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BEAR HOLE EXCURSION

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

A VERY HILLY AND TECHNICAL RIDE. FULL SUSPENSION IS A PLUS. THE WATERFALL AT THE END IS AWESOME, A STEEP HILL OF LOOSE ROCK WHICH MAKES YOU APPRECIATE YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE. THE RIDE PASSES 2 RESERVOIRS TO THE SUMMIT WHICH HAS A VIEW OF SURROUNDING TOWNS AND BARNES AIRPORT. A RIPPING RIDE
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Latitude
42.18274112472145
Longitude
-72.67524719238281
Trail Directions
I91 TO W SPFLD EXIT, RT 5 NORTH, LEFT ON HIGHLAND AVE, LEFT ON PROSPECT AVE, AT TOP OF HILL PARK AT K&M ELECTRONICS. TRAILHEAD IS AT THE LARGE WATERTANK. RIDE TRAIL TO RR TRACKS, PASS THROUGH ASHLEY RESERVOIR, TO MCLEAN RESERVOIR. THE TRAIL FOLLOWS THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN TO THE WATERFALL INTO BEARHOLE WATERSHED.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
WEST SPRINGFIELD
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Review Date
January 24, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ELFSTER ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
ATTENTION!!!!!! There is some new single track that has been built on the East Mountain Ridge area. This is brand new SUSTAINABLE REAL SINGLE TRACK built off camber with plenty of pinch points and obstacles to keep the quads off of it. The trail will be no fun for them even if they could get on it but no worries as plenty of attention to detail was done in building it. The trail was built to really ride in one direction (north to south) and in due time a huge many mile loop is planned extending into Bear Hole and back. The rumor is that this trail was built by a local obsessed Trail Elf!
The trail starts off of APREMONT HIGHWAY in Holyoke on the old trolley bed and heads up to Route 202 to the end of the guardrail. Parking can be had off the side of the road. This section is Easy and properly named APREMONT TRAIL and a sign can be found to the left and behind the moss covered flat boulder that sits in the clear cut fern area. Take the trolley trail and turn sharp right and up into the small clear cut. The large flat boulder is to your left. Deer are constantly around so be careful you dont get run over.
From there it crosses Route 202 and can again be picked up at the end of the guardrail on the other side. This trail winds up the side of the East Mountain ridge to the MM Trail and has been properly dubbed MOUNTAIN GOAT TRAIL. This trail is More Difficult due to the obtacles you will negotiate along with the exertion level. As you climb and negotiate the many rocky obtacles and negotiate the climbing turns it will then cross the AT&T Line and you are onto the Rim Trail which hugs the rocky rim looking down onto Route 202. It continues winding up onto a flat area with some short climbs and then out to the MM Trail. This trail is Easy.
A short ride up the MM Trail and sharp left at the very big boulder on your left you will pick up the very short but moderately technical LINK TRAIL where you will ride this across an old brushy jeep trail.
You will now pick up the MCLEAN TRAIL on the other side which is a very rocky technical trail where alot of rock armoring/bridging/staircasing has been done. This trail is Most Difficult with plenty of ups/downs, pinch points with downhill flows while negotiating rocky terrain. VERY FUN and CHALLENGING! This trail ends at the jeep trail for now. From here your on your own. Explore other trails.

Recommended Route:
North to South starting on the Trolley Trail off of Apremont Highway in Holyoke. About 2.5 miles in one direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear Hole Excursion, B Street, Earls Trails, Robinson Park



Comments
East mountain man (10/31/2015)
I maintane the ATV trails in the HCC range and Bear Hole as well as other areas.

Although I do remember hiking this trail one time it is nice. I have to hike it again.
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Review Date
August 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scott ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My friend and I rode these trails this past Sunday after searching for new trails and reading many good reviews here. I was not very impressed and won't go back. Though I didn't ride the Hellgate side and may still check that out. I'm not sure what everyone was talking about with good single track being here, but all we rode was jeep roads and ATV trails with lots of loose rocks....and they were definitely the trails on the map....Upper Yetti, Widow Maker, Cauldron. There were a couple fun spots, but it's definitely not worth the effort. I'll stick to B-street, Earl's Trails, and Vietnam until we discover something else.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Batchelor Street, Earl's Trails



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Review Date
December 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Anchor ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It's kind of funny to read the "Don't ride hear ooooohh" reviews... Funny some poeple who don't want others to know about a place because they think it will become like Disney World or something... Anyway...

There is something for everyone. MAke it as hard or easy as you want. You can ride the trails around the reservoir if you like or hop into the trails opposite RT 202 at the base of the hills. Many places to go in. There you can find hard or easy climbs to the top of the ridge. Nice views of Barnes Airport and the valley. Some awesomes downs as you head south on the ridge past the towers just look for another trial head to the left about a third of the way down the fire road. Caution.. there is a couple of forks in the trail that are confusing. If you make to the bottom of the "stairway" then it's a moderate paved/dirt road ride back to the 'hoods of Westside. Check out Quarry Road off Prospect (K&M Electronics). Some parking at the end with little interference.

Enjoy.

Ignore the voodoo sayers here..

Recommended Route:
Off Prospect Road, West Springfield... You CAN park at K&m Electroics. No one cares. You could park a thousand cars ther without a problem.. pleeezzzee.. Go away Evil caution man... Or go up to Quarry and go to the end. There's a dirt area there.. Many more places like the reservoirs parking areas.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anything on the Holyoke Range. MT Tom is an awesome (watch out for RANGERS!!! RANGERS!!!) place to ride.. And the Rangers don't care as long as you are being responsible.



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Review Date
August 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bill Jackson ,  Cross Country Rider , from Westfield

Summary:
The ride along the ridge is very technical and fun. There is a huge area of new single track near the watershed area in West Springfield just south of the turnpike on Morgan road.

Recommended Route:
The best parking is next to Ashley reservoir on rt 202. Go up the trap rock hill past Mcclean res and follow the ridgeline south for serious trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hellgate, Grinch, Pipeline, Whitelightning, Husker Du Husker Dont,
Bear Claw, Lower Yeti, Fraidey Kat, Widowmaker



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Review Date
December 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Tom , from Holyoke

Summary:
Park at Ashley reservoir off Rt 202 in Holyoke. Enter the reservoir and bear left. At the black gate ride up the hill towards the water tanks and bear left.
The entrance to the trail is at the far side of Mclean
reservoir and is marked by a series of large boulders.
Have fun, a must ride location.

Recommended Route:
Even though the K&M entrance is gone there are many Alternate entrances into this area exist. There is safe parking at Ashley reservoir and no one will search your car. Dont be so paranoid...



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