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    trail suggestions along turnpike please...

    I'll be coming home from Albany, NY along the Mass Turnpike on Sunday 7/1. I'm looking to hit a trail system somewhere close to the highway on the way back preferably in western or central Mass as I can still hit much of eastern Mass from my home.

    I am just looking for suggestions. I am a fairly skilled rider who can handle flow, technical, and a lot of speed, and I am not afraid of climbing to get to the goods either. A suggestion followed by types of terrain and trails would be very helpful. Thanks.
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    You sure you don't want to take Rt 2 instead. Lots more options along the northern tier...
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    I could be in for a detour. Convince me with some more details.
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    The Holyoke range (bachelor street and Earls) is about 20 minutes north of exit 4 off the pike. Bachelor street is very technical and a great ride. Earls is more flowy but with a lot of climbing. Then you have Vietnam RIGHT off the Pike in central MA. If your going all the way out to Boston do yourself a favor and check out Lynn Woods. Seriously technical riding that will kick your ass.....in a good way

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    Quote Originally Posted by ooctrl View Post
    I could be in for a detour. Convince me with some more details.
    Coming over the Mtn into Williamstown, Hit up Pittsfield State Forest - varied riding, miles of single track, not too rocky, very hilly.

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    Over the mountain into Charlemont - Charlemont Trails 30 miles of 1-3 year old rocky hilly singletrack - not all trails are marked yet.

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    8A south from Charlemont - Hawley/Dubuque Forest - mostly unmarked - arrange for a tour guide - flowy, fast single track that seems to go on forever. Park is officially closed still since Irene I think, but there are certain to be users around.

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    112 South from Shelburne Falls to the DAR in Goshen - well marked and mapped rocky single track. Less hilly than either Pittsfield or Charlemont.

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    Off 2A in Greenfield - Rocky Mtn Park - very rocky, flowy trails - moderate climbing. ST has been widened due to heavy use - not nearly as tight as it used to be.

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    Rt 63 South about a mile from Rt 2 in Millers Falls - Wendell State Forest. Probably the best expert XC riding in the state. Wide variety of stuff from rocky tech to flowy down-hills.
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    I frequent Bear Brook, Pawtuckaway, Mt Agamenticus, Willowdale, Fomba, and my local trails at Fort Rock in Exeter. I've been to Lynn Woods a few times. Really fun, but you need to keep focus at all times or you will get hurt there. Strangely, I haven't hit Vietnam yet, but it is on a list for the summer since it is less than two hours from me.

    Anyway, I think Wendall SF has the most appeal to me right now. Fort Rock is known for being a rocky technical challenge and from what I've read about Wendall, it sounds right up my alley. I can take 91 north to rt 2 and still use the pike for some of the drive home. Driving the whole rt 2 corridor seems like it would take awhile. Anybody up for an around lunch time guided tour on Sunday 7/1?

    Thanks for the replies guys.
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