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middlesex

Average Rating:    (4.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

mix of fire rds, pwr lines, single track. loggers really messed up fire rds.but some great single track. the more you ride here the more you know how to make the mix. you can ride all day here. from middlesex college to pratt whitney. scenic overlooks of ct river. most trails are blue blaze so hikers rules. ALWAYS PRACTICE TRAIL COURTESY, remember the reason there are blue blaze trails are because of hikers. be an advocate for your sport be polite. race on race day. during the week see no one ride on weekend everyones out. names like the loop, the jungle. no mountains to climb, but excellent trail diversity. in middlesex county theres here and theres cockaponset in chester/haddam.
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Latitude
41.538265477184645
Longitude
-72.61044502258301
Trail Directions
exit 11 rte 9 n or s go right at end of ramp. at stop light at top of hill take r, take 1st L 1/4m, at y bear L, bear r take 1st L on dirt rd, pull over on r curb. ride up road take 1st gate r fire rd to top take L single track a top 1st r goes to jungle go L downhill till processed rd go r and its endless. you can also park in middlesex college paking lot and ride in but i'm a local and like my way.
Trail Length
unlimited
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
middletown
   


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Review Date
May 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: johncandie ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Middlesex is a delight- I rode for 140 minutes after a conference at Wesleyan. Park at the Reservoir Road off of Brooks Road just after the gates. Trail access is just ahead on the right. I used BikeRag's topo map; while incomplete it was adequate for orientation purposes. I got 'lost' a few times but was able to figure out where I was using the map- power lines, roads and reservoirs provide key landmarks. Plus the trails are quite well marked. Yellow/blue, blue, and red. Ran into only one rider, who appeared to be overmatched by the technical aspects, on a Thursday afternoon.

Ride was varied- lots of buff fast pedaling trails linking very technical spots. Heart rate only jumps during the short, but steep ups. Enjoyed the jungle's flowing single track tunneling through a mountain laurel forest(would love to ride during the bloom), but loved the many rocky climbs and descents onto whalebacks. A few hike-a-bikes which were tricky on my feet. The fire roads are way beat up- rutted, muddy- to be avoided- not that hard to do. I saw evidence of logging, but it didn't kill the ride. Power line trail looked little worn and provided some excitement when I chose to abandon fire road to return to single track. Some really fun twisty-turny elements put a big smile on my face.

Not a place for beginners or novices.

Recommended Route:
Avoid the fire roads as much as possible. Otherwise duck into a trail anywhere and just go.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
1st time in the area.



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Review Date
June 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Quill ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have been riding here three years and I still get lost. Once you know it though, you can put together rides of 90% singletrack totaling maybe 8 hours without significant repeats. Not for beginners... lots of rocks and roots and short technical steeps. Lots of doubletrack that you use to connect to sections of singletrack... if you come and explore on your own you will spend way too much time on the doubletrack. Best is to find a friend who knows it... tuesday night Pedal Power rides are next best.

Recommended Route:
Even with a map you will get lost... just too many intersections. The bikerag map has only half the trails. You might get lucky and find someone to show you around, but most of the riders here are advanced so be prepared.



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Review Date
April 5, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Sal D , from East Haven

Summary:
lots of climbing, Jurrasic park is lots of fun,
riding down screaming downhill was a blast I would
get lost I was following in a group, gotta do it again

Recommended Route:
Enter through college by resevoir

Other recommended trails in the same area:
cocaponset



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Review Date
April 3, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Please Select

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Reviewed by: ron , from florida

Summary:
vnhn

Recommended Route:
45

Other recommended trails in the same area:
this rocks



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Review Date
March 30, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mike , from middletown

Summary:
it's nice to see people are seeing what an awesome place this is to ride. only problem is the town of middletown is thinking of rezoning it and letting industry in. also on the bear hill side if you notice all the survey tape, someone bought a lot of acerage smack dab in the middle of it. i meet previous owner, nice guy from old saybrook but i don't know new owner, saw perc test tubes near one of the best laurel tunnels in the state. we can only hope thier sympathetic to hikers and bikers or this could be another lost jem. if you haven't ridden this area yet do it now before its to late, call pedal power in middletown they'll get you there or follow my directions from 1st review, best ride is during week lots of traffic on weekend. if you get lost, down hill comes to river rd. uphill brings you back towards mdlsx. get a topo from ems and bring it enough power lines on it to keep your bearings. ride smart be safe.

Recommended Route:
all the above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
cockaponset in chester is good for a change



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