Bald Hill Reservation

Boxford, Massachusetts

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This loop through the Bald Hill Reservation features a variety of riding rarely matched anywhere. Aside from the absence of long climbs and descents, this mosaic of preserved woodland boasts an incredible array of trail conditions, from challenging rock-garden singletrack to smooth, fast, hard-packed dirt trails. Beginner riders may want to opt to stay on the wider trails, though the narrow cobblestone singletrack provides an excellent opportunity o improve you bike-handling skills while taking you to the less-traveled corners of the reservation. These trails can, however, be as rigorous as they are beautiful, and the nine-mile loop may seem longer as a result. Bring plenty of water, and don't be bashful about taking a breather and enjoying your surroundings every now and then. The sights include a phenomenal mix of plantlife ranging from ferns and honeysuckle to tall pines and eastern hardwoods such as red oak, mountain maple and shagbark hickory. In terms of wildlife, you might come across red-shouldered hawks, bared owls, waterfowl, grouse, turkey, mink, otter, rabbits, fox, and deer. Terrain: Technical singletrack and well-marked doubletrack. An intriguing mix of geology, ranging from hard, rocky soils to thick bogs. the corresponding plantlife and wildlife is also remarkably diverse.
Mountain Bike America: Boston

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Mountain Bike America: Boston

by Jeff Cutler (The Globe Pequot Press)

This loop through the Bald Hill Reservation features a variety of riding rarely matched anywhere. Aside from the absence of long climbs and descents, this mosaic of preserved woodland boasts an incredible array of trail conditions, from challenging rock-garden singletrack to smooth, fast, hard-packed dirt trails. Beginner riders may want to opt to stay on the wider trails, though the narrow cobblestone singletrack provides an excellent opportunity o improve you bike-handling skills while taking you to the less-traveled corners of the reservation.

These trails can, however, be as rigorous as they are beautiful, and the nine-mile loop may seem longer as a result. Bring plenty of water, and don't be bashful about taking a breather and enjoying your surroundings every now and then. The sights include a phenomenal mix of plantlife ranging from ferns and honeysuckle to tall pines and eastern hardwoods such as red oak, mountain maple and shagbark hickory. In terms of wildlife, you might come across red-shouldered hawks, bared owls, waterfowl, grouse, turkey, mink, otter, rabbits, fox, and deer. Terrain: Technical singletrack and well-marked doubletrack. An intriguing mix of geology, ranging from hard, rocky soils to thick bogs. the corresponding plantlife and wildlife is also remarkably diverse.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Boxford
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Gain: 287 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round.
Trailhead Elevation: 175 feet
Top Elevation: 200 feet
Local Contacts: Massachusetts Division of Forests and Parks, 978-369-3350
Local Maps: USGS Ipswich and Lawrence; Bald Hill Reservation Trail Map, Essex County Greenbelt, 978-768-7241
Driving Directions: Directions to Bald Hill Reservation

Recent Trail Reviews

7/17/2007
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This trail has a lot to offer from fast flats on smooth single track to medium descents/ascents on rather rocky terrain. There's a swampy section if you like to get a little dirty and a clearing up top if you want to chew some grass. There are all sorts of side trails and a wide variety of scenery alowing one to explore as much as they would like. I rated this trail a 4 because I would imagine that riding here would be a blast supposing you choose the right date. Unfortunately, during my ride the black, deer, and green flies were ridiculous (not tomention the mosquitos)! If I stopped for a moment they would absolutely swarm. Bring a map if your new to the trail and pick a date that doesn't coincide with the emergence of these pests or else you will get really aggravated AND lost, as I did. I'd rate my initial ride a 2 if I included the bugs. They were that bad... I'm definitely going to ride here again, but I'm currently waiting for the all clear. After my next ride I should be able to post a much more conclusive reiew. For now...stay out of the woods entirely!


9/11/2006
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Great mt bike area!! There are plenty of single-track options off the main route. The terrain is moderately challenging and plenty of fun! I recommend getting a better map than the trail guide. I came across several trail junctions in the park that were not on the trail guide's map. Boxford State Forest should have a better map. Overall an excellent riding experience!!



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