Eales Preserve Moosic Mountain
Planning on riding Moosic Mountain for the first time this Saturday.
Can anyone suggest a prefered route, or loop direction? I do have a map.
Want to hit as much of it as possible in about 3 hours.
The route I like is similar to this...whether it's a 3hr ride or not kind-of depends on you...not sure it is for me...
Starting from main parking lot
Cross dirt rd onto top of Waterfall Loop
Stay Left at intersection to early drop out of Waterfall
Go Left and back up dirt rd and re-enter Waterfall Loop
Stay Right at intersection and continue down the outer portion of Waterfall
(I often skip the right onto the creek following part, but that is up to you)
Go Right onto dirt rd (High Voltage Tr) down
Watch for left loop at 1st (?) powerline tower, drops back to dirt rd
Continue down and watch for right loop (to Fireplace & Rock Angel), drops back to dirt rd
Continue down for singletrack entry LEFT onto Gene's Trail
Take Gene's all the way across and turn left and go up dirt rd to drop into Bruised Ego, take it until it drops you back out to the dirt rd.
Now you're at a decision point, either go slightly up the dirt rd, cross the creek, and take the singletrack into the right back to the parking area OR go for the Bonus Plan.
Cross dirt rd and go into Conglomberate Trail
Continue on to Stonehenge Trail
Optionally take in The View loop
Continue to end of Stonehenge at the dirt rd
So right on the dirt rd a short distance
Turn left into Waterfall Loop, take it up (more fun than the dirt rd)
Stay right at intersection
Cross dirt rd onto Blueberry
Take Blueberry back to the main lot
I affectionately call this the Moosic Death Spiral.
Now that I've written it out I'm going to have to do it again this weekend.
Dunno when though.
You should post-up when you plan on being out there, in case life lets me at least start with you. ;^)
You could hit a lot in 3 hours, I always finish coming down Blueberry from the very top...
...I would join you, but the trout are calling. Opening day tradition ya know! I'll prolly hit Moon after trout.
This is typically a slower ride cause of the rocks and tighter turns. I'd recommend going to the main parking lot and taking Blueberry up to the power lines. Cross them on to Bones. At the split, go right. This will take you down Waterfall. When you come out, continue down the power line and look to the right. This is High Voltage. When you come back on the power line, go down till the power line goes to the right. Continue straight on to the second section of High Voltage. When you come out to the quad path, go down it. The next trail is om the left. This is Gene's trail. It will take you to Connors dam. Go around the dam and start the climb! When you come out to the access road/lower gate, make a left up the access road for 100' and look to your right. This is One Last Climb (lower Bruised Ego on the trail map). This will take you up to a Creek crossing. (The actual Bruised Ego) will be on your right. That will take you back to the parking lot.
If you want to make it more technical, skip Blueberry and do Conglomerate, The View and Stonehenge to the power line. Climb up the power line for 200yds and take the left onto Waterfall. At the split, stay left on Waterfall.
At the bottom of Waterfall near the creek crossing, just stay straight and skip White Birches. Ttyl, Fahn
I was thinking about noon on Saturday. Was going to Moon Lake Sunday.
Bill, to much stuff on my plate today. Enjoy your ride. See you at work on Monday.
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Ended up doing about 9 miles. Got lost on Genes Trail. I guess I missed it. Is it a single track all the way? Started down the very rocky road at the sign, then saw a single track crossing the road. Started up it to the left but wasn't sure so turned around and took the road over to the big white building. Got back on Genes at O'Conner Reservoir. By the time I got to the end of Gene's I was ,to beat up for anything else, so took the road to the top and finished on the little last section of Bruised Ego. Conglomerate, Stonehenge, View, and the rest of Bruised Ego will have to wait till next time.
On to HCGA today.
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