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Oak Hill Trails

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

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Latitude
43.26808129519191
Longitude
-71.51447296142578
Trail Directions
Take exit 16 off 93N to stop sign. Take a left onto Mountain Road Take the second right, Shaker Road.
Trail Length
several miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Concord/Loudon
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: B Rad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you are looking for smooth and fast this is not it! Oak hill is not cross country but is real kick but MOUNTAIN biking with tons of tecno rock gardens. I cannot believe there is such riding in Concord! If you ride all the trails here it will take you for about a ten mile ride with just a few repeat trails to cover it all. The place is anything but flat. There are a few hills that cannot be peddled up but they are definately awesome DOWNHILL techno RIPPERS. Murray Bluff and Luti Loop are the two I am talking about. Lower your seat and hang on! You can take Ovenbird Scuttle back up, it is the only one you can peddle up. I rate this place a Five if you like rocks and tech. Do not waste your time here if you like smooth and fast. Not reccomended for beginners!

Recommended Route:
Most of it is good both ways except see trail summary for my note on the 2 downhill trails.



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Review Date
September 27, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mtbikerbob ,  Racer

Summary:
Oak Hill is part of the Concord trail system. If you go to http://www.onconcord.com/trails/trails/concordv2.asp?siteindx=C50,50,60,24 you can download a topo map. There aren't that many trails here but if you connect all the side loops you can make it into a 1-2 hour workout. Start at the trailhead on Old Shaker Road and take the Tower Trail all the way to the Oak Hill fire tower. This is mostly gradual climbing with some steep sections. Once at the fire tower, take a break and climb to the top. On a clear day you can see Mt Washington. When you come back down on the powerline corridor and back into the woods, take Ron's Way, then at the next intersection at Kruppa loop, go left. This is a fun loop with ups and downs. At the next intersection (tower trail) take the dancing bear loop. There is a nice vista on the trail and this is mostly downhill and level.At the end of Dancing Bear go right back onto the Tower trail. You can follow this back to the parking lot, or start taking some of the side loops.
If you go left on the upper trail, then left on Terry's turn, this leads to 3 trails (Murry's Bluff, Ovenbird Scuttle, and Luti Loop).
These trails all go downhill and are rather steep in sections. They all connect near the bottom and there is another trailhead that empties
on to Oak Hill Road. I sometimes take one of the trails down and another back up. Most of it is rideable but the climb is a lungbuster that will have you gasping for oxygen. Once you are back to the upper trail,take the ledges trail. This leads to a nice vista, however the last part of this is very steep. Continue on past the vista and you can connect back on Terry's Turn, or go down to the Lower Trail and back to the Tower Trail and the parking lot. The trails are all very well marked, and suprisingly not very used. I ride here once or twice a week and very rarely ever encounter another human being.

Recommended Route:
From I93, take exit 17. Follow to Mountain Road. At the intersection with Mountain Road go left. After about 1/4 mile there is a raod forking to the right, this is Old Shaker Road. Follow for about 2 miles to the trailhead marked "Oak Hill Hiking Trails" on the right. I might note that there is another trailhead before this one but it isn't marked. You will see it on the map. Enjoy!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear Brook



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Review Date
December 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Greg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trails are in excellent shape. These trails offer some of the besting riding in the area. Tower trail (the main trail from Shaker Rd parking lot to the fire tower) is a trail with minimal rocks and roots but offers a great climb. Many trails to the left and right of this trail offer some outstanding technical riding. Be prepared for lots of climbing and a great work out. Two vistas exist in the trail network. One is at the intersection of Dancing Bear and Krupa Loop. The other is on Vista Way. Another parking area exists on Oak Hill Rd. in Concord. A goup I am part of recently installed trail name signs. Lots of trails exist and the signs should help you discover the variety.

Recommended Route:
Many routes exist. For starters ride Tower Trail from parking lot to Dancing Bear on left. Continue on to Krupa Loop straight ahead at intersection. Turn left on to Tower trail and continue on Tower Trail to top of hill to Fire Tower. Climb the tower for an awesome view! On the return trip ride Tower Trail to Ron's Way to Krupa Loop straight ahead at intersection. Most technical section on hill. Turn left on to Tower Trail. Next intersection turn left onto Upper Trail and explore lots of trails on this side of the hill. You will have a blast!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Behind Concord Hospital and Quarries
FOMBA
Bear Brook
Exeter town forest



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Review Date
November 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: galleywench ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great spot for quick 30 minute leg burnin workout. Take tower trail from Shaker road parking lot and follow up to fire tower at top. Lots of uphill climbing with rocks, roots, etc ... At top, check out view and head back down for a screaming good time. Some of the connector trails that go to Oak Hill road have excellent technical sections. There is also a fire road that goes to top from Oak Hill road and is part of snomachine trail system. Started exploring those a bit, but haven't followed them very far.

Recommended Route:
Tower trail from Shaker Road is 2.0 miles to top. I ride this about 3 times a week on my way home from work. The leg workout makes alot of other area trails seem pretty easy. Lots of side trails can extend ride to about 7.0 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear Brook, Clough Park, Bean Hill.



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Review Date
February 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: greg , from loudon

Summary:
Nice

Recommended Route:
enter the trail at the 2nd entrence theres plenty of parking off the street shaker rd. I stay to the left
and ride the perimiter and once i see the power lines i ride up to the look out tower on oak hill. Then decend back to the trail and continue with the lefts. theres not a ton of trails but with the climbs you get enough

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you reach the top of oak hill and want to ride somthing else, take a ride down the road take first large right wood chip clearing theres a trail to the back rightof the clearing this is a trail that goes down the north side of the hill.



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