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Bare Cove / Great Esker, Hingham

Bare Cove Park Drive
Hingham  Massachusetts  02043
United States
There are multiple parking areas - See the map

Easy

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Moderate

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Difficult

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Description

Bear Cove and Great Esker Parks are unique in Massachusetts and New England. They are located on both sides of Weymouth Back River, a tidal river and are very scenic. You'll spend a lot of time enjoying wetlands, marshes and perhaps photographing many different varities of birds.

Most of the riding here is on old paved or gravel roads though there is some singlletrack. 

In Bare Cove the trails are mostly flat making it a perfect place for an introductory ride for newer riders or kids on small wheeled bikes. Bare Cove was a military base during WWII and on most weekend days you can stop and visit the museum. You'll see lots of people walking dogs here as well as lots of families with kids in strollers. Although the rules state that all dogs must be leashed some may be running free.

Great Esker is hilly and more challenging as it contains the tallest esker in North America.  The esker is a ridge of sand that was dropped by a glacier about 12,000 years ago. Picture in your mind a giant snake lying on a flat surface and you get an idea of what it's like. You'll be riding on the snake's "spine" high above the surrounding neighborhoods and river. I rarely see dogs or families here, maybe because the terrain requires a more physical investment.

Just north of the Route 3A highway bridge that connects the two parks are Stoddard's Neck and the Abigail Adams Park. Abigail Adams is a picnic area with parking and a few paved trails. While Stoddard's Neck is a fenced off peninsula much favored by dog walkers as it offers them the opportunity to let their dogs run free. 

It's possible to make a giant circle by linkink Great Esker and Bare Cove with a short road ride through surrounding neighborhoods on the south. Bring a copy of the map with you in case you find it confusing.

When I ride here I'm normally looking for a mellow ride, much different from the nearby Wompatuck State Park. I'll usually ride all four properties, just wandering around piling up some relaxed miles rather than technical challenges.

You'll enjoy Bare Cove and Great Esker Parks. Especially on a hot summer day when the ocean's breezes cool things off.

Bill Boles

 

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Carolina Hills, Marshfield

165 Eames Way
Marshfield  Massachusetts  02050
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

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Description

Carolina Hills in Marshfield is a little known area with a lot of trails. The trails are hilly, sandy in a few places, and lots of fun.

Park on Eames Way, just beyond the school, where the paved road turns to dirt. You’ll see a trail going into the woods on your right. Take it and explore. There are quite a few singletracks on both sides of Eames Way and the power line. Some of the trails extend across Route 139.

When I ride here I choose the trails that extend my downhills as much as possible while climbing hills quickly. After a few rides I found myself quite able to do that. You will too.
Altogether there are probably 17 miles of trails. These include trails on town conservation land as well as on nearby New England Forestry Foundation land. Explore enough and you’ll even discover some well-maintained Boy Scout trails.

There are three maps at the top of this page.  The first shows the trails in the 775 acre Carolina Hills Conservation Area. The second also shows many of the trails on surrounding land. The third is a trailforks map which shows everything.

Check out Marshfield's Carolina Hills. If you do, I’m sure that you’ll return often.
 
 
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Old Jail Lane / Hathaway Pond, Barnstable

348 Old Jail lane
Barnstable  Massachusetts  02630
United States
There are four alternate parking areas. > See the text.

Easy

65%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

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Description

The Old Jail Lane trails are part of the Town of Barnstable’s “Cape Cod Pathways” and include a portion of the “Red” trail – a walking route from Sandwich to Yarmouth. NEMBA riders may be familiar with red triangular trail makers used to identify the route in West Barnstable. Loop and branch trails are occasionally designated with blue (northside offshoots) or green (southside offshoots) triangular markers.

The Old Jail Lane trails were first established as double-track over rolling hills. There are a few fast downhills and one challenging climb on Ebenezer Smith Hill (a loop trail just to the north of the blue trail – try riding counter-clockwise to enjoy “Captain’s Logs”). NEMBA volunteers did a great job opening up the green trail “Green Crescent” (fun downhill in counterclockwise direction) on the southside of the preserve and other brush and log removal.

The Central Park trail was our first single-track addition a few years ago. Cape Cod NEMBA members as well as kids from Sturgis High School doing community service re-opened a long grown-in trail.  We extended it all the way past the “Snowman” (split-rock) to Ebenezer Smith Hill.  Later we added “Ants in the Pants” to connect to the “Picnic” trail (look for the “Top Shelf” rock to ride on!).  “Mei Li Way” and “Eastwatch” can get you more than a mile of continuous flow all the way to the Cape Cod College.  The most recent addition is “Fin’s Folly” complete with switchbacks – berms are being added as volunteers are available.

At the Cape Cod Community College, the “Tim Sullivan” trail is located on an old disc golf course. It's short but quite hilly and challenging. Riding it in the counterclockwise direction is fun. The reverse is quite difficult.

Rides can be extended by starting further east such as parking at the Barnstable County Complex (which has bathrooms) at 3249 Main St, Barnstable MA 02360 and entering the woods adjacent to the Trayser Museum off of Route 6A.

The trails at Hathaway Pond area favorite of Cape Cod NEMBA members who often have their summer meetings there, beachside. There is a parking fee at Hathaway before 4:00 PM in the summer. You can also park at the Cape Codder Resort or Sea Sports Cyclery.  The most recent trail additions include “Little Hathaways” and the “Pintside” trail for folks that want to finish their ride at Cape Cod Beer.

Riding these trails is a lot of fun. They seem remote as you wind your way through deep woods, the only sound being some traffic noise from nearby Route 6.  While not as large as either the nearby  West Barnstable Conservation Area or Willow Street (Exit 72), clever riders will note that Old Jail Lane's trails fall right between them - making the possibility of a really long day's ride a reality for the hardy.

By Lev Malakhoff

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Burrage Pond, Hanson

15 Hawks Ave
Hanson  Massachusetts  02341
United States

(508) 389-6360

Easy

85%

Moderate

12%

Difficult

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Description

Burrage Pond is a 1,638 acre wildlife management area. It was created in 2002 when the state purchased land used for cranberry bogs. This means 90% of the trails are completely flat double track which makes for very easy mountain biking. It's the perfect place to introduce newer riders to the sport, or for families who's children are riding on small wheeled bikes.

The main park is completely open with a large pond on one side and bogs on the other making for great scenery. Some trails go into the woods where they turn into narrower single track. The woods trails are still flat and smooth with few roots, rocks or muddy areas to deal with. There are at least 15 miles of trail. This makes for a great beginner riding area.

However, there's a vast network of trails linking into Burrage Pond. After a ride or two go exploring. You won't be disappointed and you'll find many more miles of trails.

This is a great park for viewing wildlife. Birders come from all over to check out the birds, wood ducks, geese and Ospreys. A bald eagle has been known to visit a few years. Bass fishing is popular in the ponds. Lots of turtles including snappers abound in the marshy areas and deer can be seen in the early morning.

Being a wildlife management area, hunting is allowed. Check with the MA hunting schedule and take proper precautions. Deer and duck hunting are especially popular here. 

The main parking lot is down a dirt road off of Hawks Avenue, right where Pleasant St. crosses the railroad tracks in Hanson.

Another popular place to park is at 395 Elm St, Hanson, MA.

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Mashpee Woodlands

40 Quinaquisset Ave
Mashpee  Massachusetts  02649
United States

Easy

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Moderate

65%

Difficult

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Description

Mashpee Woodlands is a little know gem. Locals are well aware of it, but most people would be surprised to know that less than a half mile from one of the biggest shopping centers on the Cape, Mashpee Commons, there's a quiet, extremely scenic trail system.

Most of the Woodlands trails are singletracks. The most scenic wind through the woods on ground that's high above the Mashpee River. The views are spectacular. The trails twist through the trees climbing and descending short hills. They are very pleasant to ride, the only downside being that there are too few of them.

In all there's about 4 miles of trails here. The solution - ride them in both directions. These scenic trails look entirely different in the opposite direction.

The Map link above is borrowed from the Trustees of Reservations. This TTOR property in Mashpee is currently closed to bikes. However all of the Town of Mashpee land welcomes mountain bikers. Indeed, local bikers do most of the trail clearing and trash pickup. Cape Cod NEMBA is working on a map of it's own that will clear up this confusion.

Expect to spend about at least an hour and a half exploring Mashpee Woodland's trails. More if you bring a lunch and stop at one of the many benches overlooking the river. In warm weather you may also want to jump in the river for a refreshing swim. But mostly you'll be there to explore and enjoy the trails.

The parking area is isolated. It's deep in the woods at the end of a short dirt road. You'll see a sign on Quinaquisset Ave. A little further down Quinaquisset there's a smaller roadside parking area.

Mashpee Woodlands trails here are rarely too difficult to ride for newer riders. Kids on small wheeled single speed bikes might have to walk a few of the hills but otherwise the trails are fine for family rides.

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Beebe Woods / Peterson Farm, Falmouth

56 Highfield Dr
Falmouth  Massachusetts  02540
United States

508-540-0876

Easy

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Moderate

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Difficult

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Description

Beebe Woods and Peterson Farm are two Falmouth conservation properties that abut each other. The trails are very pleasant to explore. Especially from the seat of a mountain bike.

The trails are fun, mostly non-technical and circle around quite a bit. It will take you at least a coupe of hours to explore them all.

There's quite a bit to see. Active farmland, including sheep pastures, remnants of old abandoned buildings, many glacial erratics, some very unusual plants and you'll probably meet a lot of people out on the trails.

The two properties together comprise 488 acres. Located just west of Falmouth Center it's just a short ride from downtown as well as being only a few hundred yards from the Shining Sea Bikeway.

The trails in Beebe Woods wouldn't exist if early plans to build 500 houses there had come to fruition. But in 1972 local benefactors bought the land and donated it to the town.

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Cutler Park, Needham/Newton

69 Kendrick St
Needham  Massachusetts  02494
United States

617-333-698 X1802

Easy

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Moderate

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Difficult

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Description

Note: There is a Seasonal Trail Closure at Cutler Park during the month of March. The closure is designed to protect the trails during the mud season. Please respect the closure and stay off the trails till they dry out.

The best parking area for Cutler Park is located in Needham MA. But the park itself extends into Dedham, Newton, Brookline and Boston. Cutler park consists of a few hills and a lot of trails near an 800-acre marsh along the Charles River and beside route 128.

Cutler Park is right on the dividing lines of three NEMBA chapters. Greater Boston NEMBA, Blackstone Valley NEMBA and SE MASS NEMBA. but don't let that confusion stop you, everyone's welcome here.  :-)   It's quite close to boston, bordering on route 128 in Newton and Needham. 

There is a large lake near the parking area and the more challenging singletracks are located between it and Route 128. The singletracks nearest to the highway go up and down Cutler's only hill. They are quite fun and include one roller coaster section. See if you can do it without pedaling. 

There are many more trails however, stretching out into the marshes on plank bridges. So expect to spend a bit of time exploring. If you do that you'll eventually make your way out of Cutler Park and into Riverdale Park, Millennium Park, The Brook Farm Conservation Area, and Newton's Nahanton Park. Succeed in doing this and you'll do a 16-mile loop. Cutler Park itself has about 9 miles of trails. The whole complex has about 22 miles of trails to explore.

The first map above shows the entire complex. While the succeeding maps are of individual properties. 

Southeast Mass NEMBA has been doing trailwork at Cutler for many years including the bog bridges. How many times have you been northbound on Route 128 and looked into that marsh, never realizing that there was a trail right through the middle of it?

Cutler's singletracks range from moderately technical to the most buffed singletracks imaginable. There are also some wide dirt roads that are fine for beginners and families. The road around the lake is the best example of that. My favorite trails are on Powell Island which is located after the first long wooden bridge. The trails on Powell's Island roughly form a figure eight. They are quite fast and fun to ride in both directions.

So close to Boston, and yet so far from most people's radar the trails at Cutler and the surrounding parks are worth exploring.

 

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Four Ponds, Monks Park & Sister's Woodlands, Bourne

140 Barlows Landing Road
Pocasset  Massachusetts  02559
United States

Easy

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Moderate

55%

Difficult

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Description

The Four Ponds Conservation Area is located entirely in the town of Pocasset on Cape Cod. It’s contiguous with the Bourne Town Forest so most locals lump them together and just refer to them as Four Ponds. It also abuts Bourne's Monks Park conservation area and is only 1/2 mile from Sister's Woodland. So it makes sense to put all three on one page.

Four Ponds

One of the most enjoyable trails that I’ve ever ridden on the Cape is Four Pond’s Pine Trail. It’s a smooth never straight singletrack snaking through the woods. It never goes for long without going around a tree, a rock or up or down some small hill. Whoever laid that trail out fully grasped the concept that the experience should outweigh the location.  It’s only a few miles long but you’ll be disappointed when it’s over. But then again, you can ride it in both directions.

Four ponds is well marked. You’ll find hard to get off the track if you follow the trail markers for any of the mapped trails. Ah the map…. Unfortunately it doesn’t show all of the trails. And it doesn’t show many of the trails in the Bourne Town Forest which is immediately north of Four Ponds. 

Please note that there are some local trails just south of the Tara Terrace neighborhood and north of Four Ponds that cross private property and should be avoided. Avoid those trails.

Monks Park

Monk's Park located to the west of Four Ponds both north and south of Valley Bars Road is a small conservation area with about 2 miles of very enjoyable singletracks. You can use these trails to ride right down to Monk's Cove for a swim on a hot summer's day. And the trails leading out onto the two peninsulas are scenic and normally private.

Sister's Woodlands

SIster's Woodlands is located about 1/2 mile north of Valley Bars Road on Country Road. It's a small area. But the trails here are challenging with lots of abrubt hills and tight corners. 

Otis
Most people coming to this area ride the endless trails of Otis. Never realizing that less than a mile away, just on the other side of Route 28 that there’s a much smaller, but just as enjoyable place to ride.

Cautions: You will encounter a lot of people and dogs especially near the parking areas. Many older people enjoy relaxing on the many benches provided around the four ponds and on scenic spots along the trails. The ponds themselves are beautiful. Stop for a bit and you’ll observe turtles, frogs, swans, ducks and many other types of birds. The area used to be a fish hatchery and there’s still good fishing here. Drop a line and you’ll agree.

To sum up. Four Ponds, monk's Park and Sister's Woodlands may not attract hard core bikers or large groups. It’s not that kind of a place. But for a relaxed ride where you’ll get a chance to explore some wonderful trails immersed in nature. Give Four Ponds a try.

Parking: The main lot is at 140 Barlows Landing Road which is called the Pocasset River Trailhead.

Alternative Parking:  There's another good parking area at 58 Valley Bars Road in Bourne.  This one is always less crowded and gives you quicker access to the Bourne Town Forest's trails.

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SUPER 8 was...SUPER!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I gotta say, that, as usual, the entire Super8 Ride Series, with the finale of the Toys Ride, was a group effort. Local peeps came out in support of their favorite riding spots and led and assisted with rides. Riders and their spouses and kids volunteered to work the sign-up tables and even helped cook! Bike shops came out to offer tech support, lead rides, and generally spread the good word. The idea of a ride series has been bounced around the chapter table for many years, and we've even had some successful skills series and such. But at our January meeting David Farrell setup a slide/ video presentation for us complete with super graphics and charts and graphs and stuff. Blown away by his enthusiasm, we came up with a master plan over the winter and by spring, we were ready for our series 'pilot' at Wompatuck State Park. The formula seemed to work well, and lots of people were starting to ask about it, so near end of summer, we started it up full speed and had an event in a different park every few weeks. We had rides in Borderland, Foxboro, Freetown, Ames Nowell, Massasoit, and Blue Hills. We had different themes for some rides-- Foxboro was a Turkey Burner 'Brunch' ride, Freetown was a joint 'demo-bike' effort with a local shop, Ames was supported by Bike Barn, in Blue Hills the Holiday Toys Ride was a natural fit. The toys collected went directly to InterFaith Social Services in Quincy to be distributed to south shore kids in need for the holidays Local advocacy groups Bike Milton and Quincycles helped promote. Blue Hills Cycling Club came out in huge numbers. The racers in 'Ice Weasels' race on the previous day filled three huge bins full of toys and delivered them to the Toys Ride. But what was great about the Super8 as a whole was that each ride had more riders signed in than the last! The real key to the success of the Super8 came from the dedication of each park's local crew. They're the ones who know the trails best and can translate that to the most FUN! And FUN was had, BY ALL! Thanks to all of my chapter VP's and board members--Christopher Patrick, Richard Higgins, Malcolm Neilson, Brad Childs, Jack Storer, Chip Baker, Jason Berube, John John Bailey, David Farrell, Dave and Leslie Riding, support crew people like Wayne Strohm, Bricky Cement, all of our spouses who understand our commitment to having FUN and our kids who  school us on how to have more FUN, too many more to list, and to all those who helped us out throughout the year. Thanks to Mass DCR and Ranger Lt. Tom Bender, Blue Hills TrailWatch, NE MTB Patrol, Spark BikeRunSports, BikeBarn, Landry's, Anderson Bike, Bicycle Link, Dave's Bike Infirmary, ( my apologies to anyone I missed ....) And special thanks to all who came out to ride with us--it's all your smiling faces that makes it all worthwhile! ( OH Yeah! and the fact that we get to ride too! ) Stay tuned for next year--we will do this again-- STEVE COBBLE

End-Of-Year Chapter Update and Featured Recipe

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SEMass Chapter Update 11/15/14

WOW! Whatta year! We’ve had a dizzying amount of fun events, rides, meetings, events, meetings, and rides. Oh did I say everything twice? That’s right !! We’ve probably had TWICE as many of everything this year here in SEMass NEMBA-Land. Or as we affectionately refer to it—‘The Southeast Kingdom’……
Twice as many of everything equaled twice as much FUN!
Some of the FUN that we had included:
-- The now famous Super8 rides series, where we showcased 8 different parks
-- We represented at the Northeast Regional Mountain Bike Summit in Hyannis
-- Chris Patrick hosted many trail- and bridge-building days at Clifford Grant in Easton,     and was able to see this three-year project completed before the snow really started flying.
-- A NEW trail system was built in Wompatuck in the now-open ‘Annex’ where all the crumbly old rockets and ammuition buildings were finally removed. As of now, this adds about 3 more miles of trail to the park, with plans for even more starting in spring.
--We hosted the NEMBA BOD Ride/Meeting at Adams Farm, which despite some cold rain and snow, brought NEMBA leaders from all over New England for a great pow wow
--Our NEMBAFest SEMass Barbecue, which we promise to expand on for the upcoming year……
In the words of dedicated mountain biking ambassador Jay Tarantino, 2014 brought us “New bikes, New trails and best of all new friends”

Now that we are riding headlong into WINTER, dreaming of  sugarplums and new studded tires, what better way to stay warm but with a dark, roasted, crunchy bacony snack that you can share with your riding buds (or not…)

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One of Steve's Secret Trail-Shaking Snacks

You probably have never heard me talk of this, or even share with you. I've been sneaking bites at trail intersections while everyone's busy catching their breath....but now it's time to SHARE!! It's an easy-to-make great winter snack that you can keep in your pack.
Be careful, it can be addictive!!

6 slices Nice Smoked Bacon , cooked, but not crisp-- reserve all the rendered fat!!!
2 cups raw Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Nanami Togarashi Spice/pepper blend( available at your local Asian market )

Chop up the bacon into 1/4" pieces and put in a non-stick  or cast-iron pan with the bacon fat.
Warm up the bacon on medium heat until it starts to crisp, then add the pumpkin seeds and almonds. Continue to cook until 'golden' brown, adding as much of the spice as you like.  Turn off the heat and spoon out onto paper towels. When cool enough to handle (but not cold) add the dried fruit, then put back onto fresh paper towels until room temp and all the excess fat has drained off. This will keep the 'greasy finger' problem to a minimum while on the trail.
Ziplock baggie-up and take on your next adventure!! It lasts a good long time at room temp but I don't know how long. Best to refrigerate if more than a few days, but also tastiest when consumed at room temp. You can freeze it if you want to make big batches.

Variation: add small chunks of 70% bittersweet chocolate when the mixture is cold.

Enjoy!!

Steve Cobble

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