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Bear Notch Rd Kancamangus Hwy

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

These beginner/intermediate trails are located to the north side of the Kancamangus (sp?) Hwy and Swift River which runs from Conway to Loon Mt. The Albany Covered Bridge start point is so-so but you can make a huge loop back on the road and stop off for a swim on the way back to the car. The start point on Bear Notch Rd has trails running back to the Albany Covered Bridge to the east and a huge network of logging roads, snowmobile trails, XC trails and hiking trails. This same area (to the west of Bear Notch Rd) can also be accessed from the Sawyer Pond Trailhead. I have been out in this area on loops that lasted anywhere from 2 hours to 5 hours without crossing the same trail twice. I advise that riders obtain maps/advice from Red Jersey in Bartlet and hiking trail trail maps and a compass ( also the ability to use this stuff :) ) The forest service has rules for the use of this area, be sure to stay in the areas where bikes are allowed. You must also pay for a pass to park anywhere in the White Mt Nat'l Forest. A season pass is $20 and other shorter duration passes can be had for about $5.
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Latitude
44.01837304202501
Longitude
-71.21509552001953
Trail Directions
Rt 16 North to Rt. 113 (Kancamangus Hwy) West for approx 20 minutes to Bear Notch Rd. on right. Go up Bear Notch Rd. to trailheads on left and right at forest gate. Alternate start at Sawyer Pond trailhead on Kanc is past the Bear Notch Rd turn approx 5 minutes. Alt. start involves fording the Swift River. The alt. start point is preferable in hot weather. Another alt. stat point is at the Albany covered bridge that is located before the Bear Notch Rd. turn on the Kanc.
Trail Length
Many miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
No. Conway/Bartlett
   


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Review Date
February 4, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Mellodog ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Easy parking at the trailhead on Bear Notch Rd at the fireroad gate,left side going up from the Kanc.plenty of singletrack & fireroads .Moderate climbing .Last time here we did have to walk across the Swift River .Cool ,but refreshing .not many other riders around .Good fun .you cant have a bad time here.

Recommended Route:
Rt 16 Conway to the Kancamagus highway. Twenty mins . to Bear Notch Rd .take right turn & go till you see the trailhead with a Map/bullitan board ,gate .Park here,& ride in.before you go get the Rob Brook Area topo Map from the Local Bike Shops,around $7.00

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are plenty in the area, just ride !



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Review Date
July 24, 2005

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: shadfly ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
If you are looking for an long, intermediate in difficulty, epic ride, this place is for you. If you want tight technical single track I would look elsewhere. Most of the trails are converted crosscountry ski trails. They can be rooty and steep which offer a nice technical challenge. We rode for 5-6 hours and did not hit everything. Many,many miles. Great views of the river. Beginers and intermediate riders have many options. From a long ride, endless trail stand point I would give it a 4/5, but because the trails lack the twisty, tight turns I have to go with a 3.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kingdom Trails VT, Backcountry Excersions ME



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Review Date
November 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: currier1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've ridden this area twice in the last two years and I love it. The trails offer any type of challenge you're in for. Warm up a bit on the fire road and then get adventurous and just dive into the first single track that catches your eye. A good topo map and a GPS will allow you to explore with confidence. There are trails everywhere, and as one poster stated, you can get a long ways from nowhere quick. As of October '04, there were some bridges missing on the Nanamocomuck trail. Not impossible to cross the brooks in the Fall, but I'd imagine you'd need waders to cross come Spring. I rode up to the base of Owl's cliff last time...I found the trail was too boney and steep to bother riding past the base of the cliffs.

Recommended Route:
Ride to the top of Birch Hill and then hang on for some awesome single track back down to Nanamocomuck Trail. Bring a lunch and spend the day exploring and riding...take a dip in the Swift River to cool off.



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Review Date
September 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Sci Teach , from Fremont, NH

Summary:
Bear Notch Road is just one way to access the MANY miles of trails available in the White Mountain National Forest. The area off Bear Notch Road is called the Rob Brook area because of the old Rob Brook Road(now a gravel fire road)that runs through the area. A map of the area is available at the local bike shops. Trails vary from wicked easy gravel roads to classic New England rocky/rooty/choppy hill single track to unrideable hiking trails. Be outgoing and just try whatever comes your way, you won't be dissapointed! Be sure to be self sufficient in here, its a long walk to the car! Have a great ride!!!!!!

Recommended Route:
This area contains so much riding it would be hard to describe any one ride. An adventurous attitude definitely helps! Park at the kiosk on Bear Notch Road and head in. Take whatever trail tickles your fancy. You can get very far from your car. Have an area map and have a compass (GPS) and know how to use them. Don't expect to see too many people, either.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The White Mountain National Forest has so many trail options, you just gotta be adventurous and try whatever looks reasonable on a topo map!



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Review Date
December 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mark M. , from Bethel, CT

Summary:
If you choose the single track you will pop out 1/2 way up Bear notch on the pavement. Descend about 50yrds and pick up the fire rds on your left to continue your dirt ride. Or follow the pavement up. The single track can be a bit confusing. However, everything turns back upon itself and other trails. You will eventually end up back at the rd. I should note that I lived at the bottom of Bear Notch rd. for over three years. This entire area WAS my back yard. The riding here just doesn't get any better. This area IS mountain biking. However, while the area I described above is virtually impossable to get lost in, once you get into the network the origanal poster described, you need to have a map or keep really good track of where you are. And yes, I have encountered Bear, Moose, deer and a host of other wild life in this area. NONE, are dangerous as long as you keep your distance. Bears are more afraid of you. Remember these are Black Bears not Grizzlies! I can't say enough good things about this area. This is mtn biking at it's finest. Get a map from the Red Jersey bike shop in Glen or hire one of their guides and take a week to explore the area!

Recommended Route:
For another starting point, begin at the other end of Bear Notch rd. in Bartlett. Pedal up the pavement and take the first dirt rd. on your right for 6 miles of great fire rd. climbing. Or take the first single track on your left for more technical climbing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Echo lake/Moat mtn network.



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