Mostly singletrack, some segments are old fire road, some technical boulder/cliff sections that you'll walk. Links to powerlines, trails in Wendell State Forest, and Mt Toby trails to the south. Can also link to the M&M Trail, Rattlesnake Gutter area, and ATV trails (see "202 Corridor")
Either pick up the north end of the trail in Wendell State Forest across from the park maintenance garage on Wendell/Montague Road and head south, or pick up the south end of the trail where it crosses North Leverett Road in Leverett, about 1.3 miles east of Rte 63.
Summary: This long north to south trail in Hampshire/Franklin county comprises some truly wonderful riding options rarely explored. I like to start at Bull hill rd in Sunderland and ride up and over Mt. Toby then work my way to West leverett RD (off of North Leverett rd) and climb the power lines then descend down the twisty, quite wonderful RF single track. Another great option is to start at Sirums Power equipment on rte 63 in Montague, climb the dreaded Dry Hill trail (which sort of parallels the Dry Hill rd) and Pick up the frost on the other side. From here, like ethan says the trail opportunities are endless! Turn left and go to wendell-then erving, or drop down to the rights, enjoy the singletrack and go to Toby or the M & M.
With winter coming, everyone should check out this trail...the whole area is very popular with the snowmobilers, which means it's a great winter ride-with the snow head up to Wendell, I say, because, the rangers there groom all the trails for xc skiers-makes for a great winter epic.
Recommended Route: As a side note, The Franklin County chapter of PV NEMBA has become dedicated to developing and maintaining the mountain biking opportunities in this area (which, had been largely ignored for batchelor st, etc...which I love, but now is time to move on). Specifically, we've begun working with tyhe local land manager up in Wendell sf to construct new trails (1.25 miles went in last week 12/11/04) much more on the way. We're also planning on connecting the Bottom of the RF on North leverett rd with the otherside of dry hill to enable dry hill loops from montague and the montague plains. And, we're going to restore the disasterous fallen tree area on top of Bull hill (which is great riding...when we clean it up). Check us out and look for trail project volunteer opportunities throughouty the winter and in the early spring. We've beeen posting our progress and calls to arms on the www.bikes-unlimited.com website under the NEMBA NEWS heading.
Other recommended trails in the same area: This is a wonderful riding area, just gotta poke around and take chances.
Review Date February 1, 2003
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: Ethan
, from Amherst, MA
Summary: This relatively new extension of the Robert Frost trail takes it all the way to Wendell State Forest (it once stopped at Mt Toby), a significant extension that goes through a really beautiful & remote chunk of land called the Montague Wildlife Management Area, which links up with Wendell State Forest. If you start from the south end, the trail starts out as a relatively wide single track, with some boulders & logs to play with. In about 2 miles it comes to a set of cliffs and boulders that are really nice -- you'll need to carry the bike up a few spots but with several miles of good riding ahead, the minor inconvenience is well worth it. Follow the orange spots! When you see an old rickety sign that says "view", take that little trail and you'll come to powerlines, which offer some very nice riding. You can go left on the powerlines and come out to Wendell State Forest, or go right and come onto the M&M trail (white dots) that can take you any where you want to go: north = through Wendell, Erving, eventually New Hampshire, south: Leverett, Shutesbury, Amherst. etc. You could easily plan a 50 miler if you wanted to. This 5-6 mile segment of the Robert Frost Trail is worth checking out, and I know some people have discovered it because I see chainring scars on the fallen logs.
Recommended Route: Either start on the north end or south end -- you choose. You may also decide to ride from Mt Toby (south end, but a bit further south than where I rode, and I don''t know how the trail is in between Route 63 and North Leverett Road)
Other recommended trails in the same area: Link to trails in Wendell State Forest (mostly easy riding, though M&M trail in the WSF is rather tricky), M&M Trail, 202 Corridor Trail, Mt Toby Trails.