Central NH

Central NH

Newport Town Forest / The Pinnacle

268 North Main St
Newport  New Hampshire  03773
United States
Park near the track and look for the trails leading into the woods.

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Newport Town Forest is an awesome place to ride. The forest's trails connect into a much vaster network of local trails. Expect to do a lot of climbing, and a lot of exploring. 

The 1362 foot summit, The Pinnacle can be reached on an old doubletrack. That doubletrack is best accesed from the Barton & Colt Trailhead. That's loacted in a dirt parking lot on Summer Street just north of house # 183.

Most people park near the Newport Middle / High School and access the trails behind the running track. 

Expect to spend a few day's exploring the Pinnacle and the adjacent trails. 

Much of the trail work and the first map at the top of the page were created by Team Pinnacle. Check out their website for more information on the Newport Town Forest as well as other local riding areas. Read more about [node:title]

Central NH

Moody Park, Claremont

152 Maple Ave
Claremont  New Hampshire  03743
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

Moddy Park in Claremont New Hampshire is a really fun place to ride. The park's 325 acres offer about ten miles of trails. Everythng from mild doubletrack to bar gripping downhills. Mountain bikes are welcomed here although large groups, such as in an event, need to get a permit. Read more about [node:title]

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West Hill Shop

MeesCO Cycles

365 Cycles

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Central NH

Pemigewasset Valley Trails, Plymouth

19 Prince Haven Rd.
Plymouth  New Hampshire  03264
United States

Description

Welcome to Plymouth – the gateway to the outdoor recreation in the western White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Lakes Region, you are a short trip away from world class hiking, skiing, biking, climbing and water sports.

Pemi Valley NEMBA has partnered with the Town of Plymouth, the Holderness Conservation Commission and the Oxbow Initiative to create great mountain biking opportunities with riding distance of downtown. For a more detailed map go to the Fox Park and Gyroscope Trail links on the Pemi Valley NEMBA Page.

Fox Park

The Trails: Fox Park’s singletrack trails are designed with intermediate riders in mind. These trails feature a great mix of flow and technical riding. You will encounter roots, rocks and steep terrain on these trails. For walkers, the doubletrack trails are most suitable.

Parking: the town of Plymouth has a large parking lot on Prince Haven Drive, off of Langdon Street. There is an informational kiosk and port-a-potty.

Gyroscope Trails

The Trails: The Pemigewasset Riverside Park, on the Holderness side of the river, has long been known to mountain bikers as the “Gyroscope Trails”, or “Gyro”. The trail network is unique in New Hampshire for its absence of rocks – making it a true beginner network. The winding and twisted single track is a great place to develop your turning skills.

Jump Area: The jump area contains advanced and expert features. Please use caution.

Getting There: Please park at Fox Park or the Plymouth Pump Track and ride across the river to get to Gyro. Railroad Square and Green Street provide a safe, low-traffic around Main Street, for bikers to get from the Pump Track to the bridge.

Pump Track

The Track: The pump track is a great place for beginners to develop their skills. There is a starting ramp and a figure-eight track of rollers and berms that winds its way through the old concrete supports, which also serve as a public graffiti canvas. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

Rhino Bike Works

Last Stop Bike SHop

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Central NH

Gyroscope Bike Trails, Plymouth

19 Prince Haven Rd
Plymouth  New Hampshire  03264
United States

Description

The Trails: The Pemigewasset Riverside Park, on the Holderness side of the river, has long been known to mountain bikers as the “Gyroscope Trails”, or “Gyro”. This trail network is unique in New Hampshire for its absence of rocks – making it a true beginner network. The winding and twisted single track is a great place to develop your turning skills.

Jump Area: The jump area contains advanced and expert features. Please use caution.

Getting There: Please park at Fox Park or the Plymouth Pump Track and ride across the river to get to Gyro. Railroad Square and Green Street provide a safe, low-traffic route around Main Street, for bikers to get from the Pump Track to the bridge. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

Rhino Bike Works

Last Stop Bike Shop

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Northern NH

Central NH

Fox Park Trails, Plymouth

19 Prince Haven Rd.
Plymouth  New Hampshire  03264
United States

Easy

5%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

35%

Description

Fox Park Trails on Price Haven Road, Plymouth, NH

Pemi Valley NEMBA's largest project to date!  Fox Park has several long, hand built long looping switchbacking trails.  There are quite a few hills to climb. But then you get some truly awesome flowy downhills, as your reward. There are plenty of tight tight technical sections and lots of hand made berms on the tighter corners. First time visitors may well find themselves off their bikes a bit. But by your second time around you'll know what to expect and the trails will seem much easier.

 All of the singletracks are designed to be ridden in both directions, and each direction brings it's own set of challenges and rewards.

There's a short beginners loop, But most true beginnners will find it a bit daunting.

While there's a little something for everyone at Fox Park, people who favor technical challenges will be happiest here. 

Stop by Rhino Bikes to get trail recommendation, and first hand accounts of the system.

Local Shops

Rhino Bikes Works

Last Stop Bike Shop

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Central NH NEMBA Mini-Xs a Flow Trail

Monday, August 4, 2014

Central NH NEMBA has just completed building a "flow trail" in Page Hill. For a number of weeks the chapter has been operating a mini-excavator to build the trail, and now the final touchs are just being finished up.  Come ride!

A flow trail is a gravity trail that has lets the ride flow down as if on a roller coaster. There are bermed, banked turns, short whoops but now sudden changes in direction or gnary technical features. It's a trail that requires minimal pedalling and just lets the rider carve and surf his or her way down.

It was a long day but Central NH NEMBA managed to punch through and complete work with the Kubota on their last day renting a mini-excavator.  Most all of the hand work, fine tuning and sculpting is also done and they're proud to present their new flow trail to the world -- called Shock Therapy.

CNH NEMBA board member, Kevin Orlowski, commented "I'm not sure what the final head count for the day was but I want to say it was a crew of around 20 give or take a few.  Many of which put in near a 12 hour day to put this trail to bed.  This was a big team effort by the chapter but a special congratulations is in order for Jesse McGowan who really championed this project and saw it through to completion."

A flow trail like this is never fully 'complete'.  CNH NEMBA have been test riding sections as they were built, trying to make sure the lines made sense and the flow was indeed present but speeds will increase as it rides in and there is always smoothing and tweaking to be done.  The last 10 feet or so of the trail is still a tad rough as the crew was running out of daylight at the end of the day but everything else has been tampered / trimmed / buffed out.

Check out photos of the project on the CNH NEMBA blog:  http://www.cnhnemba.org/2014/08/flow-trail-complete.html

Flow Trail Complete!

Monday, August 4, 2014

It was a long day but we managed to punch through and complete work with the Kubota on our last day of the rental period. Most all of the hand work and fine tuning and sculpting is also done and we are happy to present 'Shock Therapy' to the world!

I'm not sure what the final head count for the day was but I want to say it was a crew of around 20 give or take a few. Many of which put in near a 12hr day to put this trail to bed. This was a big team effort by the chapter but a special congratulations is in order for Jesse McGowan who really championed this project and saw it through to completion.

A flow trail like this is never fully 'complete'. We have been test riding sections as we built them trying to make sure the lines made sense and the flow was indeed present but speeds will increase as it rides in and there is always smoothing and tweaking to be done. The last 10ft or so of the trail is still a tad rough we were running out of daylight at the end of the day but everything else has been tampered / trimmed / buffed out.

What this trail needs now is WHEELS! Pack those lines down and give us feedback while you are at it. There have been a few calls for a tour so keep your eyes peeled here and on the listserv for some group rides coming up in the near future.

Central NH

Page Hill, Hill

Murrray Hill Road
Hill  New Hampshire  03243
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

Page Hill History:

Over the past three years CNH-NEMBA has devoted many resources to the trails at Page Hill. This trail network was born at the tail end of 2010 when Lakes Region Conservation Trust approached our chapter about developing trails on the 470 acre parcel. We spent that autumn scouting the boundaries and control points to feed them into a long term master plan. Three and a half years and over 1,200 volunteer-hours later we have a trail system with over 7 miles of singletrack for intermediate to advanced riders. With the hilly and technical nature of the trails (and a little double track sprinkled in) you can easily put together a 2-3 hour ride.

When we broke ground in the spring of 2011 we were starting from scratch. Our first goal was to build a bi-directional loop that would keep a rider pedaling for 1 to 2 hours. This meant using some of the existing doubletrack to link up our new trails. It also meant roughing-in some trails without taking the time to do all the rock work, bridging and benching that really make a trail fun to ride.

In 2012 we alternated between adding new singletrack and going back to improve sections that we had left rough, off-camber or wet. We kept tools wrapped in tarps out on the trail to allow for a mid-ride work session.

In 2013 we got caught up on all the major, nagging problem spots. In most cases we transformed the worst choppy, hike-a-bike sections into some of the most fun and flowing ones. With all the must-do fixes completed, we ended the year finally reaching our goal of having a full contiguous loop of about 7 miles or so of mostly singletrack with just a bit of doubletrack mixed in.

We wanted to keep our momentum going so we made big plans for 2014 centered around the construction of a new machine built flow trail. This trail will be a 1 mile, 350ft descent, one-way flow trail.  As of July 2014 construction has begun and excellent progress is being made.

Our master trail plan has several other trails in various stages of planning and approval.  Lakes Region Conservation Trust has been an amazing partner to work with in this endeavor.  If/when we are successful in implementing the full plan Page Hill will feature 10-15 miles of excellent singletrack for all to enjoy.

Trail Description:

Page Hill is a challenging place to ride.  True beginners should probably check out Franklin Falls just down the road but Intermediate and Advanced riders looking for a challenge will love Page Hill for its mix of flow, elevation gain and technical features.  The height of land is in the northwest corner of the property and the fall line trends southeast across the property.  If you are heading either north or west you are probably climbing, south or east and you are probably descending.

Most trails at Page Hill ride great in both directions. You can mix and match depending on whether you are looking for technical descents or ascents.  The exception to that rule would be Magikal Mystery Tour (or MMT) with some of the steep ravines and hairpin turns that trail rides best in the clockwise direction.  Bear Claw, Hard Hat, Hydra, and Spring Trail all have great flow.  The terrain at Page Hill is somewhat challenging to work with. Many of the trails have long bench cuts when we needed to go across the fall line to cut the slope.  You will find well built bridges here and there to span drainages.

For those looking for a true challenge, a ‘real mountain biker’s trail’ look no further than The Dude Abides.  This trail takes you over the high point of the property and will require you to use all of your line picking skills to their fullest.  Technical ridge riding, rock garden puzzles, an excellent full body workout. Read more about [node:title]

Local Shops

Chainline Cycles

Goodale's Bike Shop

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Local Eats

Pat's Seafood & Pizzeria

Flow Trail Progress at Page Hill

Monday, July 21, 2014

We are two weeks into our 4 week rental of a Kubota kx-018 and things are progressing great with the flow trail at Page Hill.

 

The trail is about half done and we are getting more efficient with the machine work as we go.  Confidence levels are high that we will complete the trail within the next two weeks.  The beginning of the trail is ready for test pilots, all of the really technical features have B lines and any jumps are rollable with less speed.

 

We also have some hand built finishing work to do and crews will be out doing work this week and this weekend so if you are interested in lending a hand in getting this trail to completion contact Jesse at (jesse[at]mcgowans[dot]info)

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