Southeast MA

CC NEMBA / Ride / Pizza Party / Fundraiser

Event Date

8/9/15 (All day)
CC NEMBA Ride / Pizza Party / Fundraiser

Sunday, August 9th 10:00 start.

Meet at Little Sandy Pond Conservation Area Buck Island Rd in West Yarmouth. 
 
On Sunday August 9th at 10:00 AM there will be a benefit ride and a free pizza party for the Last Gasp Charitable Fundraiser.
 
This will be a mountain bike ride. The format is simple, show up and make a donation to the Last Gasp.
 
We’ll split up into groups and ride for up to 2 hours. Different groups will go for different rides depending on their desires.
 
After you ride you’ll travel 1.6 miles to Red Face Jack’s Pub where you’ll be served Free Pizza starting at 1:00 PM.
 
If you can't ride, come to the party and make a donation.  Red Face Jack’s opens at 12:30

Pizza compliments of CC NEMBA, donations by cash or check can be made to THE LAST GASP for Team Hospice. 

Location

West Yarmouth

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Larry Kornetsky

Clifford Grant Trail Work

Date

4/23/17 (All day)

TRAIL WORK HELPERS WANTED
 
We are looking for volunteers to help with trail work at the Clifford Grant Parcel, in North Easton, MA on Sunday Morning April 23. The work being done will improve the trail surfaces for all trail users, so that the trails will sustain years of multi use. There are many individuals and user groups that will benefit from the improving of this trail system. Some include:
Work Party Details below - please read carefully!
 
Work is being sponsored by New England Mountain Bike Association NEMBA , in collaboration with Easton Boy Scout Troops 193 & 42.
 
Work Date:  April 23, 2017 SUNDAY

Start Time:  9AM to 12:00PM (sign-in opens at 8:30AM)

Where to Meet:  Oliver Ames High School parking area, adjacent to Clifford Grant Trails. Sign-in opens at 8:30AM. Work starts 9:00AM.

What to Bring:  Snack, water, bug-repellant, work gloves, & please wear pants and sturdy shoes (work boots). 

WE NEED WHEELBARROWS ! - please bring if you have one in good working condition. We also need digging shovels and steel grading rakes, but wheelbarrows are the biggest need.

Work Description: Loading wheelbarrows with crushed hard-pack trail mix, to be wheeled into the woods to be spread and raked out on rough trail sections.

The group will be split into two, one group will be working from a pile at the High School entrance, the second group will be working from a pile at the Randall Street entrance.

Please, share this with neighbors, friends, volunteer groups, athletic clubs, etc.  We need your help to get this project finished!
 
We will meet at the Easton High School parking lot (plenty of parking), in the section over by the trail-head (look for the NEMBA New England Mountain Bike Association trailer). We assemble at the trailer prior to starting work to get all volunteers signed in. If you are arriving late, please call my cell (listed below) so you can find us in the woods.

Address for meeting place GPS is:  100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA
 
Any questions, please feel free to reply to this email, or call me.
 
If you own a wheelbarrow, we can really use as many as can be brought in by volunteers. Please email me with any questions.
 
Chris
774-284-2650

Chapter

SE Mass

Event Leader

Chris Patrick
mtbchris@gmail.com
774 284 2650

Southeast MA

Eaton's Pond

58 Bower Rd
Quincy  Massachusetts  02169
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

Eaton’s Pond is a conservation area located in the town of Braintree right on the Quincy line.

At 60 acres 20 of which are the pond itself you might conclude that there are not a lot of trails here. And you’d be right. Including neighborhood trails that lead into and out of the conservation parcel there a bit over 5 miles of trails. But, the trails are awesome. 

The town of Braintree had this small conservation parcel that was little used by town residents for recreation. The reason, it was a teenage party site, lots of people had dumped trash there and there was an encampment of homeless people living in the woods. In other words, most people wouldn’t go there.

In 2012 the town reached out to the SE MASS chapter of NEMBA asking them if this might be a good place to ride. Their thinking, get some recreationalists out on the trails and it might drive out the unwanted activities.

NEMBA decided that with a lot of work that, the existing trail network could be improved and enhanced, that some old trails could be re-opened and that the litter could be removed.

Over the next winter, you might remember “the winter that never happened”, SE MASS NEMBA worked hard. Building bridges, clearing trails, picking up litter and broken glass and the result? A really great small trail system.

While a few trails are easy even OK for baby strollers, a few are technical and quite challenging. Most of the trails though are pretty smooth with very few roots, rocks or logs. Exeptions being the trail along the pond to the dam and the trail above the old quarry. Those and a few steep hills are the most difficult parts of riding there.

Since 2013 many more small enhancements have been made and the results have been quite favorable to the town. Now many residents, including seniors are comfortable hiking and fishing there. The local neighborhood association does morning walks there and you'll see kids on BMX bikes there almost every day. Dog walkers abound on the trails.

The one problem with these trails is thorns. You'll find lots of them, especially on the lesser used trails. Locals have been known to head out with lawnmowers to clear them, but be wary.

While 5+ miles of trails may not seem like a lot, located right in the center of an urban area they are a gem.

The best place to park for non-locals is in Quincy, at 58 Bower Road across the street from the Adams Heights Men’s Club at the South end of the parking lot.  Across the railroad tracks you’ll see Eaton Pond and the trails start about 100 feet down on your right.

Who’d have thought that less than a quarter mile from a Walmart and the biggest car dealership on the South Shore that there’d be such great riding?

Bill Boles
 
 

Local Shops

Anderson Bicycle

Bike Barn

Landry's Braintree

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Southeast MA

Bare Cove / Great Esker

Bare Cove Park Drive
Hingham  Massachusetts  02043
United States
There are multiple parking areas - See the map

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Bear Cove and Great Esker Parks are unique in Massachusetts and New England. They are located on both sides of Weymouth Back River, a tidal river and are very scenic. You'll spend a lot of time enjoying wetlands, marshes and perhaps photographing many different varities of birds.

Most of the riding here is on old paved or gravel roads though there is some singlletrack. 

In Bare Cove the trails are mostly flat making it a perfect place for an introductory ride for newer riders or kids on small wheeled bikes. Bare Cove was a military base during WWII and on most weekend days you can stop and visit the museum. You'll see lots of people walking dogs here as well as lots of families with kids in strollers. Although the rules state that all dogs must be leashed some may be running free.

Great Esker is hilly and more challenging as it contains the tallest esker in North America.  The esker is a ridge of sand that was dropped by a glacier about 12,000 years ago. Picture in your mind a giant snake lying on a flat surface and you get an idea of what it's like. You'll be riding on the snake's "spine" high above the surrounding neighborhoods and river. I rarely see dogs or families here, maybe because the terrain requires a more physical investment.

Just north of the Route 3A highway bridge that connects the two parks are Stoddard's Neck and the Abigail Adams Park. Abigail Adams is a picnic area with parking and a few paved trails. While Stoddard's Neck is a fenced off peninsula much favored by dog walkers as it offers them the opportunity to let their dogs run free. 

It's possible to make a giant circle by linkink Great Esker and Bare Cove with a short road ride through surrounding neighborhoods on the south. Bring a copy of the map with you in case you find it confusing.

When I ride here I'm normally looking for a mellow ride, much different from the nearby Wompatuck State Park. I'll usually ride all four properties, just wandering around piling up some relaxed miles rather than technical challenges.

You'll enjoy Bare Cove and Great Esker Parks. Especially on a hot summer day when the ocean's breezes cool things off.

Bill Boles

Local Shops

Bike Barn

Anderson Bicycle

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Otis Trail Care

Date

6/14/15 (All day)

Cape Cod NEMBA will be riding the many trails of Otis on Sunday June 14th starting at 9:00 AM.

We'll be parking at 188 Nathan Ellis Highway, in North Falmouth across the street from the Falmouth Animal Hospital.

The plan is to divide up into groups and do some minor trail clearing and brushing back.  While most the trails are in excellent shape some of our favorite Otis trails are growing in. We intend to fix that.

The TrailCare ride will be over around 11:30 and will include a lot more riding than clipping.

Bring a small folding saw, a hand held lopper, or both.  We will have a few extras to loan out.

Hope to see you there.  Let's make Otis and even BETTER place to ride.   :-)

Location

Falmouth

Chapter

Cape Cod

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
zrt800ac@aol.com

Sandy Pond Trail Maintenance

Date

2/26/17 (All day)

Cape Cod NEMBA will be doing trail care at Exit 7, Willow Street on Sunday 2/26 starting at 9:00 AM.

The event will start from the Sandy Pond Conservation Area parking lot at 474 Buck Island Road in W. Yarmouth.

We are getting together a group of volunteers to go through the extensive trail network here and take care of some minor maintenance issues such as encroaching branches, briars, and other noted issues that impede travel on the trails. Rain or unridable snow will cancel the ride. We will try to schedule a rain date if need be.

Bring small pruners and folding saws that you can carry with you. We will split up in groups and tackle different areas.

Expect to get in about 10 miles of riding and to be finished before 1:00 PM.

Hope to see you there.   :-)

Location

Yarmouth

Chapter

Cape Cod SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
dubati@comcast.net

Southeast MA

Pine Hills

Valley Rd
Plymouth  Massachusetts  02360
United States
Parking is at the end of the short dirt road at Cleft Rock

Easy

15%

Moderate

70%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Pine Hills in Plymouth offer a different experience from most of the riding south of Boston and on Cape Cod. The trails, which are mostly singletracks, claw their way through the woods dodging large rocks as they make their way up and down a series of short hills bisected by Route 3A.

Parking is at the Cleft Rock Parking lot located almost directly across the street from Serious Cycles. I'll divide this report into two parts as the trails on either side of the road differ greatly.

North of 3A the trails are commonly referred to as the 'Nuclear Trails'. That's because they are located behind the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The trails are on power plant property and exist as a public service of the power plant. Some of these trails are quite difficult. Occasionally you'll encounter structures that will add to your riding experience. While the trails are enjoyable they rarely meet the 'buffed singletrack' description so common in Plymouth and on the Cape. After a couple of rides you'll learn which direction of travel is the most fun.  North of Route 3A you can expect to find about 12 miles of trails. 

South of 3A the trails are more difficult. Branching off from a few old logging roads you find an extensive network of motorcycle trails. These singletracks seemingly go up and down every short hill in the woods. Occasionally they are too sandy or steep to ride, necessitating a few very short walks, but for the most part they are negotiable. Most riders will follow these trails in a westerly direction. That is to say descending, mostly, until they encounter Beaver Dam or Old Sandwich Road from where they'll choose to ride back to the top on pavement or one of the old doubletracks. I have done these trails in both directions and when I do I mostly avoid the singletracks on the way back to the top.


The Open Street Map above shows many of the trails on both sides of Route 3A, but by no means all of them.
You’ll enjoy these trails. They’re challenging and a pleasant change from the ‘coastal plain’ that makes up most of the Southeastern end of Plymouth County. Read more about Pine Hills

Local Shops

Bike Barn

cycle Lodge

Maul's Bike Shop

Anderson's Bike Shop

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Southeast MA

Carolina Hills

165 Eames Way
Marshfield  Massachusetts  02050
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

Carolina Hills in Marshfield is a little known area with a lot of trails. The trails are hilly, sandy in a few places, and lots of fun.

Park on Eames Way, just beyond the school, where the paved road turns to dirt. You’ll see a trail going into the woods. Take it and explore. There are quite a few singletracks on both sides of Eames Way and the power line. Some of the trails extend across Route 139.

When I ride here I choose the trails that extend my downhills as much as possible while climbing hills quickly. After a few rides I found myself quite able to do that. You will too.
Altogether there are probably 17 miles of trails. These include trails on town conservation land as well as on nearby New England Forestry Foundation land. Explore enough and you’ll even discover some well-maintained Boy Scout trails.

There are two maps at the top of this page.  The first shows the trails in the 775 acre Carolina Hills Conservation Area. The second also shows many of the trails on surrounding land.

Check out the Carolina Hills. If you do, I’m sure that you’ll return often.
 
 
 

Local Shops

Cycle Lodge

BikeBarn

Maul's Bike Shop

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Southeast MA

Old Jail Lane

348 Old Jail lane
Barnstable  Massachusetts  02630
United States
There are two alternate parking areas. > See the text.

Easy

65%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Old Jail Lane trails are part of the Town of Barnstable’s “Cape Cod Pathways” and include a portion of the “Red” trail – a walking route from Sandwich to Yarmouth.  NEMBA riders may be familiar with red triangular trail makers used to identify the route in West Barnstable.  Loop and branch trails are occasionally designated with blue (northside offshoots) or green (southside offshoots) triangular markers.

The Old Jail Lane trails are primarily double-track over rolling hills.  There are a few fast downhills and one challenging climb on Ebenezer Smith Hill  (a loop trail just to the north of the blue trail – try riding counter-clockwise to enjoy “Captain’s Logs”).  NEMBA volunteers did a great job opening up the green trail (fun downhill in counterclockwise direction) on the southside of the preserve and other brush and log removal.

The Central Park trail is a new addition over the last two seasons. Cape Cod NEMBA members as well as kids from Sturgis High School doing community service re-opened a long grown in trail.

The Front Nine trail is located on an old disc golf course. It's short but quite hilly and challenging. Riding it in the counter clockwise direction is fun. The revese is almost impossible.

Rides can be extended by starting further east such as parking at the Barnstable County Complex (which has bathrooms) at 3249 Main St, Barnstable MA 02360 and entering the woods adjacent to the Trayser Museum off of Route 6A.  Or they can be extended further west from parking lot 7 at the Cape Cod Community College at 59 Dillon Lane, West Barnstable, MA 02668.

Riding these trails is a lot of fun. They seem remote as you wend your way through deep woods, the only sound being some traffic noise from nearby Route 6. CCCC students and faculty seeking a nature break from classroom stuffiness are often found out on these trails. While some local dog walkers visit them many times a day.

While not as large as either the nearby Trail of Tears or Willow Street (Exit 7), clever riders will note that Old Jail Lane's trails fall right between them. Making the possibility of a really long day's ride a reality for the hardy.

By Lev Malakhoff Read more about Old Jail Lane

Local Shops

Sea Sports Bike

Sailworld Cape Cod

Orleans Cycle

Corner Cycle

Bike Zone

Bike Den

Wheelhouse Bike Co

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Local Eats

Hearth n' Kettle

Cape Cod NEMBA

Kingston Town Trails Maintenance Day

Date

5/2/15 9:00am

Joe Basile is organizing a cool project down in Kingston that fellow rider. A local mountainbike access trail, to add to the cool 7 mile loop that he rides with students every week. Joe also leads a NEMBA novice ride there every Thursday.

Bring your favorite loppers or trail saw, or we will supply whatever tools you need. Gloves, eye protection recommended. Tick repellent HIGHLY recommended.

Here's the info: The plan is to meet at the Silver Lake Regional Middle School parking lot located behind the administration building (260 Pembroke Street/Route 27, Kingston, MA 02354) on Saturday, May 2nd for a 9:00 A.M. start. The area is called the Cranberry Preserve.

Joe will lead the bikers to the section to be cleared, towing the hand tools on my bike trailer while Angelina will lead the walkers. The section of trail that needs to be cleared is about one mile from the parking lot and is small by NEMBA standards, it is less than a half a mile of growth around an old bog. We plan on working until noon when we will return to the parking lot for pizza and water. After lunch, anyone wishing to go on a led ride will get to see the roughly 7 mile loop Joe does weekly with the SLOBO students and with the Thursday NEMBA novice ride.

For more info contact Joe Basile at mr.josephbasile@gmail.com

Location

Silver Lake Regional Middle School

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Joe Basile
mr.josephbasile@gmail.com

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