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Yokun Ridge

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Lots of Climbing, Mix of rocky double and single track.
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Latitude
42.391008609205045
Longitude
-72.8173828125
Trail Directions
Go right onto West Dugway Rd of of Rte & south in Lenox (just before the Arcadian Shop). Follow West Dugway to Reservoir Rd and make a right onto Reservoir Rd. Go about 1 mile to a discernible dirt parking area on the left. The Trail Head heads into the woods from this parking area (and a little before it as well).
Trail Length
5-10 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Lenox
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: david , from lenox

Summary:
there is a fabulous new trail that hooks into this route
it starts at the intersection of reservior road and west mountain road, up the hill on the left about 20 yards.
killer uphill winding trail, great up or down. parallels reservior road. you can access this spot by coming through kennedy park

Recommended Route:
yokun ridge is awesome. there is parking at olivia's overlook which is at the top of the ridge. go up the lenox richmond road behind kripalu yoga center about 2 miles uphill on this paved road.



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Review Date
July 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andrew , from Boston

Summary:
This was a very good ride. Did the singletrack loops described by other reviewers, starting in Arcadia parking lot: singletrack behind Kennedy Park to climb up to Baldhead, looping around singletrack south of the reservoirs, then up the jeep road to radio tower on Lenox mt and across that ridge to the ski place. Total (according to GPS): ~17 miles, 3650' climbing, 3.5 hours. Fairly technical due to rocky terrain, but only two really tough sections in total. Great singletrack decents. Good, tough climbs. Only saw 1 rider and a hiker or two on the busy July 4th weekend. Some killer views. Overall, highly recommended.

Recommended Route:
The detailed loops described by the other reviewer were good.



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Review Date
June 9, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dan , from hyannis,mass

Summary:
If you're in the berkshires and want a guaranteed good ride this and kennedy park will please you.Has everything.great time.read the locals' reviews.tnx for posting!

Recommended Route:

follow the other's directions.I like to start at lenox center into Kennedy park to intersection of resevoir/w Dugway rd .at this intersection there's a trailhead that I'm not sure is the one described by others.this zigzags up and takes you to the trails aforementioned.



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Review Date
November 27, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: HoJo , from Lenox, MA

Summary:
An all-around great ride, there are some really wonderful rock sections on all the trails, some of them are pretty tricky. Climbing is no joke here, which is true of all the Berkshire rides, but especially true on the Yokun Ridge, if the stuff in and around the Burbank loop isn't enough for you climber-types head across reservoir rd and hoof it up to the radio Tower. The section from the radio tower to Bousquet Ski Resort is very technical, but good rock ring tested fun. I agree with the guy above, beginners to experts can really sink their teeth into this place, so when you've exhausted the fun of Kennedy park, come on over and try your hand on the ridge.

Recommended Route:
The above route is a solid choice, but there is a ton more to explore on off of Reservoir Road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beartown and October Mountan of Course!



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Review Date
November 11, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Liam , from The Muthaland

Summary:
All in all, this may be the best ride in the Berks especially when combined with some warm-up time through Kennedy park. The Climbing (which is significant) and the rocks offer some appeal for the experts but nothing here is so intense that a beginner couldn't have a great time as well(though they might need to carefully pick their way over some of the tougher stuff). Another bonus is that these trails are immaculatly maintained (so don't mess 'em up!) and the whole reserve is one of the more beautiful places to mountain bike (this ain't no powerline run), especially in mid october. Be prepared to run into a lot of walkers (especially families and young couples)so keep your eyes focused down the trail. If you really want to climb to the point of anerobic agony (I realize that masochism runs rampant in this sport) ride the other side of Yokun Ridge (north of Reservoir Rd) up to the radio Tower and even all the way to Bosquet Ski area (and downhill it!). Also, check out the trails south of Olivia's Overlook towards Stockbridge Mountain, They get pretty rugged. Have fun!

Recommended Route:
You can (and should) pick up a good Topo map of the Yokun Ridge and Kennedy park trails at any Bike/outdoor shop in the area. Usually the guys inside can point out great routes to take (and are happy to do so). Best place to start is from the parking lot of the Arcadia Shop on Rte Seven south in Lenox. Head out of the North end of the lot onto the Kennedy Park trail. Keeping to your right (generally) work your way to Reservoir rd. When you get to the rd, go right and climb up to hills. Keep going to your second gated trail entrance on the left (about .8 miles) which is just before a dirt parking area also on the left. Take this trail, which becomes a wonderful singletrack, rocky climber) up to the top...stopping to check out an unbelievable overlook off to you left about 3/4 of the way up). At the top make a left onto the Double track (Burbank) trail and at your next fork make another left. You'll wiz down a rocky doubletrack and when it levels out a bit start looking for a little singletrack trail that heads off sharply to the left...get on it and enjoy the ride. Eventually you'll end up on the Richmond/Lenox Rd or a Dirt Rd depending on whether or not you see the turn off, either way turn right and consult your map for how to get on the Burbak Trail (both side of the loop have their benefits...and both involve some climbing and rocks). At the top look to go back down the trail you intially climbed up and then work your way back into Kennedy park. There's more stuff (as you can see from the map) on the other side of reservoir rd, most notably the doubletrack climb up Lenox Mountain...which is more of a grind than a good time, but that's just an opinion.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pittsfield State Forest (The Good stuff secreted off of Potter Mt. Rd and tHe North End of The Taconic Skyline Trail). Also, check out the Trails in Stephentown, NY around the Cherry Plain State Forest and Lake.



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