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Long Trail

Average Rating:    (4.63 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

The trail starts out very narrow with many roots and rocks. The trails starts to widen up a bit once you get to the campers beach. The Trail stays wide for a short time and gets narrow and very bumpy with many rocks and roots. Later there are many steep climbs that lead to the campers area. The trail goes on pavement for a short time until there is another trail enterance that takes you to the fire tower. The trail goes down hill a little bit. A muddy area is at the bottom. After the bridge you begin to go up hill for about 2 miles and it's very rocky. The last climb to the fire tower is very steep and imposible because of many boulders. The fire tower is welcome to everyone and going back down is the funnest part about the trail.
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Latitude
42.440278
Longitude
-72.8
Trail Directions
Go on route 112 from route 9. Turn into the DAR state forest. Go past the booth and keep going down the road until you see a gate on your left hand side. Turn into there and go about 100 yards to a boat launch where the trail is on your right side.
Trail Length
5
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Goshen
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Review Date
May 4, 2007

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: SuperbMan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm a big fan of the D.A.R State Forest-and though I love all the Nemba built trails-I have a special fondness for this older trail in this fine network of great trails. The Long trail is beautiful, very rocky, mildly hilly, often slippery (the NEMBA bridges are fantastic...but beware on damp days just the same!!!)-I consider it to be the far end of 'xc' riding-It's all rideable--in both directions-just be on your game. The New Moos Run Trail (NEMBA built) that loops off of it is a great, challenging cruiser-make sure to ride it--but I also advise doubling back on the long trail to hit the sections Moose Run bypasses-they're hard-but wonderful!

The DCr Map i s easy to guide by and pretty accurate showing most of what's rideable. Other Fantastic trails not to miss are 'The Bobcat Trail' (either rugged cimb or fun descent), The Black Bear Trail (I like this primarily in the downward direction), The NEMBA Trail (good both ways), and the Camp Howe Trail is nice too--they're all good and worth a vist. Plus there is great camping, a great little lake (actually-two lakes), great views, and nice facilities. A typical western Massachusetts riding destination: Challenging and Beautiful and very biker friendly.

Recommended Route:
Get the map at the kiosk and explore-save time for a swim afterwards.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lennox Mt-Yokun Ridge, Holyoke-Skinner SF, Wendell Sf, etc.



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Review Date
August 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: RidgeRider79 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails aren't fast moving but they'll definetely keep you on your toes. With it's seemingly endless rock gardens this place doesn't give you much of a break. All the trails are well mapped with signage. Definetly grab a map from the parking attendant.

Recommended Route:
Start by entering the Long Trail by the campers beach. Stay on this trail until the start of the new Moose Run trail on the left (shortly after a set of lovely NEMBA bridges). Ride Moose Run to the end, which puts you back on the Long Trail. Turn left and ride to the paved road. Cross over to the dirt road and ride this up to the fire tower. Come back down the dirt road and take the NEMBA trail on your right. Just before the end of the trail look to get on the Turkey Trail on your left. Using the park map, choose a route to get to Balance Rock. Make sure to get on the Camp Howe Trail on your way out with it's long, well crafted bridges. Then take the super rocky and rooty (probably muddy during wet periods) Sunset Trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deerfield Ridge, Greenfield Ridge, Hawley, Wendell, Mt. Toby, Bachelor St, Earle's Trails.



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Review Date
July 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: stimpy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Decent, technical singletrack. $5 to park, so park somewhere else and ride to it if you can.

Recommended Route:
Long Trail starts pretty timidly. ride the rocks & roots to the boat launch road; from this point, the trail heads towards the lake and gets a little more technical. soon, you'll cross a rock wall; soon, there is a climb that is challenging. on the far end of the lake, the trail veers away alongside a swamp. soon, you'll cross one of several bridges built by NEMBA [tips helmet]. after a little more technical riding, you'll encounter a climb that i walk my bike up: erroded. the trail covers my rock & root thru here, nice and challenging. after another rock-garden crossing, the trail eases and then goes downhill thru a switchback; you'll soon encounter the paved road. cross it, go uphill a slight distance, and use the jeep road to go up firetower: the trail isn't that doable going up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
batchelor street



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Review Date
April 4, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by: Sal , from Maine

Summary:
The trail had lots of opions for me to ride on
I loved the way the map wa sset up. Mt mom even liked it. anyone who trys this trail will be amazed.

Recommended Route:
number2

Other recommended trails in the same area:
beets me



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Review Date
August 3, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ethan , from Amherst, MA

Summary:
Rode it today - I am used to trails that demand more fitness and less technical expertise; DAR trails are very different. Don't expect a fast ride but it'll certainly test your ability to navigate roots, large rocks, mud holes. Frustrating at times but very rewarding at the end. Took a header off one of the bridges into a swamp and enjoyed every second (I apologize for the erosion I may have caused). These trails are NOT for the faint of heart - if you are a novice you'll find yourself getting off and pushing your bike every 50 yards or so.

Recommended Route:
Long Trail along the lake and eventually up to the fire tower. Then take trail to the left just before final ascent on Fire Tower Road (across from grassy parking lot) - that trail will link to many others.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I just want to thank whoever helps build and maintain the trails. Obviously some are new and I saw a few yellow NEMBA tags on trees throughout the forest. Nice work. I'd like to help.



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