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Charles Ward Reservation

Average Rating:    (3.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Roots, Rocks, Technical areas and AWESOME vistas as a reward for your hard work.
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Latitude
42.64153569439977
Longitude
-71.10763549804687
Trail Directions
495 to 114 to 125. First left after 114 becomes 125. Go to end. Parking right there.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
North Andover
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Mike

Summary:
See my detailed review for this and other trails along with my GPS-generated maps at http://24.147.58.236/sheahome



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Review Date
January 21, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Igor Moot , from Cambridge

Summary:
A very pleasant place to ride. I highly recommended it to beginners and intermediate riders alike- fast singletrack, great climbs, and technical trails as well. Definitely ride Sanborn,Shrub,Boston,Graham,and Jeff and Eric, in both directions. I learned to ride in these woods. Charles Ward is a good place to bleed and sweat. Please be careful to avoid a belligerent local rider known as "Superman"; he rides a titanium, hardtail,Clark Kent frame and has been known to assault riders of full-suspension bikes. He is essentially harmless and easy to lose. Happy trails!

Recommended Route:
Park in the lot at the conclusion of the road that leads to the entrance of Ward. You are now near the base of Holt Hill. Maps are available here if you must know where you are at times. Following the paved road leading to the weather tower, take the second trail on your left (Sanborn trail). Sanborn will provide you with a proper introduction to Ward.



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Review Date
April 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Matt Juros , from Boxford, MA

Summary:
the Ward Reservation has nice rides for beginners as well as some serious lung burners if you are so inclined. for the firey-est lung burning -- park at the base of Boston Hill and head up the trail to the left of the government installation's paved road. go up the ski trails and back down towards Holt Hill (reverse the "recommended route," above). go straight up the side of Holt Hill towards the field with the solstace stones. get there then wend your way back again along the often muddy lower trails. get pumped - there are surprisingly good rides up here!

Recommended Route:
from the parking area head to the top of Holt Hill near the solstace stones. the view is great and you then have a choice of several downhill routes. The one I like is to head towards Boston Hill - this provides some rocky and woodsy downhill sections and a fun climb. get yourself to the top of Boston Hill (among the ski trails) for some more great views and head back again - there are several routes to choose from.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
don't miss Lynn Woods. Boxford State Forest has some good rides around Bald Hill.



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Review Date
April 1, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike , from Andover, MA

Summary:
Overall nice spot for short ride close to Boston area.
Easy to get to and userfriendly. Trails vary from hilly technical sections to flat easy stuff. Not many bikers seem to know this spot and seems like mostly local hikers use these trails, so be polite if on a Bike. A place to spend a nice few hours with some nice views of Boston.

Recommended Route:
Anywhere,
Go to Boston Hill section for more technical trails,

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harold Parker, A bit more crowded but more terrain.



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Review Date
January 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Lee J , from Quincy

Summary:
Decent mix of trails- mostly single track- some flat, some rooty. I went on one of the rooty trails after a rainy day- bad move. Overall not a bad place- pretty hilly, mostly smooth single track, decent workout. Not very technical when dry.

Recommended Route:
Go anywhere



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