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    Ten Favorites

    Here's a list of my ten favorite trails in New England. Let the flamewar commence.

    Nor'Easter Backcountry: Ten Favorites: The Pantheon of New England Mountain Biking Trails

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    I discovered Troll Stroll two weekends ago. I agree it belongs on the list. It reminded me a lot of the trails at Stowe.

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    I would like to submit Grenville's Eastside at the Pinnacle in Newport, NH for your consideration.

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    The Pinnacle wasn't even on my radar JDM. I've added it to my hit list.

    I've got some friends in Lebanon/Rio Blanco area. Maybe I can combine it with a trip to Ascutney with them. Thanks!

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    Drummer Hill in Keene, NH

    Greenfield Trails Association in Greenfield, NH, over 40 miles of single track, and more in the works.

    If you want to ride either contact me at: 603-209-7273 or lwebber60@yahoo.com
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    I respectfully disagree with this list. Or maybe I should say, that's not MY list. I'm not going to tell you what your ten favorite trails are, but I can tell you that about 8 or 9 of those wouldn't have made my list.

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    Thanks Larry, as I mentioned on my blog, I'll be taking you up on that invite, hopefully sooner rather than later.

    Bad, I'm not surprised. These are so subjective. Not only does it depend on preferences but also to some extent skill. I'm sure someone would tell me that the Minuteman is their favorite biking trail-- even having tried some of the other stuff- because they don't know yet how to handle the technical stuff. This is precisely the reason none of the stuff from Lynn is on my list-- I'm working so damn hard there that it's hard to get the flow going. Someone with more skill wouldn't have to work as hard. What are some that would be on your list?

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    Just my 2
    Lynn woods
    Bear Brook
    Fort Rock
    Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro State forest
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    Joe's

    A list without Joe's at Waterbury, is like a day without sunshine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad news View Post
    I respectfully disagree with this list. Or maybe I should say, that's not MY list. I'm not going to tell you what your ten favorite trails are, but I can tell you that about 8 or 9 of those wouldn't have made my list.
    I agree with you bad news, some of those trails are maybe a half mile long. Good quality but I would pick trails that take more than 2 minutes to ride.

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    Thanks for everyone's favs so far, good stuff.

    Here are some of my favorites, not in any order. Way more than 10 I guess.

    Hemlocks, Bear Brook, Carr Ridge, Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown, NH
    Tap N Die, Ridge-Rim combo, Troll Stroll, J-Bar, Moose Alley, KT, Burke, VT
    Jester, Burke Bike Park, Burke, VT
    Burning Spear, Joe's, Rasta, Yellow Trail, Perry Hill, Waterbury, VT
    Happy Hour, Highland, Northfield, NH
    Brackett Pond Loops, No Red Tape trails, Harold Parker, Andover, MA
    Crater Trail, Moose Tack, Sunday River, Newry, ME
    Cellar Hole, Lost Wall, Stump, Franklin Falls, Franklin, NH
    Harrington Heights/Ridge, Roller Coaster, Fellowship Ring, Millstone, Websterville, VT
    Droopy Muffin to Svelte Tiger, Pine Hill Park, Rutland, VT
    Nemba Trail, Lowell-Dracut State Forest, Lowell, MA

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    Great list Severum.

    I was actually at FOMBA & Bear Brook yesterday and hit some stuff at BB (including Carr Ridge) that I hadn't been on before. There is some excellent singletrack up there.

    I think you're the second person I've heard mention Lowell/Dracut, which is fairly close to me (Arlington, MA) and I haven't explored. I might have to make a trip up there very soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radair View Post
    I agree with you bad news, some of those trails are maybe a half mile long. Good quality but I would pick trails that take more than 2 minutes to ride.
    I see that you're up in the White Mtns. Where do you Northern NH guys go for trails? What would be your favorites up in your neck of the woods?

    And Severum, I was able to get up to Lowell/Dracut this afternoon. I think my list has its first edit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreasterbackcountry View Post
    The Pinnacle wasn't even on my radar JDM. I've added it to my hit list.

    I've got some friends in Lebanon/Rio Blanco area. Maybe I can combine it with a trip to Ascutney with them. Thanks!
    Hit Pinnacle, Ascutney, Cornish town forest and Boston Lot while you're in the area. They are all great fun.

    Use this map for directions: ****************trailheads. Boston Lot isn't on there. Just park at DHMC.

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    Love seeing Ginn from my home trail system on there at Bradbury but I need to say that I really like The "O" trail there better....it is a bit short but much more challenging.

    West Hartford Reservoir is a great trail (was 10 years ago when I moved at least).

    Barkhampstead State Forest CT is(was) great too.

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    O trail = 2.4 miles

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    favorites in no order

    Troll Stroll, Upper J-Bar to J-bar combo, River Run, Rim to Ridge, BeatBog, Herbs Kingdom Trails
    Casscade, Hemlocks, Little Bear, Carr Ridge, Bear Brook State Forrest
    G Spot School Street
    No Red Tape Trails, Gun Club Trails, Black Ops, White Rabbit, Upper Terry Trail Harold Parker State Forrest
    Sweed Trail, Chicken Soup, Espresso Trail, El Sweeney Trail, Beaver Trail, Lynn Woods
    Green Wood, Red Dot Trail Beverly
    Greg's Trail, Sanbourn Trail, Judy Family Trail Ward Reservation

    so many others....
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    is upper jbar start at the summit of burke mt? I'm heading up there on friday, an was looking for suggestions of trails to ride. Friday I'll probably just be doing mostly burke mt shuttle runs, an then doing a combo ride on saturday. I've ridden most of darling hill but haven't ridden anything on burke mt yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manchvegas View Post
    is upper jbar start at the summit of burke mt? I'm heading up there on friday, an was looking for suggestions of trails to ride. Friday I'll probably just be doing mostly burke mt shuttle runs, an then doing a combo ride on saturday. I've ridden most of darling hill but haven't ridden anything on burke mt yet.
    correct, Upper J-Bar is off the Mountain summit and dumps right into "original" J-Bar. Money Trail.
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    yogreg, glad to see G spot on the list, are the ward reservation trails changed i havent been there in years
    as always let me know if u want to check out hampstead

    severum, a while back u mentioned intrest in trail work.we are at it on the weekends, typically ride for an hour or 2 then work. this weekend i think we r making log rides
    our wed night rides have been 15-20 deep, can get annoying for the faster riders, but with night coming things should mellow out. we will keep it going till it snows

    cant think of many u guys missed as far as favorites
    Z screamin demon at millstone
    demoralizer at exeter
    dead moose/ dead moose abuse at kingdom
    north and south mt at pawtukaway

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    I gotta try those hampstead trails.... do you guys ride early on weds? or any other day? I can be riding by 4
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    If there are no Bachelor St trails on the list i have to assume you haven't been there. Millstone has some great trails as well. Technical AND flowy is where it is at. I look for that, but don't find that often.

    I haven't ridden everything in B street but Missing Person, Far Out, and Rollercoaster were sick trails.

    Also, CT has a lot of high tech trails.

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    manch, tue and fri i could take u out that early..or weekend

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    I would say the Hemlocks at BB are nice if you combine all 3 of of them into a out n back loop, 1-2-3 3-2. Then it's a good 3-4 miles of singletrack.

    I would say there's too much KT on the list. KT is one of the best places to ride, but the trails are all fairly short individually. Give me a trail that keeps flowing for many many miles without constant intersections to connect. My favorite run is connecting the Moose Alley trails when they're dry, little bit of everything.
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    demoralizer at exeter

    Whats up where is the demoralizer trail in Exeter. Is ithis part of Fort Rock trails



    Quote Originally Posted by PitchCrew View Post
    yogreg, glad to see G spot on the list, are the ward reservation trails changed i havent been there in years
    as always let me know if u want to check out hampstead

    severum, a while back u mentioned intrest in trail work.we are at it on the weekends, typically ride for an hour or 2 then work. this weekend i think we r making log rides
    our wed night rides have been 15-20 deep, can get annoying for the faster riders, but with night coming things should mellow out. we will keep it going till it snows

    cant think of many u guys missed as far as favorites
    Z screamin demon at millstone
    demoralizer at exeter
    dead moose/ dead moose abuse at kingdom
    north and south mt at pawtukaway

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