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BK NEMBA Tuesday Evening Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday 25 times .
5/3/22 6:00pm

Brattleboro Keene NEMBA Tuesday evening rides are back.

Contact Mike Davern, for location and starting times.

Be sure to sign NEMBA's 2021 Liability Waiver before you ride, but only just once.

These rides are intended to be fun no-drop ries that will show off the best riding in the area.

Pace is social, we will regroup at top/bottom of trails. Terrain is intermediate to advanced.  It is hilly.

We’ll split the group up as needed.

Parking can be tight, don’t block neighbors.

Bring a mask for before/after ride.  I’ll have a sign in sheet.

Let's Ride!

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State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Mike Davern

Southern NH

Clyde Pond, Windham

99 London Bridge Rd
Windham  New Hampshire  03087
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Clyde Pond

The crew in Windham continues to do amazing work at the Clyde Pond area. I don’t even want to try to name or count the new trails because by the time you read this, the list would almost certainly be obsolete.

Ted and Karen Korza have placed their own personal stamp on a couple of new trails.

There are least ten miles of singletrack trails, ranging from rolling, flowy stuff to technical, rocky trails.

There are features peppered throughout the venue. If you haven’t visited, it’s definitely worth the trip to check out these trails.

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Keene Bike Park

101 Park Ave
Keene  New Hampshire  03431
United States

Easy

45%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

10%

Description

Keene Bike Park

The Keene Bike Park is a joint project of Brattleboro-Keene NEMBA and the City of Keene, to build a fun, family-oriented park where people of all ages can learn, play, and enjoy bike-related activities.

It's located the City's Wheelock Park

In 2020 the Brattleboro-Keene Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (BK-NEMBA) will be designing, building, and donating a bike park to the City of Keene.  This bike park will provide a safe, fun, and challenging place for bike riders of all ages to learn and develop their mountain biking skills.

​The park will enhance an already vibrant mountain biking scene and serve as a destination for riders throughout New England.  It will become a benefit for the City to attract new businesses, and for businesses when recruiting new employees.

​Visit this FAQ Page to learn more.

The Bike Park will consist of a two pump tracks. One for beginner/intermediate riders and a second for Intermediate/advanced riders.

There will also be a cross country trail.

The City of Keene is noted for its trail opportunities.

These include, but are not limited to Stonewall Farm and Drummer Hill.

The Keene Bike Park is intended to be a family oriented area, perfect for introducing peopleto mountain biking.

Grand Opening 10/2/20

Update 9/25/20

The start feature is complete, the big jumps are finished, and the park is completely open!

The popularity of the park has been amazing.  You can find people riding almost any time of the day.  Young kids, teens, and adults are all out there having a great time together.  The camaraderie, mentorship, and  cooperation between al the park users continues to impress.    Thank you so much to all of you for helping to make this fantastic park a reality!

Because of the current Covid-19 situation we aren't holding a big grand opening event this season.  Hopefully we'll be able to do one in the spring when the park reopens. 

But on Friday October 2nd at 4PM we will be doing a ribbon cutting with the Mayor of Keene.  Stop by if you'd like.  There is lots of open, outdoor space.

 

  

 

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Kingman Farm, Madbury

13 Town Hall Rd
Madbury  New Hampshire  03823
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

Kingman Farm as we know it comprises Madbury town, Private and University of New Hampshire property. It's a fun place to ride. In its 335 acres there are enough easy doubletracks and woods roads to keep a beginner happy, while at the same time there are a few hills and some really fun singletracks to keep more advanced riders huffing and puffing. Go for a warm up lap and take in the sights of the working farm. Then give it your best shot up the winding climb up hicks hill. There are many more difficult places to ride than Kingman Farm, but few that are more fun. It's a small trail network but it can be fun to run multiple loops in different directions.

The University of New Hampshire Mountain Bike Team trains here. And someone, maybe them, has done a lot of trail work. One of the many hilly singletracks that you'll encounter has been bermed, shelved and switchbacked in a highly professional manner to prevent water from eroding the trail.

Expect to spend a couple of hours exploring here. And then expect to come back. Kingman farm is far too much fun to only ride once.

All levels of riders can enjoy most of the farm's trails. None require any advanced skills or a high degree of fitness. Better riders of course will cover ground faster. But unless they're fixated on riding challenging terrain, even very good riders will have a lot of fun here.

Recently the UNH Office of Woodlands has been working with the Madbury Conservation Commission and the Souther NH and Seacoast NH chapter of NEMBA to close and rehabilitate unauthorized trails. These efforts have been pretty successful and if you see a sign telling you that a trail is being rehabilitated, stay off it

Seacoast Nemba is in talks with the town of Madbury to work on some trail and bridge repair projects this summer. We are working hard to build a strong relationship for many years to come.

There is a new trail map available. Copies of it can be found at the Madbury Town Hall and the Town Library or printed from this webpage..

Directions: To Trailhead Parking Area.

From the intersection of route 4 and route 108 head south into Durham. When you get to the center turn right on Madbury Road. Go about a mile and a half and turn left when you get to Route 155 and then take your first right on Town Hall Road. Just after the Library you'll see the Town Hall and there's a trailhead behind it. The old parking lot on Route 155 has been closed because of high speed traffic on 155.

Map showing the Trailhead Parking Area.

Cautions:

The area immediately surrounding the farm buildings is closed to bikes. You may encounter kids and unleashed dogs. And they are very curious. Please be polite as we want mountain bikers to be a positive and appreciated group. Also, yield to equestrians when you see them.

Explore Further

It does not end at Kingman Farm. There is a vast network of trails just on the other side of the Moharimet School. There are trails running parallel to 155 on the eastern side of the school that connect to Tibets soccer field. If you continue east, you will enter Powder Major Forest which is owned by the NH Forest Society. From there you can cross 155 into Beech Hill for some really fun single track! Also, you can cross into Lee and take in the sights of Tuckaway farm. If you are ambitious, it is possible to connect Durham trails from here. Pack a lunch and have fun. Most of these trails are visible on the Strava base layer. Just keep you self-oriented to rt. 155 and you will have a great time.

Location:

University of New Hampshire, Durham NH

College Woods is a property of The University of New Hampshire. Its 250 acres were donated to the university in 1891 and originally provided the school with a ready source of lumber for the construction of many of the campus' older buildings. More recently a portion of the "Woods" has been preserved as a natural sturdy area.

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Bradford Area Community Trails

143 East Main St
Bradford  New Hampshire  03221
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

0%

Description

Description

This trail was developed by the Kearsarge Area Trail Association in conjunction with the Town of Bradford.  The goal was to build a multi-use trail on the unused property behind the Bradford Area Community Center (BACC).  With more trails are planned, the newly built trail is mostly single-track-width and incorporates a number of features found on the property.  The property spans a relatively flat area of Bradford and the trail was cut in a manner that allows a rider to maintain a relatively constant speed along the entire ride.  Several bridges were required to span wet areas and the trail builders retained some of the “unique” items the property collected over the years (see if you can find the cast iron skillet, old Ford hubcap, and the metal hoop from a wooden barrel.)

Rides

From the parking lot of the BACC, head straight to the back of the lot to access the trail.  About fifty yards in, the trail makes a “T”.  From here take a right and ride past the old foundation (keep it on your left) to find the entrance to the Ridge Line section of the trail in front of you.  This runs through the woods on the east side of the property and then heads downhill at the back of the property (keeping the stone wall on your right.)  At the bottom of the Back Wall section of the trail, you will ride across a bridge, up a short/steep section and then back out into the field.  Take the next right down a double-track section and look for the new single-track on your left (after the big tree.)    This section winds around itself a bit and then comes back out at the old foundation.  Take a quick right to go back into the woods, eventually crossing the double-track section and winding your way to the Hidden Pond section (note both a beaver lodge and a Great Blue Heron nest in the pond).  As you leave the pond behind you, you will head back to the main double-track that returns you to the BACC.   The BACC loop was designed to be ridden counter-clockwise but works in either direction.  Have fun!

 

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Tucker & French Family Forest, Kingston

33 Marshall Rd
Kingston  New Hampshire  03848
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Tucker & French Family Forest in the towns of Kingston, Danville & Brentwood 589 acres hold about 7 miles of trails.  Don't ecpect technical challenges here. These trails are perfect for a family outing or just a pleasant ride.

The forest is a Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire Property and an excellent description of how the property came to be is on their website.

There are multiple trailheads, as can be seen on the maps above.

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Wasserman Park, Merrimack

116 Naticook Rd
Merrimack  New Hampshire  03054
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

80%

Difficult

10%

Description

Wasserman Park is one of Merrimack's best known recreation areas. It has a dog park, a playground , tennis courts, playing fields and miles of trails. Wasserman's 46 acres directly abut the town's 87 acre Wasserman Conservation Area. But most poeple refer to both as Wasserman Park. Wasserman also has a sandy beach, though it's only open to Merrimack residents.

Wasserman has many miles of well maintained trails. One, the Quarry Trail, leads to the nearby Horse Hill Nature Preserve. A 563 acre property that itself hosts about 15 miles of trails. Attempting to do both in one day would be a heroic undetaking. The Gilmore Hill Memorial Forest can also be reached from Wasserman.

Wasserman's trails, especially the singletracks are tight, interesting and fun. Quite a bit of trail work has gone into them and this will be obvious as you explore them.

The best place to park is at the Dog Park parking lot. From there head back towards the Park's entry road, cross it by the Park & Recreation Office, and at the end of the Resident's Parking Lot look for a trail going into the woods. (See the map above on the right.)

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SNH NEMBA Mine Falls Coed Novice Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday 52 times .
5/3/22 6:00pm

SNH NEMBA Coed Novice Ride


Details: This is a no drop, no pressure, fun ride!

Time: 6 PM

Location:  **New Meeting Location for 2022**

We will be meetingin the back left parking lot at the end of Stadium Drive. (Off Route 3, Exit 5), - This is the street that the Nashua YMCA and Stellos Stadium are on.

The correct parking lot is to the right of the YMCA and to the left of Stellos Stadium.

Be on the lookout for a blue Ford Explorer SUV as we'll meet there for a pre-ride discussion. 

  Try to get there a bit early so that we can get the ride off at 6:00 PM.

There are only three things required for for this novice ride: a bike that is capable of riding on hard packed dirt, a helmet (no exceptions), and a desire to have a great time.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

  Eventbrite signups are no longer required for this ride

Note: When the weather allows this ride turns into a Fat Bike Ride in the winter.

Be sure to sign NEMBA's 2022 waiver ahead of time.  It's good for the whole year.

   You can pre-register for these rides here.

Chris Gaudet
SNH NEMBA Novice Ride Leader
 
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Location

Mine Falls, Nashua NH

Chapter

State

New Hampshire

Ride Level

Beginner

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Chris Gaudet
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Southern NH

Stratham Hill

255 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham  New Hampshire  03885
United States
Parki at the Stratham Hill Park parking lot.

Easy

25%

Moderate

70%

Difficult

5%

Description

Plenty of single track, wide open tractor roads and some solid climbing… a place for everyone to ride!

Most riders who come to ride the trails at 'Stratham Hill' don't realize that they are riding on both private and public land.  The Town Park, Stratham Hill Park, and the Gordon Barker Town forest are just over 200 acres of land, about half of that is either open field or wetlands. The rest of the trail network weaves in and out of privately owned land.  There about 10 miles of trails, the riding is fast and not very technical. There are three hills (Stratham, Jewell and Long) that can get the heart rate up and offer a sweet reward on the other side. If you are looking for a route to ride with the kids, just check out a topographical map before heading out, as long as you bypass those hills, you should be good to go.  

Even though there are multiple trailheads, the most popular place to park and meet up is at the end of Jack Rabbit Lane, just off of Portsmouth Avenue.  This parking lot has morphed into the 'dog area' in recent years, but is has proven to be a great place to start your ride. Not too far from the parking area, there is an incredible dirt pump track for getting warmed up for your ride (or while you wait for your buddies). This dirt track is great for kids to learn some basic biking skills and is open to the public for use. It's one of if not the bggest one in New England and it's very popular.

The trails throughout the network vary in difficulty. There are wide open 'tractor' and old logging roads, to single track climbs. With proper planning the riding can be geared towards all abilities. The Town is in the process of creating a new trail map. Once complete it will be available for down load at strathamnh.gov/ recreation.  The trails are open nearly year round. If Mother Nature cooperates the Town grooms some of the trails that are wide enough and not too steep.  There needs to be at least 6 inches of snow on the ground for grooming to be effective.

The Town also owns a small fleet of Trek Farley 5's and two Trek kids Farley's. Visit the Parks and Recreation website for more information. The Department rents these bikes whenever the trails are rideable. The cost is $25 for a three hour block. Having these bikes right there is a great way to try a fat bike and not have to worry about getting it to the trailhead.

There are a variety of organized events throughout the year. There are races, social rides and events for the family. For the last few winters, the Park has played host to the Polartec Winter Fat Bike Series, the Stratham Parks and Recreation Summer Bike series and the Gordon Barker "No Brakes" Bike Race. If you do more than just ride the trails, new this year there is a trail running series in May and the Fire Tower trail race in August.  The series races are typically on Thursday nights. This year will be offering wood fired pizza, so bring the family and make an evening of it. Later in the cycling season we will create a Cyclecross course that will stay up as a practice area.

The Park also hosts the annual Seacoast Velo Kids, 'Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day'. This year's event will be on May 15th. This is a great way to get the kids out early, dust off their skills (and yours) at the skill stations, cruise around the kids race course and get some free schwag. Through the months of July and August Seacoast Velo Kids offers group rides for kids at the Park on Sunday afternoons. They have some loaner bikes if the kids need to borrow one. Check out their website for registration details, seacoastvelokids.org .
The Town of Stratham organizes different volunteer groups to assist with the necessary maintenance of all of the trails. There are ongoing efforts to update and replace some of the bridges and other manmade structures to make the riding experience more enjoyable.  If you are interested in getting involved with these efforts, please send us an email at .

Getting to the trails in Stratham is rather easy and very convenient.   The Park is located just a few minutes off of Interstate 95 and New Hampshire State Highway 101, under an hour from Boston, Concord, NH and Portland.  Dogs must be leashed in certain areas on the trails, please obey the posted signs. The trails on Town owned land close to the public at 9 pm.  We hope to see you out there soon! Read more about [node:title]

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Drummer Hill & Goose Pond, Keene

19 Drummer Rd
Keene  New Hampshire  03431
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

Welcome to Drummer Hill, Keene’s most extensive singletrack destination! You’ll find many hours of intermediate- through expert-level riding, consisting of mostly unsanitized, gnarly roots and rocks (and reggae!) in a base of sweet, tacky soil that knobbies will dig. On a fatbike in winter when the snow settles into a solid base, the singletrack becomes superfluous and you’ll discover the true meaning of “cross country” as the entire woods become a paved playground.

The published maps of Keene show a roughly 4 square mile area called “Goose Pond Forest” which includes Goose Pond and the slopes and ridge that rise above to the east, Minister’s Lot, Drummer Hill, and adjacent regions of mixed private and public lands. With more than 18 miles of singletrack and 13 miles of unimproved doubletrack trails, it’s a local wilderness seeker’s dream. The trails are used year-round for mountain biking, hiking, running, fatbiking, snowshoeing, and skiing, and some of the doubletrack is included the New England Interstate Snowmobile Corridor routes. The Drummer Hill area also connects to another, unmapped, singletrack system in the adjacent townships of Gilsum and Surry which can be accessed without riding on any paved roads. All told, perhaps as many as ten hours of saddle time could be enjoyed with relatively little backtracking.

There are four gated access parking areas to the trails: the corner of Drummer and Greenacres Roads, Timberlane Dr., Meetinghouse Road, and the Goose Pond parking area off of Rt. 12A (W. Surry Rd.)

Most of the trails are on southwest facing slopes and run downhill from approximately east to west. The Brattleboro/Keene Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association is responsible for maintaining the trails and map. As of this writing the trails are not signed, but the entire system will be signed during the spring of 2015. From the map you’ll see that most of the trails are on public-access land with some going across unposted private land. The trails include drops of 1 – 20 feet, all with go-arounds---so look ahead, keep relaxed, and stay healthy!

From the parking area at Drummer & Greenacres Roads to the 1148 ft. summit of Bitten Trail (built circa 1988) is a climb of just over 600 vertical feet. Right away you’ll get a taste of typical Drummer singletrack with its often off-camber, technical twists and turns. Although there is no beginner-level singletrack in Drummer, three doubletrack dirt fire roads, Old Gilsum, Lower Drummer and Wild Things, provide entry-level riders with a good place to start and begin exploring the singletrack. Of course, riders of all abilities should use common sense and dismount and walk when in doubt.

Maps can be downloaded and printed from the top of this webpage, and viewed online at Trailforks (http://www.trailforks.com/region/drummer-hill-goose-pond/). With map in hand visitors can plan their adventure, a few of which are described below. Please ride with excellent trail and wilderness etiquette, and enjoy!

When reading about the “rides” that follow, please refer to the map. Most of the trails are “New England intermediate”, but include at least short sections that are advanced: keep your eyes ahead and be mindful of drops, narrow bridges, random branches, and newts.

The following ride narrative begins at the Drummer/Greenacres Road gate on Rope Tow Rd, but any of the trailheads can be optioned for both start and finish. Riding in a new area inevitably brings up conflicts at the interface of map/signage/rider, so keep a map handy, or expect to enjoy moments of being “lost”. Two prominent landmarks are the steel and wooden poled power lines which intersect each other, running northwest-southeast, and northeast-southwest, respectively. If you ever feel completely 'lost', just keep heading west to get back to Keene. All times are given as guesstimated ranges.
 
From the gate, ride Rope Tow Rd. for about 100 feet and turn right onto the beginning of Jump Trail. Cross the creek and turn left to continue climbing Jump (straight on is Dog Walk Tr.) Continue up Jump and turn left at the intersection to continue toward Lewis Pond and up Kamakazi Slalom Tr., continuing onto Crossover, Goat, and across Lower Drummer Rd. Continue up Goat, and after a total of 10-20 minutes of climbing since starting, turn left to continue north on Old Gilsum Rd. At some point during the Summer of 2015 it is expected that the excellent singletrack sections of Bitten and Threader Trails east of Old Gilsum Rd. will reopen, but they are currently closed for logging – when they do reopen, you could turn right and climb Bitten Trail. But for now, continue north on Old Gilsum Rd. for 5-10 minutes and turn right at the intersection with NH Snowmobile Corridor 6. Continue climbing under the steel powerlines and in 5-10 minutes, turn right onto Back Door Trail. As you come out of the heavily logged trees to the wooden powerline, turn right, and after about 100 feet, turn left to continue to the 1148’ summit of Bitten. This entire route takes 20-45 minutes from start. At this juncture there are 3 options: (1) down Clevis/Threader, one Drummer’s most rocky and technical lines; (2) down the less technical Bitten Trail; or (3) backtrack on Back Door, the least technical of these options. The first two options drop back to Old Gilsum Rd in about 5-15 minutes, and continue (see map options) down to Lower Drummer Rd., and from there, you’ll see a few mapped options down to the cul-de-sac road - for a total of 10-15 minutes of downhill thrills from the top of Bitten to the cul-de-sac.

If you choose the 3rd option, backtrack on Back Door and when you get back to the Snowmobile Corridor, continue straight across onto Exit 1 Trail. Turn right at Old Woods Rd, and in about 60 feet, turn left onto Exit 2 Trail. Exits 1 & 2 together take 15-25 minutes.        

Exit 2 ends at Old Gilsum Rd, with several options. The “north end” trails, described below, all begin here and wind down toward the creek crossing on Far Side Trail. Turn left off Exit 2 onto Old Gilsum, and after 50 feet, turn right onto the most advanced of these trails, Drop and Chute. Or turn right, ride about 100 feet, and turn left onto 48T Trail - “48T” stands for 48, mostly tight and often off-camber, very sweet Turns. Or, instead of 48T, continue north on Old Gilsum about 400 feet and turn left onto the Far Side Spur. Or instead of the Spur, continue north on Old Gilsum Rd., maybe a half mile, to the upper Far Side Trailhead on the left. Each of these ‘north end’ trails takes anywhere from 5 – 20 minutes to get down to the Far Side Trail creek crossing. From the intersection of 48 T and Far Side, either of these trails can be ridden back up to Old Gilsum Rd., and another taken back down, repeatedly. The only one of these trails that is “one-way” is down Drop and Chute.

Onve down to the creek at the bottom of Far Side, continue across the creek (caution!), and up to the steel power lines. From here you can go up either Mike’s trail or the Red on White 4-track, the fastest way back to Old Gilsum Rd., or, continue west from the powerline for about 200 ft and turn left onto Labyrinth - a fast and wild 10-20 minute, mostly “descending with grin” trail that ends up at Goose Pond.

Once at Goose Pond you can go right (easiest) or left. On the map, you’ll see the Goose Pond parking area, and also how you can make your way to Wild Things, which leads back to the cul-de-sac road in 5–15 minutes. Turning right at the end of Wild Things is a good place to bail if you want an easy out back to Drummer Rd/Green Acres. Or instead, turn left on the cul-de-sac road, continue straight on. There are 3 climbing options here: turn right on Butter, or go a little further and turn right to climb lowest Goat, or continue past Goat onto lowest Bitten (aka, “Bridges”). All three of these latter options bring you back up to Lower Drummer Rd. Once you get a feel for how these “south end” trails are laid out, you can explore others, or head back down to start in about 5-10 minutes – the map shows several routes. Another option here, on Lower Drummer Rd., is to climb the next section of Bitten or Goat back to Old Gilsum Rd.            

Other trails you’ll want to ride now or next time include: Jump, Double-Drop, and Threader – all of which include some extreme sections, but again, with go-arounds.

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