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    Listen! W E S T E R N M A S S Pioneer Valley

    I see a lot of threads and topics for Boston and some scattered threads for specific places in Western MA.

    This thread is for MTBers who know how to pronounce the letter R, went to Springfield Indians and Falcons games, have gotten free tickets to the Big E in grade school, maybe raced BMX at Whip City, love the Holyoke St. Patricks Parade, knows Agawam and West Side play every Thanksgiving, have watched Ray Hershel on the news for decades, etc.

    BUT MOST OF ALL THIS THREAD FOR THE THE AREA MTBers WHO WANT TO THROW THIER BIKE ON THE RACK AFTER WORK OR SCHOOL, DRIVE 15 MINUTES TO NEW TRAILS AND RIP THE **** OUT OF THEM!

    Post your ride destinations. Post pictures. Post Google Maps links to your trails. Organize rides. ETC.

    THIS IS FOR WESTERN MASS AND THOSE WHO LOVE TO SHRED IT!

    Lets hear about your rides:
    • Mt. TOM
    • ROBINSON STATE PARK
    • GRANVILLE MA
    • TOLLAND STATE FOREST
    • BEARHOLE in W.Spfld Westfield and Holyoke
    • Russell and Blandford MA
    • Camp Shepard trails in Wesfield
    • Dirt Jumping and pump tracks
    • Trails and jumps in Southwick
    • Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton, Westhampton
    • Hadley, Amherst, Hatfield, Pelham
    • Any where to ride and not get killed in Springfield?
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    Yesterday I had a great ride that started in Southwick and Ended in Agawam at a News Center 22 broadcast tower.

    The ride started by parking here: http://maps.google.com/maps?client=s...12,269.17,,0,0

    There are several boulders blocking off the trail to restrict motor vehicle access. Ride through the boulders on to a lightly graveled narrow road. To your left you will come up on a giant old quarry with hundred foot cliffs surrounding you .

    I stayed to the right of the quarry and followed a trail marked with a white dot. There was a VICIOUS climb after the quarry that i had to hike up. After that climb the trails were fun and exciting. Fast and technical, lots of short steep descents and an equal amount of climbs.

    If you make it all the way to the broadcast tower, there is a metal tower that you can climb up and see a large portion of the valley. There are also some little obstacles to jump and rip your bike on before returning down the trail.

    The ride is pretty technical. Lots of rocks, roots and sharp turns. The trails have small berms from ATV's that really help you avoid rocks and rip out of corners.

    There are several points were you can stop and look out over the mountain and see as far as Westfield, and Sprinfield in the opposite direction. I saw FOUR hawks up close at the same time from one look out point!

    ENJOY!

    Below is my riding partner Tim and a view from atop the metal broadcast tower.
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    Nice Start Drew

    But Western Mass is lot's more than greater Springfield
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    As a matter of fact

    Western Ma doesn't start til you hit the Berkshire county line!

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    There's some awesome riding in and around Hatfield, Deerfield area. Also Hawley State Forest is incredible. There seems to be some kind of weird "these trails are off limits" kind of vibe you might get from some people if you ask about riding in Hawley. Don't really understand it, but some friends and I have been working on mapping the trails with G.P.S. to make it easier for people who haven't ridden there. Get back to me here if you want to hook up and ride sometime.

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    Do you live near that trail?
    My neighborhood is right below the cliff / tower where you turned around. We call this trail Provin Mt, it's part of the Metecomet. You can easily ride it from various points in CT all the way to Robinson. Shoot me off a PM is you want to ride sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewRock
    Yesterday I had a great ride that started in Southwick and Ended in Agawam at a News Center 22 broadcast tower.

    The ride started by parking here: http://maps.google.com/maps?client=s...12,269.17,,0,0

    There are several boulders blocking off the trail to restrict motor vehicle access. Ride through the boulders on to a lightly graveled narrow road. To your left you will come up on a giant old quarry with hundred foot cliffs surrounding you .

    I stayed to the right of the quarry and followed a trail marked with a white dot. There was a VICIOUS climb after the quarry that i had to hike up. After that climb the trails were fun and exciting. Fast and technical, lots of short steep descents and an equal amount of climbs.

    If you make it all the way to the broadcast tower, there is a metal tower that you can climb up and see a large portion of the valley. There are also some little obstacles to jump and rip your bike on before returning down the trail.

    The ride is pretty technical. Lots of rocks, roots and sharp turns. The trails have small berms from ATV's that really help you avoid rocks and rip out of corners.

    There are several points were you can stop and look out over the mountain and see as far as Westfield, and Sprinfield in the opposite direction. I saw FOUR hawks up close at the same time from one look out point!

    ENJOY!

    Below is my riding partner Tim and a view from atop the metal broadcast tower.

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    Once I loose the cast, I wanna hit some different stuff in W. Mass. Currently I ride a ton in Ludlow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryonaspot
    Western Ma doesn't start til you hit the Berkshire county line!
    Maybe so, I do know Eastern Mass starts where area code 413 stops...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeharder36
    There's some awesome riding in and around Hatfield, Deerfield area. Also Hawley State Forest is incredible. There seems to be some kind of weird "these trails are off limits" kind of vibe you might get from some people if you ask about riding in Hawley. Don't really understand it, but some friends and I have been working on mapping the trails with G.P.S. to make it easier for people who haven't ridden there. Get back to me here if you want to hook up and ride sometime.

    Since you're asking for it, I'll start. Pretty please DO NOT GPS the trails in Hawley. There's not much riding there anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeharder36
    There's some awesome riding in and around Hatfield, Deerfield area. Also Hawley State Forest is incredible. There seems to be some kind of weird "these trails are off limits" kind of vibe you might get from some people if you ask about riding in Hawley. Don't really understand it, but some friends and I have been working on mapping the trails with G.P.S. to make it easier for people who haven't ridden there. Get back to me here if you want to hook up and ride sometime.

    Really? Still on this kick? C'mon, Man, that's so 2010!

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    Ludlow?

    Where in Ludlow? Do you mean Facing Rock Wildlife Management Area? I haven't been there in a few years. Are the trails in good shape? I used to park at the end of Bridle Rd. That place has great potential for fun, technical singletrack. Most of the trails I'm aware of are doubletrack or jeep roads and some washed out sections.

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    Yup, you know where it is. Double track, washed out, rocky, technical, perfect for what I like !
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    Nice to see yall posting. Anybody ever ride in Granville?

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    I haven't started to get wendell ready for the season....but in about two weeks Wendell will take it's place along side B-street as one of the main places to be in western, MA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro
    Since you're asking for it, I'll start. Pretty please DO NOT GPS the trails in Hawley. There's not much riding there anyway.
    See what I mean, DrewRock. Anyway let me know if you want to ride. I'll be happy to show you around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewRock
    BUT MOST OF ALL THIS THREAD FOR THE THE AREA MTBers WHO WANT TO THROW THIER BIKE ON THE RACK AFTER WORK OR SCHOOL, DRIVE 15 MINUTES TO NEW TRAILS AND RIP THE **** OUT OF THEM!

    F*CK YEAH!!!!!

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    I second this post!!!! HELL YEAH!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    I haven't started to get wendell ready for the season....but in about two weeks Wendell will take it's place along side B-street as one of the main places to be in western, MA.
    Cannot wait!

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    Went out to the Holyoke Range today. I parked in a dirt parking lot on Batchelor St. in Granby MA. HERE: http://maps.google.com/maps?client=s...ed=0CBcQ8gEwAA

    AWESOME RIDING! The trails are fun and have a lot of flow. Some trails are easy, some are very technical. The trails are well maintained and have lots of jumps, bridges, and streams to rip through.

    I met up with some guys who were friendly and great riders.

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    Great riders? At B street? Ain't that the place full of yahoos, clowns, rejects, and wheelchair accessible trails?

    Last I checked, it's also the A1 spot for high school parking lot sex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smelly
    Great riders? At B street? Ain't that the place full of yahoos, clowns, rejects, and wheelchair accessible trails?

    Last I checked, it's also the A1 spot for high school parking lot sex.
    Agreed. Nothing to see there, move along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    I haven't started to get wendell ready for the season....but in about two weeks Wendell will take it's place along side B-street as one of the main places to be in western, MA.
    Took a 4 hour walk removing twigs and stuff from about 1/2 of Wendell today. No riding for a least another week. P L E A S E.

    Some horse and/or ass post holed the Maple Leaf Trail from Saxon Bridge Rd to the Swamp before they decided they shouldn't be on the trail... Amazing what a furrow a hoof can cut when it slides 18" in soft earth.
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    Post Up Your Pics!

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    Earl's

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    B-street

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    East Mountain in Westfield

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    Nice pics brotha!

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    Some quick Updates on Central valley Riding (the Long Ridge!).

    Sugarloaf North-The Stream beds are gushing, and there are some slippery spots (and a monster blowdown/ throwdown) on the old stream bed fire road, but all in all the trails are riding very nice and are ready to roll.

    The Deerfield Ridge/ Erberlushea trails: The technical trails are slippery, but clear of debris and ready to roll (that is, if you are). And the twisty cruisers: Donut Blaster, Blueberry and the Williams Brothers' Trail are also in excellent shape. The old Double Tracks and jeep roads are their usual Early Spring selves, lots of 'deeper than it looks standing water', Gushing streams, and rutted mud (the top of the sand road is best avoided). All in all, these trails are read to ride, just watch your lines (and front wheels) on the double track.

    Greenfield Ridge/ Poet Seat. Still a little soft on the main trail up from High Street and the long single tracks on the east facing cliffs of poet's seat should be treaded on lightly. All the really rocky trails on Sachem's Head are good to go. Watch the muddy sections on the old green trail. Again, with some caution the G-field ridge is ready to ride.

    Early reports are that Wendell is still very wet and soft, and this week's rain won't make it better, so please hold off a week or two from riding here (I'm sure B-Street will more than suffice to meet the early season technical needs of the Valley's rippers. That's it so Far-hope to see everyone out on the world class trails of Western Massachusetts...where God mountain Bikes.

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    I hit Ludlow today and did a pretty easy 5mile loop that we call Beaver Run as it goes past a couple of beaver dams. I need to find some new trails. I'm a teacher so I'm off this week and I plan on hitting Bachelor probably tomorrow and then Robinson on Thursday or Friday. I'm still a bit of a newbie as I only rediscovered MTB last summer but love it and I'm open for anything.

    Any other Western MA riders looking for a ride this week at any time, lemme know. You show me a new trail and I'll show you some of the Ludlow ones.

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    My Sette at one of the dams today. Crap photo taken with a cellphone.

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    Great pedals! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    Great pedals! lol

    Xpedo Faceoffs THE BEST! lol Just needs a little lube every 20mins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeharder36
    There's some awesome riding in and around Hatfield, Deerfield area. Also Hawley State Forest is incredible. There seems to be some kind of weird "these trails are off limits" kind of vibe you might get from some people if you ask about riding in Hawley. Don't really understand it, but some friends and I have been working on mapping the trails with G.P.S. to make it easier for people who haven't ridden there. Get back to me here if you want to hook up and ride sometime.

    Where do you ride in Hatfield?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwarrior
    Earl's

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    B-street

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    East Mountain in Westfield

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    Robinson

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    where are ya riding here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by srquill
    where are ya riding here?

    The first 4 are from the area you mentioned in your other thread. The trails near the Bunker & reservoir are "Earl's Trails". If you cross over the notch, there is a road on the left. Take it then take anopther left on Batchelor St. There is a parking lot on the left after the power lines.

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    Oh, didn't know that was the name. I've been riding there for a few years and I just know them by memory not names. Is Batchelor St where Litha Springs is? I've been over there from Chmura rd side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwarrior
    Yeah man! Thats whats up. I'll be out there in a couple of weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srquill
    Is Batchelor St where Litha Springs is? I've been over there from Chmura rd side.
    No, it's on the other side of 116.

    http://www.hampshire.edu/cms_html/Holyoke_Range.htm

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    While those trails dry out, the dirt roads are perfect sufferfest form!

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    Quote Originally Posted by srquill
    Where do you ride in Hatfield?
    Horse mountain and surrounding trails

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    BikeHarder36,

    I hate to be this way, but it's folks like you have contribute to trails being shut down. You clearly don't understand the issues at play in Hawley and most likely don't care.

    If you think I'm just blowing hot air, it only emphasizes my point. Trails have already been lost due to the actions of arrogant bikers who were ignorant of the actual situation of Hawley. By posting and sharing GPS tracks without helping riders to understand the particulars of riding up there only puts more trails at risk.

    What's more peculiar is that so many who know/built/maintain the working relationships of the place are willing to show others around and you don't seem to acknowledge that?

    Hawley is wonderful, but it's not Earl's, Wendell, or Vietnam or wherever. It would be nice to see it thrive, but that will require humility, patience, and a lot of hard work. Which of those have you tried?

    Then again, maybe I'm wrong or... maybe you are just one of those who's vision for Hawley is something akin to the Fells or Boulder County?

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    so say you wanted to make some trails around the Hadley Reservoir area...who would you have to talk to? (if you even have to)

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    [QUOTE=olapiquena]BikeHarder36,



    You hate being this way, but you're gonna be this way anyway. Try reading some of my other posts about Hawley on some other headings. Get your friggin facts straight before you post here again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by srquill
    so say you wanted to make some trails around the Hadley Reservoir area...who would you have to talk to? (if you even have to)
    Some of the land is owned by the Town of Hadley, some by Amherst College, some is private. Not sure if this helps much, but it will take a little research to determine who owns the land. What trails do you want to build? The exsisting trails already seem pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeharder36
    Some of the land is owned by the Town of Hadley, some by Amherst College, some is private. Not sure if this helps much, but it will take a little research to determine who owns the land. What trails do you want to build? The exsisting trails already seem pretty good.
    well, im looking for some riding with more of some skinnies, berms, jumps and bridges. Dont get me wrong, i loveee technical and fast single tracks, just looking for something different. If anyone knows of trails like that, i would love to know where they are

    some types of things...some may not be that realistic but something maybe on the smaller side...just trying to enhance the riding
    just some thoughts








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    I would love to ride some of the above pictured stuff as well.

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    SRQuill - you won't find any of that stuff on public lands in the Northeast, and if it gets built there, will be removed and bring risk of losing access to all existing legitimate trails in the area.

    No one's insurance will cover injuries from built stunts. You will find terrain features, some jumps and berms at NEMBA's trails at Vietnam - all earthen construction. There are some wooden features at Highland and other pay-to-play areas in the northeast.

    To answer your previous question about who is the land manager around the Hadley Reservoir, add DCR and Hampshire College to RideHardly36's list.
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    Man, I'm glad I grew up in the Hilltowns. You just brought me back:

    Two, half-crazed, inbred brothers from Hatfield chasing me around, trying to beat me up, all because they didn't like it that they couldn't drive nails into their desk using their heads. I just couldn't stop laughing.

    oh... sorry... just the old age getting to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olapiquena
    Man, I'm glad I grew up in the Hilltowns. You just brought me back:

    Two, half-crazed, inbred brothers from Hatfield chasing me around, trying to beat me up, all because they didn't like it that they couldn't drive nails into their desk using their heads. I just couldn't stop laughing.

    oh... sorry... just the old age getting to me.
    I'm glad I could get you all fired up! Sounds like you got some pretty good S&M fantasies bouncing around in your head there. Inbred brothers, physical pain.....WOW! Please try to stay away from children and mature adults. Come to think of it, just stay in the hilltowns, LMAO!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hado_pv
    SRQuill - you won't find any of that stuff on public lands in the Northeast, and if it gets built there, will be removed and bring risk of losing access to all existing legitimate trails in the area.

    No one's insurance will cover injuries from built stunts. You will find terrain features, some jumps and berms at NEMBA's trails at Vietnam - all earthen construction. There are some wooden features at Highland and other pay-to-play areas in the northeast.

    To answer your previous question about who is the land manager around the Hadley Reservoir, add DCR and Hampshire College to RideHardly36's list.
    I agree. Those kind of stunts are awesome fun to ride, but too dangerous for public land. I've built something like the low log rides on some land I own, but I took them down after I discovered people I didn't know riding them.

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    Wow, and no ones offered to take you and show you the trails they've built? I can't see why that would be the case.

    Best of luck to you, but definitely keep this in mind, your anonymity here allows you be a jerk but the community you ride is not all that large. You've probably ridden with me, or we've said hello, or I've given you a tube on one of the trails that you've probably flatted on. We all ride the same trails.

    I'm Jason. I ride a lot. See you out there. Or not.

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    If you like log rides, skinnies, natural drops & rollers, check out Miller's Pond in CT. That place is skinnie / log ride heaven.......literally hundreds of them and they are all legal.If you need a guide post up over on BikeRag.com. The guy that runs the site (aka Puke) is the Miller's Pond master mind / trail gnome. Be warned that Miller's does not drain well, and riding it when its wet is not a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olapiquena
    Wow, and no ones offered to take you and show you the trails they've built? I can't see why that would be the case.

    Best of luck to you, but definitely keep this in mind, your anonymity here allows you be a jerk but the community you ride is not all that large. You've probably ridden with me, or we've said hello, or I've given you a tube on one of the trails that you've probably flatted on. We all ride the same trails.

    I'm Jason. I ride a lot. See you out there. Or not.
    Who said no has ever showed me around? Lots of people have and they're awesome! And I usually ride prepared so, no, I'm sure you've never given me a tube. Aren't you the same idiot who called me and my brother inbreds? And claimed we were chasing you around and trying to beat you up? During this whole excange I've tried to take the high road, but people like you keep trying to drag me down. Nice try but you failed once again. Oh, by the way, my name's Craig.....Craig Neal to be exact. I live in Hatfield. Where do you live? I'd love to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by olapiquena
    Two, half-crazed, inbred brothers from Hatfield chasing me around, trying to beat me up, all because they didn't like it that they couldn't drive nails into their desk using their heads.
    Wait, isn't there a movie about this? Or maybe it was a nightmare I had... ?

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    Hey all! New to MTBing. Wondering if anyone can give me any details on the trails off of Bridle Path Rd in Ludlow? It's close by since I live a few miles from it and I'm looking for another trail in town. Thanks!

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    Welcome, Ross! I'm very familiar with those trails and would be more than welcome to show you around. The trails tend to be a little rocky in places, but there is also some great single track stretches and technical stream crossings and climbs, but they are great beginner trails and you can easily modify the length of ride depending on fitness and ability. We usually ride there every weekend and you are welcome to join us anytime. So are you new to Ludlow? PM me your details and we can work something out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermullet View Post
    Welcome, Ross! I'm very familiar with those trails and would be more than welcome to show you around. The trails tend to be a little rocky in places, but there is also some great single track stretches and technical stream crossings and climbs, but they are great beginner trails and you can easily modify the length of ride depending on fitness and ability. We usually ride there every weekend and you are welcome to join us anytime. So are you new to Ludlow? PM me your details and we can work something out.
    I've lived here all of my life. Took to some trails I normally run in today, through the power lines behind the tennis center, fish and game and high school sports complex.

    edit: apparently I'm so new that I can't send PMs yet lol

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    You have merely scratched the surface, my friend. Extensive trails back there (and we're finding more lately!). Let's connect for a ride. There is a pretty healthy crew that accesses these trails with a wide variety of background and skills. No one is ever left behind, pace will based on the riders, low key, fun rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermullet View Post
    You have merely scratched the surface, my friend. Extensive trails back there (and we're finding more lately!). Let's connect for a ride. There is a pretty healthy crew that accesses these trails with a wide variety of background and skills. No one is ever left behind, pace will based on the riders, low key, fun rides.
    That sounds awesome, I probably couldn't get out this weekend but definitely soon. I don't wanna get stuck knowing just one trail area ha

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    Just got back from a Ludlow night ride!! Gorgeous weather and even performed a little trail maint!!!
    YOUR IN NEXT TIME GINGER! woooot
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    I'm thinking of heading over to Bridle Rd and check out some of the trails this afternoon, and there a lot of steep climbs back there? If I assume correct, at some point East it connects with the Springfield Reservoir right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ross sez View Post
    I'm thinking of heading over to Bridle Rd and check out some of the trails this afternoon, and there a lot of steep climbs back there? If I assume correct, at some point East it connects with the Springfield Reservoir right?
    You would be correct. Let me send you on an easy loop:

    when you enter you will see 2 ways to go. Stay to the right, you will then have a short climb up to a fork. Take a left. This will then climb up to another fork. Take that left (if you go right you will be on the powerline). You will then have a short climb before a nice descent down to an area that has a tree stand. You should see a trail to the left of it. Follow that and it will bring you back to Bridle. This is a short loop, won't take long.

    Another quick run, one I do when pushed for time is this:

    Enter the same way but instead of taking that 2nd left, stay right and you will come out on the first powerline. Take a right onto it and follow it all the way back down to Bridle (nice fast run). Right when you get to the road you will see a rocky trail that veers right and goes up. Take that. At one part there is a slight fork that you need to stay to the left. Follow that and it will take you to a short, steep drop that you go right after. Follow that to your first right and then climb back up to where you will see the tree stand. Take your pick of the steep climb straight ahead (good challenge) after which just take rights to exit the trails back to Bridle, or the easier path to the right where it takes you to Bridle

    What time are you going? I'm also planning on going tomorrow am around 9 if you want to join me? I can take you on a tour of all the main trails to get you started. Might be a little wet, but the Bridle trails are fun in the rain!

    But if you want steep climbs today I can send you on one to the Bungalow.

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    I'll try those out today, might head there around 3 or so.

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    Nice. Three is too early for me but let me know how you got on.

    I'll be heading further out tomorrow at 9am with a couple of guys to explore some trails if you want to join us? You're more than welcome.

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    I'll let ya know how it goes, not sure if I can do 9am tomorrow. But if I can make it I'll shoot you a PM (i'm above 10 posts now lol) and let ya know.

    Thanks!

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    I will be there at 3 today! If I see you we can cruise man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    I will be there at 3 today! If I see you we can cruise man!
    Decided not to go today, too much rain for a n00b lol

    Good news, bikesdirect is sending me a new rear caliper to replace my current one since the bolts got stripped when I tried adjusting it the other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ross sez View Post
    Decided not to go today, too much rain for a n00b lol

    Good news, bikesdirect is sending me a new rear caliper to replace my current one since the bolts got stripped when I tried adjusting it the other day.
    You missed a great ride! The game I was to coach got canceled so me and a buddy hit the trails for bit. Got soaked, but the trails there are a blast in the rain.

    Tomorrow at 9am if you can make it. Don't worry, low key, group pace ride. Should be fun!

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    Here is our ride from today:

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    Explored the trails off of Bridle Rd. yesterday. Had a busy weekend and got called into work Saturday morning, sorry I couldn't make it!

    Got stuck doing A LOT of climbing especially when I took a left coming from the trail head and had to reroute when there was a ton of water blocking the path. It was fun, but my legs are fried from it. Had to walk the bike up a couple of climbs, but fun nonetheless. Too bad there wasn't a lift to take me up to the top of the hills so I could just ride down and never up lol

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    Sounds good but we need to keep you on that saddle!!! Meet up and we will show you the good stuff....
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    Ross and Paul:
    I'd love to join. Shoot me a PM
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    Where is B-Street? that looks sick!!

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    B street is in Granby MA . There is parking on Bachelor street (towards Amherst St)
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    B street is in South Hadley

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    B street is in Granby MA . There is parking on Bachelor street (towards Amherst St)
    Is it rideable these days??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryonaspot View Post
    B street is in South Hadley
    I love how there is always a douche comment in these forums trying to correct everything, but in this case my friend, you are WRONG. Granby MA it is.
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    The snow is a little thick up there right now; I had success riding the lower stuff but not so much up top.

    The trails at facing rock Ludlow are pretty clean right now and offer a little better riding, but hopefully with some warmer temperatures or snow shoers, things will improve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom View Post
    The snow is a little thick up there right now; I had success riding the lower stuff but not so much up top.

    The trails at facing rock Ludlow are pretty clean right now and offer a little better riding, but hopefully with some warmer temperatures or snow shoers, things will improve.
    Thanks for the update, I can't wait to get back out there, one of my favorite rides all time! The temps look to be cooperating for now at least, who knows when the next vortex is coming though.

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    Yea I remember that ride!
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    Have not ridden it since '96 but I used to ride the Robert Frost Trail from East Leverett Rd in Amherst (croses by a bridge that at the time had a cool rope swing under it.) to Amethyst Brook off of Pelham Rd. Combination of single/double and some dirt roads. Also got on the Metacomet/Monadnock Trail also but forgot the sections. There were a lot of old trails/abandoned roads to explore in that area.

    There was some good riding behind a farm on N. East Street but my final year at UMass they placed "no trespassing" signs up. Most likely that area is still posted.

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    I like this thread title, so will use it to update conditions in this part of the state...

    Rode Wendell last night, one of the best inaugural rides of the season up here ever. We hit a variety of trails from the top of Wickett Pond Escape to the bottom of Mormon Hollow. Riding really nicely, though I noticed we didn't blow leaves this past fall in many places... Lots of surprises under the thick leaf cover and a few places where the tread was tough to find.

    Rode Charlemont over the weekend. Get out there!

    Deerfield is in prime shape, been up there a couple of times and folks are all over the place with big smiles and dry bikes!

    I haven't hit the southern stuff, but the kid has and reports heavy traffic and buff tread.

    Any word from the Ashfield, Goshen, Hawley contingent on what those places look like?
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    Has anyone ridden in "The Meadows" in Southampton? They're trails right near the library. I just walked them with my buddy and we are going to go clean them up this weekend. Sweet single track, but they need a lot of trimming and raking. There's a cable bridge that is washed out but could be fixed at some point with some work. Lemme know if we really should clean em out! Lots of downhill and beautiful swampy scenery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy4413 View Post
    Has anyone ridden in "The Meadows" in Southampton? They're trails right near the library. I just walked them with my buddy and we are going to go clean them up this weekend. Sweet single track, but they need a lot of trimming and raking. There's a cable bridge that is washed out but could be fixed at some point with some work. Lemme know if we really should clean em out! Lots of downhill and beautiful swampy scenery!
    Who is the original trail builder and/or the owner of the land? If everything is in order with respect to permissions, NEMBA could be of assistance in cleaning up the trails.
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    The Town owns the land. It's a nature reserve and Boy Scouts created the trails.

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    I live in the hilltowns and have been looking for someone that knows some good trails in hawley state forest. I would love to come ride them sometime. I know this post is old but let me know if you are interested.

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    I think the plan is to do a NEMBA Social Hawley Ride on Monday the 2nd at 6:00 PM from the east hawley fire house. If that doesn't work, I could meet pretty much any other evening between now and then. You might also try PV NEMBA's facebook group, others might be willing to do a weekend day...
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