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The Gonic Trails

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Easy to intermediate terrain, lots of singletrack and switchbacks. A few decent loops to choose from. Mostly runs along Isinglass River.
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Latitude
43.23920036180898
Longitude
-70.96258163452148
Trail Directions
Rt. 125 into Rochester/Gonic, turn onto Rochester Neck Rd. This is a Waste Managment of NH property. Trail starts about 1 mile down Rochester Neck Rd. on right.
Trail Length
short
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Rochester
   


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Review Date
March 27, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mark Traeger ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
WM Trails aka Turnkey/Isenglass River Trails have been getting some much needed trail love for the past few years. The Boy Scouts, and local riders have placed some new bridges, and trails to the trail system. Local riders have also stepped up over the last 2 years to maintain and repair trails. There are marked fireroad trails leading to the Isenghlass River and the waterfall. They are wide and well maintained, an easy family ride. There is also a marked number of singletrack trails on and off the main trail map that are very fun. Fast switchbacks, rock sections, roots, steep drops and climbs are around every turn. New singletrack has replaced old and damaged trails and has improved and increased the overall riding conditions.(The park was logged 3yrs ago) Turnkey Park has a few hous of great riding for you to enjoy.

Recommended Route:
The river trail along the Isenglass River is a fun singletrack run. The silver trail connecting the upper parking lot and the above the falls river trail is also a blast. Use the blue fire road to connect to the chute runs to the river. The yellow and red fireroad/doubletrack will connect you to many singletrack options.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue Job Mountain.
Fort Rock.
Kingman Farm.
Aggie.



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Review Date
April 16, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Sean ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Not bad trails.Pretty fast.Been cleaning em up ,cutting out fallen tees and leaf blowing.Watch out for "hikers" and DOG POOP(curb your pets).

Recommended Route:
Trail along river and trails near upper parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
FOMBA(Massebesic)trails,Newfields/Exeter(Fort Rock)trails,Bradbury Mt.State Park(Pownal, ME)(awesome).



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Review Date
September 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tred ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Over this past summer I rode this trail all the time. It gets more fun the more you ride it. Yeah there's lots of bugs cuz it's near the river, and yeah it's near the dump so you may catch a stray whif once in a while (I never did...), but this trail can be a BLAST. If you ride it the right way, with speed, it's the most fun on the seacoast...

It isn't the most tech trail in the world, but the topography is great.

Recommended Route:
The main trail, I forget which color, runs along the isinglas most of the way with downhills and uphils and some technical rocks and roots. If you can't navigate the tech sections easily and can't keep your speed up this trail will suck. The key is never touching your breaks. If you drop into this trail with a lot of speed and take it as one straight run it is sooo much fun. There's a couple downhil sections, depending on which direction you're going in, that are a ton of fun if you hit them with a lot of speed. Steep down then up down up down with little tech obstacles the whole time and some turns. If you can't keep your speed up the trail is going to feel like it's uphill both ways. Ride it until it's fun and I guarantee you'll be a much better rider.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Um Kingman I guess....



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Review Date
March 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bikerdom ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great 40-90 minutes of singletrack. The singletrack keeps getting WIDER due to the clowns that are supposed maintaining this place with a Federal grant mind you. The new bridges are very nice. But widening it for the winter groomer is bull. Checked it twice in Jan/Feb 04 and there was no grooming to be seen. These trails are used mostly in the summer/fall season and the skiers and shoe'rs I know like to make their own tracks(NO GROOMERS!). Groomers are for the snowmobile crowd. Anyways the face rocks! Nice after work workout. Trails can be technical and fun. Try the new "condo" trail. Named after some really old leen-too's in the woods nearby. Bear right on the top of the blue trail at the stone pile marker to get to it. Be careful on your first run until you learn it.

Recommended Route:
Start at any of the trail heads from the first parking lot on the left coming in from Rt. 125.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue Job Mountain, Kingman Farm, Mt."Aggy" in Maine.



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Review Date
June 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jake , from wakefield,NH

Summary:
There r many trails u can ride hear i know i run there w/ the spaulding XC running team through the fall season as well as bike it! If u start off left watchout for the very short but extreamly steep technical hill down towards the river! These trails may not be incredibly long but there very fun and shady for the hot summer days also jumping in the falls is very refreshing after your ride! theres a nice piknick area when u finaly come out of the woods on the long single track. wouldnt recomend to beginers. if u ride here please repect the trails dont ruin it for everyone els.

Recommended Route:
for good single track just keep going left and keep going left untill u cant go any more! For a widder trail go right through the stone wall its fast and fun!



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