Western MA

Berkshire NEMBA Bridge Building @ Pittsfield SF

Date

5/18/19 9:00am

Bridge Building @ Pittsfield State Forest

Pittsfield State Forest Workday: Beaver Tail Boardwalk Building 

Saturday 5/18 from 9-12

Come join Trail Team Leader Erik Forestell for the first part of NEMBA’s Beavertail Boardwalk repair project.  This has been a long time in the naming and we’re excited to get this trail fixed up! 

The goal is to replace and build bridges to avoid the series of wet spots on Beaver Tail to make it more rideable and protect the natural area around it.

**Volunteers should park on Churchill Street (NOT inside PSF as usual) ...across from Camp Winadu, https://goo.gl/maps/zo9CU5rboao6Va2M9.  Please park along the road, not in the field, which is muddy.

Work will involve moving the building materials to the build sites, digging (in the mud), and constructing boardwalks (please bring cordless drills and batteries if you have them!!) Be prepared for working in the mud....lots of mud, but bring your bike for a ride afterward!

Remember NEMBA now has a once-a-year Waivers if you havent already done so sign them before the event and same.

If you haven’t already signed a DCF waiver you’ll need to do that there...

Late breaking details will be posted to this Facebook Page. Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Bridge Building @ Pittsfield SF

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

Berkshire NEMBA Kennedy Workday

Date

5/4/19 (All day)

Kennedy Park Trail Day & Ride

Join Kennedy Park Trail Team Leader Ruth Wheeler for a quick and dirty trail day followed by a ride... focus will be on addressing a wet spot on the Log Hop Trail and volunteer work will be rewarded with a ride :)

Tools provided, wear old boots.

We'll meet at Reservoir Road/Portuguese Pulloff (back entrance to Kennedy) in Lenox at 8;30.

We'll probably be done by 10:30.

You don't not have to be a member of NEMBA to take part.  You just have to want to make Kennedy Park's trails better.

You can save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year RideTrail Care Waivers in advance. Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Kennedy Workday

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Ruth Wheeler
meanwheels@aol.com

Berkshire NEMBA Pittsfield SF Planning Session

Date

2/20/19 (All day)

PSF Planning (and Pizza)

2/20 at 6:00

Pittsfield State Forest Ski Lodge

Come join Berkshire NEMBA’s PSF Trail Team Leader Erik Forestell for the first planning session of the year—help form a trail team for Pittsfield State Forest, share ideas and thoughts for trail maintenance and other needs, and kick off the new NEMBA season right... open to members and nonmembers alike!

The purpose of the PSF trail team’s ongoing meetings is to communicate about the future needs and trail user requirements with DCR, plan and schedule future volunteer trail work days/events, and form a consistent base for maintenance and promotion of this amazing property.

We’ll meet in the PSF Ski Lodge (first left past the entrance) ...pizza and soda will be provided, feel free to bring other beverages as well.   Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Pittsfield SF Planning Session

Chapter

Berkshire

Trail

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com
518-727-3549

PV NEMBA Sawmill Ride

Event Date

2/23/19 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 23 - Sawmill
Meeting @ Col Lavalley Lane, Northampton, MA
Time: 9 am
Contact: Adele Paquin - adele.paquin@gmail.com

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about PV NEMBA Sawmill Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Adele Paquin

PV NEMBA DAR Ride

Date

2/10/19 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

   Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 10 - DAR
Meeting @ DAR parking lot, Goshen, MA
Time: 11am
Contact: Jeff Fowler - fowlerjeffrey@yahoo.com

   Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about PV NEMBA DAR Ride

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Jeff Fowler
fowlerjeffrey@yahoo.com

PV NEMBA Robinson SP Ride

Date

2/2/19 (All day)

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series

PV NEMBA will be hosting a series of February Fat Bike Rides at various Locations.

This ride will be part of the Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fat Bike February Ride Series. PV NEMBA will be raffling off some winter cycling related gear donated from some local bike shops.

   Riders must attend 2 or more of the rides in the series to be entered into the raffle. Entries will be tallied by waiver sign ins.

Feb 2 - Robinson State Park
Meeting @ Robinson Park Elementary School, Begley St., Agawam, MA.
Time: 10am
Contact: Jonathan Mauterer - jonathanmauterer@gmail.com

  Read more about PV NEMBA Robinson SP Ride

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Jonathan Mauterer
jonathanmauterer@gmail.com

Berkshire NEMBA Winter Social

Date

2/9/19 (All day)

Berkshire NEMBA Winter Social

The event will be held at 979 North St in Pittsfield starting at 6:00 PM

Annual winter celebration, 2018 recap, and 2019 kickoff... better late than never!

Come join Berkshire NEMBA and friends for an evening of snacks and socializing as we celebrate all the hard work our volunteers did this past year and get ready for more in the new year.

Open to members and friends (membership signups available at the party), kid friendly, chili and some other snacks will be provided, feel free to bring an optional snack or beverage to share... BYOB Read more about Berkshire NEMBA Winter Social

Chapter

Berkshire

Event Leader

Alison McGee
aamcgee@gmail.com

Berkshire & Pioneer Valley NEMBA Mt Greylock Ride

Event Date

1/13/19 (All day)

Greylock-Bring 'em back alive ride!!

Pioneer Valley NEMBA will be joining Berkshire NEMBA for a Mount Greylock Ride on Sunday 1/13.

The ride will start from the end of West Mountain Rd at 10:00 AM.  

We're planning a fat bike assault on Mt. Greylock on Sunday, January 13. This is likely a 4-5 hour ride in total duration. This is not for the faint of heart or the inexperienced. Conditions could range from wet, muddy, snowy and icy. Depending on conditions, a fat bike may not be necessary. Studded tires may be needed. There will be no snack bars or coffee shops along the way, bring your own sustenance. I advise all to bring lights in case they are needed. I will send an update once I get some trail condition info.

This is an all day event. Long range weather forecast shows a chance of snow.
Here is the proposed 14 mile course: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/8353447 althiugh it may change depending on conditions.

At the end we will celebrate at the Freight Yard Pub and Restaurant in North Adams MA.

For late breaking info contact Marc Lombard at fatbiker413@gmail.com.

Save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Waiver ahead of time.  Read more about Berkshire & Pioneer Valley NEMBA Mt Greylock Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Marc Lombard

Western MA

Greylock Glen

113 West Rd
Adams  Massachusetts  01220
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

Greylock Glen is a work in progress. It consists of 1060 acres right at the eastern base of Mt Greylock. Historically, going back to the mid 1960s, the area was slated for commecial development. Fortunately, that didn't materialize and while many projects were proposed over the years nothing happened till now.

The first map above shows the current DCR map for Greylock Glen. The last shows the initial vision for the Glen's trail system.

Starting in 2014 DCR and its consultant, Dodson & Flinker, and Wetlands & Wildlife, LLC, worked to complete the Greylock Glen Multi-Use Trail System Plan.

That plan called for creating nearly 14 miles of new trails at the Glen to provide for multiple recreational opportunities. It also called for rehabilitating and stewarding nearly 15 miles of existing trails; and abandoning, closing, and restoring approximately 13.5 miles of existing trails that were invery  poor condition, or which lead off of Glen property.

Begining in the Fall of 2015 Volunteers from the Thunderbolt Ski Runners and the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA), with approval and guidance from DCR, worked to open the Thunderbolt Glade and maintain the Thunderbolt Meadow.

In 2016 and 2017 DCR worked with trail crews from the Appalachian Mountain Club and Student Conservation Association to make repairs to the Bellows South Trail, continue mountain-bike trail-building to 4-Corners, and construct the new pedestrian “Ribbon Falls Trail” along Peck’s Brook. Volunteers also began to layout and construct a new mountain-biking and running trail connecting the Bellows South Trail toward 4-Corners. Berkshire Outfitters has also been very supportibe of this project.

Currently there are about 8 miles of dedicated single track and 5 miles of double track with fields and woods. More are on he way. These new trails are part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's $3 million plan to construct and improve the Glen's trail system.

These trails are interesting and some of them go from the lower Glen up to about one fourth of the way up the Mt Greylock to a mature beautiful tall forest with dramatic water falls and views out into the forest.

The Department of Conservation's goal for the Greylock Glen Multi-Use Trail System is intended to provide the following: Hiking and other pedestrian trails that will highlight scenic features of the Glen and include three hiking routes to Mount Greylock State Reservation and the Mount Greylock summit.

Downhill back-country skiing, most notably including the historic Thunderbolt Trail and a new proposed Thunderbird Glade and Meadow route that recalls the original ski trail alignment from the 1930s.

Single-track mountain-biking and running trails that will wind through the forest and provide a variety of loops, difficulties, and destinations.

Cross-country skiing trails intended for both skate and classic styles that will provide for a variety of loops, difficulties, and distances.

Snowmobile connections that will allow snowmobilers to connect from adjacent properties to and across the Greylock Glen.

Note: Much of the above information comes from this DCR Page. The picture below is part of the DCR's initial Vision Plan. For current news check the Greylock Glen Facebook Page.

  Read more about Greylock Glen

Local Shops

Arcadian Shop

Plaine's Bike

Northampton Bicycle

Links to Relevant Resources

Berkshire Community & NEMBA Pittsfield SF Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week 30 times .
8/27/18 (All day)

The Berkshire Mountain Bike Community and NEMBA are proud to host a series of Monday Rides starting from the Lulu Brook parking area in the Pittsfield State Forest.

These are intended to be fun no-drop rides that will highlight the great trails that the mountain bike community has built and maintains in the Pittsfield State Forest. Read more about Berkshire Community & NEMBA Pittsfield SF Ride

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Alison McGee

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