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Blackstone Valley NEMBA, Women's Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Saturday 52 times .
6/1/14 (All day)

Newer women riders are encouraged.  Ride is dependent on conditions.

This will be a fun ride and will serve as an introduction to some of the great riding areas in our region.

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Location

TBD, Blackstone Valley NEMBA Women's Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Danielle McLellan

Wachusett NEMBA Sunday Ride at Leominster SF

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Dec 01 2019 .
6/9/19 9:00am

Wachuset NEMBA LSF Sunday Ride

Note: This ride is on hold until the Pandemic restrictions change.  Contact the ride's leader for more information.

Leominster State Forest hosts one of the most varied and interesting trail systems in the State.  Join us for a fun though a bit challenging no-drop ride. 

Please contact me for directions, starting times and to let me know that you're coming.

Oh! And why nor save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

We meet at 71 Rocky Pond Road in Princeton.  

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Location

Leominster State Forest

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Jim Wrightson
978-852-4800

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Hale, Westwood

80 Carby St
Westwood  Massachusetts  02090
United States

781-326-1770

Easy

30%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

30%

Description

Hale is a "living Laboratory" for the thousands of students and visitors that enjoy its remote woodlands every year. Hale hosts 4 lakes and more than 20 miles of trails. The trails here are fun to ride and interesting enough to keep you coming back for more.

Hale is a private, non-profit education organization that manages 1,137 acres in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts.  Maps and routes can be found at https://www.trailforks.com/region/hale-reservation/

Hale has generously kept the trails within their reservation open to mountain biking.  There is a tremendous variety of easy double track and intermediate single track throughout the reservation.  Most riders park at the Cat Rock Parking Lot and start their rides from there.  There are lots of kids, hikers, and dog walkers in the park.  Please respect the shared use of this reservation. 

Any rider that is looking for tech just need to take any number of small singletracks off the main trails and they will hit some of the most challenging technical trails in Southeast Massachusetts.  Many of the trails traverse the day camps at the beaches, rope courses and lodges throughout the park.  Please give active participants the room they need to continue their activities. 

From Hale, the rider can connect to any number of different riding areas.  Satan’s Kingdom is on the border of the area known as Sen Ki just south of Hartford Street.  This area offers a 2-mile technical loop for the most accomplished riders and is well worth the trip if you like that sort of thing.  Another notable technical singletrack is the trail called the Strawberry Hill Singletrack (not to be confused with the Strawberry Hill Trail).  This 1 mile long technical trail offers challenges along the entire trail.  At the completion of the trail, the rider will either love the challenges and turn around and head back for more, or humbly head to other areas of the park.  On the northeast corner of the park is one of my favorite trails called Big Sucker.  This trail starts out on the powerlines then dumps into the woods about a quarter mile from the start.  Just in the woods it splits providing a left and right option.  I prefer to go left as it offers more trail and a variety of challenges for the rider.  This is a tough trail to navigate cleanly, but it doesn’t include the terrifying drops and rollers that the rider will find at Satan’s Kingdom.

Noanet Woodlands shares the western border with Hale and provides lots of easy carriage trails and a few flowy singletrack.  Just to the southeast of Noanet, connected by public easement trails, is Rocky Woods and the Fork Factory Brook area where the rider will find a large variety of fun trails to explore.  For the adventurous, the rider can connect Adam’s Farm from Fork Factory Brook for a long 20-mile ride or head over to Needham Town Forest to the north of Hale Reservation and continue to be challenged with lots of technical trails.  Both Adam’s Farm and Needham town forest can be connected with not much more than a mile of paved roads. 

Trailforks has added a large number of routes the rider can explore from the 2019 Turkey Afterburner Event.  Check out any of these routes that include small, 2-mile family loops to epic connector trails to the adjoining parks. 

ABOUT HALE:

Founded in 1918, its flagship programs include Hale Day Camp, Hale Summer Club, Education & Adventure Programs, Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures, and Intrepid Academy at Hale. Hale offers educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire passion for learning, and encourage appreciation for the natural environment.  For more information, go to www.hale1918.org

The trails at Hale seem almost contradictory. On the one hand you can cruise around on the marked loops and enjoy a peaceful, scenic, interemdaite level ride. Venture onto the many unmarked singletracks and you will subject yourself to some pretty extreme and dificult trails. 

I suggest bringing a copy of the map, and also the map for Noanet Woods since you may stray out of Hale and into it without realizing it.

Hale hosts a vast and growing network of trails that are open to the general public and to mountain bikers with the following exceptions:

All trails are closed from March 1st through April 30th. This is to prevent possible damage to fragile muddy trails in what is refered to at "mud season".

Mountain Biking is not permitted on any of the beaches while campers are using them. They are also not allowed on playing fields.

By Tom McKenna

 

 

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Rocky Woods, Medfield

20 Hartford St
Medfield  Massachusetts  02052
United States

508.785.0339

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Rocky Woods Reservation is located just a few miles from route 128 in Medfield Massachusetts. Directly across the street is Fork Factory Brook.

Rocky Woods is a Trustees of Reservations property. At 491 acres it quite large and hosts well over six miles of rolling woodland trails. There are very few singletracks in Rocky Woods. Most of its trails are well maintained jeep roads that climb and descend a couple of hills. Riding here is a non-technical experience. Perfect for a workout especially if you like to climb hills, Like Cedar Hill which at 435 feet offers you excellent views of the surounding area.

The Loop Trail around Chickering Pond, which starts right at the parking, lot is a good introduction to the reservation as it's mostly flat. It would be perfect trail for families with young kids on singlespeed bikes.

It will only take you a short ride to realize why the place is named Rocky Woods. You'll never see so many so many rock outcroppings in one place. Bring a camera. On one ride here I saw deer, turkey and a flock of ducks in one of the many ponds. One of the ponds, Echo Pond, is crossed by a boardwalk. While Chickering Pond has a nice picnic area. There is no swimming in any of Rocky's ponds.

Rocky Woods is a very pleasant place to ride. Not technical, but a workout. Remember those hills. I enjoy riding here, but for an entirely different experience cross Hartford Street and ride at Fork Factory Brook.

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Needham Town Forest

1360 Central Ave
Needham  Massachusetts  02492
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

30%

Description

Description:
The Needham Town Forest, sometimes known as the High Rock Town Forest, is a relatively small but trail dense area. It consists of more than 200 acres of mature woods with a few small ponds. There is one scenic overlook at the top of High Rock in the easternmost section of the forest. One degrading woods road runs through most of the forest and all of the singletracks lead off of it. The singletracks are fun. Not so technical that you'll have to get off your bike very often, but busy enough that you'll never be in danger of falling asleep as you ride. They wind all around the forest and interconnect in a random manner. This makes it impossible to ride all of the forest's trails without doing at least a few trail repeats. In all there are about 9 miles of good singletrack trails in the forest. The old road that I mentioned is about a mile long. On the southern end of the forest you’ll find Camp Nehoiden a large area that has its own trails. There's also a connecting trail to Needham's Farley Pond conservation area.

Years ago the town of Needham asked NEMBA to lay out some trails on this parcel. NEMBA did and the trails are still there. Though, over the years, they have since been joined by many new additions. The Needham Town Forest was the site of two old Boston Cup mountain bike races. Today the trails are maintained by the town and a host of volunteers.

Some very technical and fun singletracks have sprouted up in recent years, making good use of rock faces and other technical challenges.  It's now possible to do an extended ride solely on tight, twisty, challenging singletracks.  However, definitely look before you ride some of these features, as some are extremely challenging. These trails are currently unblazed.

Some of the forest's trails are marked with tiny birdhouses the roofs of which are colored green, red, yellow, blue or white to indicate which trail you're on. There are also colored blazes on many trees that supplement the birdhouses. A map of the forest is located on the signboard at the parking area and copies are available at the Needham Town Hall.

One trail takes you by a wooden train trestle – Not yet on the Scenic Register of Historic Sites, still, it’s probably the most unusual and tallest one that you'll see in Massachusetts.All levels of riders can ride most of the park's trails. Though a few will require some advanced singletrack skills. Riding in the Needham Town Forest is a blast. You can link together the forest's trails to make an almost unending variety of rides. And given the lack of long hills, this is one of those areas where you can ride the trails in both directions and enjoy yourself just as much.

On my last visit I challenged myself by turning left on the first trail (red markings) leading off the dirt road at the parking lot. I continued taking left turns, riding out to neighborhead trailheads in many cases, until I found myself once again on the red trail back at the same place. This perimeter loop was 4.5 miles long. But there were many, many trails that I didn’t explore. Diving back into the forest I rode for the rest of the afternoon, occasionally finding myself on familiar trails, but not able to ride them all.

Stick to the singletracks and you’ll have a good, though mostly moderate, technical ride. Stick to the fireroads and you’ll have found the perfect place to introduce a new rider or youngster to mountain biking.

My guess is that if you ride here once, that you'll be back.

Directions:
From the north or south on Rte. 128 / 95: Take exit 17 and follow route 135 through Needham Center. Immediately after the center turn left on Marked Tree Road and follow it through a few intersections until you come to a "T" intersection on Central Avenue. Turn left, go 100 yards and turn left into the Needham Town Forest parking area. (A dirt road.)

Cautions:
Many of the forest's trails lead into people's back yards. Respect property rights by not trespassing. Stay off the trails when they're muddy.

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Noanet Woods, Dover

120 Dedham St
Dover  Massachusetts  02030
United States

(508) 785-0339

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

Noanet Woods is a privately help reservation owned by the Trustees of Reservations. Noanet offers a good variety easy and intermediate terrain. There are three well-marked trails- Blue, Yellow, and Red that are mostly easy or moderate doubletrack with a bit of have easy and moderate singletrack. Off the three main trails are a variety of moderate singletracks. The Blue trail is the easiest followed by the Yellow and then the Red. Both the Yellow and Red are more difficult leaving the parking area than returning. The Red trail has one long, steep hill that can be a bear going out but fun coming back. The Yellow trail at the furthest end of the reservation has some really fun singletrack with some neat little whoop-dee-doos. Going out any one of the main trails and returning on one of the others will provide a loop of about five or six miles. A nice feature of Noanet Woods is that it connects to Hale Reservation. A loop of the two areas together can easily provide a ride of twenty miles. Blackstone Valley NEMBA has been active in Naonet over the last few years building and repairing trails.


Directions:
Take 128 South three exits from the Mass Pike to Rt 109 in Westwood.
Take Rt. 109 west until you enter Walpole.
Shortly after entering Walpole, take a right onto Walpole St.
Follow Walpole St. north to downtown Dover. Make a right onto Centre St.
Make a right at the next fork onto Dedham St.
The entrance to Noanet Woods will be 1/2 mile on your left just past Caryl Park.


Rules:
A Mountain Bike tag is required to ride at Noanet. It's free at the Ranger Kiosk when it's open. Or, you can get one by calling TTOR at 781-784-0567. The same tag will provide access to Hale Reservation.
The Trustees of Reservation doesn't allow mountain bikes on its property during mud season, March 1 thru April 30.

Biking is not allowed when good cross-country ski conditions exist.

Biking is not allowed before 11:00 AM on weekends and holidays.

In all of Noanet Woods there are only a few hundred yards of trails off limits to mountain bikers. These are clearly marked.

The rules at Noanet are very reasonable. Please respect them; buy a tag, and be courteous to other trail users. This is private property and the Trustees could just as easily ban bikes as allow them.

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Mt Pisgah, Berlin

120 Linden St
Berlin  Massachusetts  01503
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

.This description is for an excellent cross-country ride that hits some very good technical sections. It's really meant for experienced technically savvy riders. The main loop of trails, excluding this entrance and the Howard Ridge area, are better suited for novice/intermediate riders.

Start at Linden Street entrance nearest Lyman St.(shown on the map below) , not the main entrance on Smith Rd, and not the Devine Trail entrance. There is a small parking area that is unmarked.

Head down the hill and bear right. Multiple trails will converge to an uphill trail. This will bring you to a very technical section around a pond (bend around the pond bearing right) and then a sick climb, quick left and immediate right and another sick climb. Once at the top of the hill you will converge with the main circuit of trails. From here you will stay right and head down the hill and then make a left onto Berlin Rd. trail. Cross brook then up technical section then left and stay straight until end (no trespassing sign), take left and stay straight /bear right until bisect Mentzger trail. Take right and go to end, left on to Sparrow Trail (very nice long technical rock garden) to Berlin Rd. trail take right and fly to end ( short section of double track). Take right on to Howard Ridge Trail. This loop is the best technical section here and will likely be more than the novice or intermediate can handle. Once on Howard Ridge you will be on top of a rock, you hucksters out there will find a nice drop straight off the rock, others go down right. Keep on Howard Ridge trail (bearing left) until Vernal Pool trail on left. Take this and take to top (very nice technical rock section heading out of a creek bed is quite a challenge to navigate cleanly). At top head right down South Gorge trail. Wind through woods and then trail will seemingly split, to the right is a nice double rock drop that is for technical riders only, stay left for easier way. To the left there are a few other trails and some rock drops which might interest some looking for that. Take a right down to the gorge. This is the most intense and technical section here. Tight, rocky, rooty and steep. If you are not a seasoned rider you will want to avoid or walk your bike down. Navigate the tight left downhill and then you have to shoot a tight gap between two trees and then a steep rock garden ensues with a big fall off to the right the entire way ( not a good place to fall). Continue down and then a right, left combo downhill to a narrow log bridge over a creek. Head up to the right and an excellent climb up the Howard Ridge trail will burn your quads. When back at Berlin Rd. trail intersection head down right and then first left and head up to South Overlook.

On a clear day you can see Boston and in fall the foliage is excellent. for those technical riders a right turn when approaching the overlook will bring you down a steep double pitched trail which is sphincter tightening, a fall to the left will be bad. At the bottom turn right and head back up Berlin Rd. trail and then another right will bring you back to the overlook. Turn around (facing away from the overlook) and head back straight and then right onto Tyler Trail. This is a fun, fast classic cross country trail with some technical features here and there. Take this to the end staying straight. You will end on Mentzger trail. Take right then quick left across rock wall and you will spill out on North overlook. Just before the overlook is a left trail that is not on the maps. Take this trail to the end and then a right turn will bring you down a big hill. A quick left and immediate right will bring you down the first climb of the day, bear right down the hill and around the technical pond section and out. This ride can be done in about an hour if moving fast otherwise 1.5hrs. It is a blast. Lots of ups and downs, lots of rocks and plenty of technical areas. After rain the roots and rocks can make the more technical downhill sections very dicey, particularly the gorge area. Be very cautious here because a fall in this section could be very serious. Enjoy!

By Brad Schaffer

The map shows the described route.

 

NOTE: The Northborough Trails system is mountain bike friendly with the exception of Cedar Hills and Sawink Farm.  Please do not ride those trails.  Trail maps and trail head locations can be accessed at the following url:  www.Northboroughtrails.org.  The trails are all similar in terms of terrain and are all good for novice to intermediate riders, with the exception of Mt. Pisgah. Read more about [node:title]

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  • The mission of Blackstone Valley NEMBA is to promote sustainable mountain biking in the suburbs west of Boston and Worcester County and to organize a variety of fun rides and events for our members. We work with land managers and perform trail maintenance to increase the quantity and quality of terrain available to bicycles. Vietnam is one of our key riding areas, but we all offer a weekly rides on various trails in the area, so come join us.

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