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    Good job! Spaulding Woods exit 20 NH!

    Fresh dirt right in Tilton - exit 20 off I-93 N. They just started building here and more plans are in the works. Check it out when you're near Highlands as they also have more xc trails coming up!

    Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield is planning to open their land near Exit 20 to public biking and hiking. To access the trails, park at the boat launch on shaker road, just West of the Holiday Inn Express on Rte 140. Walk in through a wire fence to the small field, enter an old road at the corner of the field. The property will be known as Spaulding Woods. It is OK to use the trails now, but please stay below the school buildings themselves. Plans are to improve/ expand the trails in the future, and to add a more inviting entrance.
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    Looks good and I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the trail building efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IDwoodchuck View Post
    Looks good and I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the trail building efforts.
    I kinda want to try this out just because you have a trail named Sharknado... love it. Only about an hour away.

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    Rode it today--certainly virgin terrain...nice work and awesome potential.. a bit confusing at jcts. Ran into 3 guys from Piche's in Gilford who had already done everything..guided me for a fun 2 hours...great soils ...maybe plans for a Kingdom type experience...also 1 minute off exit 20, I-93... maybe a connect to Highlands. Holiday Inn Express is basically at the trailhead...Tilton Diner is 2 minutes....It needs tires, so get there....!!!

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    A few more notes on Spaulding Woods: the wire fence has a gate and a lock, there is a small path over a muddy/wet area just below the parking spaces, this will take you to the field. The parking is at the bottom of the hill, the fields and buildings are at the top--so climb up, come down. Squirrelagator is a fun downhill starting from loop trail; would be a steep climb in the opposite direction. These trails are so new and un-ridden that you have to keep your eyes alive for direction changes. Also saw a couple of trails flagged for the future. Right now it needs riders and some more clean-up. Going to be great riding!

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    A nice trifecta ride could be Spaulding Woods, Highlands XC, Franklin Falls...all with a short 10 minute drive between them! An easy 5 + hours of classic, flowy New England hero dirt at your disposal.
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    NHMtbiker...Fabulous-for the big one you throw in RamblinVewe, Ahern, and Page hill for 10 hours of Central NH Dirt.. Suggestions for Spaulding project: build a big parking lot at the field at the boat launch---right know 4 bike vehicles will p.o. the boaters. It will be popular if trails are added and buffed....damnation ( those who inhabit FFD).

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    Another ride here yesterday: "Get Here Soon" to see the birth of some great new riding-- Spaulding youth center has posted a new sign at the top of Loop near jct. with Joe's Cutoff that asks users to go no further, so some of the short trails at the top are no longer accessable. But discovered a new trail, River trail, that is not on the map- it is north of Yellow Dot towards the River. The section of Yellow Dot from the parking lot to above the big turn near the interstate should be labeled Weeks Road, as it is signed. There is another, unnamed trail that twists downhill from the haul road east and above Sharknado to Weeks rd. near the parking lot. saw 3 other flagged but not built/open yet trails. Also the section of Squirrelagator at the north between yellow dot and haul road is actually part of lower Yellow Dot. Things are happening fast here so map updates will be needed. *** Upper Yellow Dot from Loop is a great downhill, as is Squirrelagator from Loop ***

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    Map updates will probably come in time...I'm not sure who at Spaulding supplied us with this data but they are probably more concentrated on trail work now than map work. If you'd like to ride everything there and then send your raw data to me, or another CNH NEMBA officer (PM me and I can get you contact info) we could look at working another one up.

    We are hoping to get a trail day at Spaulding on the books soon.

    Thanks for all the updates btw, I'm itching to get out there myself but trying to heal a nagging wrist issue.

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    Trail Day scheduled for Sunday Oct 13th @ Spaulding Woods.

    Meet up at the boat launch parking area on Shaker Rd. Registration from 8-9am work until maybe 2pm or so.

    Full details here.

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    Updated Map

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    Here is an updated map (the names next to the trail names are classrooms that will be helping with the trails ie. building benches, labeling trees and plants, etc). Stoked to see some buzz about these trails! The terrain certainly has a ton of potential. As far as the gated parking lot by the boat launch, Spaulding is trying to figure that out. There are some stipulations about allowing a parking lot there with the wetlands and such. It is a pain. They are trying to have it open for the trail building day on the 13th though. Also, along with the Highlands XC trails, there is also a nice network at Knowles Pond, on Knowles Pond Rd (about a 2 minute drive from Spaulding Woods). More land has just been purchased by for the Knowles Pond Conservation for more trail building. Great spot for a spin and a dip! Thanks everybody for talking up the Spaulding Woods and getting tires on it! Going to be a great new network! See you on the 13th!

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    I had a blast here sat. afternoon. Thanks to all who build. Weeks rd. and river trail a nice easy warmup then Sharknado lots of fun as was smallish varmint. Haul rd. is the steep straight way to the top, and Squirrelagator a very cool downhill south to north. I'm guessing yellow dot would be the easier way up? Top of the hill is to the south, and haul rd. bombs straight down to the parking lot. Hope to get there Sunday the 13th.

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    Questions for DRUNUTS: Regarding the closure sign for the top bit of trails-will this be permanent or is it just temporary; last week I saw a flagged trail going North from loop, maybe a few hundred feet West of Squirrelagator, I don't think it was Wormhole, what is that? I did see Wormhole, I think, on the descent of Yellow Dot, in the rock outcrop area- rode up it a ways as I followed the flags and missed the left on Yellow Dot; there was a flagged trail to the east of River Trail toward the parking lot, is this an extension of River or something else? The work for the 13th. from the CNHNEMBA guys says you will be roughing out Swamp Donkey, where would that be on the map? Lastly, is there a map, sketch of the Knowles Pond Trails? or at least where is the trailhead? Thanks for the fabulous work you are doing, I am a member of CNHNEMBA and a trail adopter at Franklin Falls, but alas have to work on the 13th.. I would be interested in helping out at some other time. Are you associated with Spaulding?-- I looked at the website and saw Steve Golden, I live in Thornton and worked with him at the Waterville Valley Nordic Center a few years back. You have great potential, are doing nice work, and it will become as popular as Franklin in time.

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    Hi Damnation,

    Yes I do work for Spaulding and I know Steve. He is actually one of the guys spearheading this project. His partner in crime, Jason Sterner is the other outdoor educator up there and is doing a lot of the work up there as well. I am not sure what that flagged trail was that you saw. It may be a new trail in the works, or it could have been the old squirrelagator. I am unsure about the signs. I havenít been out there since they have been put up. I donít know where they put them. It sounds like it is making it hard to reach all the trails up top. I know that for this Sunday, there are plans to make sure everything is going to be linked up so that it is easy to make some sort of loop out of it. The Swamp Donkey trail will be over between yellow dot and the highway. There is a lot of potential over there! I am sure that we will have more trail days next season. I am looking forward to what comes of the land!

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    This Place Has A Future !



    Well, after watching the reviews pile up I finally got there, I'll try to keep this short and informative.
    The Map: What I have in my map is what I rode today. If you compare it with the other peoples maps, you'll see that I rode around the fence, into the field, out the field, onto haul rd, through sharknado, onto Yellow Dot, into Wormhole, which connects with loop, and onto Joes Cutoff, which connects with lower loop trail, and onto Squirrelagator, back onto Yellow Dot, down Haul Rd, and onto Smallish Varmit. You can see that I lapped some trails twice.

    Here's a run down...

    Haul Rd: Ride parts of it, to connect to other trails, or if you want to climb straight up towards the top of the mtn.

    Yellow Dot: This trail is the best ride to get you to the top, it would be an excellent downhill as well, but other trails are more directly downhill, the top section, past wormhole is hard to find, in fact both laps climbing, I ended up on wormhole.

    Loop: Gets you to Joes Cutoff, and to Squirrelagator

    Squirrelagator: Get it ! Get it Twice ! ! 5-10min.

    Joes Cutoff: Get it ! Get it Twice ! ! 3-6min.

    Smallish Varmit: Get it ! Get it Twice ! 2-5min.

    Yellow Dot: Climbed it. 10-20min.

    Sharknado: This is the only trail I would say can/should be ridden in either direction, but I say use the second entrance off Haul Rd. and its easy to lap, tires=more flow for this one!! 8-12min.

    All trails need tires and come middle of next year, the flow will be unreal! As for now, the leaves have strarted to fall and some spots are hard to read, easier on the second lap.

    I lapped the trails twice, as you can see and all that you see was just over an hour of riding. I reccomend riding it in the direction that I did, lots of fun to link Joes>Loop>Squirrelagator>Yellow>Haul>Smallish. Good place to link with Franklin.
    Sorry for the long review ...
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    I lied. Swamp Donkey is going to be between Squirreligator and Yellow Dot. Spaulding has also purchased lumber for some bridges on Squirreligator.

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    Knowles

    Here is a trail map of Knowles pond. I usually park at the dirt parking lot on Rand Rd, head into the woods there, take the first left and ride in a clockwise loop. Spaulding Woods exit 20 NH!-knowles-pond.jpg

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    I know nothing about this place, what is it like ? and what trails are a must hit ??

    Thanks for the map !

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    Swamp Donkey I saw it today, in it's rightful place...to the west on Loop from Squirrelagator, assume it is downhill to Loop, love the Squirell. And yellow dot downhill will be a classic when ridden in, buzz word--there still has been less then 20 people on here....Removed a lot of branches from squall line winds 2 days ago.. Today: Parking lot/field to Week's rd.. to right on Model to right on River to right on Weeks Rd. to right on Lower Yellow Dot to right on haul rd. to Right on upper Yellow Dot..up, up to Loop, right on loop, over 2 old boardwalks to left on Joe's Cutoff right on Loop to left on Squirrelagator to right on Yellow Dot to right on Haul Rd. to Loop to Yellow Dot, to big downhill back to Haul Rd., left past Lower Yellow Dot, to left on Sharknadow, to right on Haul Rd. to left on Tiny Varmint to Right on Weeks Rd. to Parking lot...

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    Thanks for the Knowles Pond map--will give it a try the next time to Spaulding. Sorry for another question, but would you call it rocky and rooty, smooth, or a mix? Assuming they were built for walking/hiking and not necessarily for mt. biking. Last Sunday, parked at the boat launch, we noticed several cars with bikes heading up Shaker Road-- after looking at MapQuest I can see they were taking a back route to Highlands without going through Tilton. Guessing it is about 2 miles to Knowles and 4 to Highlands from the boat launch. Thanks, Damnation

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    This was a reply to mtbmanchvegas

    Third time to Spaulding and have now got a handle on trail locations. The updated map from Drunuts is right on, the only omission is Model trail which is newly opened and signed-- it goes right off Weeks Rd., just past Haul Rd., and connects to River Trail. Take a right on River and come back out on Weeks Rd. in a small clearing. If you go right on Weeks you will climb a little bit to Lower Yellow Dot leaving to the right. L. Yellow Dot will take you to Haul Rd. just above the upper ends of Sharknado and Smallish Varmint. This route gives a nice loop or two before heading up to the top ( or to finish up the ride) . The best/most fun route to the top is Upper Yellow Dot--two steepish climbs, a couple rock gardens, but not too bad. Where you went wrong , and ended up on Wormhole, is at the notch in the ledgey area-- Yellow Dot makes a sharp right at this notch, a sharp left is Wormhole coming down from Loop Trail--Wormhole is flagged with little wire flags in the ground and looks like the way to go. Follow Drunuts map! The only thing missing besides Model is Swamp Donkey, which goes off Loop to the West of Squirrelagator and goes downhill to Upper Yellow Dot, I am guessing. I understand that Swamp Donkey will be worked on Sunday during the trail day there. So, it should be open for more downhill fun after Sunday!! Happy Riding...Damnation

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    Yeah I was getting confused there, I ended up heading up wormhole (precisely at the rock garden ) and couldnt seem to find that right turn.... huh.... What about the stuff at the top? Any word on that opening again ? or will it remain technically 'OB' ?? I liked wormhole cause it made the climb a little shorter and more direct. Is trail day sunday ? I thought it was saturday. Anyway, loving these loops available in here, its fun stuff. I removed a lot of debris n stuff the other day when I was up there, I cant wait to go again, Joes and Squirrel have some great lines. What is the donkey like ? worth skipping squirrel for it ?

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    the only thing I did dif then you was ride Sharknado on the way up, and that way I was basically flowing all the way down, Joes, Squirrel, Varmit. Awesome stuff! And its impossible to pop out of Varmit and not scoot back up and do it again !

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    The trail day is Sunday--see earlier post on this thread from The Slav --looks like he has something to do with Swamp Donkey. I have not walked nor ridden Swamp D--I have seen the flagging at the top where it leaves loop but it is totally raw, not worked on. Do not know where it ends but assume somewhere along Upper Yellow Dot. Given the great layout of the existing trails and the expertise of the CNHNEMBA guys on Sunday, I bet it will be just as fun as Squirelagator and Yellow Dot for a downhill. I do not know about the closure signs at the top, my guess is that it may remained closed as it is used for skills classes by the kids at the School. I did ride up there before the signs went up--Porcupine, Sidewinder,and Loop (just a road); never found Angry Birds. Do not think anyone is missing much as they are really short, a couple minutes each. I suspect the builders have much more interesting stuff on the planning table.

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    Trail day went well. We had 18 people show up and totally roughed in Swamp Donkey, hauled lumber to build a bridge, added a couple berms, and built up a natural double. Smallish Varmint also got revamped with 5 micro berms and some rock armoring. Most of the other trails were leaf blown as well. It sounds like the signs are going to stay, but like damnation said, they are pretty short anyways. We had a fun little ride that hit a lot of the fun stuff. We climbed Haul Rd to the loop trail to yellow dot (top section is fun!) up Worm Hole back to the Loop trail. From the loop trail you can hit either Swamp Donkey or Squirreligator. Whichever one you don't hit, climb Haul Rd to the Loop Trail and ride down the one you missed. Then ride Sharknado if you want, or go right for Smallish Varmint! Theses trails need your tires so get out there soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    Thanks for the Knowles Pond map--will give it a try the next time to Spaulding. Sorry for another question, but would you call it rocky and rooty, smooth, or a mix?
    Knowles is pretty buff. It is a quick loop, but very aesthetic. Nice and quite, with plenty of places to stop and chill. With the extra land being purchased, the network will be expanded. From what I have heard, there is already a new trail on the backside of the pond. I haven't found it yet.

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    Thanks for the Knowles info, will give it a try next time down there. Good to see a sizable turnout for the Trail Day--looking forward to Swamp Donkey, leaf blown trails, and the berm tweaks. If the number of views for this thread, approaching 1,500, is any indication, there should be some tires showing up there soon.

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    Updated Spaulding Woods Map

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    Thumbs UP for Swamp Donkey Disco---it could become a classic! And the Berm Master did an excellent job on the big ones on Swamp, and the minis on Smallish Varmint add some fun!! Rode everything today, 3 1/2 times up to the top but the rewards are more then worth it.

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    Just put an hour-ish loop in hitting most everything. Had a blast and was exactly what I needed to split my drive up. Well marked and mapped and fun. Get out and ride it more!

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    FINALLY got my wheels on SW this past Saturday. Gotta say all the accolades are well deserved. Talk about a ride spot going from 0 to 60 in one season. I'd love to see a bit more mileage (I like longer rides though) but with the current setup you get the mileage by wanting to hit the good stuff again and again.

    Nice work to all involved. Bummed I missed the last trail day but I'm looking forward to helping build more next season.

    drunuts is there any kind of trail plan or are you guys just kinda winging it? I'm interested if there is an end goal for trail density, etc.

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    Hey TheSlav. There is a general plan and the more we ride it the more we see what needs to be done. We want there to be an easy way to make a loop of it all. With the gradual sloping land with such great features and dirt, we are excited to make more trails leaning toward the freeride flowy style. There is actually another trail that has been flagged that starts down on the southeast corner of the map. Actually, the beginning is even further south than the map shows. It starts close to the campus buildings and will most likely just be an out and back trail. There is also a lot of potential for some more fun trails between Yellow Dot and the highway. Trail building is slowing down for the season, but occasional leaf blowing and trail shaping will certainly be taking place till the snow flies. Keep riding them in!

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    Drunuts--Thanks for the reply to TheSlav. I was wondering what the plan may be. Here is a suggestion I have gathered from my own experience and from talking to riders at Franklin, specifically a fit woman rider I ran into while raking Sniper,FFD, last week. If you are looking for something that may be as popular as Franklin down the road, consider easier switchbacks for the climb to the top, especially the 2 steep climbs on Yellow Dot. Looks like there is plenty of room to build nice benched switchbacks in these 2 sections. This also will provide a more sustainable route as these steep sections will rut badly with increased traffic and downhill braking. Erosion will also be a major problem on the Haul Road unless waterbars are built and the side ditches are cleaned. The fit woman I talked to at Franklin, guessing around 50yo, has ridden Highlands xc, Ramblinvewe, Page Hill, etc- she is from Gilmanton and rode Spaulding the day of the trail work. Her comment was that all except Franklin required a substantial climb to get to the fun stuff. This is my comment also, I am 66 and ride with friends who are 59 & 60--but it is also true for novices, some couples, kids, lots of folks who are not super fit, or 20 something or for various reasons. This is not a criticism at all of what has been done there, which is fabulous--just a suggestion for the builders to contemplate. And of course the more trails the better--it would be awesome to ride 1 1/2 to 2 hours without repeating much.

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    Thanks damnation. I agree with you as well. Some friendlier routes to the top would be nice and is in the works. We also took into consideration of what else is in the area, like FFD, Highland's XC, Ramblin' View, Fox Park, Page Hill and wanted something a little different. There will be a good mix of trails in the future. Down on the flats by the river will be more XC style trails and dog walking trails while the sloping land will lean more towards free ride downhill trails. I agree that climbing up Haul Rd. every time isn't fun. There will eventually be friendlier ways up to top. I found that yellow dot to worm hole was a great way to warm up and get up there. There has also been talk of putting a training center on the flats with skinnies, drops and such. Great warm up for people heading up to Highlands.

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    I like what I hear.. the more free-ridish the better.. we have enough xc trails around.. but barely any backwoods freeride or DH trails. Atleast ones that are open to the public... lookin forward to checkin this place out.. too bad it's lookin like rain Friday :-(
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    Easier climbs!?! I felt they were perfect on the ol' one gear. Just tough enough. But in all seriousness that probably wouldn't hurt. As for the whole freeride discussion, I consider myself a truer XCer but whatever has been built there was a freaking blast.

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    Ride last week

    Hi guys. I had the pleasure of riding there for the first time last Tuesday evening. Thank you for posting the map here- it was quite handy, especially at night.

    Kudos for all the trail building in a short timeframe and that they ride so well. The soil type and pitch of the hillside is a great combination. We should enjoy trail durability in the coming years.

    After dead reckoning our way up Haul Road trail, we found the goods.

    DH rippers like Squirrelagator and Swamp Donkey Disco -they are sweet rewards for climbing Yellow Dot/Loop trail. We exited via a combo of Squirrel/Sharknado/Haul/Little Varmint - a great way to finish.

    Wormhole was a solid uphill nose-of-the-saddle-poised-beneath-the-jewels challenge. OK, so it's a DH. Now I know.

    I was a bit confused by Angry Birds and Sidewinder. Seems like they need to be combined into one and continued along the stone wall- although is may be out of bounds. - Our confusion could have been elicited by the leaf fall mosaiic that dazzled us. I like the name Angry Birds- KT kinda owns Sidewinder- I kept looking for something on the order of KT's through the power of suggestion.

    There is really nice flow, occasional berms, and some nice XC drops to be enjoyed. The 20' wide sections of 'trail' are OK and I see these as being easily converted into wooded singletrack alongside the openings.

    The singletrack is so sweet that all I kept thinking is to be reminded to take gratitude, look upward, and say "More, please."

    Came across a porcupine at the top of Yellow Dot not far from the aptly named Porcupine trail.

    We rode a bit tenatively, covering everything twice( except Haul Rd ) checking maps along the way, nursing a dead light rider down SDD, in just under 1:50.

    With appreciation and anticipation, Raineman

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    Raineman--Good to see some riders and feedback on these trails. You may have missed it in this thread but the top trails: porcupine, Angry birds, Sidewinder, and part of loop, are closed for use by the kids at the Spaulding Youth Center-I think these and a few others were built for the kids and prior to the mountain bike expansion. I rode there Saturday and saw a newly flagged downhill trail to the left of Haul Rd. going up, or on the same side as Smallish Varmint. Actually may be an upper Smallish. Maybe longer then Squirrel... going to be a lot of fun here next Spring/Summer as it gets ridden in.

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    Is there a map for Knowles? I'd like to connect them both in a ride, thanks.
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    Drunuts posted a map of Knowles earlier on this thread, around 10/10/2013. It looks on Mapquest that Knowles is about 2 miles by road from the boat landing at Spaulding Woods. And then another 2-3 miles to Highlands. Have not been on this route but imagine a combo of paved and gravel roads.

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    rode there for the first time the other day.. I rode just about everything twice.. The trails that were there were pretty fun, kindof reminded me of a franklin falls on the side of a hill. Would like to see a little longer of "segments" though.. I found yellow dot down from the top as probably my favorite.. the other downs such as squireligator are really fun, but last for all of under 2 minutes.. I understand it's a small area.. kudos for what's been done out there in such a short time.. hopefully it becomes more freeride over time. Found it to be pretty much pure xc for the most part.. but for sure had fun
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    manchvegas...good you got out there. hey, they want input, so get with them and design a DH freeride trail...the more options the better...they have over 500 acres. Did you get on the xc at highlands? What did you think....just build it!

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    get there this week--I have never seen any real water problems at Spaulding...and go when it is frozen...Franklin was great Saturday when frozen...could be unforgettable...

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    yes, have ridden highland xc a bunch of times, did the enduro race, and helped build the new xc trail at the nemba trailfest in sept. I think my favorite trail out there was yellowdot coming down.. just because it was longer, the spiderweb of intersections just kills it for me, much like franklin.. I'm sure once you know the place an your a local you can ride through an have plenty of flow, but too many intersections. I'd rather see a couple dedicated climbing or 2 way trails an then some long extended dh's from top to bottom with no junctions.. keep the flow happy, up and down, and around..
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    Updated Spaulding Woods Map

    Here is an updated map of the trails. The kiosk is now up and there is a simple basic webpage for the network. You can check it out at spauldingwoods.org. There is a new trail on the east side of haul rd and there is a lot of potential to make longer downhill trails. I have been out a couple times xc skiing and it just as nice out there when there is no snow. For everybody looking for a map of Knowles Pond, I posted one earlier on this thread, or you can check it out at www.KnowlesPond.com

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    Nice! I'll get it posted over at CNH. Is Pat's Outback going to be the preferred way to get over to Knowles Pond / Highland?

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    Drunuts- Thanks for the updated map. I saw the flagging for Wheels on the Bus the last time I rode there. Thought it might connect to Smallish Varmint for a long downhill--does not look like it on the map, is that a possibility, or maybe it is not quite finished. I am assuming that Pat's Outback is already built and wondered as did The Slav if this is purposely heading towards Highlands. Looking at MapQuest I measure about 2 miles by road to the XC trails at Highlands from the South end of Pat's Outback. Looks like lots of undeveloped land towards Knowles and on to Highlands. Do you know if there have been any discussions between Spaulding/Highlands about the possibility of a connection. Thanks to all who have helped get this off the ground! Will be there as soon as it dries out in the Spring.

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    Damnation - there's only one Highland. I was also checking out the satellite view and if you could squeeze your way around a few houses on Bay Hill Road it could be clear sailing to Highland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drunuts View Post
    Here is an updated map of the trails. The kiosk is now up and there is a simple basic webpage for the network. You can check it out at spauldingwoods.org. There is a new trail on the east side of haul rd and there is a lot of potential to make longer downhill trails. I have been out a couple times xc skiing and it just as nice out there when there is no snow. For everybody looking for a map of Knowles Pond, I posted one earlier on this thread, or you can check it out at www.KnowlesPond.com

    Enjoy the rest of winter, spring will be here before you know it!
    Time to Bring Spaulding Woods back on the radar---after 4300 views in 6 months.. Ran in to guys building the trails this winter in grocery store in Campton. News is new trail Pat's Outback goes trough some weird forest of twisted trees and vines, and Makes a long, mostly downhill, with the new Wheels on the Bus connecting to Smallish Varmint to Parking Lot...I'll bet they have great plans for this Summer...riding will only make it better.. and it is only 2 miles by bike to Highlands and their free xc trails

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    Has anyone been up yet this spring?

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    Hey Drunuts, I sent a comment to the Spaulding Woods website about any Spring closure restrictions until things dry out. No reply yet, but if you read this, can you get us that info--Spring is here!. I plan on walking Franklin Falls and Spaulding soon to check things out and clear branches. I'm going with the Slav thinking Franklin is a week to 10 days away. Will report back.

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    Hey guys,
    The network is pretty wet and muddy right now. We are asking cyclists to give it some more time before riding them. We will be checking on them periodically and will be lining up some trail maintenance days. I will keep you posted on closings and openings as they update.

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    Right now Pat's Outback is the preferred route to connect to Knowles/Highlands. Pat's outback ends up coming out on a double track that keeps you clear of Spaulding's campus. We are hoping that eventually there will be some sort of single track to connect everything, but we would need some private land owner's participation. I also know that there is a snowmobile trail in the area that we may be able to tap into. This could turn into a great MTB destination!

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    Spaulding Woods exit 20 NH!

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    Right now Pat's Outback is the preferred route to connect to Knowles/Highlands. Pat's outback ends up coming out on a double track that keeps you clear of Spaulding's campus. We are hoping that eventually there will be some sort of single track to connect everything, but we would need some private land owner's participation. I also know that there is a snowmobile trail in the area that we may be able to tap into. This could turn into a great MTB destination!
    That would be pretty awesome to connect them! I live in Canterbury (at school in NY right now) and when I'm home this summer I'm thinking about doing an epic by doing fire roads to highland and then to continue on to Spaulding.
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    Updated conditions: Spaulding Woods just posted on there website spauldingwoods.org that some trails are open and riding good, mostly a few in the bottom area near the parking lot- weeks road, model-t, river, lower yellowdot, sharknado, smallish varmint. All trails above are CLOSED: that is everything above the lower yellow dot/lower haul road junction ( at the top of smallish varmint). Refer to latest map earlier on this thread or on their website. This is a new riding location and does not need the mud ruts, so wait for them to give the go.

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    ALL OF SPAULDING WOOD'S TRAILS ARE OPEN with the exception of Pat's Outback. Get out there and put some wheels on those trails. I am sure that a trail day will be announced soon. See you out there!

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    I was there today--still a few wet spots, pretty clean and with some traffic will only get better. Flagging looks like Wheels on the Bus will go lower and hit Haul at Upper Yellow Dot-continuing on for a long downhill with Smallish Varmint. Sharknado is getting faster... picked up - lower trails are very good... both directions.. D

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    It Must be Singletrack Porn....as of today there have been 6000 views of this thread...as of today there have been 12 tires this Spring on these trails...the early bird gets the worm!

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    Spaulding Woods exit 20 NH!

    Can't wait to check these trails out when I get home towards the end of June. I live in Canterbury so I'll be there pretty regularly.
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    Hey drunuts can you speak to the condition and expected use of Pat's Outback?

    I know it was one of the last to be ready to ride in the Spring and with its location on the map I'm wondering if the School had intended that to be used for their purposes only? I know many of the other trails up top are that way so I wanted to make sure. I'm planning on trying to link FFD, Highland and Spaulding in that order and it seems like coming from that direction Pat's would be perfect to access the trail system but I don't want to step on any toes if its for school use only.

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    The Slav-- I think Dru-nuts indicated that Pat's outback is the Route to avoid the campus and access the trails.. You can also ride Knowles Pond, which is halfway between Highlands and Spaulding,see earlier post on this thread.

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    6,600 Views--they must be hammering the place...jump off I-93, 3-5 minutes to trailhead,, one to one and a half hours..do everything twice...head to Highland or Franklin, 10 to 20 minutes away. add another 2-3 hours of NH fun..

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    Update today: Rode Spaulding Woods this morning; at the end of the ride in the parking lot met one of the builders of the trails. He said Pat's Outback is open and freshly trimmed. The Slav may already know this if he did the Franklin-Highlands-Spaulding ride this weekend. Top of Pat's O makes a dirt road connection to Highlands, just 3? miles away, and 10 miles of Nemba built free XC trails. Spaulding is getting some wheels and it is getting faster and smoother. Climbing yes, but good "bang for the buck". Less then 5 minutes off the Interstate and restaraunts and lakes nearby, and lodging at the Trailhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    Update today: Rode Spaulding Woods this morning; at the end of the ride in the parking lot met one of the builders of the trails. He said Pat's Outback is open and freshly trimmed. The Slav may already know this if he did the Franklin-Highlands-Spaulding ride this weekend. Top of Pat's O makes a dirt road connection to Highlands, just 3? miles away, and 10 miles of Nemba built free XC trails. Spaulding is getting some wheels and it is getting faster and smoother. Climbing yes, but good "bang for the buck". Less then 5 minutes off the Interstate and restaraunts and lakes nearby, and lodging at the Trailhead.
    Need to get this spot back on the radar....one year ago 8000 plus views.. getting some riding and is riding faster...the beauty--5 mins. off I-93, easy to get 2 hours of lots of fun.. - real beginner to fast intermediate, and the elite can rip as fast as??? Only 2+ miles from highlands free xc trails.. 50-60 miles of other singletrack within 15-20 miles..

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    Speak of the devil, I just did that linked ride again a few weeks ago except this time I rode from my house to FFD to Highland to Spaulding and back home for about 56mi total. 50% singletrack the rest a mix of gravel, class VI and pavement.

    Spaulding certainly burned real hot from the get go but haven't heard much from that camp this year. They had coordinated with CNH NEMBA for a trail day last year but that didn't happen this year...maybe some employee turnover there? not sure.

    I have been considering adding it into our CNH Thurs ride rotation but I'm not sure where to send people to park. I'm weary sending possibly 5-10 cars depending on head count to the boat ramp parking (don't want to offend that user group) and I'm not sure if the school would be ok with us parking up there, I had assumed not based on them wanting the public to stay off the trails up that way.

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    I talked to one of the guys involved... the school is busted on funding and impetus.. It is a unique property with great potential... CNHNEMBA should step up and adopt and expand..great resource for the area. A new trail or 2 each year ..sustainable climbs...connect to Highlands. Don't hesitate to send cars to the boat ramp,, no one cares from the looks of the trash.

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    The Slav....Things have come to a halt here this and last year; I think they had a grant for the school to expand trails, and it ended . They still are considering their own parking lot in the field .The 2 instigators of the mtb trails are both from Thornton, as am I, but they, the school, have many goals beyond mountain biking. Never the less, the trails are good and unique, the potential is impressive, the location, along with Franklin, Highlands, et al are 10 minutes off I-93. I think the Spaulding lower trails are the best real beginner single track I have seen; then climb yellow Dot, , do it downhill, go up wormhole, up Joe's Cutoff...turn around, imbibe, and hit Joe's to Swamp Donkey Disco.to Yellow Dot to Smallish Varmint...Somehow CNHNEMBA should talk to Spaulding about adopting their trails. It is beautiful terrain...they have upper fields suitable for an "Ascutney" mile long rip...

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    We have a "problem" (albeit a great problem to have) in CNH of too much land and trail building opportunities and not enough manpower to build, sustain and maintain everything. So we have to be a bit choosy. Before we fully commit to stewardship of a location we typically like to have a 'trail boss' ready to take the reigns and manage the location and drive / coordinate our presence there.

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    [QUOTE=TheSlav;12100543]We have a "problem" (albeit a great problem to have) in CNH of too much land and trail building opportunities and not enough manpower to build, sustain and maintain everything. So we have to be a bit choosy. Before we fully commit to stewardship of a location we typically like to have a 'trail boss' ready to take the reigns and manage the location and drive / coordinate our presence there.
    I am interested, but first will talk to Steve from Thornton, to see if they want any outside input. Maybe at least a one day trail day? I'm not sure if you know me , but I take care of a couple of trails at FFD.. Sniper and Old Bench. Steve works at PSU as an outdoor instructor/guide. One new trail a year, maintenance, connect to Highlands....thank you for the interest.. the place still needs tires. What do you think of the Highlands xc trails that Nemba is building. [ /QUOTE]

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    i hear the highlands xc stuff is pretty good, but is it true that it's pretty much climb a fire road/duo track and descend a singletrack-rinse repeat? or can you loop all around on singletrack?

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    Rog... I have not done Highlands XC in a couple years. They have built 2 more trails since then. What I rode fits your description. Climb up, singletrack down. But it could be a st loop depending on what you can climb. It is, IMO, terrible terrain to build trails in, but they did. And that may be an attraction. They have now connected these trails to the top of the chairlft. My suggestion...get to Ramblinvewefarm and Page Hill soon ..you might just like them like good old Mt.A

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    Rog... I have not done Highlands XC in a couple years. They have built 2 more trails since then. What I rode fits your description. Climb up, singletrack down. But it could be a st loop depending on what you can climb. It is, IMO, terrible terrain to build trails in, but they did. And that may be an attraction. They have now connected these trails to the top of the chairlft. My suggestion...get to Ramblinvewefarm and Page Hill soon ..you might just like them like good old Mt.A
    Great info thank you, would love to check out those areas sooner than later.

    A coupla of us are doing a 25 mile loop at bear brook in the am starting at 8 from south road. Steady pace, but one in which you can hold a bit of a conversation.

    Stoked to check out some of snh nemba's improvements/alterations.

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    Rog... no doubt a great ride at BB. Just an update on Ramblinvewe Farm: I just looked at the trail map on their website, ramblinvewefarm.org...their are 5 new trails that are not on the map on the CNHNEMBA site. With names of "floss" and "root canal", and knowing the terrain, they have really expanded this system. Lots of up and down and around, with plenty of rock features. Plenty of opportunities for longish loops. Building here has been spearheaded by Eric at Chainline Cycles in Laconia. Getting to be a serious ride spot at the farm.

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    Actually Eric hasn't done too much of the latest building, that has been another small group of locals but definitely some great stuff going on there. I'm hoping the Farm will update their map soon so we can update ours. New stuff is going in so fast though they are probably just waiting until the building slows down a bit haha.

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    Thanks for the update..whoever is building is doing a lot. The farm trail map shows 5 trails new to me, or at least new on a map. Some South of the Farm boundary. More on Ramblinvewe in the "Another CNH ride spot" or some such. That is my attempt to get a little notice of more Central NH ride spots. On this thread I would really like to generate renewed interest in Spaulding Woods..even towards some sort of stewardship. Or at the least a trail day every year.

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    back to Spaulding Woods...
    try it and look at the potential...it needs to be maintained and expanded...ride it and decide...Just to stretch your legs after 2 hours from Mass...then stay, and hit Ramblinvewe for new old school...lots of rock features. Old ski area,, new trails recently built...Keep it up...whoever you ah.

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    I know Eric and that he likes to keep things on the down low. Been a few years also since I rode Ramblinview and it was great then. My guess is and sounds like some of his crew are digging to the south closer to route 11. I can check in with Drew from Spaulding and see what's up with the Woods and plans there. Have yet to even ride it but sounds like it needs more tires for sure!
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    NH Mtbiker... You were the first to shout out about Spaulding Woods.. surprised you have not actually ridden there. Steve and Jason run the outdoor program for Spaulding, and were the instigators for this trail system. Saw Steve a month ago and he was not optimistic about future work except for minor maintenance, and maybe turning the little field at the bottom into parking. "the slav" from CNHNEMBA indicates that they would be interested in adopting the system if there was a "trail boss" to coordinate efforts. I would be interested and plan on talking to Steve to see if they might want CNH to have a presence. You mention Drew up there, is he the "drunuts" who was the contact in a lot of the early info about this spot. Have not heard from him in over a year. Any help or positives toward maintaining/expanding this little gem would be appreciated. Maybe at least get a trail day together for this fall to tidy up a few spots and add a new trail? Where do you live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    NH Mtbiker... You were the first to shout out about Spaulding Woods.. surprised you have not actually ridden there. Steve and Jason run the outdoor program for Spaulding, and were the instigators for this trail system. Saw Steve a month ago and he was not optimistic about future work except for minor maintenance, and maybe turning the little field at the bottom into parking. "the slav" from CNHNEMBA indicates that they would be interested in adopting the system if there was a "trail boss" to coordinate efforts. I would be interested and plan on talking to Steve to see if they might want CNH to have a presence. You mention Drew up there, is he the "drunuts" who was the contact in a lot of the early info about this spot. Have not heard from him in over a year. Any help or positives toward maintaining/expanding this little gem would be appreciated. Maybe at least get a trail day together for this fall to tidy up a few spots and add a new trail? Where do you live?
    Yeah man, I live in Dover NH and until a few years ago, had more chances to ride in the Lakes Region....actually closer to 2000-05 is when I would regularly ride with Eric from Chainline and was shown some hidden gems in the Gilford area. I am originally from Franklin, NH and have ridden everything out that way except for Spaulding and Page Hill. But I have been riding all over the seacoast now and BB a few times, plus the Dover area year-round on my fat bike. Have plans with Drew (he used to work at Spaulding) and few other guys to ride this fall in Vermont, but still need to re-visit these home-town trails....really miss ridin out that way!
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    NH Mtbiker... The thread Spaulding Woods has just topped 10,000 views...I would be surprised if 200 sets of wheels have been on this stuff...5 minutes off 93, hotel at the entrance...6 other great ride spots within 20 minutes. It's my favorite spot to ride, the downhills exceed the effort.. and surprise, great beginner single track at the drier bottom trails with even an entry level bermed trail...Smallish Varmint.. Climb up and do Yellow Dot down to Wormhole, up to Loop, right to Yellow Dot down Joe's Cutoff , Bank a right on Loop and shortly a left on Swamp Donkey Disco for downhill Disco. Repeat as needed...

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    Thanks damnation! I just put "the Woods" on the top of my must ride spots before the summer ends. I will pm you and let's get a ride in there soon...maybe you can show me why it's your #1 place and will hit up FFD, Highland, Page Hill, Ahern, Ramblinview. All of em in one day will bring BIG smiles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NH Mtbiker View Post
    Thanks damnation! I just put "the Woods" on the top of my must ride spots before the summer ends. I will pm you and let's get a ride in there soon...maybe you can show me why it's your #1 place and will hit up FFD, Highland, Page Hill, Ahern, Ramblinview. All of em in one day will bring BIG smiles!
    Good to see the enthusiasm. Would be glad to do Spaulding Woods with you. I have an unusual work schedule so if you are a Monday-Friday work guy then I can only ride on Sundays. Right now I have Mon., Tue., Fri., and Sun. off. That will probably change after the Labor Day weekend. Here is the hitch: I am 68 years old...so standard rides for me are of the 2 to 3 hr. or so duration. I climb pretty well and am pretty good on the downs, but I do hike a bike as needed, especially up, so to reserve strength for the downhills. Learned to MTB in the Colorado Mountains 20 years ago. We could get in a solid 2 hours at Spaulding; and I could then manage a round of everything at Franklin which is only 15 minutes or so away. Have only done the Highlands xc once 2 years ago...was climb up/come down.. very rocky terrain.. not a favorite, but willing to give it another shot. Ahern I have been to once.. got caught in a huge Thunderstorm and only saw 1/2 the trails. Ramblinvewe I have done about 6 or 7 times, great location and on the tech/rocky side.. with the new trails, most of which are new to me, count on 3-4 hours. Page Hill is remote with a bigger mt. feel and could eat up almost 3-4 hours to do everything with a couple of laps on Shock Therapy. These are my time estimates, and younger riders would surely reduce these times. I think it would be a huge challenge, and worthy of an "Event" in itself to do all these in One Day. Just the driving would eat up nearly 2 hours! Somewhere around 60 miles of mostly singletrack with some double track connectors! Shout out to the first to accomplish this. I'm riding Franklin this Sunday with friends, so the following Sunday would be good for Spaulding.

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    Spaulding Woods.. if ever there was a "private" spot...this is it.. have been there 15-20 times since it opened Fall of 2013... have seen less then a dozen riders...rode there yesterday, by myself, of course. Dry and riding great. It is getting tires.. and it is getting defined and faster! 3to 5 minutes of I-93. Not saying no moah...find it yourself.. clues obvious in this thread. Hint...South of the Whites.

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    Directions: Going North on I-93, exit 19 goes to Highlands MTB ParK; exit 20, Tilton/Laconia will get you Spaulding: go straight thru the lights to NH 140 towards Belmont..in a mile, just after the Holiday Inn Express, turn right on Shaker Road, and quick right into Boat launch, park on left and bike thru fence past Kiosk, into woods road, Wells Road... more to follow

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    I want to hear of the riders who do the free xc trails at highlands, then slip downhill towards Spaulding Woods, a loop at Kimball Pond, a swim and finish with 10 miles of fun at Spaulding Woods. to the parking lot and boat launch. Tilton Diner 5 minutes away...

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    Sounds like a blast, damnation. Did you mean Knowles Pond? How's the swimming there? There is a map of Knowles on page one of this thread.

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    Sounds like a blast, damnation. Did you mean Knowles Pond? How's the swimming there? There is a map of Knowles on page one of this thread.
    Sorry for the brain cramp.. yes , I did mean Knowles Pond. Have not actually been there yet; will make it a must the next time there. Also have not tried Pat's Outback at Spaulding which was built to get to the trails from the top of the hill near the campus. This is also the way one would connect from Highlands to Knowles Pond to Spaulding. Someone with friends and 2 vehicles could drop one vehicle at the boat launch at the bottom of Spaulding, drive up to Highlands, do the xc trails there, connect by roads to Knowles, do a loop or two there, and ride roads to Pat's Outback, connecting to the Spaulding Trails and finishing at the boat launch. Guessing about 4 or 5 miles of gravel road riding to connect.

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    Rode Today...No one there .0f course. Easily 2 hours of fun, old school singletrack....nice loops if you know how.. maximize the downhills...Virgin!

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    going there tomorrow,,, will report

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    going there tomorrow,,, will report
    Yesterday at Spaulding started cold and windy but by noon the wind was relaxing and it warmed a bit. Very dry and the leaves are piled as much as 6 fluffy inches deep. No one has leaf blown and it would be monumental to do it by rake. Don't think anyone from Spaulding will leaf blow...Any volunteers??? It would be great riding if blown. We rode all the lower stuff a couple of times, went up Yellowdot and Wormhole to Loop. Left on Loop to and up Joe's Cutoff to top. The leaves were so deep that you could easily lose the trail unless you were very familiar with them; and even with that we bailed on going down the 3 great downhill trails, and took Haul Road to the bottom. Too late in the season to get hurt. Kind of surreal riding in leaves that deep, you had to have a good feel for what was under and try not to get hypnotized staring at endless leaves. Still a great day and lots of fun. Saw a few walkers as we left. FYI Spaulding is posted no hunting, but wear orange anyway, you never know.

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    The Riding Goes On..warm and dry....Well, much to my amusement, this thread on Spaulding Woods, started 2 years and 2 months ago, has now gone over the 12,000 view mark...that is almost 500 per month!! I ride there about twice a month, since it opened, and do what I can to clear branches and debris. I see no evidence of even a few hundred riders on here. So now I ask, Who has been there and what was their experience... or what turned you away... or are we being duped by "Ghost Riders in the Sky"... anyway thanks for keeping my private area Private!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    The Riding Goes On..warm and dry....Well, much to my amusement, this thread on Spaulding Woods, started 2 years and 2 months ago, has now gone over the 12,000 view mark...that is almost 500 per month!! I ride there about twice a month, since it opened, and do what I can to clear branches and debris. I see no evidence of even a few hundred riders on here. So now I ask, Who has been there and what was their experience... or what turned you away... or are we being duped by "Ghost Riders in the Sky"... anyway thanks for keeping my private area Private!!
    People keep reading this thread because you keep bumping it. The way you talk about it, I would think it must be the 2nd coming of the kingdom trails. I was there once this spring because there was no snow there. I was bored with the place after 15 mins. I think I rode all the trails in both directions in around a hour. A few trails were fun but not enough to ever go back. I guess if you were going to ride HLs trails or FFs but I would rather go rode riding than go there.
    Not trying to burst your bubble but I think others should know its not really much there. If I live down the street and I could roll down through on my bike I would maybe sometimes go there but I would be pissed if I travel far to ride there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    The Riding Goes On..warm and dry....Well, much to my amusement, this thread on Spaulding Woods, started 2 years and 2 months ago, has now gone over the 12,000 view mark...that is almost 500 per month!! I ride there about twice a month, since it opened, and do what I can to clear branches and debris. I see no evidence of even a few hundred riders on here. So now I ask, Who has been there and what was their experience... or what turned you away... or are we being duped by "Ghost Riders in the Sky"... anyway thanks for keeping my private area Private!!
    i went there once with a couple of friends after riding at franklin falls. it was ok but not great. i really wanted it to be excellent but it wasn't.

    i have clicked on this thread at least 30 times to see if anything new was happening, and i'm sure that's the case for others - this is a pretty small forum - so the 12k views don't mean much. could be as few as a couple hundred people fwiw.

    edit - sounds like you should be the volunteer leaf blower if you want it done!

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    Spaulding is certainly not a "destination" but it is a great little tag-a-long locale to add to riding Highland or Knowles Pond or FFD or why not put it all together? Had a ton of interest and potential in its early stages but interest and manpower has an ebb and a flow. Some key stakeholders are no longer at the youth center and just like that the impetus to continue to build and maintain was gone. This was always a youth center initiative that NEMBA assisted with.

    At least once a year I try to ride from my house to FFD over to Highland and then to Spaulding for a 50 mile epic with 25(ish) miles of singletrack There is still room to grow there. All it takes is someone to grab the reins.

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