October Mountain - Ashley Lake Loop

Washington, Massachusetts

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Highlights: Cruising a loop high in spectacular views and low in muscular anguish through the deep 16,000-acre woods of the largest state forest in Massachusetts; resting on a boulder beside deep blue Ashley Lake; watching a reservoir-fed fountain jet water 15 feet in the air. Tread: 5.7 miles on doubletrack; 0.9 mile on dirt road; 2.4 miles on paved road.
Mountain Biking the Berkshires

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Mountain Biking the Berkshires

by Anna Milkowski (Falcon Guides)

Highlights: Cruising a loop high in spectacular views and low in muscular anguish through the deep 16,000-acre woods of the largest state forest in Massachusetts; resting on a boulder beside deep blue Ashley Lake; watching a reservoir-fed fountain jet water 15 feet in the air. Tread: 5.7 miles on doubletrack; 0.9 mile on dirt road; 2.4 miles on paved road.

©  Anna Milkowski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Washington
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.25 to 2.5 hours
Season: May or June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 2,100 feet
Local Contacts: October Mountain State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Pittsfield East
Driving Directions: Directions to October Mountain - Ashley Lake Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2006
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Another exceptional Berkshire trail that could benefit from an ATV ban! The roads are a blast, nice and rocky (this was after a long series of rain storms), and the trail portions were wonderful. There are a few ATV-created mud holes scattered along the way, but it seems as though that is par for the course around here these days. Two beginners that were with me had fun, but found some of the rockier climbs and decents to be too much. We completed the ride in just about 2 hours, including plenty of rest stops. Have fun!



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