Northeast MA

GBNEMBA Kids Rides

Monday, May 15, 2017

Let's Get Kids on Bikes!

GBNEMBA presents the 2017 Kids MTB Ride Series.

Mountain Biking is a GREAT way for kids and teens to build strong bodies, build confidence, have a ton of fun and enjoy being outside!

The Kids Rides are designed for children ages 6-15 who can ride without training wheels. Based on the skill levels of the participants, we typically break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners.  All we ask is no training wheels. 
 

No registration is required.  If you have any questions about the Kids Rides please contact Andrea Jones.


NEMBA KIDS RIDE SERIES 2017 SCHEDULE

  • May 6 - Kona GBNEMBA Ride at Middlesex Fells, Medford
  • June 10 - LandLocked Forest (Burlington), Parking at Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington
  • July 16 - 4th Annual Ice-cream ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Aug 19 - Beaver Brook North, Belmont
  • Sept 10 - Kona MVNEMBA Ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Sept 24 -  Ride and post Ice-Cream at Dow Brook Conservation Area, Ipswich
  • Oct 7 - National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Middlesex Fells, Medford
  • Nov 26 - Toys for Tots Ride, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham

These rides allow children and teens to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness. In addition to learning some biking skills, we teach respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users. The ride will be well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed. Parents are welcome on the ride but not required. Riders must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride. All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals. Snacks will be provided! Read more about [node:title]

MV NEMBA by GratefulTread Northeast MA Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Sep 25 2021 .
3/27/21 9:00am

Saturdays are our “Great Escape” ride. We change locations every week, so it's impossible to pin down exactly where we'll be riding.

Best way is to either email me or be on our group mailing list.

It is generally longer than the weekday rides, about Advanced Beginner and above on the NEMBA scale. It usually starts at 9:00, though that can vary, and can last up to three hours.
 
If you're looking to get an introduction the the Northeast MA, and Southern NH's best riding areas, or just looking for a fun group of people to ride with - join us!
 
Please let me know know that you're coming, David Zizza,   On the rare occasion that no one RSVPs, or in case of inclement weather, the ride may be cancelled.
 
Save time by signing NEMBA's 2021 Annual Waiver ahead of time, but only once.

Location

To Be Decided

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

David Zizza
Phone or text to 617-543-3971

Merrimack Valley NEMBA by GratefulTread Tuesday Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Sep 07 2021 .
3/23/21 6:00pm

Our Tuesday evening “Pedal to the Metal" ride is aimed at maxing out the fun factor while not being overly technical.
We try to get in about 10 miles and have it last around 2 hours.

We ride at Russell Mill in Chelmsford and the Billerica State Forest .

Contact me for more details. David Zizza   

The pace and terrain generally less mellow than our Thursday ride and we will finish after dark. So bring lights. Feel free to join us!

Please let the ride leader know that you're coming or for directions. On the rare occasion that no one RSVPs, or in case of inclement weather, the ride may be cancelled.

Until further notice this ride will start at 6:00 PM.  Please try to get there early so we can get off on time.

Save time by signing NEMBA's 2021 Annual Waiver ahead of time. 

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

David Zizza
Phone or text to 617-543-3971

Please help out at LLF

Saturday, January 4, 2014

LLF Trailhead Etiquette

While we don't want to come across as "Trail Cops", we do want users of Burlington Landlocked Forest to know that some of the neighbors abutting the Turning Mill Road parking lot in Lexington are becoming concerned with the high use of the parking lot and some of the behavior going on before and after visits. We urge everyone to keep a low profile in the parking lot and be respectful of the neighborhood.

  • - Don’t get undressed in public.  Try to arrive ready to go or if you must change, do so completely in your car.
     
  • - Don’t drink alcohol in public - hit a pub after your ride.
     
  • - Park only in designated parking spots, not on the lawn across from the lot. If the lot is full, do not overflow down the street into the neighborhood.
     
  • - Try not to make excess noise in the parking lot. Sounds that seem quiet to you might be very noticeable to neighbors trying to enjoy a relaxed evening at home.

Showing some sensitivity and common sense will make it a lot easier for the neighbors to live with the benefits and liabilities of residing near public open space. Thanks for helping out! Read more about [node:title]

Northeast MA

Willowdale State Forest, Ipswich

259 Linebrook Rd.
ipswich  Massachusetts  01938
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

5%

Description

Note that there are two parking locations for Willowdale: one on 259 Linebrook Rd. in Ipswich and the other at 280 Ipswich Rd in Topsfield. The most common for mountain bikers is Linebrook.

Why would anyone want to ride in she Willowdale State Forest when right across the street is the much better known Bradley Palmer State Forest? Well, maybe it's because the forest's 2400 acres hold over 40 miles of trails. Or maybe it's because you normally have the entire place to yourself. Whatever the reason Willowdale State Forest should be high on everyone's list for exploration.

Willowdale State Forest is located mostly in the town of Ipswich. Many of the forest's trails are easy doubletracks, which makes Willowdale an excellent place for family friendly riding. And there are a three color coded marked loops to follow.

The forest's singletrack trails are some of the most enjoyable trails that I have ever ridden. The best of these lay in northern section of the Pine Swamp area. The forest is divided up into two main parecels. The aforementioned Pine Swamp area and the Hood Pond area. Most people park on Ipswich Road alongside the Ipswich River. You'll find numbered markers at all of the forest's main intersections. Bring a copy of the maps and you'll always know where you are. The Bay Circuit Trail runs through Willowdale and is marked by white blazes.

Plan to spend more than one day exploring Willowdale's many trails. Looking for more riding? Well, just across that bridge on the Ipswich River you'll find Bradley Palmer State Park and Georgetown-Rowley State Forest is also nearby. And for a truely epic ride you can link all three together.

For a good exploratory ride print out the Pine Swamp MAP. Then take a highlighter and outline the following route. Head north into the forest from the parking area and turn left at marker 31. Follow that trail to 35 and then to 33, 36, 45, 49, 30, 12, 11, 40, 43, 41, 39, 38, 37 27, 26, 25, 24 and then take the Bay Circuit Path down through 4, 5, 60, 30, 32, 22 & 42. At that point you'll have over 9 miles on your clock and will have sampled some of Willowdale's best trails. Oh! And remember all those trails leading off from this ride? They are just more reasons to head out again.

Want something else to do while you're there? Check out the Willodale Estate in the contiguous Bradley Plamer State Forest. Or, rent a kayak or a canoe a half mile away at Foote Brothers.

Looking for even more trails?  Check out the "Discover Hamilton" trail MAP.

The GPS File available for download is a nice 2.5 hour intermediate loop at Willowdale. Please note that it crosses a busy road from one section of Willowdale to the other side. It also comes out on Ipswich Road for a short bit before it comes back into the park.

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Northeast MA

Beaver Brook North, Waltham

500 Trapelo Rd.
Waltham  Massachusetts  02452
United States
This is the entrance to Metropolitan State Parkway, parking can be found behind the old Administration building about a half mile in on the left.

Easy

60%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

Beaver Brook North is part of DCR's Beaver Brook Reservation. It is located in Lexington and Waltham, Massachusetts. It was formerly the property of the old Metropolitan State Hospital. Beaver Brook North doesn't have the most challenging trail inventory but that being said, it is a surprisingly large chunk of green space nestled in between Belmont, Lexington and Waltham. It abuts other open space, Belmont's Rock Meadow which allows connection to Belmont's McLean land as well. It is also a segment of the Western Greenway.

Beaver Brook North is great if you live nearby and also if you are new to mountain biking as the trail inventory isn't very technical. It's worth a visit for variety! It does have some good hill climbs if you want to boost the challenge and tackle Mackerel Hill, but most of it is carriage paths or swoopy singletrack.

Many walkers and dog owners frequent Beaver Brook North so please be courteous and keep things friendly!

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Northeast MA

Ward Reservation, Andover

40 Prospect Rd.
Andover  Massachusetts  01810
United States

978-682-3580

Easy

20%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

35%

Description

Standing by the huge granite solstice stones set on the top of Holt Hill in Andover, Massachusetts, I could clearly see the Boston skyline twenty miles off to the southeast, Beyond the towers of the city on this clear autumn day, the horizon was formed by the Blue Hills in Milton. I wasn't able to see Noanet Peak in the Noanet Woodlands in Dover further to the southwest, but I was thinking about it. Trail use pressures have led to restrictions such as trail-use scheduling and registration of bike riders at Noanet. I was all alone here at the Charles W. Ward Reservation, no other mountain bikers, not even any walkers.

Just like Naonet, the Ward Reservation belongs to The Trustees Of Reservations. It's not quite as large, 640 acres to 695 acres. It has a local high spot, Holt Hill at 420 feet is the highest point in Essex County, and 33 feet higher than Naonet Peak. Both have about 10 miles of trails. But the difference is in bike traffic; even on a weekend the Ward Reservation gets only moderate use, No regulations governing bicycle use have to be promulgated (as of 1993) other than the basic rules that apply to all Trustee's properties, chiefly the prohibition from trails in mud and cross country ski seasons, and the restriction of group sizes to 5 riders.

After three rides at Ward, I can say that this area has some really fine "playground" riding (my definition of riding done in a confined location on a dense trail network), almost all of it singletrack stuff with two major hills (Holt and nearby Boston Hill), two hilltop clearings with long distance views from Gloucester to Boston, and interesting artifacts like the solstice stones on top of Holt Hill. These stones were placed by Mrs. Charles Ward in memory of her late husband, who had bought the property in 1917 and had turned it into a reservation in 1940.

Despite the prominence of the two major hills (Boston Hill is 385 feet high, I found that I could put together a trail loop that for nearly 5 miles traveled over singletrack through low, rolling woodlands, with lots of rocks and a couple of stream crossings on exposed rocks, as a sort of warm-up before tackling the hills. The climbs are not a lot in overall feet, a bit over 100 vertical feet, but short and steep. Longer climbs of lesser steepness are possible, making hilltop access easier if desired.

After my five mile warm-up, I go for the top of Holt Hill right up the steepest trail back now near the parking area. I don't make it all the way on the steepest pitch on the loose stuff, but the rest at the top is worth it, sitting on the hub of the solstice stones(it looks like an old granite millstone to me), and viewing busy Boston so far off from my solitude.

Then it's off on a meandering ride down into the valley between Holt and Boston Hills. a detour along a hill crest trail on intervening Shrub Hill, then a steep charge to the top of Boston Hill, diverging off the property to have at the ski lift of the abandoned ski slope that abuts the reservation. Then a trail around the cyclone fence enclosing a water tower and some antenna towers leads to my favorite spot, elephant Rock, overlooking the whole north shore to the east, Gloucester to Boston.

Reluctantly leaving this last outlook on my ride, I head down the longest downhill trail, over a mile on singletrack. leading to a succession of lefts and rights, including one trail along the boundary with an adjacent holding. This property features several noisy dogs, one of which, who seems to be allowed to run loose, comes onto the trail to object to my passing. This route eventually takes me back up Holt Hill by a longer more gradual ascent, and then the final drop towards the parking lot crosses one more smaller hill and an open field, then crosses a paved driveway, and then it takes a really steep two step drop to the head of a boardwalk that leads out to Pine Hole Pond, a quaking bog of some interest. Here.I turn right a few hundred feet to the parking lot. I have a dozen miles on my computer due to some doubling back on trails, a nice interesting ride..

On three different rides in November (none on weekends) I met several walkers, some with dogs, all were cordial, and in the parking lot at the end of my third ride I met a mountain biker from nearby Lawrence, a fortyish guy who said he prefers to ride alone. He'd been out all day, starting here and riding via adjacent lands on the Bay Circuit Trail over to Harold Parker State Forest and on further to the woods around Middleton Pond. He knew his way around and we compared trail notes some.

I decided last summer, when I began to look into Trustees' properties hereabouts for riding opportunities, to join them, and did so. They do a lot for anyone who enjoys being outdoors in unspoiled surroundings and I feel we should support them with memberships if we are going to ride on their trails. My $65 family membership is a good investment in access to several good riding areas, though it's not required, (TTOR lands are open to everyone, ) as well as providing me discounted access to some of their shoreline properties like fabulous Crane's Beach Reservation in Ipswich, and including Miser Island in Salem Sound to which I sometimes paddle my sea kayak. Those of you who enjoy riding on trails on such quasi-public land might consider investing some of your biking budget in the organizations that provide these places to ride. When one thinks of all the money that's spent on techno-junk for the bikes...

Ward Reservation is very well marked with directional arrows and maps.  But it's best to bring a copy of one of the maps at the top of this page with you.

Directions:
From route 125 in Andover, take Prospect Road to the Reservation's parking lot.

   Note: There is limited parking here. Maybe 30 cars. The Trustees charge $6 for non-members. Members can park for free but you need to enter your membership number at the kiosk.

             The parking lot gate is locked in the evening at various times depending on sunset.

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Northeast MA

Russell Mill, Chelmsford

130 Mill Rd
Chelmsford  Massachusetts  01824
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

10%

Description

This area is one of 10 parcels of Open Space in Chelmsford, Ma. It is the largest of the 10 yet is still quite small by comparison to many of the areas we ride coming in at 130 acres total. Total because approximately 12 acres is either under water in the form of a pond which can be used for fishing/canoeing, or taken up by the town's soccer fields. Keep in mind as you read this that although small, through the efforts of Merrimack Valley NEMBA, it rides bigger than expected.

 

A few yars ago the town's Open Space Stewardship, of which Merrimack Valley is a partner, asked us if we would be interested in designing and building mountain bike trails on the property. This coming at a time when the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail was in the beginning stages of construction the town was very interested in increasing it's diversity of biking and pedestrian trails. We naturally accepted the challenge and proceeded to outline what this would mean for the property. Approximately 4-5 miles of technical trail (singletrack) would be added to the existing trail system originally consisting of a couple miles of old carriage road and doubletrack.

 

This proposal was enthusiastically accepted by the Stewardship and the Conservation Commission, we were on our way. As an added note, part of our responsibilities in addition to the design and build of the trail system, was and still is, to work closely with the Stewardship in an effort to clean up the property, as there was a fair amount of illegal dumping in the back parking lot, assist in efforts to eliminate the illegal uses of the property, gps the property and be on a committee to develop a GIS based map of this and other properties and finally develop and install signage for user convenience and public safety. We had a lot to do!

 

After around around 18 months and we were about three quarters of the way to completion, although we all know these things are never complete. There is now nearly 5 miles of new singletrack, 6 new boardwalks, the site is considerably cleaner, illegal activity is almost non-existent and about half of the new signage is up. There are still several wet tread issues and small re-routes of old trail sections to deal with and we were hoping to be 95% complete by the end of that season.

 

For those of you who have not yet experienced Russell Mill, you will find the new trails familiar if you've ridden Lowell/Dracut State Forest. This is a State Forest that MV has been working on for a number of years with co-operation with the DCR. We have taken our philosophy there and applied it to Russell Mill. Fun singletrack which appeals to all levels of riders is what we are after and judging by the feedback we have received in the last couple of years we are confident that this has been delivered.

 

Russell Mill now sports 7 miles of trails ridden in one direction with enough connector trails that easily allow much of the system to be ridden forwards and backwards giving the potential for a 10 to 12 mile ride just at this site. One thing we have always attempted to include in our trail design is the ability to have enough of a different riding experience doing the same trail in reverse and make it easy to do so. We have learned a great deal from our great resources of trail design, NEMBA, IMBA, FOMBA and especially from the input of individual riders. We always try to incorporate Philip Keyes' "KISS" formula…KEEP IT SINGLETRACK STUPID.

 

With that said let me jump back to the part of the last paragraph where it said "just at this site". This is because one other unique thing about this property besides being fully supported by the local community and authorities is that it lies equidistant between two other great riding areas. Within, in both cases a little over a mile of "road work", is Great Brook Farm/State Forest in Carlisle where I know many of you have ridden for years and in the other direction Billerica State Forest.

 

Great Brook is known for being able to incorporate a 15+ mile solid intermediate ride into your schedule and allow for an ice cream/frappe stop to boot. An easy jaunt to the east is Billerica State Forest. Not known for an extensive or exciting riding experience, that will hopefully begin to change as MV gets more involved with the property. The DCR has expressed interest in having us work with them in evaluating the existing trail system and setting up a plan similar to what we have done at Lowell-Dracut. This would ultimately add another 7 to 10 miles of riding in the area giving the potential for 30+ miles worth of rides in the Chelmsford area alone, not to mention the ability to connect all the way to the PR in Bedford. Epic rides here we come!

 

Russell Mill is open all year round. We have a scheduled Friday night ride starting from the parking lot off Mill Rd., Chelmsford, Ma. Very much like the Tuesday night ride at Lowell/Dracut, the start time is 5pm and we swing back to the lot at approximately 5:45 for those who can't get there at 5. When the snow begins to fly there is a scheduled Friday night snowshoe walk at Russell. We have dubbed event this "Friday Night Lights". This, like our rides, is open to everyone, based on the premise that exercise is a good thing, being out in the woods is a good thing, beating down the snow on the trails is a good thing (we ride in the winter too), goes from 5pm to around 8:30, and is allowed and supported by the town. Great town!

 

Well hopefully this will create awareness and generate interest in MVs' latest trail project(s). Please feel free to check out the Russell Mill trails, whether you start at the lot or are extending a ride from Great Brook we hope to meet you out there sometime soon. As this is being written we are planning an Open House for the site on May 16th, hope maybe by the time you see this article you will have already taken the time to explore our newest endeavor and would consider hooking up with us on one of our rides or trail days.

 

Check out this video Youtube of the Pump Track!

 

Directions:
130 Mill Rd, Chelmsford
From route 3 in Chelmsford take exit 29 and head West. Take your first left on Mill Road and follow it 1.3 miles to the parking lot at the soccer fields

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Northeast MA

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

87 Curzon Mill Rd
Newburyport  Massachusetts  01950
United States

978 465-7223

Easy

80%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

5%

Description

Maudslay has wide trails for biking, walking, xc skiing, and horseback riding. It borders the Merrimac River, so you can walk or ride along the western side of the park. Best to go early in the morning. Quite a few people jog thru the park. It also has some nice hills. All the trails are well kept. They fill all holes with bark mulch. Riding is best early in the morning when the park opens at 8:00AM as that is when the trails are least crowded. The park also has a greenhouse area with a nice maze of low cut hedges, but don't ride your bike here.
There is a kettle hole area refered to as the Punch Bowl. You may notice a path which runs about a forty foot down and up. This is not a trail; it is an erosion problem caused by park users who have not stayed on marked trails. Currently, this area is fenced off for habitat restoration. The park management and NEMBA request that you never ride in any area that is not officially open to bikes.

Bike trails are marked on trail maps that are available in the brochure box by the bulletin board in the parking area and at park headquarters.

The park does not open until 8AM and closes at sunset. Anyone in the park before or after park hours is trespassing. The park is open year however from November through March, a portion of the park is closed to protect the wintering habitat of bald eagles.

Anyone violating park regulations could incur a $50 fine. The goal of the park is for the park to be enjoyed by all of our visitors and it is important for the protection of the resource and everyone's safety and enjoyment that everyone abide by the rules.

Directions:
From I95, take Exit 57 for Newburyport/Newbury onto Rt 113 East. Travel 1/2 mile and turn left onto Noble St. Follow signs to the park.

 

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