Western MA

PV NEMBA Chili Ride

Event Date

11/6/22 12:00pm

Pioneer Valley NEMBA 15th Annual Chili Ride

392 Wendell Rd, Millers Falls, MA

For  · Anyone who rides a mountain bike.  You don't have to be a NEMBA member to join us.

Join PVNEMBA for the 15th annual Chili Ride in Wendell State Forest.

We'll head out for 2-3 hours of classic New England singletrack, with ride groups for all abilities.

There will be an after party at 334 Wendell Rd close to the ranger station, hosted by Bill Gabriel; bring your best chili, side, drinks, or dessert to share.

Food can be dropped off at Bill's barn between 11:00 and 11:45.

Meet at the Wendell Ranger Station at 11:45 am with a 12 pm roll out

Expect technically challenging terrain, dress warm, and bring water.

This is a very popular ride; please fill out the waiver in advance to save time: https://x.gldn.io/e/1fPjXxJwbub 

Please carpool! Parking at the ranger station is very limited.

Link to Facebook: https://fb.me/e/2SlcWsM8g

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate
Advanced

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Sara Draper

Berkshire NEMBA Notchview Trail Days

Date

8/6/21 10:00am to 8/7/21 10:00pm

Berkshire NEMBA Notchview Intro Days

Event by Berkshire NEMBA

Notchview

For  · NEMBA Members and other mountain bikers

   You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to take part in this event, but everone must have signed NEMBA's annual waiver.

Join Berkshire NEMBA and staff from the Trustees of Reservations for a two-day introductory trail event at Notchview!

The Trustees is excited to be partnering with NEMBA to open up mountain biking opportunities at Notchview (popular for cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter).

This is a preliminary event and an opportunity to build a solid foundation for a lasting and expanding partnership!

Bring your bike and a tent and join us for all or part of a two-day event including an introduction to the areas available for mountain biking, input on trails, signage, and some trailwork based on our collaborative assessment.

Volunteers will receive a code for a complementary 2- month access pass (which will also be on sale to all mountain bikers soon!)

The Trustees will provide a grill and fire pit for Friday night camping and chilling... BYOB and snacks (but we will provide some grillables to thank the volunteers!)

Friday will include rides of the trails currently open to biking around this 3200-acre property as well as an assessment of trail needs with Trustees staff and signage installation for bike use.

Saturday we will complete some trailwork as determined from Friday's ridethroughs.

No pets for this event, sorry! Please RSVP (hit going) on this Facebook page so we have a sense of numbers for both work planning and food!

For questions, or more info contact Alison McGee @ . Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Notchview Trail Days

Chapter

Berkshire

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

Western MA

Northfield Mountain

99 Millers Falls Road
Northfield  Massachusetts  01360
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center is a Pump Storage Power Facility.

One of the many outdoor recreational oportunities offered is mountain biking and in the winter fat biking.

The center does do some grooming in the winter, but it's sporadic. Updates on trail conditions are posted here.

Riding here is a lot of fun. The trails range from easy to quite challenging. In all there are over 25 miles of trails.

The trails are open to class-1 e-MTBs

A great description of Northfield Mountain is on this Trailforks page. Read more about Northfield Mountain

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Greylock Glen, Adams

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. Berkshire Outfitters has also been very supportibe of this project.

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.

  Read more about Greylock Glen, Adams

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The Boulders, Dalton

71 Gulf Rd
Dalton  Massachusetts  01226
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

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Difficult

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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

The Boulders Hiking Trails in the Berkshires - Northeast Sporting 12 'Must See' Boulders in the Berkshires – UpCountry Magazine Best trails in Dalton, Massachusetts | AllTrails The Boulders Hiking Trails in the Berkshires - Northeast Sporting Read more about The Boulders, Dalton

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Western MA

Kennedy Park, Lenox

91 Pittsfield Rd
Lenox  Massachusetts  02140
United States
There are multiple parking areas.

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

Kennedy Park consists of 500 acres of town-owned hardwood forest with old carriage roads along with nice singletrack. It's ideal for Mountain biking, hiking, picnics, X-country skiing,and snowshoeing. Motorized vehicles, electric bicycles and snowmobiles are prohibited.

The trail map is available at The Arcadian Shop and on the www.townoflenox.com website.

Kennedy Park is revered as one of the premier places to mountain bike in Berkshire County. The trails are well maintained by the town of Lenox and by volunteers from Berkshire NEMBA. 

They range from easy family trails to difficult, knarly singletracks. There are many opportunities for nature viewing and, after some climbing, incredible overlooks to enjoy.

While there are many places to park, why not start your ride from the Arcadian Shop. They'll give you an update on conditions and maybe even suggest some routes. Read more about Kennedy Park, Lenox

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What Up (and Down) in Charlemont

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

If you haven't been riding in Charlemont, MA, next summer is the time to go.  

"The Recreation Capitol of New England" as Charlemont calls itself, is a wonderland of views, maple syrup, flannel shirts, grass fed beef cows, zip lining, rafting, kayaking, down hill skiing, snow tubing, and now, mountain biking.  In this quaint New England town nestled in between two mountain ridges in the Berkshires of Western Mass, the mountain bike scene is exploding as you read this. Three hubs of single-track, Warfield House, Zoar Outdoor, and Berkshire East, provide mountain bikers with a total of 35 miles of single track plus endless dirt and farm roads,  double tracks, and snowmobile trails. The town is bisected by the Deerfield River, Route 2, and a rail road.  A short road ride connects the riding hubs, with Berkshire East on the south side of the valley, and Zoar Outdoor and Warfield House on the north.

Building began in earnest about four or five years ago, when Jonathan , 'Jonny' Schaefer of Berkshire East Ski Resort, Bruce Lessels, owner of Zoar Outdoor (an outdoor adventure, outfitter, rafting and lodging company) and Harold Green, past president of NEMBA, were having a few beers at Warfield House and the idea to bring mountain biking to Charlemont in a big way was hatched.

The latest addition to the scene are down hill, one way, lift accessed trails being built at Berkshire East Ski Resort. Schaefer, manager of Berkshire East, and mountain bike rider says.  " We want to continue enjoyment of the outdoors year round. That's the way my brothers and I were brought up."   A progression of green to difficult black diamond trails are in the works.

Determined to do this the right way, Schaefer consulted with his insurance agent who recommended Gravity Logic, an international gravity trail building and resort-consulting firm based in Whistler BC.  Planning began in 2009, and lift serviced trails are scheduled to be open in 2015.  Jonathan Schaefer sees Berkshire East and the town of Charlemont as a center of activity for the many bicycling disciplines, from road rides, to gravel grinders, mountain bike races and other bicycling events.  Having the lift access trails as well as the numerous cross country trails already in place creates a great venue for enduro races (races which don't time the uphill, only the downhill sections), endurance rides such as the Whole Enchilada Ride, a 30 mile mountain bike ride touring both sides of the valley, and other mountain bike races and events. Berkshire East has the potential to meet the requirements for World Cup mountain biking events, something very few east coast resorts have.

Jon continued," We are committed to being a dynamic year round family destination and resort."  A paid trail crew is in the plan for the future and that crew may be working on the cross country as well as the down hill mountain bike trails.

"The easiest lift access trail is designed and built for first time down hill mountain bikers as young as 7 years old, and will be fun for more experienced and skilled riders as well." explained Gabe Porter -Henry, marketing manager of Berkshire East and another flannel clad employee of Berkshire East.    "High end mountain bikes, guided tours, and lessons will be available also."

Out on the trail following the whirring noise of the chainsaw, Chris Conrad, project manager for the crew from Gravity Logic, was clearing corridor for the 3 ½ mile green trail.  Originally from North Carolina, and an avid mountain biker, he headed to Colorado for his ' soul ride' and while riding found a job at a ski area building trail and eventually went to work for Gravity Logic.   "The first trail to open will be the green trail, wide (4 feet wide), with low grades of 5-7½ %, good sight lines through the turns, and low berm walls. Gravity Logic has guidelines for the trail designations that have been tested through experience.  The powder blue (novice/intermediate) trail will be 2 or 2 ½ miles long, with rollers, and is machine made also.  A true blue trail with tighter turns, bigger and steeper berms is in the plans.  The black diamond trail has a steeper average grade with some fall line on ledge and more technical features such as jumps and drops.  It will be a single track and mostly hand built."

Conrad explained the design process, " We meet with the client, look at topos, identify wet areas or other areas of concern, and for the green trails and machine built trails, access is very important. You want the green trail to start very near the top of the lift."  To cross downhill ski trails, the trail needs to be flat and straight. Out west, berms and other features can be constructed in ski trails due to a higher snow pack.

Further down the green trail, past a beautifully constructed wide berm with grade reversals to manage water and to control the speed of the rider, Kerry, another Gravity Logic employee, was running a full sized excavator across a couple of hundred feet of fractured rock.  A few days ago, the jack hammers crushed a swath of ledge into a manageable pile of rock.   Kerry is from out west, and this is the first time he has experienced the challenges of building trail in the east, but he was very enthusiastic about the opportunity to build here.  As trail builders in the  north east know, rocks are a blessing and curse.  

While the new down hill trails are in progress, building also continues on the cross country network, Charlemont Trail System or CTS.  Two miles of beginner trail, Bear Cub, leave from Berkshire East parking lot. Turns are being polished and new connections are being built so making it possible to stay on single track and avoid double tracks.  Also two blue cross country trails were built in the last year, Farmstead and MST, near the top of the Berkshire East side. Harold Green, a former president of NEMBA, is now leading the work on polishing turns, benching off camber sections, and putting boardwalks on wet areas.  Also with more riders, the trails are becoming smoother and a bit easier to ride. But don't be fooled, these trails will kick the butt of even advanced riders!  For those who enjoy climbing, the trails in the ski area property will be open to ride to the top of the mountain with a pass.

Over the past four years, Harold brought the resources of NEMBA into play.  Under the auspices of NEMBA, CTS has been awarded an RTP grant to build boardwalks on the Rice Brook Trail in the Warfield hub, has sponsored a NEMBA trail school, and provided a tool crib.  The second edition of the CTS map has been published and is available at Zoar Outdoor and Berkshire East.  Information, led rides and event listings are also available on the CTS Facebook page. Harold is, " excited to have more people riding in the community." He is also looking forward to having more events, possibly a weekend festival with races and rides sometime in 2015.

Bruce Lessels, owner of Zoar Outdoor, says, "right now, the trails appeal to a certain type of rider. One who is very fit and doesn't mind rough trails and climbing. However, the new blue and green trails at Berkshire East will appeal to the intermediate riders, and we are looking for more places to put trails that will be good for a wider range of abilities." MIT recently had an intercollegiate mountain biking race with many different events such as short track and double slalom. A number of the racers stayed at the Zoar Outdoor campground. Some of the bike trails lead right from the campground.  "The single tracks at Zoar were originally offshoots of cross country ski trails." Bruce continues, " There was only a trickle of mountain bikers, but it is becoming a steady stream. "

Riding the trails in the Charlemont can be a challenge, but the rewards are well worth the effort.  Riders pop out of the forest to see views of farms, the valley below and surrounding hill tops.  Following trails with the names of General Hospital and Get Smart, the rider will find an abandoned TV tower, purchased by the town in 1960's because there was no TV reception in the valley.    Or skip the climb, and park on East Road (a dirt road behind Berkshire East) and ride to check out the 227 ft wind turbine and the 1800 solar panels which provide 100% of the electricity for the ski resort and then some.

This is truly a unique area. The trails are pure New England with a taste of Whistler. Have fun exploring the ups and downs of Charlemont, and don't forget your extra tube, a  snack, and a sense of adventure.  You'll need it!

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Berkshire East Mountain Resort
Zoar Outdoor
Charlemont Trail System

By Paula Burton (SingleTracks #137)

Answering the Riddle at Charlemont Trails

Sunday, June 8, 2014

 "By this time in my mountain biking career I had already been out West once, California to be specific, and ridden their trails with hour long ascents and descents.  I knew what he was referring to.  Aside from the White Mountain notches and their paved passes, I was hard pressed to come up with an answer.  Kingdom Trails offers some of the longest ascents and descents, but they are still far short of the climbing and descending I had seen in Noble Canyon. And sure, Massachusetts had hills, but to get any real elevation you had to lap them or link together a ride of dozens of miles.

Then I started hearing the rumors from Western Massachusetts:  'Climbing, climbing and more climbing!' And eventually the name 'Charlemont Trails'; entered my consciousness."

Head over to the Nor'Easter Backcountry blog for a nice write up regarding our very own Charlemont Trail system!

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Pittsfield State Forest

1041 Cascade St
Pittsfield  Massachusetts  01201
United States

(413) 442-8992

Easy

20%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

30%

Description

Pittsfield State Forest is a great place to ride mountain bikes. For those who don't know the state forest, it's roughly 8 x 2 miles (10,000 acres) along the Taconic Ridge, sandwiched between downtown Pittsfield and the NY state line. A DCR trail map is available at the state forest, and the following description uses trail names from that map. The best map for "the big picture" is the Rubel Bike Map for Western Massachusetts (bikemaps.com). To get to the state forest, go west on West Street from downtown Pittsfield and follow state forest signs (via Churchill and Cascade Streets)

If you like to camp, consider camping in the state forest from May to October. I prefer the sites on top of the ridge near Berry Pond. The downside to the top of the ridge is that there's only a composting toilet and no running water. The good news is that the relative isolation is wonderful; take your shower and get drinking water in the camping area at the bottom of the ridge.

The most interesting rides in Pittsfield State Forest are north and south from the top of the ridge near Berry Pond, starting out in either direction on Taconic Skyline Trail (the parallel Taconic Crest Trail is hiking only). Other than the camping, the biggest advantage of starting from Berry Pond is that the Taconic Skyline Trail, which has a rough surface because of motorized vehicle use, is slightly downhill in both north and south directions from Berry Pond and is thus easier to ride.

To ride your bike to the top of the ridge near Berry Pond from the entrance to the state forest, ride Honwee Trail towards the top of the ridge, then use the paved road the rest of the way to the top. Honwee Trail is actually a loop trail, but stay on the section closest to the paved road, which is only moderately steep. The Honwee Trail leg that is furthest from the paved road is extremely steep. Once on top of the ridge, there's a spectacular view west into New York State. Before heading north or south, ride some of the trails and roads in and around the camping area and pond.

The loop north follows Taconic Skyline Trail along the ridge to Potter Mountain Road. Turn right onto Potter Mountain Road and immediately look for Potter Mountain Trail descending to the left. At the bottom, turn left to visit Balance Rock--quite spectacular as balanced rocks go in New England. Retrace your route from Balance Rock and follow Balance Rock Trail back to the bottom of Honwee Trail near the state forest entrance. There's an interesting variation to this route by turning right to follow Churchill Brook a short distance, then crossing the brook onto a sweet single-track trail. Just don't climb back up the ridge.

The trip south from Berry Pond can be done several ways. The toughest part of riding south is finding the right trail down from the ridge (hint: descend first to West Street, then ride the CCC Trail if you want to go further south). To return to Berry Pond, you'll either have to retrace your route--tough because it's uphill--or make a loop by riding paved roads.

The most interesting ride south from Berry Pond is to drop a vehicle at the campground at October Mountain State Forest (alternatively, leave your vehicle in the center of Lenox). Start the ride from Berry Pond in Pittsfield State Forest. Ride south on the trail system to US 20 across from Hancock Shaker Village. Turn right onto US 20, then immediately left and ride back roads (mostly dirt) over Lenox Mountain to Lenox via Osceola, Dunbar, and Reservoir Roads. Do a side trip on a jeep road to the fire tower on Lenox Mountain, if desired (I saw black bear when I did this). As you approach Lenox, ride through John Drummond Kennedy Park, which is a wonderful mtb destination in its own right, by entering the "back door" from Reservoir Road. From downtown Lenox, ride east to October Mountain State Forest. If you ride east on Housatonic Street from Lenox, you can avoid traffic by crossing the Housatonic River on a footbridge just north of the October Mountain State Forest campground entrance.

If you've still got legs, ride within October Mountain State Forest, but be advised that you're at the low point within the state forest and it's a pretty tough climb to the top.

Note:

Over the last couple of years Berkshire NEMBA, working with DCR staff, have put in a highly enjoyable network of trails in the eastern section of the forest. A very detailed map of these trails is available as a handout at the guard shack at the forest's entrance.

By Jim Logan Read more about Pittsfield State Forest

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