From the sheepboro parking, follow up the road for 1 1/2 miles and take any of the trails that don't say private propery. You can put together all kinds of rides here, some with about 900 ft of climbing over open ledges at the top of Baldy. Blueberries are abundant mid July! There are many miles of opportunity that are not in the state forest proper, you just gotta explore. Bring your map and compass (GPS if you got one. There are topo maps that show many of the trails. Trails link up all over the place, if your careful you'll get yourself lost and have an adventure!! Overall an intermediate to advanced ride.
From NH 16 in Rochester, take rte 202A west to Crown Point Road. Take a right onto Sheepboro rd, follow till you cross small wooden brige (about 2 miles) with Rochester Reservior/damn on right. Parking for 5 cars on right. Also, can follow Crown Point Rd (about 3 mi)to the parking area on right that many people use to hike to the summit of Blue Job, look for handmade sign on right that says
Summary: I started at the resivoir bridge and followed sheepsboro to the red house as was recomended. After this the road turned to jeep trail and got rocky and a little steeper, most was rideable and just had to dab a little here and there. I did however have to push the bike the last 200-300 yards up to the firetower and actually walked it back down that same section. Too steep for an old hardtial but those of you with dual squishies should be able to ride it. Went back the same way and just blasted down the mountain, I'm just glad I did'nt crash although I did have a couple close calls. Nothing too technical here, just lots of rock and some loose stuff. I went after alot of rain, but the trails were still rideable. I used to hike this area as a kid with my folks so coming back on my bike was fantastic.. Definately an intermediate to advanced trail. No beginners.
Other recommended trails in the same area: FOMBA trails near Manchester, Fort Rock, Pawtuckaway St Park.
Review Date October 20, 2002
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Ross
, from Gilmanton Iron Works, NH
Summary: Considering that I just took this sport up at the beginning of August, I found this trail to be a great confidence booster. I love this sport and every time I go out I get a little more courage to try some of the steeper downhill stuff, which Blue Job certainly has. It was raining the day I went up and the slick rocks certainly made for an interesting ride down. I got lost on the way back after missing a turn at some point. The next time I go back, I will definately bring a compass and a USGS map of the area. There are a TON of trails to get lost on and fortunately I found my way back to my truck before it got dark. Great location and despite the rain and clouds I could still see some pretty incredible views.
Recommended Route: I decided to try this area out after reading one of the other reviews. I started from the resevoir bridge and took the "red house" route to the summit. By the way, the next intersection after the red house has three different directions you can go. I took the middle route and ended up hiking a fairly direct line to the fire tower.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Belknap Mountain; Piper Mountain; Whiteface Mountain (all in the same range) in the Lakes Region of NH.
Review Date September 1, 2002
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Jeff
, from Clinton, NJ
Summary: I only rode there once but I'll be back to explore further. Extended stretches of steep and exposed granite to climb and descend, great 360 degree view from the firetower--go on a clear day. Took a very rocky and steep singletrack down from the firetower and I saw numerous opportunities which I didn't have time to explore. I was surprised this area didn't have many reviews, its definitely worth riding and was a nice change from nearby Mt. A.
Recommended Route: I started near the red cottage described above, followed cairns up bald summit and singletrack to fire tower and down other side. Found an ATV trail switching through woods on S/SE side to get back up.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Mt. A. in York, ME. Haven't gotten to try other NH trails, yet.
Review Date July 21, 2002
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
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Reviewed by: Sci Teach
, from NH
Summary: Many other options other thatn the one described exist. I'll leave it up to you to explore them for yurself. A good topo shoing the fire roads of this area helps. While the trails aren't too technical, the climbing (about 900 ft from the parking area to the summit in about 3 miles) will get you attention. A fun ride, with great views at the top of either mountain. There are some roads/trails that are posted "NO Tresspassing", stay out of these areas. There is plenty of riding without pissing of the people who are lucky enough to own property here.Intermediates will have fun (hope you like to climb a little), I would not reccomend this area to beginners.
Recommended Route: Park at the Sheepboro road area, then climb up the road from there. At the intersection of several trails at the end of the utility lines (the red house)go straight, then left at the next intersection. Follow this to the paved road, take right. In about 100 ft, take right passed steel gate with "BLUE JOB" sign, stay to left, picking up single track. Follow this to the open summit of Baldy, choosing whatever line you think is best. From summit, follow cairns off of east side, taking trail to the right. Follow down the mtn and for 1.5 miles, past another remote house to a gated enrty, take a right. Follow this staying left at the intersections will lead you back to the red house at the top of the climb you started with. Head down the hill to your car. About 7 miles if you don't get lost.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Mt. Aggie (York, Maine), Northwoods State Park, Pawtuckaway, Fort Rock