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    Ludlow Reservoir Map

    I am attaching a map of the trail network in Ludlow. There are some good trails, including some nice single track, but it needs to be ridden.

    There is some climbing, good decents, and some nice challenges. The trails can be raw at times because they do not get alot of traffic. There are also some jeep roads and a couple powerline roads (WL and EL - West line and East line). The map I am including is also a bit raw. A final map will be created during a planned epic somtime next month.

    I am releasing this map with hopes that some of you will ride the single track to track it down a bit. We've named a bunch of the trails over the period of time we've ridden them; but they are not official or anything.
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    One correction that needs to be applied is that this in no way incorporates the Ludlow Reservoir as those trails are off-limits. ;-) No, they're the Ludlow Facing Rock trails, or Warrior Trails as me and the few riders who hit them call them. They are raw and they also see quad and dirt-bike traffic in places. But the potential here is astronomical. Only recently have we expanded and made some new trails, but the sky is the limit as the size of the area is vast and the terrain can be smooth singletrack, jeep trail, techy and rocky.

    So if you have a time to ride then check them out or if you want a guide, myself and Paul would be happy to show you around and hopefully we can develop this area into what it can be and that's another awesome Western Mass MTB trail network. But these trails need to be ridden!!!

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    And actually anything we build here will only ever be single-track. So that's good, the powerlines carry most engine traffic.

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    Do you guys have permission to build trails here?

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    Everything we've worked on has been pre-existing. The trails just need tidied up.

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    Most of its walking trails and some of its double track. To answer your question, I've never seen anyone working on them, but when I ride there, I do pick stuff up off the trail. There was a section of trail that cannot be accessed anymore because of the storms last year.
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    parking?

    Thanks for the map guys! I tried to match your map with a town map. Is the trail head at the end of Bridle St.? And the trail you marked "PH" is not on reservoir property? I don't want to take a turn and end up going where I shouldn't be. Thanks!

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    I park at the end of bridle.

    Im not sure about the location of the PH trail (Puke hill, dont ask) but there arn't any signs saying you cannot ride there. The resivior area has signs where you cannot ride.
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    The Puke Hill loop takes you close to the reservoir but you can see a hard left (if doing it counter-clockwise) that leads to a decent climb then a descent back down to the powerlines. If you don't take that left then you ride a derailleur killing trail down to the reservoir.

    It was named Puke Hill as I guess a group of riders back in the day had one guy who had hit the sauce pretty heavy the night before and so yacked up on the climb!

    With regards to being allowed to build trails, what is different with Bachelor and Earls? Is there a body you need to contact to build there or is it anything goes? Would love to try and build onto these existing trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermullet View Post
    Everything we've worked on has been pre-existing. The trails just need tidied up.
    My apologies for insinuating that you guys have been building or planning on building trails here.


    I really have no idea how I could have come to the conclusion, I must have mis-read something. Please forgive me

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    Only recently have we expanded and made some new trails, but the sky is the limit as the size of the area is vast and the terrain can be smooth singletrack, jeep trail, techy and rocky.

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    And actually anything we build here will only ever be single-track.

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    No problem, man. But do you know how Bachelor and Earls can be built so easily? We want to make sure we do things right. Those models would be good to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermullet View Post
    No problem, man. But do you know how Bachelor and Earls can be built so easily? We want to make sure we do things right. Those models would be good to follow.
    B-street and Earls are legit as far as I know and where built by NEMBA. Have you ever seen the official Holyoke Rage State Forrest map, most of the Bstreet trails are on that map with the correct names. How would that happen if they were pirate built trails? However I am also pretty sure a coupe of those trails may have been built on the DL.

    You know the trail IMBA? Do you know where that name comes from? It was the first trail built at B street with the assistance of the International Mountain Bikers Association. The local NEMBA guys took over from there.

    There is a new trail system being built up near Bershire East right now by NEMBA. That group of trail builders up there really know their ****. You should volunteer and do some trail construction with them so you can learn how to build a sustainable trail. Then with the help of NEMBA contact the land manager or owner for the land you guys want to build a trail system on and go from there.

    It's great that you guys have the time and energy to build a trail system. Just make sure you go about it the right way so it doesn't reflect poorly on the MTB community as a whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Mailloux View Post
    B-street and Earls are legit as far as I know and where built by NEMBA. Have you ever seen the official Holyoke Rage State Forrest map, most of the Bstreet trails are on that map with the correct names. How would that happen if they were pirate built trails? However I am also pretty sure a coupe of those trails may have been built on the DL.

    You know the trail IMBA? Do you know where that name comes from? It was the first trail built at B street with the assistance of the International Mountain Bikers Association. The local NEMBA guys took over from there.

    There is a new trail system being built up near Bershire East right now by NEMBA. That group of trail builders up there really know their ****. You should volunteer and do some trail construction with them so you can learn how to build a sustainable trail. Then with the help of NEMBA contact the land manager or owner for the land you guys want to build a trail system on and go from there.

    It's great that you guys have the time and energy to build a trail system. Just make sure you go about it the right way so it doesn't reflect poorly on the MTB community as a whole.
    Perfect answer Tim. Ginger, PM me if you want some tips on working with landowners etc, or to see what we're creating in Charlemont.
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    If you want an idea of what a couple of dudes can build on their own (no help from CT NEMBA) but in cooperation with the land manager, go check out Millers Pond in CT. Bad ass trail system with over a 100 log rides and too many rollers and drops to count. The trails are also really technical. One of the best spots in New England!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hado_pv View Post
    Perfect answer Tim. Ginger, PM me if you want some tips on working with landowners etc, or to see what we're creating in Charlemont.
    Doubt you remember me from last weekend as there were lots of people at the Wendell ride. I was the youngish guy with the raw 5Spot....AKA Murph's apprentice.

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    I'm not positive, but am pretty sure that the Bachelor Street and Earl's Trails networks exist on lands owned by 1) Hampshire College, 2) Amherst College, 3) the DCR, and 4) a number of private landowners. I believe Earl still works at Hampshire, and presumably he built those trails with the blessings of the relevant landowners. I believe the B-Street trails were built by NEMBA, as Tim M has stated. As far as I know, no one should be building new trails at either place, and the only recent legit changes I know of are Swiss Miss at Earl's and a few post-storm re-routes at B-street, though trails like Margin Call at Earl's seem to get rediscovered every so often after getting overgrown.

    It definitely doesn't seem to be "anything goes" at either place. In fact I've wondered if the reason the longstanding Holyoke Range map seems to have been taken offline is because of recent trail-braiding and so forth at both places. (I have no evidence as to this conclusion, just a thought.)

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    This thread is starting to suck. I just wanted to post a map of trails I ride at Ludlow and for others to enjoy them also (the more that ride, the better the trails are).

    It's raining now; but glad I got my ride in this morning.

    Let's leave the legal jargon to the experts and ride!
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    I'm with Paul, lets stick to what this thread is about: LET'S RIDE LUDLOW!!!

    If the People's Epic is rained out tomorrow, I'm gonna hit Ludlow. Any takers??

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    No worries red top - THE EPIC IS ON!! WOOOT
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    Pauldotcom, were do the ludlow trails start, I grew up in Monson and venture home now and then and would love to check them out, thanks for any info.

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    They start at Bridle st and the end there is a parking entrance. There are other spots but that's the only one I've ever parked at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Mailloux View Post
    B-street and Earls are legit as far as I know and where built by NEMBA. Have you ever seen the official Holyoke Rage State Forrest map, most of the Bstreet trails are on that map with the correct names. How would that happen if they were pirate built trails? However I am also pretty sure a coupe of those trails may have been built on the DL.

    You know the trail IMBA? Do you know where that name comes from? It was the first trail built at B street with the assistance of the International Mountain Bikers Association. The local NEMBA guys took over from there.

    There is a new trail system being built up near Bershire East right now by NEMBA. That group of trail builders up there really know their ****. You should volunteer and do some trail construction with them so you can learn how to build a sustainable trail. Then with the help of NEMBA contact the land manager or owner for the land you guys want to build a trail system on and go from there.

    It's great that you guys have the time and energy to build a trail system. Just make sure you go about it the right way so it doesn't reflect poorly on the MTB community as a whole.
    I'm pretty sure NEMBA has no affiliation with the trails being built in Charlemont.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro View Post
    I'm pretty sure NEMBA has no affiliation with the trails being built in Charlemont.
    What gives you that idea? NEMBA is one of the 4 key partners in the project... 3 land owners and a trail construction and advocacy organization. Pretty sure everyone who knows NEMBA recognizes two of these individuals as key NEMBA figures...
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    Sorry for resurrecting such an old thread, but...

    I just rode the facing rock trails for the first time yesterday. They are fantastic. The best way I can describe it is, take an average of the technicality of B-street and Earl's,and shrink it down a little bit (at least in terms of single track miles). I grew up in Wilbraham - and DAYUM! What a surprise to find such a fantastic mix of flow and technical features (big rock rollers, rock gardens, small natural jumps, berms) so close to my home town. I was talking to some of the PV nemba guys last month about how there's just not that much riding in the southern valley other than Robinson. How wrong we were. Ludlow kicks a$$, and as has been said in this thread already, it's got a ton of potential.

    Judging by the map Pauldotcom posted, it looks like there hasn't been much trail building going on in the past few years. Is this accurate? If there are any plans to do some work, please let me know via PM. I'd love to help out.

    If the trail work is still restricted to reclaiming derelict singletrack, I found some yesterday. It's just about in the center of the park, rather close to all of the posted signs that restrict hunting to bow hunting only. The singletrack turns off a doubletrack right at the foot of a ridiculously steep, fall-line, washed out climb on the double. There are some downed trees on the singletrack, and it could use a good raking. Maybe I'll make it out there at some point with a saw...
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    I can give you guys a proper tour sometime if you'd like. I live about .5 miles from there and am one of the guys you cleans the place up time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    I can give you guys a proper tour sometime if you'd like. I live about .5 miles from there and am one of the guys you cleans the place up time to time.
    I got your PM. I'd like to take you up on that offer for a tour. I'll PM you next time I plan on riding there. Hopefully we can get together!

    And let me know when you plan on doing some trail work. My next 1.5 months are pretty busy, but I'll be around in Nov, if that's your usual blowing/raking season.
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    Some corrections here regarding B street (and earl's)

    1. The imba trail was nowhere near the first trail built there, it is merely the worst trail built at b-street.

    2. Most of the trails at either spot were built with a fairly passive ok from the park manager in the somewhat distant past…much of the far east stuff is on private land with an old handshake agreement. However, a number of the reroutes and rewordings over the years have had a much more formal Park agreement and approval.

    3. NEMBA has been helpful getting many of these inspired, self starter trails legitimated and on the official map. Nemba has also kicked in for bridges, etc. NEMBA members past and present, have put in quality work on those trails…and, finally, all of the original architects of these riding Meccas were, at least at some point, PV NEMBA members. And NEMBA did do a lot to prevent a fairly sizable logging operation in the heart of the original B Street trails some years ago.

    But, to think that the trails on either side of the Notch came into existence via the labored, super-official IMBA-preachy-process way is just historically inaccurate.

    And, it would be inaccurate for every single riding area that preexisted 2004 in the pioneer valley.

    All that said, I love seeing the map on Ludlow trails..nice share Paul…looks like a place worth maintaining.

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    I've ridden with (and still ride with) some of the old school guys from Batch that can give you a nice history lesson about both areas. It's pretty neat how things went together over at the notch, and some VERY impressive trail building that is still sustainable over 10 years late. Trails like "Missing Persons" and "Entry Exam" simply defy all logic when it comes to building trails. It's amazing that someone had a vision to turn that type of terrain into masterful trails. Still amazes me to this day.

    Ludlow is a different animal all together. Half of the miles logged in at Ludlow are on old logging roads. There are really 3 peaks (about 600ft or so each I believe) that are pretty fun to ride up. From East to West goes like this: Puke Hill, Facing Rock, & Aspen. There's about 8 miles of single track that loops together everything pretty tight. It's still not ridden by many, but those who ride, seem to help out a bit with maintenance. Like many other places right now (including Bstreet which I just put in about 5 hours fixing braids), some work needs to be done at Ludlow to clean it up a bit. I'll get out there at some point in the next month to do my share. Once the leafs fall, we usually blow out the single track. It's a nice fall place to ride.
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    Paul, thanks for the map. I actually rode this area a couple weeks back for the first time and enjoyed it. I put in about 7 or 8 miles total just doing a little exloring but checked out facing rock peak which is pretty cool. Didn't see anybody else there except some older guy just hiking along the power line trail.

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    Facing Rock peak has a really nice look out, eh? Hopefully you found the single track stuff, which in my opinion, is the highlight of the route. A nice 10 mile route would be to take a left on the single track (koala to ridge to pioneer), then right to go to Aspen. After Aspen, take a left on the powerline and follow it down until you see a right (The Hive it's hard to spot). Take that down until you see Back Drop (there is a baseball base at the entrance). This takes you to the lookout. Then, flow down and take a left halfway down (cutoff trail). Right on powerline, until you hit Bullwinkle. Take that, then left after it's done. Keep going until you hit powerline. Then take a left on CarWash and ride the single track down to the lot.
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    It really is. Never even knew it was there until I stumbled upon your map. I did find a lot of singletrack. One dead ended me on someone's property. It was somewhere up after a short climb if you take that trail on the left right after you go through the gate. Trying to play back some of my ride in my head while looking at your route description. I definitely found some of that. I do remember having a blast though... and the weather was perfect. The type of day that really makes you appreciate the area we live in.

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    Paul, just read some of your posts about the Holyoke Range and Ludlow and had to try to contact you. Sorry if the location of my post is inappropriate, first time posting on a forum. Seems you know the areas well. I'm Frank and my friend Buzz and I are from southwestern CT. We are both FC Nemba membas and are coming up to stay in Springfield to ride your local trails for our first time. We are both intermediate+ riders and ride 2 or 3x a week. We are hoping to get up there Fri afternoon and ride Fri Sat and Sun. Was hoping to find someone to show us around. Originally thought about Robinson for Fri and Holyoke for Sat and Sun. Any suggestions on how to find a local rider or two to show us out-of-towners around?

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    I sent you a PM
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    Paul, thank you, appreciate the response , got your PM will PM you.

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