, rolling and a little hilly. A great place to go for a relaxed ride. Or, it could be the perfect place to introduce kids or new riders to mountain biking. On a hot, humid summer's day  World's End is normally refreshingly cool.    

World's End is noted for its scenic beauty. Jutting as it does into Boston Harbor it abounds in breathtaking views of the southern end of the harbor. Two windmills, used to generate electricity for the town of Hull are visible from the hilltops, and are quite stunning.  A walk on the shore will yield numerous varieties of seashells and you should see some Horseshoe Crabs in the water.  World's end would be ideal for a family picnic, especially if you bring bikes. Ive kayacked from the parking lot many times and the views of Hingham and Boston Harbor are spectacular.

No advanced skills are required to ride here, and all family members should enjoy themselves. I enjoy riding at World's End as it's the only place that I know of where I can be on my mountain bike, enjoying trails, while at the same time be surrounded by salt water.

Directions:

From the north or south: Take Route 3 to exit 14 and head North towards Hingham for about 7 miles. Turn left on route 3A and follow it for about .5 miles. Turn right onto Summer Street. Go straight across a main intersection with Rockland Street. The road will become Martin's Lane. Follow it for 0.7 mile until it dead ends at the entrance and parking area. World's End is open from 8:00 am to sunset every day.

Cautions:

Adults are charged a $4.50 day use fee, although TTOR members and kids get in for free. You'll probably see lots of pedestrians, kids and dogs. Also, yield to equestrians if you see any.

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Wompatuck State Park

197 Union St
Hingham  Massachusetts  02043
United States

781 749-7160

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Wompatuck State Park in Hingham Massachusetts offers an extremely varied riding experience to area mountain bikers.

Wompautuck is bisected by Union Street. In the past most of the off road bicycling was done on the right side of Union Street where the majority of the park's unbroken woodland exists. But, over the years the park's staff, aided by NEMBA and area mountain bikers, has been hard at work creating an entirely new network of singletrack trails on the left side of the park in some areas recently reacquired by the State.

`Wompy' as the locals refer to it, is a great place to ride. It contains the greatest number and variety of singletracks in the close-to-Boston-south area.

Some of the singletracks, especially the newer ones, are fast and swoopy. While some of the others remind one of long distance trials sections. The latter are constantly busy as you never seem to go in a straight line for more than 50 feet or so, and never seem to stop hopping logs, dodging trees or riding over rocks.

Prospect Hill is the largest hill in the forest. It has 5 routes to the top, four of which are singletracks. And one of these has the longest section of switchbacked singletrack in the state.

One of the old singletracks has been closed however. It seems that this singletrack went right through the middle of an area that, unknown to anyone, had unexploded land mines. While riding on this trail was a real blast, straying off of it could have caused another kind of blast. (This area has been fenced off and after a lot of work is certified as mine free.)
 
There is an interractive map created by the Friends of Wompatuck and SE MA NEMBA. Copy it to your smartphone and You'll be able to "see" exactly where you are in the park as well as track your progress. The heart healthy trail as well as the last Landmine Classic route are pre-loaded. 
 
Wompy has a large campground with 450 sites. There's a 10 mile paved bicycle trail that is also a favorite of area roller bladers. And many miles of additional, flat, automobile free paved roads that attract familes with young children.

The water from Mt Blue Spring is unsurpassed on the South Shore, and best of all, it's free.

Wompy has hosted a great mountain bike race every year since 1997. It's called The Landmine Classic and is the primary fundraiser for the Firends of Wompatuck.

Wompatuck is one of the sites in the NEMBA Trail Care Series. In addition to building bridges and erosion control projects, like the state's, 'longest switchback trail', TCS volunteers are actively involved in creating that extensive system of new singletrack as well as bridges like the most recent one pictured here.      

Wompatuck State Park abuts Cohasset's Whitney Thayer Woods, a Trustees of Reservations property that allows mountain biking on a network of well maintained gravel paths. One of Wompy's trails leads right into Whitney Thayer, and covering both areas on the same day would make for a very lengthy ride.

Wompy's trails can be wet in early spring. (For a better riding experience, you're better off heading further south during mud season, like for instance to Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth/Carver Mass.)

In the winter cross country skiiers and snowmobilers abound at Wompatuck. Snowmobiles have free reign in the left portion of the forest while most skiers stay on the right.

No matter what the season, Wompy's trails are used by a lot of different kinds of trail users. So expect to meet a lot of non-bikers out on the trails.

Wompatuck State Park was originally created to house a World War II munitions depot. Farm and forest lands in the towns of Hingham and Cohasset were bought up by the Government and the existing residents were displaced.

After the war a large portion of the depot was returned to the State and turned into a state park. Many miles of paved `depot roads' still lace the park especially on the left side. Additionally lots of cement ammunition bunkers and revetments dot the landscape. In recent years more land has been returned to the State as the Federal Government continues to clean up hazardous waste.

Even with the remnants of all of this military development Wompatuck has a lot of trails. And even more are in the works. Check out this link for some pictures showing the historical military remnants still to be found in Wompatuck.

If you live in the close-to-Boston-south area, you already know about the Wompatuck State Park. If you don't, it's a good place to check out. It's also the site of quite a few of the South Shore rides in Southeast Mass NEMBA's Fun Ride series.

Directions:

To get there, leave route 3 at exit 14 in Norwell and head north towards Hingham. Go for about 3 miles and turn right on Free Street. Follow Free Street to Union Street at the Forest's entrance.

Copies of the Friends of Wompatuck's map are at the park's Visitor's Center which is on your right about 1,000 yards in from the front gate.

Check the NEMBA homepage for upcoming Trail Care Series dates. The norm is that we start at 8:30, work until around noon, grab a snack, and then go for a ride. Why not join us?

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Willow Street

1 Ansel Hallet Rd
Yarmouth  Massachusetts  02673
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

5%

Description

Willow Street / Exit 7

Location:
Willow Street Yarmouth MA


Many northern New Englanders looking for a snow and ice free area to ride in the winter or early spring head south to Cape Cod. Winters there are normally less wintery, more like New York’s Long Island, and as winter moves into spring it’s rare that the snow is too deep to ride in or that the sandy gravely soil that makes up much of the dirt on the Cape is muddy. Many riders check conditions by joining NEMBA’s Cape Cod Facebook Group and asking a local.

Most people heading for the Cape direct their cars to either the Trail of Tears in Barnstable or to Otis in Bourne and Falmouth. Others head farther down the Cape to Nickerson State Park. But one of the best riding locations on the Cape is also one of the least known. It’s at exit seven on the Mid Cape Highway, Route 6 and is commonly referred to as Willow Street. Confusing things Willow Street actually comprises three separate riding areas. All are located near the same exit and can be linked together to form about 55 miles of riding.

The first of these is located just a few hundred feet from the end of the exit ramp. When you exit the highway go to the South side of the Route 6 overpass and park in the dirt lot beside the train tracks. That's a fwe of hundred yards north of the pin on this map. You’ll see a trail with a Cape Cod Pathways marker leading into the woods and that trail will lead you to over 20 miles of enjoyable hilly singletracks located in the Hyannis Ponds Wildlife Management Area.

Going straight on this trail for about three miles will bring you within site of Phinneys Lane. If you turn right there, go under the highway and follow a dirt path up to the water towers you’ll find another trail on the north side of the highway that will take you back to the railroad tracks. This loop, called “The Highway Loop”, is about six miles long. But it misses almost all of the good riding in the area.

Instead take the second singletrack on your left and follow the most obvious trail. This will net you almost 15 miles of riding. Most of which will be fast and fun though there are a lot of hills to slog up. You’ll notice what looks like wide dirt roads. These are the legacy of a failed housing development on land that was later preserved as a wellhead protection zone by the town. Don’t try to ride on these roads, instead follow the singletracks that cross them. You may come across a trail leading around the Barnstable Airport. If you do keep following it until it leads you out to Phinneys Lane. Turn right at that point to get back to the “Highway Trail”

You’ve been riding mostly in the town of Barnstable. For your second adventure you’ll be in Yarmouth. From the end of the highway ramp head south on Willow Street for about ¾ of a mile. Turn left on Higgins Crowell Road and follow it for three miles until just past the Yarmouth Police Station where you’ll see a small conseravtion area parking lot at 307 Higgins Crowell Road. These are the Yarmouth Town Trails. Heading out of the back of the parking area you’ll discover over fifteen miles of trails. Some lead through the Horse Pond Conservation Area but most will take you on a long journey to the west and south of the Bayberry Hills Golf Course. After some exploration you’ll actually find yourself on a small hilltop overlooking the parking area by the Willow Street railroad tracks.

Another, shorter ride is located just across Higgins Crowell Road. That trail will first lead you around the Sandy Pond Conservation Area and then, as you explore, into a vast area where the locals have developed an extensive network of trails. Some of these trails do dead end in people’s back yards, but that’s what exploring is all about.

A third option is the extensive Greenough network located just north of the highway.

My guess is that one day will not be enough to explore the areas mentioned in this article. But here’s a good tip. While you’re on the Cape Cod NEMBA email list or Facebook page, ask a local if they’d like to join you for a ride. You’ll find that Cape Cod NEMBA folks are very friendly and usually more than willing to show off their favorite trails.

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By Bill Boles

Adapted from a SingleTracks Magazine article. Read more about Willow Street

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Whitney Thayer Woods

Howes Lane
Cohasset  Massachusetts  02025
United States

781-740-7233

Easy

80%

Moderate

20%

Difficult

0%

Description

Whitney Thayer Woods & Turkey Hill

Location:
Route 3A Cohasset & Hingham

Description:

Whitney Thayer Woods is aTrustees of Reservations property located in the towns of Hngham and Cohasset. Whitney Thayer abuts the Wompatuck State Park and trails interconnect the two properties.

Whitney Thayer has about 10 miles of trails. However most of the reservation's singletracks are closed to bikes. What remains is a long series of mostly smooth woods roads. Whitney Thayer is a great place to bring beginners as none of the trails are too difficult. In the winter, if adequate snow cover exists Whitney Thayer is also a great place to go cross country skiing. A map of the property is available at the TTOR website. And sometimes there are maps at the signboard in the main parking lot on route 3A. Turkey Hill has a seperate parking area also located on route 3A.

Most of my rides at Whitney Thayer are done while riding in the Wompatuck State Park. I find that the smooth rolling trails of Whitney Thayer offer a welcome break from Wompatuck's more difficult bony singletracks. However, I have spent more than one pleasant afternoon doing nothing but re-exploring Whitney Thayer's pleasant trails. I never get tired of riding at Whitney Thayer. It's far enough 'away' from the hustle and bustle of everyday life that when I finish riding I am refreshed and invogorated. That may change however. At some point in 2007 the "T" should complete an unpaved bicycle trail leading from the commuter rail station in Hingham to Wompatuck State Park.

Directions:
From route 3 take exit 14 and follow route 228 north until it intersects with route 3A, (About 7 miles) Turn right on route 3A and look for a parking lot directly across from a Mobil station. (About 2 miles)  This is about one mile after the parking area for Turkey Hill.

Cautions:
You may see a lot of pedestrians and lots of unleashed dogs. There is a sign in the main parking area that warns, "cars have been broken into in this parking lot."  If this concerns you park across the street from the main entrance at the shopping plaza.

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West Bridgewater State Forest

599 Spring St
West Bridgewater  Massachusetts  02379
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

30%

Description

West Meadows Pond WMA & West Bridgewater State Forest

Location:
599 Spring St, West Bridgewater

Description:
The West Meadow Pond Wildlife Management Area and the West Bridgewater State Forest abut each other just south of the Brockton line in the town of West Bridgewater.

The West Meadow Pond WMA is a very scenic spot. A large lake and dam are right next to the main parking lot. Hockomock River spills from that dam and leads to Mill Pond at the southern end of these properties. The West Bridgewater State Forest is one of those many nearly forgotten state properties. Few people have ever heard of it.

I enjoy riding here as it's very close to a major city, yet somehow it seems very remote. In fact, if you could somehow subtract the traffic noise from nearby route 24 you'd be sure that you were somewhere in the backcountry of oh, I don't know, northern Maine.

The original trails in the WMA are all doubletracks. At one time they were improved and solidified, maybe even improved to the level of dirt roads. But over the years they have degraded somewhat. No longer smooth, they have occasional puddles and exposed roots. The puddles however, retain firm bottoms for the earlier improvements. And you can ride right through the middle of most of them without encountering mud. The WMA has about 5 miles of these old woods roads.

In more recent years ATVs have created a network of trails that are not so stable. They wind through the woods oftentimes through deep boggy areas. (ATV's and all motorized vehicles are not allowed in these two properties.)

The West Bridgewater State Forest is best accessed from the West Meadow Pond WMA. Follow the road across the dam and then turn left, either right after the dam, or about a half mile later. The old roads in the state forest were never improved to the extent the ones in the WMA were. As a result the puddles are deeper and the bottoms of them are much muddier. In addition there are pools of standing water on many of these 'roads' the result of years of motorized use without maintenance.

In all the two properties have over 15 miles of trails. A very mellow ride can be had if you stay on the old roads in the WMA. Things get much more difficult in the state forest, and on the ATV trails.

I enjoy riding here in the summer when the spring's water has mostly dried up. It's also a blast riding here in the middle of the winter with studded tires after a period of below freezing weather. Then all the water will be solidified and you can easily ride most everywhere.

Expect to see a lot of waterfowl in and around the lake. And if you're a fisherman, cast your line into the water just above the spillway.

Directions:
From the north or south: Take Rte. 24 to exit 16 and head East towards West Bridgewater.  Go 1.1 miles and turn left on North Elm Street.  Go .9 miles and turn left on Spring Street. Follow Spring Street to the end, (it will turn into a dirt road.) Park anywhere in the dirt parking area.

Cautions:
It's wet and muddy in the spring or after an extended period of rain. Always bring plenty of bug spray during the insect season. Both of these areas are open to hunting during the Massachusetts hunting seasons. (There's no hunting in Massachusetts on Sunday's.)

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