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    trail condition this weekend.....

    What does everyone think? probably a crap load of trees, but wondering more about snow... I know the seacoast didn't get much, so.. the best bet is probably fort rock... figured I'd start this thread for people to post up trail conditions.....
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    North facing hills in Exeter still have snow. The south facing hills have
    melted. We need mid 50's at least and a lot of sun to melt this crap
    and salvage the rest of the late fall/early winter riding around here.
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    Did Franklin area get hit bad as well? FOMBA is my go-to trail because it's so close to me but I imagine it being a slushy mess right now. FFD seems to drain and dry well.

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    Franklin should be good by the weekend. We have traces of snow on the ground, but it's melting quickly and we didn't really have any trouble with downed trees in the area.

    I hope the snow melts because we have a trail day planned at Page Hill (just up the road from Franklin Falls) this Sunday.

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    more trees down at fort rock than after the hurricane. It is for the most part good to go...more humbling than usual. It is wet as water has pooled on all the green leaves, but not really muddy. There are definitely some snowy areas. The wood, those live tree cut bridges especially, are ferociously slippery. "Shoveled" off a few and body (or face packed) a few that I tried to ride. I was out tuesday afternoon.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. Here in manch, the snow is melting quickly, I would think by the weekend fomba would be rideable. Bear brook probably not, that place holds snow forever for some reason. JDM, what do you think about the pinnacle trails? Anything to be seen in there and how much snow did they get this last storm? may end up at FFD if nothing else is dry....
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    anyone from white mountain nemba that can give conditions on black cap and red tail? Been wanting to try them for the longest time, but haven't been able to make it up this year...
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    There seems to be a little more snow in the Sunapee/Newport area. I wouldn't count on the Pinnacle, but I'll take a closer look on my drive home tonight.

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    4-5" of snow in the woods Concord Area. I would go south.
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    Or north. No snow in Mid Maine. Should be a Banger of a weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDM View Post
    There seems to be a little more snow in the Sunapee/Newport area. I wouldn't count on the Pinnacle, but I'll take a closer look on my drive home tonight.

    If you can't find a place to ride then you're welcome to join us building trail!
    I would but I ride saturdays. Sundays are spend the time with the fam day. I need to join a local chapter. You guys seem to be pretty active which is good, I'm always checking your blog. All we need now is an area to give us the go ahead to build some real all mountain trails. Such as with berms, jumps, drops etc... then I'd be ALL in. Otherwise, I'll focus building efforts on my local trails....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDM View Post
    looks like northern ma might be the way to go this weekend, maybe vietnam etc.. Hit lowell dracut last weekend right before the snow flew, was a good time....
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    Portland area only got around 4" of snow last weekend. No snow in the woods up here.

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    A couple of buddies rode the Pinnacle last night and say that it is in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manchvegas View Post
    anyone from white mountain nemba that can give conditions on black cap and red tail? Been wanting to try them for the longest time, but haven't been able to make it up this year...
    We didn't get much snow and most trails are good. Red Tail tends to hold it a little longer but is probably fine; may have a few mud spots.

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    how are the trails at the pinnacle? I've never ridden there. Is it worth the drive from manchester? And it is mostly cross country or what? I guess, what would it compare to?
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    The pinnacle is super fun. It has a nice mix of tough climbs, rippin' descents and a good balance of technical but flowy. Grenvilles Eastside is my favorite trial. The upper part is like a rocky roller-coaster/pump-track and the lower half has some great berms.

    This link shows a pretty good route: http://www.team-pinnacle.org/media/m...s_20111011.pdf

    We usually ride from the HS track on rte 10, up lower loop and trapper. Also, Big Rock is fun to ride down if you notice it. Also, the blue loop is worth it if you have the time.

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    I'm going to be driving through the Jackson / N. Conway area on Sunday and haven't ridden in the area before. Any recommendations on where to ride for 1-2 hr?

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    sounds good. I was thinkin about tryin to do that whole route, the yellow and the blue... How many miles do you think that is? I'm all about the elevation, i'm ok with climbing as long as there is a reward of some downhill....
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    roughly 10miles/2hrs. You can probably get 3hrs if you loop around on the lower stuff that isn't on the highlighted route. It all pretty fun.

    Also, the blue loop is fun to ride both ways. I almost like it better the opposite way from what is shown, with the exception of salem's lot which has nice berms in the direction shown.

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    I rode Pinnacle this afternoon and it's fine. Traces of snow here and there but should be great by the weekend.

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    Is Pinnacle an intermediate trail system? And is it XC like Bear Brook or more of FR/DH like Drummer Hill?
    I was thinking of going south this weekend but if Pinnacle fits the bill I might go there instead.
    Wasn't even aware of its existence until I read this thread

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    Just rode the 4miler trail today. did some clearing but it wasn't too bad for the most part. Over 6+ inches of snow still on the trail made for a fun ride .

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    It's definitely not FR/DH, but it can be technical at times. You'll want to bring some lungs & legs.

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    Thanks JDM. I might give Pinnacle a try.

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    Is there really 4" of snow on all the trails? May end up going south if that's the case... Not a big fan of riding in slush when it's 45 degrees out.....
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    Did a quick loop in Fort Rock this afternoon. Some blow-downs blocking some areas, small oak branches everywhere. Not much snow and relativlely dry where I rode. I did some minor clearing/tidying on the way back.

    And the ticks are still out!

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    Woods are clearing out in the Concord Area.
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    Anyone been to willowdale?

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    I live in southern NH. i expect a mess of branches, but i dont want to ride in snow either. i was thinking of taking a hike at Beaver Brook in Hollis. Most likely a hike, but might bike some of it.

    is there still snow in southern NH around the nashua/hollis area? i know the friends i convinced to come with me will b*tch if they encounter messy stuff!

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    HP is clean and good to go. I'd imagine that willowdale would be snow free as it is pretty close. Fort Rock is pretty good now. I was out there today and rode the entire south side. I bet Mt. A is probably good to go as well. I was down in Lowell today as well and would guess that LDTF is all set as there was very little snow anywhere.
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    Went to pinnacle today and had a good ride. Trails were somewhat hard to follow with all the leaves etc... overall we had a great ride, we went out and did all the suggested route, up pinnacle, down the other side and out bear trap to coit and then back down through the awesome berms on salems lot and the other trail (can't remember the name) awesome berm work. I do think it needs some maintenance though, such as signs, couldn't find "brake burner" of coit mtn. the beginning of bear trap was all crapped up from logging, an doesn't look like it's seen maintenance in a while, quite a few stream crossings etc. But over all I really like it, the billy goat climb up the backside of coit was a really cool climb. Props to the builders, an hopefully it sees a little more maintenance, definitely one of my new favorite places.... Thanks to everyone for the advice!
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    went to Yudicky in Nashua and its a big mess. i did hear somebody out there with a chainsaw though. if i was on foot i would have started clearing some of it myself. but instead i was out on a bike and constantly have sticks flying up at me, and kept having to duck under sagging trees. the only clear spots are the open fields obviously. Some of it is still rideable, but annoying. i found myself turning around alot.

    hardly any snow left, but some large puddles and mud.

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    I did some hikes in BB over the weekend, not too much in terms of snow or downed trees.

    edit: there's downed trees in the logging zoo.
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    Franklin Falls is perfect. No trees, branches or snow.
    Concord, NH area trails are clear.

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    Musquash Conservation area in Londonderry got hit pretty hard. Several people, myself included, have been clearing away fallen trees.

    Landing Trail: clear, but very wet
    Overlook Trail: clear until the landing (haven't ridden/walked the second part)
    Betty Mac: 95% clear of fallen trees (ran out of gas for the saw), parts have been blown by someone.
    Ravine Trail: clear (according to another rider)
    White Trail: clear (according to another rider)
    Deer Trail: needs work

    Overall, there is plenty of riding and most of the single track is quite dry. Very little snow. The wettest part is just the Landing trail when you first start out. Careful on the bridges. If they have snow on them, they have ice too and are very slick.

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    I just rode Fire Line today few trees down some still there from the last storm.lots of mud no snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuyler1 View Post
    Musquash Conservation area in Londonderry got hit pretty hard. Several people, myself included, have been clearing away fallen trees.

    Landing Trail: clear, but very wet
    Overlook Trail: clear until the landing (haven't ridden/walked the second part)
    Betty Mac: 95% clear of fallen trees (ran out of gas for the saw), parts have been blown by someone.
    Ravine Trail: clear (according to another rider)
    White Trail: clear (according to another rider)
    Deer Trail: needs work

    Overall, there is plenty of riding and most of the single track is quite dry. Very little snow. The wettest part is just the Landing trail when you first start out. Careful on the bridges. If they have snow on them, they have ice too and are very slick.

    I just discovered Squash this year really fun trails. I would be really interested in helping out with clean up. Please let me know when you go back out,
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    stratham hill area was in fine shape today. little wet in some areas, but not too bad. nice to see folks out enjoying the new trails.

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    sweet. i was wondering about the 'Squash. didnt want to risk the drive this past weekend, but i'll try next weekend now that i know!


    oh, and if you're looking for an easy spin, Mine Falls (Nashua) is clear too. i had to settle for that because it was close and i needed to get on my bike somehow.

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    Rog, anymore incidents with sabotage up there in Stratham? There was a big article and editorial about someone messing with the trails on some of the downs in the paper. I was almost decapitated myself there about a month ago burning a downhill when I came around a corner and a tree was smack in the middle of the trail at head height. I managed to duck under the handlebars just in time and my camelbak paid the price instead (luckily). After the articles, I decided to avoid that place for a few weeks, though I was loving the trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ooctrl View Post
    Rog, anymore incidents with sabotage up there in Stratham? There was a big article and editorial about someone messing with the trails on some of the downs in the paper. I was almost decapitated myself there about a month ago burning a downhill when I came around a corner and a tree was smack in the middle of the trail at head height. I managed to duck under the handlebars just in time and my camelbak paid the price instead (luckily). After the articles, I decided to avoid that place for a few weeks, though I was loving the trails.
    i haven't noticed. i mean there are a few low hangers from the storm, but nothing weird.

    i was there at the same time that day when the guy got hurt by hitting that deer head. i musta only missed the placement of it by a few minutes.

    i'll be on the lookout tho as i tend to like conflict

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    Hit a deer head???

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    Hit a deer head???
    that's right. a deer head with rack left right at the bottom of the hill near the gazebo. the rider hit it on the decent and went down, wrecking his foot.

    pretty fvcked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer13 View Post
    I just discovered Squash this year really fun trails. I would be really interested in helping out with clean up. Please let me know when you go back out,
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    My friend is the one with the chain saw so I'll have to get back to you. I think we are going on a ride tomorrow morning at the 'squash. He works 2nd shift and I work from home 3 days a week, so we do mid-morning rides pretty often. I'm only 5 minutes from Musquash so I ride there several times a week.

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    sweet. i was wondering about the 'Squash. didnt want to risk the drive this past weekend, but i'll try next weekend now that i know!

    oh, and if you're looking for an easy spin, Mine Falls (Nashua) is clear too. i had to settle for that because it was close and i needed to get on my bike somehow.
    I'll have to have someone show me around Mine Falls some day. I've done a few rides there with my wife but we stick to the main thru-ways so I haven't ventured onto the single track yet aside from the loop around the soccer fields.

    Anyway, 'squash is ready for a good ride. Make sure you have the updated map (available at the town hall) or print it yourself. http://parmenterfarm.org/londonderry...h_map_edit.pdf

    Best route would be to start at Hickory Hill Rd....

    Start on Landing Trail
    [2] Take your first right onto overlook single track
    [14] Turn right onto Betty Mack Trail
    [17] Turn left to stay on Betty Mack Trail
    [19] Turn right onto blue trail double-track
    [22] At fork, turn left and pick up Ravine Trail single track on the right
    [21] Turn left onto White Trail
    [23] Cross blue trail double track and stay on White Trail single track
    [26] Turn left onto blue trail (this part of blue is single track)
    [24] Turn right onto Betty Mack Trail
    [25] Stay straight on Betty mack Trail
    [11] Stay straight on Betty Mack Trail
    [10] The Landing, Hang a left
    [13] Turn right onto Overlook
    [14] Stay straight on Overlook
    [8] Bear right toward Landing Trail
    [5] Turn left onto Landing trail

    At this point, you've been riding for about 5 miles (1.5hrs-2hrs) on mostly technical singletrack. If you want some more leg burn, continue on, or just follow the Landing trail back to Hickory Hill.

    [3] Ride slow or you'll miss this right onto Deer trail
    [X] Bear right to run Deer trail CCW
    ... Keep turning left and you'll run the entire loop. The top section has some trees that haven't been removed yet but the downhill section after [4] is clear. There is a rock bridge over a log right at intersection 4 and it's a fun descent from there. This loop will add about 1 mile to your ride.

    Looking for even more?

    Pay attention while on Deer Trail and you should be able to find the Porcupine loop. This weekend, it was difficult to spot among the leaves. Run this loop CCW as well by turning right at the first intersection. The trail is very technical and rocky so it is usually better on fresh legs. This loop will add an additional mile to your ride.

    All told, you can get 7 miles in and cover 90% of Musquash's single track without doubling up on anything (except one small section of Overlook which is fun in both directions anyway). The only noteworthy trail missing from this route is the second part of Overlook Trail (that takes you to the overlook). That part of the trail is extremely difficult with short but steep and slippery climbs, a few technical descents, and one narrow bridge that is difficult to line up for. It's worthy of a ride, but it cuts off a good section of Betty Mack so I'd save it for a second outing.

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    Wow! Thanks for the detailed loop chuyler1. Given the current weather forecast, this weekend will be awesome for riding.

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    Anyone plan on riding near Essex/Colchester area this weekend at night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuyler1 View Post


    I'll have to have someone show me around Mine Falls some day. I've done a few rides there with my wife but we stick to the main thru-ways so I haven't ventured onto the single track yet aside from the loop around the soccer fields.



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    Mine falls is more than half fire roads. would your misses venture onto the single track? even though its rougher than a fire road, they are still relatively easy. there are maybe 2 short trails with gnarly spots. i could show you all the way around you can get maybe 8ish miles. its the place i used to "learn" mountain biking in the first place

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    trails near rt. 111 have been cleared and blown. there ridin good for tonights wed night ride! most of the rest of the trails have been cleared but not blown. there is a couple of trails we have not got to. also fixed what we call ramp trail [rock ramp between 2 trees] cleared,raked and a nice little reroute at the end. thx to all that helped! oh yeah wear orange hunting is allowed in some areas.

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