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Bruce&Tom's EXLNT ADVNTR

Average Rating:    (4.76 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 50

DROPS,LADDERS,RAMPS.FLAT ROCK. FAST TECHNICAL SINGLE TRACK,NICE ROLLING CLIMBS REWARDED WITH WHITE KNUCKLE DOWN HILL.STUNNING VISUAL VISTAS MIXED WITH HISTORICAL 1600ERA CEMETARY AND WHAT REMAINS OF A CHURCH.VEIWS OF IPSWICH BAY,ESSEX RIVER,GLOUCESTER,NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE. DIRECT ACCESS TO RED ROCK AND ESSEX WOODS.MILES OF TRAILS IN AREA BUT THIS LOOP HAS IT ALL.
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Latitude
42.62511775626639
Longitude
-70.68706512451172
Trail Directions
128N TO X13,LEFT ON CONCORD ST.1/2MI LEFT TO BECKER(@ANNIE'S VARIETY)1/4MI RIGHT TO WHITE'S MTN RD.TRAIL HEAD IS JUST AFTER 4TH HOUSE ON LEFT.THIS TRAIL HEAD IS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.PLEASE BE RESPECTFULL. CONTACT BRUCE FOR MORE INFO EMAIL RBLTOO@AOL.COM . THERE ARE OTHER TRAIL HEADS IN THE AREA ON CONCORD ST AND BREY ST. WHICH ARE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY WHICH WILL GET YOU INTO THE AREA.
Trail Length
10 MILES
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Gloucester
   


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Review Date
September 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Adam ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Like I do every summer, I recently returned to the area from Pennsylvania to visit family. Whenever I come back I always try to schedule in a ride to one of my top favorite spots - Bruce & Tom's Excellent Adventure. It was great getting back there. I hadn't been in a while and there were some (false) rumors going around that the spot had been closed for some reason. So I was a little worried about the condition that I would find the trails in. Let me tell you that those worries quickly faded - these guys have been hard at it keeping these trails awesome. You can just see the thought and effort that goes into how these interesting trails are laid out and then maintained.


Now on to the ride itself. The best place to start this ride is about halfway down Bray street at the green gate that has the Thomson Street Reservation sign. You go up a quick (50 to 80 yd) gravelly climb and at the top you will see a blue trail marker on your left. Enter there to do the trail network in the best direction. (Note- there is a more "official" looking Essex County Greenbelt parking area on Bray street that is much closer to Concord street, but in my opinion, that's really not the best place to begin the ride).
There is a common misconception that Bruce & Tom's Excellent Adventure is for extreme riders only. Nothing could be further from the truth in my opinion. Yes, it is true, you will have a better experience if you are a skilled rider, but I wouldn't say it's extreme in the sense that it's dangerous if you're not. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say that the majority of it is just really fun and interesting singletrack occasionally interrupted by very awesome and very challenging sections of natural geology.


Which brings me to why I love Bruce & Tom's excellent Adventure so much - it's diverseness. As you mountain bike through the area you'll notice that the geological features and/or the style of trail you are on now is nothing at all like where you were twenty minutes ago. It's as if you are riding at different geographical locales on a single ride. I'll never know whether the trail builders planned it that way or not but the effect is unique. The place is loaded with neat topographical features including hidden natural alcoves, scenic lookouts, cliffs and spines, massive glacial boulders just sitting there alone, trails that meander along extensive granite formations, g-outs, granite flume drop offs, and a stunning panorama view of the Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Newburyport coastlines from atop the granite formations known as Eagle Rocks.

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When you do encounter any "extreme" stunts, they are cleverly incorporated into the natural topography... no ugly man made stuff here! This place is all natural! (with the exception of some necessary bridges)

Bruce and Tom have marked the way with twin boulders and blue markers. Follow them and you will see the whole area, you will not get lost and you will come out to exactly where you started (at the top of that gravelly climb). It's about 3-4 hours riding time if you choose to do the whole thing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Finally, a note to Bruce and Tom: I hope I see you out on those trails some day, either riding your bikes or working on the trails, because I'd like to stop, shake your hand, and say thanks.



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Review Date
June 3, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: hirollah420 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
i try and hit this every sunday morning around 8:30-9am its nuts its not for beginners but there is nothing like this ne where else that i know of soo hope to see some good ridahz out there peace


jay

Recommended Route:
u figure it out i did

Other recommended trails in the same area:
peabody/salem woods then to lynn woods hell yeah .....



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Review Date
July 23, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: btf95 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm still getting alot of e-mails about the trail.

Sorry peeps its closed. http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=29372

~Bruce



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Review Date
December 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: sketchy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have to say that this trail makes you feel mortal. Thank you Bruce & Tom for building a great, challanging and Heart pounding Ride. The moment you start to the time you finish you are working ur ass off to master this sections. One of the best trips to ride in New England. Thanks Again Bruce & Tom you guys rule!

Recommended Route:
Just Ride it all



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Review Date
May 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bruce ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trail is CLOSED!!!!!! If you don't have perrmission to ride here you are tresspassing!!!!

Recommended Route:
Stay away



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