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    earls trails near the notch

    how are they? i just heard about them. they anything like bachelor st.?? i generally like single track with jumps and drops...anything of that nature there or is all technical rocky stuff?

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    Go and explore. If you ride B-street, it's only across Rt. 116 from Notch Visitors Center. You can easily hit some of both sides on the same ride. Over 40 miles of ST between both sides of the notch.

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    Not to be a weiner, but it's actually about 36-37 miles of singletrack. And Earl's has 2000' of climbing in 14 miles. Yowzers.

    No jumps, drops, or technical stuff (aside from a few very short sections). Fast, tight, twisty, flowy. Some brutal climbs, many ripper descents. Well placed corners. Racetrack fast. The terrain couldn't be more different than B street.

    They suck if you don't like that kind of stuff.

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    who doesn't like that kind of stuff?

    fast, railable, flowy, buff... if you don't like 'that kind of stuff', you don't like mountain biking!

    Even the DH kids love Earl's.

    As for the poster... if I am reading you correctly, you don't like rocky technical but do like smooth trails with drops and jumps? I know of no such in the area. Unless you are doing 15-20mph at Earls (then there's a bit of air involved, but no 'drops').

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    Quote Originally Posted by smelly
    Not to be a weiner, but it's actually about 36-37 miles of singletrack. And Earl's has 2000' of climbing in 14 miles. Yowzers.

    No jumps, drops, or technical stuff (aside from a few very short sections). Fast, tight, twisty, flowy. Some brutal climbs, many ripper descents. Well placed corners. Racetrack fast. The terrain couldn't be more different than B street.

    They suck if you don't like that kind of stuff.
    Is that 2000' up and down*? And where exactly is this place? I want. Thanks.

    *In other words, is there a 2000' climb followed by a 2000' descent, or is it up and down the whole way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil Chocula
    Is that 2000' up and down*? And where exactly is this place? I want. Thanks.

    *In other words, is there a 2000' climb followed by a 2000' descent, or is it up and down the whole way.

    That's over the course of an entire ride. Depending on pace & trail choice, you'll climb for 20 to 45 minutes and there are a couple of sustained downhills that will take 7 to 10 minutes. Fun place, easy to get confused as to where you are but worth the trip from anywhere. Getting less buff due to erosion now, though... Some reroutes & deberming are in order.

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    Earl's Trails, easily my favorite in MA (thus far).

    For those of you looking for details, hopefully a low-quality GPS track will help. FYI, this track is only part of the trails at Earl's, and the milage # is low because of the iPhone's inferior GPS signal accuracy. Still, it should give you an idea of what's out there and where the trailheads are (Chmura Rd or West St). Next time I'm out there (maybe weekend of Oct 24th) I'll record and post a more accurate track using a Garmin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil Chocula
    Is that 2000' up and down*? And where exactly is this place? I want. Thanks.
    Mt. Greylock has 2000 feet of vertical gain (almost 2200, actually). Mt Everett (southwest corner of the state) has about 1800. Dunno about riding at either place, though.

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    thanks for all the replies! sounds like ill have to try it out. i love single track. if you see kid pushing a bike up a hill thats probably me. i only like going down!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by olapiquena
    who doesn't like that kind of stuff?

    fast, railable, flowy, buff... if you don't like 'that kind of stuff', you don't like mountain biking!

    Even the DH kids love Earl's.

    As for the poster... if I am reading you correctly, you don't like rocky technical but do like smooth trails with drops and jumps? I know of no such in the area. Unless you are doing 15-20mph at Earls (then there's a bit of air involved, but no 'drops').
    the rollercoaster at b street has few good jumps and drops on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfrench2013
    thanks for all the replies! sounds like ill have to try it out. i love single track. if you see kid pushing a bike up a hill thats probably me. i only like going down!!!

    Sounds like riding in the Notch/Holyoke Range is NOT for you then. Got to earn your turns there.

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    yea, no **** its not for me. lol thats why i go to mount snow, mount killington and places like that. in the meantime i go there its 5 minutes from my house. i dont mind walking it. i just dont get any more enjoyment from pedaling my bike up the hill than i do walking it. "i like to go fast" - ricky bobby

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    Theyre not happy until youre not happy.

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