Ravenswood Park

Gloucester, Massachusetts

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The loop described here incorporates all elements of this park, from white-knuckle singletrack to wide-open fire roads. All the difficult sections can be walked, if necessary, so don't be intimidated. Though admittedly challenging, these trails lead you to the best vistas offered in Ravenswood, as well as a newfound appreciation for the art of trail building. If you're content to stay on the fire roads, however, you can put together a nice loop without having to venture on the singletrack at all. since the singletrack starts rather quickly from you're starting point at the parking lot, you might opt for a fire road spin first simply to warm up. Also keep in mind that, due to local policy, the Trustees of Reservations do not mark these trails with painted dots or blazes. Occasionally you’ll find a trail marker, but they’re rare. The benefit of this policy is the preservation of the wilderness “feel” of the reservation. Terrain: Hardscrabble; technical singletrack; and smooth, gentle doubletrack. Depending on the trail choice, this will be smooth, rolling forestland, haphazard, granite boulder fields with quick climbs and drops, or a combination of both.
Mountain Bike America: Boston

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Mountain Bike America: Boston

by Jeff Cutler (The Globe Pequot Press)

The loop described here incorporates all elements of this park, from white-knuckle singletrack to wide-open fire roads. All the difficult sections can be walked, if necessary, so don't be intimidated. Though admittedly challenging, these trails lead you to the best vistas offered in Ravenswood, as well as a newfound appreciation for the art of trail building. If you're content to stay on the fire roads, however, you can put together a nice loop without having to venture on the singletrack at all. since the singletrack starts rather quickly from you're starting point at the parking lot, you might opt for a fire road spin first simply to warm up.

Also keep in mind that, due to local policy, the Trustees of Reservations do not mark these trails with painted dots or blazes. Occasionally you’ll find a trail marker, but they’re rare. The benefit of this policy is the preservation of the wilderness “feel” of the reservation.

Terrain: Hardscrabble; technical singletrack; and smooth, gentle doubletrack. Depending on the trail choice, this will be smooth, rolling forestland, haphazard, granite boulder fields with quick climbs and drops, or a combination of both.

©  Jeff Cutler/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Gloucester
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 126 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: May 1 to February 28. Closed to mountain bikes March 1 through April 30 to protect trails during muddy season.
Trailhead Elevation: 140 feet
Top Elevation: 200 feet
Local Contacts: Trustees of Reservations, 978-921-1944
Local Maps: USGS Gloucester
Driving Directions: Directions to Ravenswood Park

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