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Earl's Trails

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

There are four main sections of trails in this general area where Amherst, Hadley, Granby and South Hadley meet:
1.Batchelor Street (B street) trails on the east side of Route 116
2.Lithia Springs Trails west of Rte 116 on the South Hadley side of the ridge.
3.The Holyoke Summit Trails below the Holyoke Summit and along the river
4.Earl's trails west of Route 116 on the Amherst/Hadley side of the ridge.

Earl's probably has the best cross-section of different sorts of trails, although it has nothing really technical like B street and not much unrideable vertical like some of the Summit trails. There are 15+ miles of trails packed into a couple square miles.

"Smooth and flowy" is the way most locals describe it. A very beginning rider would likely have difficulty with most of the single track at Earl's due to just enough tight turns, rocks, roots and trees to make it interesting even for experienced riders. But there is enough double track for a decent length ride limited only to that, as long as you don't mind some climbing.

There are two main parking areas to access Earl's. One is in Amherst on 116 at the top of the road up the Notch. There is a reasonably large parking area at the Notch Visitor's center there. Head out of the parking lot, go right towards Amherst then take a quick left on Military Road, a paved road. After a few hundred yards, you'll come to a fence, and the trail entrance is on your right, right before the fence.

The other parking area is in Hadley at the end of Chmura Rd. There is a large cul de sac with room for dozens of cars. Chmura Rd is off Route 47 in Hadley, and it's a bit under a mile from Rte 47 to the parking area at the end. The trail is obvious here and you immediately face numerous choices about which direction to head. You can also head back down Chmura Rd the way you came, and about a quarter mile back there's a gate on the left that heads up a double-track dirt rd. This is the Parker Rd trail going uphill, and before too long, you'll begin to see single-track trails crossing it.
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Latitude
42.31516280136171
Longitude
-72.55102872848511
Trail Length
15
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hadley
State/Territory/Province
MA
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 3, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Bright Rims ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Earl's is a definite "must ride" in the Pioneer Valley. A little something for everyone. The low side is fast easy singletrack / doubletrack mix. The higher up the ridge, the more tech the terrain can get. Signage is non-existent but it doesn't matter. There is so much trail packed into a fairly small area but the variety will keep you on your toes :>)

Recommended Route:
Favorite trails are the downhill trails that start at either end of the bunker across from the Notch parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deerfield Ridge, Highland Park/Poet Seat in Greenfield



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Review Date
October 3, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: eparrot ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A great flowy moderate level trail networks. After recently taking up mtn biking after road riding for a number of years, I love this place. It's considered far less technical than nearby B street, but a lot of the single track has plenty of sharp turns and enough roots, rocks and trees to keep you up in the pedals. More advanced riders can certainly rip it.
I like to park up at the notch and take the Condo single track (furthest east trail descending from right next to the bunker fence), which leaves me with a climb at the end of my ride. These trails are on the side of a hill and there are a dozen ways up and down the mountain. There are at least a dozen really solid single track trails designed for mountain biking, along with just about a dozen double-track old dirt roads. Some of these washed out dirt roads get very steep and gullied, proving a nice challenge to get up.

Recommended Route:
Park at the notch visitor's center. cross to military road and enter the trails before the bunker. Take Condo Single track down, bearing right at your first fork to do it. Either
take a 120 degree turn onto Swiss Miss partway down, or keep going straight.

Trails to make sure you hit are the previously mentioned Swiss Miss, Glenna Bell, and Rambunctious (aka Raybunctious). Rambunctious starts on the west side of the bunker fence, heading down hill to the right shortly after you turn the corner around the fence. The first section is my favorite trail in the network, ripping down for half a mile or so. The second section includes some up and down. Glenna Bell is close to the longest trail, starting basically in the middle of the park - not enough chars allowed in this review to easily give directions, but you can hit the middle of it by going up from Chmura Rd by the gate (a brief road section gets you there). The first single track you see after the reservoir is Glenna Bell - left gets you downhill on the newer section, right is somewhat longer and winds you back up to the top of Little Tinker Hill and beyond to the start of the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deerfield Ridge, B street.



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