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    Help with trails near Burlington MA

    Traveling for work to Burlington MA. Trying to determine if it's worth the effort to haul my bike (100mm) from Missouri to ride after work. I would define myself as an intermediate natural trail rider (technical rocks/roots, up/down, fast single track, hate fire roads).

    Looking at nemba.org, it looks like Lynn Woods and Harold Parker Forrest seem challenging and within driving distance after work. Probably riding nightly from 6-dark (w/ light).

    Any suggestions on trails near 01803? Might consider extending trip for a ride only day. Thanks!

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    I lived in Burlington for 40 years. My go to places are the Landlocked Forest and Mill Pond ( The Res).
    Both in Burlington.

    https://ridewithgps.com/trips/23129081

    https://ridewithgps.com/trips/12187075

    Harold Parker is not too far if traffic isnít back.


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    I would second LandLocked. In that area that's my go to as well.
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    Thursday nights (6-8pm) is the NEMBA LLF ride. Tons of fun and you don't need to know where you are going, just follow.

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    Mill Pond and Sawmill Brook - Hidden gem

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    Burlington Landlocked Forest or Mill Pond are perfect after work rides.

    Harold Parker would be worthy of a full day commitment. Look up trail maps or Strava traces for past years "Wicked Ride of the East" if you're looking for a good way to string it together.

    Russel Mill/Billerica State Forest is a great set of technical/flow trails that's close to Burlington as well:
    Russell Mill, Chelmsford | NEMBA

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    Thanks guys!

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    Realized I didn't really answer your question. Short answer, definitely bring your bike!!!!

    Lynn Woods is no joke. It's generally regarded as one of the most difficult, technical places to ride around here. It's closer to a trials park with big drops than fast single track.
    https://www.facebook.com/ridewithjef...6720505568561/

    Harold Parker has everything from smooth single track to trails just like Lynn Woods. It's big, could definitely spend a full day there. You'll burn ride time getting there during the week however since traffic basically stops at 4pm around here. It's only 19 miles, but the googles says you should plan on one hour.

    LLF (Landlocked Forest), Mill Pond, and Russel Mill/Billerica State Forest I would say align with your description of good riding. LLF is my weekday ride as I work nearby. Russel Mill/BSF is a lot of fun and my favorite weekend spot.

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    I'll third the vote for Mill Pond-- nicely rocky and off the normal rotation of places to ride so you're unlikely to encounter much traffic-- just beware the off-leash dogs on occasion. The ridewithgps track that was posted is a pretty good representation of what's there, except it looks like it misses two good singletrack sections:

    The Twins: https://www.strava.com/segments/1527097
    The Esses (Spirogyra): https://www.strava.com/segments/4992782

    The twins I've only ever ridden in the direction of the segment, the esses can go either way but I prefer them as a climb (which is the direction of the segment).

    Here's a ride I did that hits all the major singletrack at the Pond:
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1565130048

    FYI, NOTHING at the pond is marked, so be prepared to get lost or follow a GPS route to find all the good singletrack.

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    It's not hidden now, is it? Not much traffic until someone blabs on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudeist View Post
    It's not hidden now, is it? Not much traffic until someone blabs on the internet.
    uhh, mill pond , in full....is also not for wimps

    so, it's a self bozo-filtering system LOL. nothing like the easy-peasy LLF

    sawmill brook + mill pond = full mill pond ride
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