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Pittsfield State Forest

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

This is a multipurpose park, so it is mainly ment for hikers. This means that the climbs are simply nasty. Loose rocks, huge roots, and an occasional downed tree. This park is exploding with awesome trails and are waiting to be played with (literally, I swallowed about 3923 spider webs during my rides). There are some really fun ones and there are some hand crafted by satan, so choose wisely girlfriend. Just get lost and slam some trails.
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Latitude
42.4474
Longitude
-73.25423
Trail Directions
Take Rt. 7, turn on West Rd. and then a left on Casade Cruise. Their will be signs for it.
Trail Length
20-30 miles (lot of trails)
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Pittsfield
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (9 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
November 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: screamingbunny ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Quite the rats nest of fun little single track on the lower family trails on the right hand side of the park as you enter. About 10 miles worth of beginner to intermediate level goodness. While its easy not to end up where you want to be, its VERY hard to get truly lost, just ride down hill to a road.

Recommended Route:
Deerhill, Bear Claw, and Honey Bear are the main loops with plenty of options leading off



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Review Date
May 4, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: eric ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trails may not be marked that well but are truely enjoyable with a mixed bag of terrain and conditions. I've gone over a dozen times and never taken the same way twice so choose your own adventure! The dedicated bike trails also intersect with multi-use and atv trails which provide more options making each session a diffrent experience. The grades vary, most of them are just as enjoyable in each direction.



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Review Date
July 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sselman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Went to Pittsfield State Forest on July 13, 2012 at the recommendation of Plaine's Bike Shop in Pittsfield. Entrance fee is a whopping $2. The gate attendant handed us a very weak trail guide and directed us to what I understand is called the "Turner Trail". He said this is the trail used by the local bike club for their Monday evening guided rides. The trail map he handed us had the trailhead in the wrong location. After some hunting around, we found that it had been moved, due to some local construction work, around the corner to a different road. The trail is a long, zig zag climb up the mountain. It was a hot, humid day so it was a real grunt, but not overly steep at any one point - very doable. The condition of the trail was quite good. After about 45 minutes of climing, we were rewarded with a nice view at the top (have to go a very short distance on a side trail and peer through the trees). But once on top, the trail is long and flowy. I wished we had more time to explore but it was getting late and we were running out of light, so we headed back down.

Recommended Route:
If I ever go back to PSF, I'd like to check out the other trails at the bottom of the mountain that I hear are faster and more flowy, but I also understand the trail markings are quite poor. Even on the Turner Trail, the blue blazes were pretty hard to pick out. Fortunatley, since it was just an out and back, it was pretty hard to get lost. But the trail system at the bottom is more involved. The local club would do well to improve the navigation to make this promising location more inviting. I'm sure they're capable because the trail maintenance work on Turner was first rate.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We went to Kennedy Park behind the Arcadian Bike Shop on Route 7. It's very well marked and not a bad place to ride for a quick hour or two. Lots of variety and not too difficult.



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Review Date
July 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: BigWillieStyle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
PSF has all types of riding to offer. The park offers over 1000 ft of elevation for those XC climbers, but also has some great winding single and double track accessible from the ski lodge parking lot. The Turner trail is probably the best trail in the park, and is the fruit of GB Nemba's labor. Extremely fun, singletrack with many tight turns, and a couple rock gardens and a memorable tight sapling squeeze. Very fast! I think the trail is probably about 800+ feet elevation. A technical climb, but a slightly easier descent, just keep your eyes on the trail ahead. Pity is that most of the riding in the forest is difficult to find if you don't know where to look. Trail markings are poor, and you are best off getting in touch with one of the many friendly, local riders who frequent it every day. You can probably find them on here. I'd highly recommend this park!

Recommended Route:
Don't remember all trail names, but bear claw, honey bear, turner trail and roller coaster are all great. Boy scout trail takes you from the summit overlook up top near azela fields to the turner trail. The rating numbers are for the route we did last wekend, which we started at the base, and climbed up the turner and boy scout trails to the lookout and high point. I think total elevation was around 1100.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
October Mtn., Kennedy Park



Comments
BigWillieStyle (08/21/2012)
Correction, Berkshire NEMBA not GB
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Review Date
July 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bherder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride here almost every single day and the riding is outstanding.

At the moment though, you really need someone to show you where the best trails are so if you come to the area, drop me an email and if I can, I'll show you around. Easiest way to contact me is to go to www.berkshiresports.org and click on contact us (which would be me).

Berkshire NEMBA is becoming active again in the area and we're going to be doing a lot of work over the next few years and this situation should become much better.



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