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    Whatever happened to the Mid State Trail ?

    So does anyone ever ride this trail anymore ? Does it even exist ?

    I rode this trail back in the early 2000's after reading an article about it in a MTB mag (starting in Westminster and going North to Mt Watatic) and thought it was pretty damn good but there is absolutely no information about it anymore.

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    Still there, I believe not all of it is open to bikes.

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    Still there, and got some newer, more interesting stuff off and around it.
    I ride it in Westminster regularly as it runs a few hundred feet from my house.

    Same parts that used to be closed to bikes still are.

    North end is way better ridden N to S IMO.
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    I rode it from the Wachusett Inn as an out and back to Mt Watatic. I remember it being a long day in the saddle and the trail being pretty good. By happenstance I came across the article where I find the ride and when I looked it up there is no info for the trail on MTBR, Strava, MTBProject, or NEMBA's website.

    Well it's good to hear that it's still ridden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobriango View Post
    when I looked it up there is no info for the trail on MTBR, Strava, MTBProject, or NEMBA's website.
    Good to hear.
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    I hear this all the time .... people not wanting anyone else out on a trail but in my opinion riding on a trail that gets no use, sucks. They're always overgrown, have tons of sticks covering the trail, and they're never any new lines developing.

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    I rode a portion of it as part of a stage ride I put together this summer. The first part I rode was pretty brutal (blowdowns, chunky, steep) but got better the closer I got to Westminster. https://nebackcountry.blogspot.com/2...rail-ride.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobriango View Post
    I hear this all the time .... people not wanting anyone else out on a trail but in my opinion riding on a trail that gets no use, sucks. They're always overgrown, have tons of sticks covering the trail, and they're never any new lines developing.
    Yup, that's exactly how it is.
    Being all over the internet would 'fix' everything, I'm sure.



    Don't worry, there are plenty of folks enjoying the trails around here in real life. Don't really want or need a bunch of random people showing up 'developing new lines' all over the place.

    And the next time somebody shows up from 'the internet' and immediately goes to work cleaning up debris and cutting back faceslappers will also be the first time that's ever happened. Not exactly holding our breath for that sort of help.
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    ^true

    how to ride an mtb
    a) go out, clean up trail, come back
    b) ride all year problem free...now it's cleared

    easy as pie
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    Quote Originally Posted by noreasterbackcountry View Post
    I rode a portion of it as part of a stage ride I put together this summer. The first part I rode was pretty brutal (blowdowns, chunky, steep) but got better the closer I got to Westminster. https://nebackcountry.blogspot.com/2...rail-ride.html

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    Good to see you're posting again. Love reading your stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    ^true

    how to ride an mtb
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    b) ride all year problem free...now it's cleared

    easy as pie
    You saying the PR didn't get SOOO much better once the internet got a hold of it?

    Look at all those sweet new lines that got developed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreasterbackcountry View Post
    I rode a portion of it as part of a stage ride I put together this summer. The first part I rode was pretty brutal (blowdowns, chunky, steep) but got better the closer I got to Westminster. https://nebackcountry.blogspot.com/2...rail-ride.html

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    Slapheadmofo - this is what I'm talking about when I say 'new lines' !!! That worn part of the trail looks beautiful with it's 2-3 different option on where to go. I do not mean short cuts through the woods that are obviously cutting the trail.

    Anyway, I'm glad this trail is still ridden and if I'm every up from Atlanta I will be sure to drop in a ride it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobriango View Post
    Slapheadmofo - this is what I'm talking about when I say 'new lines' !!! That worn part of the trail looks beautiful with it's 2-3 different option on where to go. I do not mean short cuts through the woods that are obviously cutting the trail.

    Anyway, I'm glad this trail is still ridden and if I'm every up from Atlanta I will be sure to drop in a ride it again.
    Just got an abutters notice in the mail yesterday about a bunch of upcoming development - better get while the getting's good.

    Hopefully we'll be able to get the developers to agree to maintain a corridor for the trail, but we'll definitely lose a lot of the 'bonus' stuff off of it. Knew it was coming eventually, didn't think it would be so soon.
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    I ride a section of it through Westminster as it traverses into the Wachusett Brewery trails.
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    A bunch of us did a point to point from Temple mountain in NH to the Wachusett Brewery last weekend. 32 miles of brutality. Some of the steepest rocky downhills around. Some hike a bike but not so much to make it suck.

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    How easy was it to follow the trail coming down from Temple Mountain to the brewery?
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    Very easy. Just follow the yellow triangles. A little more local trail savvy required near the brewery but nothing major.

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    Yeah I ride the brewery trails often which includes part of the MST which has a really good downhill section.


    Quote Originally Posted by DAVID J View Post
    Very easy. Just follow the yellow triangles. A little more local trail savvy required near the brewery but nothing major.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proecadgod View Post
    Yeah I ride the brewery trails often which includes part of the MST which has a really good downhill section.
    There are a few trail sections in the area that ride better than than actual Midstate. Fairly easy to find if you keep your eyes open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    There are a few trail sections in the area that ride better than than actual Midstate. Fairly easy to find if you keep your eyes open.
    We should just make signs directing people to project X. We're gonna lose it so might has well let people party/kill themselves on it.

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    Loose it? Clear cutting or new homes? WTF

    Quote Originally Posted by mattyice View Post
    We should just make signs directing people to project X. We're gonna lose it so might has well let people party/kill themselves on it.

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    Homes and industrial park/gravel pit are creeping fast.

    Got a good bunch of miles of leafblown skinny stuff out there waiting for tires right now though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Homes and industrial park/gravel pit are creeping fast.

    Got a good bunch of miles of leafblown skinny stuff out there waiting for tires right now though.
    I just need a bike that works, damnit!

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