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    Harald Parker

    Anyone ride Harald Parker lately. Wondering if studs were nessasary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer13 View Post
    Anyone ride Harald Parker lately. Wondering if studs were nessasary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer13 View Post
    Anyone ride Harald Parker lately. Wondering if studs were nessasary.
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    Only if you like your studs popping out from the bare rocks. No snow and very little ice and mud going on at HP these days.

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    On Jan 28th it was surprisingly "dry"

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    Good job! HP conditions

    I rode it today. Awesome. Mostly dry!
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    I rode saturday conditions where great.

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    I am a newby at HP. Any recommendations on fun flowy single track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearman View Post
    I am a newby at HP. Any recommendations on fun flowy single track?
    Here's a GPS map of a route. It can get slow and technical in some parts.
    Got knee pads?

    The start is the dirt parking lot at the intersection of Jenkins Road and Harold Parker Road. Big counterclockwise loop.

    There are great trails all around Bear Pond and Brackett Pond too.

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    (Ignore mile markers 10 & 11 ... I was in the car heading home when I remembered to turn off the GPS)

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    Awesome thanks!

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    Had a killer ride @HP today.

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    Here's another GPS track. This was from the NEMBA Wicked Ride of the East. It's about a 20 mile loop
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    Just wondering if there was any snow there from yesterdays storm? I was thinking about heading out there tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHITEFOOT View Post
    Just wondering if there was any snow there from yesterdays storm? I was thinking about heading out there tomorrow.

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    I live a half hour south from HP. We got lotsa rain. Probably really muddy there.

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    All rain I think. The wind today should dry it out.

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    Spent 3-1/2 hours there today. Wind did a good job drying things up, just a few wet spots. Wind certainly made things fun! All in all amazing trails for February.
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    Hows hp looking after the snow, plan on riding there Sunday.

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    I live in Burlington and drive by HP every weekday. Everything around here has ~6" of snow. Tomorrow should be in the 50s with rain which will likely get rid of most of this snow. But my guess is HP will be wet and slick on Sunday.

    We are going to try Lynn or School St, closer to the coast, more rock, higher altitude so should yield a drier ride.

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    Hows hp looking after the snow, plan on riding there Sunday.
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    Please, don't go to Lynn. I'm pretty sure its officially supposed to be close until April or so.

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    Where is this place. How do i get there? I ve been riding for a year now and the only places I know are callahan S P and Black stone river and canal S P.

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    HP is in Andover, Ma of Rt125. There are many access places for the trails actually.

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    It's spelled Harold ... not Harald

    Quote Originally Posted by Thiago7 View Post
    Where is this place. How do i get there? I ve been riding for a year now and the only places I know are callahan S P and Black stone river and canal S P.
    Here's the main parking lot on Google maps:
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    Yup, most popular spot to start is the intersection of Harold Parker and Jenkins Rd indicated above. The DCR map actually lists many (though not all) of the singletrack trails on it which is unusual. Link: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/trails/harold.pdf

    Yellow Diamond Trail around Salem Pond is great if you want a technical challenge.

    Considering you've only been riding for a year you might want something a bit smoother. If that's the case you may want to park on middleton road near Berry Pond. Look for the white-blazed Bay Circuit Trail heading north off middleton rd. and go from there.

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    Rode there today. Got lost trying to follow the Wicked map. Ended up very content with 25 miles.

    it was way cool checking out the trees that the beavers have been working to fell. They be busy!
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    Yellow Diamond Trail around Salem Pond is great if you want a technical challenge.
    Walked that entire area last weekend with my girlfriend. Um, yeah, I would say quite technical for sure. Thought I would see more bikers as it was beautiful but only 4 on that trail anyway. Wishing I was on the bike and not walking although many spots would be hike a bike for me on that yellow diamond trail.

    it was way cool checking out the trees that the beavers have been working to fell. They be busy!
    Didn't see to much beaver damage at HP but at Great Brook Farm they been REALLY busy. Mild to wild damage like I've never seen before in a bunch of spots. Impressive workers those beaver families.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post
    Walked that entire area last weekend with my girlfriend. Um, yeah, I would say quite technical for sure. Thought I would see more bikers as it was beautiful but only 4 on that trail anyway. Wishing I was on the bike and not walking although many spots would be hike a bike for me on that yellow diamond trail.
    Yup. Cleaning everything on that loop is a major accomplishment to be sure. Still a few sections I've never cleaned, let alone doing the whole trail non-stop . Really relentless with the rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post

    Didn't see to much beaver damage at HP but at Great Brook Farm they been REALLY busy. Mild to wild damage like I've never seen before in a bunch of spots. Impressive workers those beaver families.

    Most of their work was visible along the trail between Field Pond and HP road.
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