Thursday, March 18, 2010

TA Report Hurd State Park

Date of Activity: March 17, 2010
Condition of Trail(s): Good; Trails were dry considering the recent rains with only a few wet areas and no mud.

Trail Ambassador Names: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador Email: glennvernes33athotmaildotcom
Town: East Hampton
Location: Hurd State Park.
Trail(s) Ridden: Red, yellow, blue, pink, white, green.
How did you use the trail? Mountain bike
What was the time of day? Morning
Duration (Hours): 2
Distance (Miles): Around 10

I hadn't been here in over ten years, and the trail system has grown exponentially since then. There is a whole inventory of new trails not on the official park map. They are accessed from the various sections of the white trail, and all are well built, blazed, and fun for mountain biking. You can also ride old favorites like the Split Rock (green) Trail, which takes you to an overlook with good views of the Connecticut River (see photo).

Hurd Park is located on a steep bank of the river, and there is not much in the way of level ground. The trails are relatively free of rocks and roots, but there are a lot of logs across the trails. Add in the constant elevation change and you have a challenging ride that will leave you tired, especially if done on a single speed. 29er traction will allow amazing feats of climbing. I plan to ride here more often.

Thanks to Gary Nicol of Pedal Power for showing me the place.

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