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Jeep Eater

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Very rocky! Lots of cliff drops. Try to dodge the Jeep parts. Crazy riding!
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Latitude
42.33240780087648
Longitude
-72.71472930908203
Trail Directions
Behind the Army Barracks or go to the end of Ryan road and take a right. Go for a ways and keep your eye on the right side of the road. You'll see a big rock and washed out area. This is the trail head.
Trail Length
2 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Leeds
Web Address
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Josh , from Williamsburg MA

Summary:
Its all beautiful singletrack once you get off the Jeep Eater, and you're surrounded by birch trees and mountain laurel the whole time. Lots of dips and rolling hills and the occasional big hill.

Recommended Route:
Sneak in near 1812 Auto Repair on the Florence end, if you're in Leeds you can start at the bottom of the Jeep Eater itself... its somewhere I think on resivoir road. Just keep riding, you'll always come out onto a road (maybe in another town =)... my favorite route is to climb the Jeep Eater (making it all the way up without stopping or putting a foot down is a true test of balance and stamina!) then either the steep rocky downhill to the Army Barracks (near 1812 Auto) or the long technical mostly-downhill Ice House run, which I think is some of the best singletrack I've ever ridden.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Amethyst Brook/Power Lines in Amherst



Comments
hado_pv (06/30/2009)
The seven or eight years since these reviews have not been kind to this trail. Heavy use by the motorized guys have made it mostly impassible to human power. Not worth the visit any longer, unfortunately, especially as a climb.
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Review Date
May 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dennis Labonte , from Enfield, CT

Summary:
I used to live on Route 66 about 2 miles from the Sylvester Road trailhead. This is a seriously challenging trail - I'm not sure if I've ever cleard the whole thing. Lots of rocks, very steep loose climbes, and heart-attack downhills. The downhill sections are not the fast type, more of a lesson in trying to keep your back wheel attached to the earth. One of those trails that if you crash hard, hope you know a good knee surgeon. The trail opens up a little towards the end and has a decent downhill blast before getting to the National Guard area. It's not a very long ride, but challenging. Plus afterwards, the ride into downtown Northampton for refreshments is a good ending. A five-star for difficulty.

Recommended Route:
Start from the Sylvester Road (off Ryan Road), this puts you into the steep, rocky climbing. The trail dumps out at the Nat. Guard base. From there, you can take the road towards Rt 66 (Florence Road), then left onto Burts Pit Road. Follow Burts Pit to the trails above the old State Hospital and then come out at the Smith College Athletic fields. Now you can play in the downtown traffic of Northampton, or grab a bite to eat.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
M & M trails in Amherst.



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Review Date
March 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Bussman , from West Suffield, CT

Summary:
The Jeep eater is a difficult climb...especially with the myriad of ruts from 4x4s. You want to hit this trail with the just right conditions to actually clear the whole thing....not too wet or too dry. Starting from the street- nearly everyone I know can clear the lower section. The upper part, with multiple cliff/steps is a challenge to all except trials riders. At the top keep going and look to the right for a trailhead....this eventually connects to Ice House.

Recommended Route:
Connect from Ice House trail....don't know the street names, sorry.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt Tom, BearHole, MuddBudd Territory (north of RT202 near BearHole).



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Review Date
October 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pip , from Eastampton

Summary:
This is an awesome ride! There are great descents and really good cliff drops. This is as technical as it gets for the locals!

Recommended Route:
Start at the Army Barraks in Leeds. Ride around the back and try to stay out of the sight of soldiers. Just ride this trail forever.



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