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Stratham Hill Park

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Its a fun place not super technical but lots of steep climbs and descends. I would just say explore it
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Latitude
43.041543532885974
Longitude
-70.89632034301758
Trail Length
5
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Stratham
State/Territory/Province
NH
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 6, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Justin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I began exploring the park on my MTB last spring after not riding for 15 years. I was surprised at just how much trail is hidden back there, and new trails are being added regularly. You can ride a perimeter loop for 5 or 6 miles, or wind around over the hilltops to add a few more miles without ever repeating any section. The hills offer pretty decent climbs, some of the biggest in the local area, and the view from the fire tower is fantastic. As others have said, it's not as technical as Fort Rock, but interesting enough for even experienced riders to enjoy. It's nice to be able to keep a decent pace and just pedal. Lots of singletrack and a few fire roads, but even the fire roads are pretty rugged and rooty/rocky in places. Don't forget, they run the Gordon Barker "No Brakes" race here every fall and that race course is an 8 mile loop that covers most of the best trails in the park. The course map is here: http://www.strathamnh.gov/pages/strathamNH_Recreation/S018F053B-01AFD1F7.1/2012%20Gordon%20Barker%20Bike%20Race%20%2811x17%29-1.pdf and race info here: http://www.strathamnh.gov/pages/strathamNH_Recreation/races

Recommended Route:
I like to do some portion of the race course in reverse, starting behind the picnic pavilion to the left of the parking lot. Wind around up to the field, then down through the singletrack that loops down toward the ponds. Then left, out toward the elementary school, and further down Long Hill trail. Take a right before you get to the houses, and follow this singletrack downhill and to the right. At the intersection, take a left to get way back to the USA Today trail, or go straight across and up the "Small Intestines" trail. This one is about as technical as it gets in the park, but it's very ridable. From here you can look at the map and figure out your own loop, but I like to ride the whole thing, and usually finish with about 8 or 9 miles of fun riding behind me. Don't overlook the screaming fast downhills on the back side of Jewel Hill, there are three routes down and they are all fun for their own reasons.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fort Rock is fantastic and rewarding, but not quite as well mapped and very technical. Expect to fall over a lot and scratch up your bike.



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Review Date
May 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bobjsim ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I agree with the previous poster. A nice mix of fun but not too technical riding. I found the hills to be killer, but then again I am out of shape. A few days after this ride I tried Fort Rock for the first time this season and spent more time on my a$$$ than riding. I'm done with that for a while. I'm a middle aged fat guy trying to get back in shape.If you are looking for an aerobic workout with some fun--but not killer--technical stuff, then Stratham Hill meets that criteria.

Recommended Route:
I have only ridden it once, and walked around a bit with my dog. Any suggestions as to the best routes? Ideally, I would want to start on the lower sections to warm up for a bit, then get into the hillier sections and make a big loop out of it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fort Rock
Newfields
Kingman Farm



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Review Date
February 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: KevinShoes ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I like these trails. In between Kingman (easy) and Ft. Rock (hard) for technicality with a good array of sections that test your handling and allow you to just motor. There are also a couple of fairly decent climbs for the area. I'd check it out if you're too advanced for Kingman but not ready to take on Ft Rock

Recommended Route:
Mix it up. You can spend a couple hours here easy.



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