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Central CT NEMBA West Hartford Res - Evening Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Wednesday 30 times .
5/7/14 (All day)
This is a Central CT NEMBA RAW series ride.   (Ride After Work)  It is a fun ride, not a race. Contact the ride's leader for directions to the start and to make sure that the ride is on.

Location

Hartford CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Advanced-novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Donald Myers
860-561-2755

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

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River Highlands State Park

115 Field Road
Cromwell  Connecticut  06416
United States

(203) 287-5658

Easy

30%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

25%

Description

River Highlands State Park is located in the central CT town of Cromwell.  As its name suggests it features high bluffs on the banks of the Connecticut River. Although small, it’s a great place for mountain biking because the topography is totally unique, unlike anything else in CT. The soil was deposited by a glacier and shaped by a cataclysmic flood event.  Trails run along the edge of long, crooked drainage crevasses that radiate out like bony fingers on an arthritic hand. The trails lead to high overlooks with great views up and down the river. The trails are rock- free but can be rooty in places, and the soil dries very quickly making the park rideable soon after rain. There are a lot of logs of various sizes to ride over.

There is currently about five miles of trail and dirt road in the park, although CC NEMBA is hard at work building more singletrack.  The best trails would be the green, which runs along the edge of the crevasses (people afraid of heights might be put off by this) and leads to the high overlooks. Be sure to ride the “sidewinder” on the northern end of the park. Also ride the yellow trail, which runs down one of the crevasses, over several narrow bridges, into the “blow hole”, the only place with river access (and a privy).  Also don’t miss the red trail in the southern end of the park, and the white, which goes high up on a ridge in the northern end.

River Highlands is a great place for a quick ride in a unique environment. 
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Upper Paugussett State Forest

3 Sanford Rd
Newtown  Connecticut  06470
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Upper Paugussett Forest is home to the Upper Gussy Trail, the Lillinonah Trail and Al's Trail. It's 880 acres of prime CT woodlands has a mixed bag of everything, and if you were to hit all the trails, you could easily get a 10 to 12 mile ride.

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Westwoods

Dunk Rock Rd
Guilford  Connecticut  06437
United States

Easy

10%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

40%

Description

Editor’s note: Puke, Big Game and the other folk who haunt Bikerag.com love to ride all winter long, and since the Connecticut coast is frequently more clement than other parts of Nutmeg State, they tend to spend a lot of time at Westwoods.  It's worth checking out!

Westwoods is an awesome place to ride on the Connecticut shoreline in Guilford, CT.  The technical riding here is among the best in the state, and there are tons of trails.  There are very few fire road type trails here - its mostly just rocky singletrack littered with advanced lines and fun options.  The trails are marked very well, but can be confusing on your first ride there...  Basically there are many colored trails that run pretty much north to south.  Each colored trail may split many times between a round symbol and a square symbol.  If you see a colored X on a trail that is a cross-connector trail.  Several bridges were built here to make your trip easier through the wet stuff; one is about 200 feet long!

Westwoods is a favorite winter ride for many Bike rag visitors and is home of the North Haven bike crew.  You can often ride here year round due to the close proximity to the ocean and the fact that the soil drains well.  The type of riding is highly technical: big burly rock ups, small to large drops, rollers, rock gardens and even a few log rides.  You may have heard of "The Triple Thurlundy", "Double Trouble",  "Twin Towers", "Rog Lock Rog" and many other unique lines, come on down  to see what all the fuss is about, your skills will most likely be  pushed to the limit.

Although you could pull together a big 12 + mile cross country style loop, a  typical four hour tour with our crew might log in at 7.5 miles "cross stuntery" excursion, hitting every natural trail feature in sight.  There are a few play areas throughout the trail system that will eat up your time and are just perfect for the ultimate free-stand session.  Might want to bring a full face helmet, body armor and some band aids if you plan to go big...

You can find pictures, movies and maps on www.bikerag.com as well as www.crankfire.com. Check the forums for group rides and the latest trail conditions if the weather is iffy, chances are someone will have up to date info on trail conditions.  Due to excessive deadfall the trail is constantly being maintained by Guilford Land Trust, and is much appreciated.  I would suggest not riding here on a gusty day for your safety, I saw a tree drop about 100 feet from me a couple years back...   Not fun, funny or fun...  Please respect the wishes of the landowner to stay off certain trails as marked and be polite to the many hikers you will encounter.

Directions:
From Rte 95, take exit 57, travel EAST on rte 1 (post road - towards New London) for .67 miles.  Pass Bishops Orchards and take right onto Dunk Rock Road (elliptical blue trail sign).  Follow road to end and park in designated area.  A park trail map is posted on board for your use.

By Jon Peterson
This ride is adapted from SingleTracks Magazine.
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Salmon River State Forest - Comstock Bridge

90 Comstock Bridge Rd
Colchester  Connecticut  06415
United States

(860) 295-9523

Easy

80%

Moderate

20%

Difficult

0%

Description

Located in the towns of Colchester and East Hampton Salmon River and other surrounding conservation areas host a varity of trails. This bike route follows dirt forest roads, woods roads, and a old railroad bed along the east side of the Salmon River through a narrow valley. The area is very scenic and is popular with hikers, fishermen, and horseback riders. The eastern end of Salmon River abuts Day Pond State Park.

 

THE RIDE: From the parking area at Comstock Bridge, one of three covered bridges in Connecticut, follow paved River Road north past Dickinson Creek. Bear right into the dirt turnoff just past the handicap fishing area and follow the woods road blocked by huge boulders. The road climbs to dirt River Road in the state forest and parallels the river past its many clear pools and rapids. Push your bike to the top of the stone train bridge and follow the dirt and sometimes sandy rairoad grade south. If you ride north the grade reaches a iron trestle high above the river and closed to the public. Ridind south the river is far below but the sounds echo off the steep valley walls.

 

At paved Bull Hill Road continue on the grade to an enormous trestle now covered with ballast and gravel. There are nice views of the Dickinson Creek valley from the trestle midpoint. After viewing the area return to Bull Hill Road. (It is possible to continue riding the railroad grade another two miles past rock cuts and over a smaller trestle to East Hampton)

 

Follow steep Bull Hill Road downhill and immediately turn sharply right onto a gated woods road. The road passes a logged area before desecending to secluded Dickinson Creek. The rough road climbs to a gate before becoming paved. The road descends to River Road and Comstock Bridge.

 

Additional easy riding is found past the state forest picnic area south of Rt. 16. A dirt road, sometimes eroded, follows the forested narrow river valley south to the Leesville Dam on Rt. 151. The ride to the dam from the picnic area is about three miles one way.

 

Directions:

Comstock Bridge and Salmon River State Forest are located on Route 16 at the Colchester and East Hampton town line.

 

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Millers Pond State Park

350 Foot Hills Rd
Durham  Connecticut  06422
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

25%

Description

Located in Durham and Haddam Millers Pond State Park has been in the State's domain since 1955. There are numerous trails and a scenic lake that is very popular with area fishermen.

This is a very popular area for mountain biking with a lot of freeride type drops, jumps, and stunts.  The stunts are all legal and well constructed (although the run ups could be smoother). The stunts are mostly intermediate to advanced level (due mostly to the lack of good run ups) but there are chicken lines around almost all of them.

 

The red trail, just completed last fall, has two distinct sections, that in the northern section of the park, which leaves directly from the parking lot, and that in the southern part, which is accessed off of the dirt road just inside the gate. The northern section is the more cross country oriented, with fast, flowing  turns and prolonged climbing in either direction. Although clearly a cross country oriented trail, there are still ample opportunities to drop, jump, and huck. It will take the average rider about an hour to complete this section, and there are few bailout options.

 

The southern section and the red/white (a shortcut back to the pond) are pure freeride, with twisting, rocky climbs, log ramps, drops, and hucks in rapid succession. It will take the average rider about 1.5 hours to complete this section (red to red/white), and it should not be attempted alone.

 

Directions:

From Route 9: Take Exit 11.  Follow 155 West.  Turn left onto Millbrook Road.  Bear left onto Foothills Road.  Parking area is on the right.

 

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Huckleberry Hill Recreation Area

270 Huckleberry Hill Rd
Avon  Connecticut  06001
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

At 279.8 acres there are over 5 miles of singletrack with a little bit of doubletrack and fire road mixed in. There's a small playground with swings and slides and town athletic fields. Most trails are technical. There are a lot of trails, many are very good trails. You can get maps at the Avon Town Hall which may be a good idea since there are so many trails. Huckleberry Hill is close to Countryside Park and Found Land both of which also have trails.

 

Start:

Use the trailhead behind the socer fields. or the parking area at 270 Huckleberry Hill Road. Have a great ride.

 

By Brendan Mahoney

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West Hartford Reservoir

1420 Farmington Ave
Farmington  Connecticut  06107
United States

(860) 278-7850

Easy

35%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

30%

Description

The MDC's West Hartford Reservoir complex is one of central Connecticut's best known riding area. It is a large area laced with many miles of paved roads, dirt roads and singletracks. Trails for all ability levels and ages can be mixed together to create the perfect ride for almost anyone. Some of the singletrack trails are quite difficult. Others have rhythm, flowing down hills and around corners in a way that makes the surrounding woodlands seem like you were watching them on a movie screen rather than from the seat of a bouncing bicycle.

Whatever your passion for riding you'll be able to satisfy it at the "Res".

You can pick up an official trail map at the MDC's West Hartford Reservoir administration building from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm weekdays.  In addition these are very good MAPS 

Directions
Take I-84 to Exit 39 (Route 4). At the end of the ramp take a right at the light onto Route 4 East. At the sixth light (a distance of 2 ½ miles) take a left into the Facility.
    
Rules
Some of the trails are closed to mountain bikes. All of the trails are heavily used. Expect to encounter hikers, trail runners and families on foot. Read more about West Hartford Reservoir

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