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Spider Gates

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up and down singletrack, with some connectors on paved and fire-roads. Many short, bursting climbs and quick descents.
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Latitude
42.284738528629816
Longitude
-71.90165519714355
Trail Directions
2 Trailheads. 1st TH off Rte 122. Look for opening through bushes, into field on left side of 122, just past Howe's farm. 2nd TH is at end of Coppage St., off Goddard Mem. DR. (Airport Hill) behind a warehouse. These are at Opposite ends of trails
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Leicester/Worcester
   


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Review Date
May 3, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: lazzaro ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome ride. It was raining and we got a little lost and this was still a good time. Fast singletrack through beautiful woods. The cemetary is pretty cool as well and worth a walk around.

Recommended Route:
Chris did a great job with directions. I would only add a few things. If you park at Boynton Hill Park, you can hop on the meadow ridge trail right next to the softball field and get a pretty good warm up. Stay right and it'll spit you out on the same road you came in on just up a ways. You can take a left on Camp St. and be on your way to 122. Also, if you choose to bypass the logged singletrack by taking the fire roads you should bear left when the FR come to a T. This will ensure you end up on marshall where you belong (marshall ave has no street sign and there are tons of roads around here that meet Chris' description). If you find yourself confused, ask someone with a pickup truck how to get to spidergates and they will no doubt be able to help ya.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chaos, Buffumville, Holden Area,



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Review Date
May 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chris Mac , from Worcester

Summary:
Spider Gates is a good XC alternative to its rocky DH neighbor(Asnebumskit Hill). It is sort of the Blackcomb to Asnebumskit's Whistler. It is also possible to combine the two areas if you simply cross Rte 122. You can have some sweet XC style trail riding to Spider Gates and fininsh up with some gnarly rockhopping and downhills on Asnebumskit. Usually the ride to Spider Gates and further on to Worc. Airport is enough for one day.
The Leicester side of 122 is much less rocky, and a faster ride. I regarded this trail as a favorite in the area and hopefully the logging and trail destruction won't last. There are some good climbs along this ride, and you will need to be in pretty good shape to go the whole distance. The downhills are equally short and steep, and this combinationation makes for great up and down XC riding.

Recommended Route:
I prefer to start off Rte 122 in Paxton (park @ Boynton park) and ride to the Airport (Coppage St.) This route, is approximatelt 14 miles, although there is some logging going on which have temporarily closed down a couple pieces of the trail, shortening it it to about 13 miles. Hopefully the old trails will be rideable again, they were very sweet. This trail crosses land managed by the Greater Worcester land trust, reservoir watershed property, private land, and Airport grounds. Needless to say, this ride probably isn't "legal" in every sense of the word, but the people around here don't seem to mind you passing through, except for a few mean old watershed rangers. Try to be discreet crossing the streets and ducking gates into the woods, for your own good time's sake.
From 122, cross through a field along the left side of the field and look for a grassy singletrack on the far end of the field on the left side. Follow this trail down around a few corners and over a stone wall, a blue blazed singletrack will lead you up and down some short, steep hills, and out to the dead-end Walbridge St. At the end of the pavement the trail continues on a fire-road. There is a singletrack at the very beginning of the fire-road on the right side. This is one of the logged trails and it is a bit of a mess right now. It was a sweet mile with a steep dropoff and a long runout downhill. At the end of the fire road there is another section of singletrack that is also being logged, hopefully it will return to its original shape; a good quick climb rounded out with a fast and twisty descent. At end of fire-road, you must duck a gate, turn left on Marshall Ave and then cross the street for an opening on the right side. Divert the gate, and enter the woods quickly and quietly. A singletrack will appear on the left immediately. A quick, steep climb and you will have a long ride to "Quaker" cemetary, or "Spider Gates" as it is known locally. Go through the cemetary, down to the brook and bear left. The singletrack will end at another street (Mulberry), where you will cross again and enter a fire-road on the left side. A good climb up the fire-road and a right turn onto another F-Road will lead to another singletrack on the left. A nice twister will bring you to an intersection where Coppage St. TH begins. To go home you will retrace your way a little bit, back past Spider Gates, and most people opt for the road by this time, as you are about 8-9 miles in already. Manville St. is a good high speed paved road that will serve as a connector. If you decide to begin off Coppage St. it can also be useful on the way home in the opposite direction

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Asnebumskit (Paxton), Trout Brook (Holden), Green Hill (Worcester)



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