Western MA

Western MA

Greylock Glen

113 West Rd
Adams  Massachusetts  01220
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

Greylock Glen is a work in progress. It consists of 1060 acres right at the eastern base of Mt Greylock. Historically, going back to the mid 1960s, the area was slated for commecial development. Fortunately, that didn't materialize and while many projects were proposed over the years nothing happened till now.

The first map above shows the current DCR map for Greylock Glen. The last shows the initial vision for the Glen's trail system.

Starting in 2014 DCR and its consultant, Dodson & Flinker, and Wetlands & Wildlife, LLC, worked to complete the Greylock Glen Multi-Use Trail System Plan.

That plan called for creating nearly 14 miles of new trails at the Glen to provide for multiple recreational opportunities. It also called for rehabilitating and stewarding nearly 15 miles of existing trails; and abandoning, closing, and restoring approximately 13.5 miles of existing trails that were invery  poor condition, or which lead off of Glen property.

Begining in the Fall of 2015 Volunteers from the Thunderbolt Ski Runners and the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA), with approval and guidance from DCR, worked to open the Thunderbolt Glade and maintain the Thunderbolt Meadow.

In 2016 and 2017 DCR worked with trail crews from the Appalachian Mountain Club and Student Conservation Association to make repairs to the Bellows South Trail, continue mountain-bike trail-building to 4-Corners, and construct the new pedestrian “Ribbon Falls Trail” along Peck’s Brook. Volunteers also began to layout and construct a new mountain-biking and running trail connecting the Bellows South Trail toward 4-Corners.

Currently there are about 8 miles of dedicated single track and 5 miles of double track with fields and woods. More are on he way. These new trails are part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's $3 million plan to construct and improve the Glen's trail system.

These trails are interesting and some of them go from the lower Glen up to about one fourth of the way up the Mt Greylock to a mature beautiful tall forest with dramatic water falls and views out into the forest.

The Department of Conservation's goal for the Greylock Glen Multi-Use Trail System is intended to provide the following: Hiking and other pedestrian trails that will highlight scenic features of the Glen and include three hiking routes to Mount Greylock State Reservation and the Mount Greylock summit.

Downhill back-country skiing, most notably including the historic Thunderbolt Trail and a new proposed Thunderbird Glade and Meadow route that recalls the original ski trail alignment from the 1930s.

Single-track mountain-biking and running trails that will wind through the forest and provide a variety of loops, difficulties, and destinations.

Cross-country skiing trails intended for both skate and classic styles that will provide for a variety of loops, difficulties, and distances.

Snowmobile connections that will allow snowmobilers to connect from adjacent properties to and across the Greylock Glen.

Note: Much of the above information comes from this DCR Page. The picture below is part of the DCR's initial Vision Plan. For current news check the Greylock Glen Facebook Page.

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Local Shops

Arcadian Shop

Plaine's Bike

Nrthampton Bicycle

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Berkshire Community & NEMBA Pittsfield SF Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week 30 times .
8/27/18 (All day)

The Berkshire Mountain Bike Commi=unity and NEMBA are proud to host a series of Monday Rides starting from the Lulu Brook parking area in the Pittsfield State Forest.

These are intended to be fun no-drop rides that will highlight the great trails that the mountain bike community has built and maintains in the Pittsfield State Forest. Read more about Berkshire Community & NEMBA Pittsfield SF Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Alison McGee

Berkshire NEMBA Bike The Glen Ride

Date

10/7/18 9:00am

Join the Thunderbolt Ski Runners (TSR) and Berkshire NEMBA for our second-annual celebration of mountain biking, volunteerism, community, and sweet singletrack at the base of Massachusetts' highest peak!

Our goal is to give both TSR and NEMBA a chance to show off all the hard work that volunteers have been putting into these trails, boost membership and support for these great partner organizations and our future projects, and bring together like-minded people.

This is a family friendly event featuring multiple guided rides on the trails in Greylock Glen as well as volunteer opportunities, bike games, and a chance to spend some quality time outdoors with amazing people!

Bike the Glen will be held the same day as Explore Adams' Ramblefest, which will be where we bring our party once the riding is done! Check out their great weekend events here: https://www.facebook.com/RambleFest/ Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Bike The Glen Ride

Chapter

Berkshire

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

Berkshire NEMBA Trail Care @ Greylock Glen

Date

8/28/18 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Meet at Bellows South Trailhead on Gould Road in Adams.

Help Thunderbolt Ski Runners and Berkshire NEMBA volunteers with final benchcutting of the new Connector Trail off of Gould Farm. This will help us prep for our Bike the Glen event and make for a beautiful woodsy cut-through to the Mosher Farm loop.

Primary focus will be on benchutting the already flagged and raked route, with some possible rock removal and tree trimming...

Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes and work gloves, tools will be provided. 

Contact Heather Linscott with questions, if you will be late, contact Josh Chittenden (who will be joining a little after 5:30)

For more info check the events' Facebook Page. Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Trail Care @ Greylock Glen

Chapter

Berkshire

Event Leader

Heather Linscott
hlinscott@gmail.com

Berkshire Community & NEMBA Ride & Party

Date

9/3/18 (All day)

Mountain bike ride and Pig Roast 

Group rides start at 11:00 and go all day 

NEW THIS YEAR!
GIANT will be here with their Liv Demo Van 11:00 till 4:00

Pig roast at 2:00

A side dish or dessert to share would be great!
Don't forget a lawn chair and your favorite beverage. 

Please RSVP so I can plan accordingly.   bill_markham55@yahoo.com

Thanks!

Chapter

Berkshire

Event Leader

Bill Markham
bill_markham55@yahoo.com

PV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Date

7/10/18 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Please join us for a Pioneer Valley NEMBA meeting on Tuesday, July 10th at from 7-8 PM at Northampton Bicycle, located at 319 Pleasant Street in Northampton.

Before the meeting, we'll be riding Sawmill in Florence at 5:30. Park and meet at the end of Col Lavalley Ln, and be sure not to block the gate to the Army Corps of Engineers.

We'll be running an A and B group ride, so come hammer or come chill! Read more about PV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Harold Green
harold.f.green@comcast.net

Western MA

The Boulders

71 Gulf Rd
Dalton  Massachusetts  01226
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Boulders is a 645 acre property in the towns of Dalton, Lanesboro & Pittsfield. 
 
The Boulders was formerly held by the Crane & Company, (longtime maker of the paper used for US currency), it was not well know even to local residents. But starting in 2016 that changed. Now managed by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council the area has increased in popularity enormously.
 
The trails are open to mountain bikers, hikers, snowshoers and trail runners. Be sure to check out the natural rock slides at "The Boulders". Expect to discover over 6 miles of interesting, fun trails.
 
Directions:
For the trailhead parking area on Gulf Road, Dalton: take routes 8/9 east from the center of Pittsfield. Take a left onto Park Avenue, passing Craneville School.  Take a left onto Gulf Road. Park at the pull-off on the left, opposite the parking for the Appalachian Trail.  (**Note the Appalachian Trail is not open to bicycles.)
 
For more information check the Berkshire Natural Resource Council's webpage

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Local Shops

Arcadian Shop

Berkshire Bike & Boards

Plaine's Bike, Ski & Snowboard

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Berkshire NEMBA Novice/Intermellow Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday 20 times .
6/28/18 (All day)

Join Berkshire NEMBA Ride leaders Kevin Delaney and Jeremy Manzolini on our new ongoing Introductory Ride Series at the Boulders!

Kevin and Jeremy will be hosting ongoing no-drop rides at the Boulders every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month!

Novice and Intermellow rides are appropriate for new or timid riders, no drop means the pace is adjusted to include everyone and no one is left behind! As the series develops we can open it up to leveled groups too!

This will be a great way to explore the Boulders, session trail features, and practice bike skills in a supportive, social environment!t

Questions???   Contact Kevin @  ">  or Jerry @  ">

Bad weather cancels - Contact Kevin or Jeremy if unsure.

The rides will start at the Boulders Trailhead on Gulf Road in Dalton. Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Novice/Intermellow Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Kevin Delaney

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