Cooley-Jericho Community Forest, Sugar Hill
Cooley-Jericho Community Forest is owned by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust as a four town community forest serving Franconia, Easton, Sugar Hill and Landaff.. Its 840 acres are located in the south west corner of Easton adjoining Sugar Hill and Landaff. Primary access to the base kiosk is at a parking area located at the end of Trumpet Round Road in Sugar Hill. The Forest is also reachable via a 3.5 mile ascent of Cooley via the Jericho Road Trail in South Easton off route 116 and via two snow mobile trails (one an extension of class VI Merrill Mountain Road to Cooley hill summit and the other an extension of Dyke Road ascending Cole Hill as depicted on the map).
The yellow trail from Trumpet Round kiosk is an intermediate to expert purpose built single track trail that ascends 800 feet and traverses 3.3 miles to the Cooley Hill fire tower where the through ride to South Easton follows the Jericho trail maintained by the forest service. Expect a lot of climb and some technical sections that many riders prefer to walk.
The other trails on the map do include a few hike-a-bike areas. Loops are possible by descending into Landaff on the western access trails and returning to Sugar Hill via the class VI Jim Noyes and Dyke Road.
The trail is maintained by ACT with a lot of assistance from Franconia Area NEMBA members.