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The Pinnacle

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Primarily singletrack with some snowmobile trails. Many cool things like the boardwalk, hang on and pray bridge, the ledge steps, and the plummet.
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Latitude
43.365278
Longitude
-72.173889
Trail Directions
Park at Newport High School, enter trail system to the right of the football field.
Trail Length
5+ miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Newport
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Review Date
July 14, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bear99 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've been slowly checking off places in MA, NH and VT that I've got on my list. Checked this one off this past weekend. Pinnacle has a solid network of trails. The trails sit on and around the Pinnacle, a small hill overlooking Newport, NH. The entrance to the park is at the end of Summer St and by the high school. We started at the end of Summer St. The bottom section of trail is a web of fairly-standard New England singletrack - rocky, rooty and sometimes wet. No matter where you go, to get to the real good stuff you have to go UP, which can be done by a variety of routes, either via singletrack or the wide fireroad/doubletrack (a continuation of Summer St) that runs of the middle. There is a lot of climbing at Pinnacle - like others have said this is not the best place for beginner riders. At the very least make sure your first-timer has some decent fitness in them or they’ll be hurting. The majority of the trails begin around the southern section of the Pinnacle, go up to the summit and then there is Bear Trap, which goes on another loop north of the Pinnacle and back up - we got a bit lost and ended up not being able to do Bear Trap. There’s an active logging area very close to the top of Pinnacle and its definitely impacted the trails, a reason we got the aforementioned…lost. Instead we explored the upper southeastern sections of the Pinnacle and found some pretty sweet flowy singletrack that we lapped until we were tapped out.

Recommended Route:
Just go explore. See this site for a map: http://www.team-pinnacle.org/trails.php
Recommend going down (south) Whip n Sour. Barton Woods for the flowy downhill. Grenville Eastside for some fast, technical singletrack. Grenville was probably my favorite, the trail is cut into a pretty steep side of the mountain, you can really get moving and there’s a few techy spots to test your cojones.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Webbs Forrest, Bear Brook, Franklin Falls



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Review Date
August 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nhmtns ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First of all, there needs to be more options for "What type of cyclist best describes you?" because I'm an all-mountain rider. Used to ride DH a lot and have also competed in 24-hour races.

Ok, so I rode Pinnacle Trails yesterday for the first time. My expectations were high based on reviews and things I've read online. Overall, I honestly wasn't that impressed with the trails. There were a few that were fun and flowy, but many didn't seem to be ridden much. In some places the trails were needlessly mazed together, as though new trails were built without thinking where they would go. Logging has destroyed a few trails, and it's like the trail maintenance people just gave up. The map helps with navigation and there are some signs (nice), but there are also lots of intersections where you just have to guess where you're going. Is it worth riding once to try someplace new? I suppose so if you're not too far from Newport, NH (kind of a crappy town). I wouldn't drive from far away just for these trails though.

Recommended Route:
Greenvilles Eastside

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Make the drive up to Millstone or Kingdom Trails in VT if you want a true network of trails.



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Review Date
June 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Nathan , from Utah

Summary:
I've been riding these trails since I could ride a bike, if you really must know that was '74. Back then the single-speed, frog green schwin did the job. Some trails have grown over since then, but the Rec. Dept. and local bikers have improved the Pinnicle trail system 10 fold and now are taking it a step better with new trails toward Coit Mt. Technical new additions with a NE flair, ie riding an old stone wall lost many years ago to the forest, slimy roots and real NH slick rock, you can't help but dig these trails. When ever I'm in town I can't wait to spin the .2 mile to the Cheney St. trail head to take on the New MTB Meca of NH.

Recommended Route:
Just get in there a play around, there is regularly something new to try, park at the High School and you will climb top to bottom. Spin up from Summer St. and you'll start nearer the top.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pike Hill Road to the Mica Mine, the old Cornish Turnpike and of course Webb's



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Review Date
May 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Maxfield , from Newport NH USA

Summary:
GREAT MOUNTAIN!!! ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT CHALLENGING TRAILS!!! I RECOMMEND THIS HIGHLY!!

Recommended Route:
There is a sweet bike race that the lions club puts on every year and its the best 5 miles ive ever done. you do 2 loops for a beginner and up to 4 for an expert. There are many old stone walls and challenging trees and other obstacles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Webbs Forest



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Review Date
June 15, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BoB Drinkwater , from Lake Sunapee

Summary:
Uphill with challenging technical obstacles. A couple of cool bridges thrown in. All rewarded by a sweeping, downhill singletrack with some imposing features. Rippin stuff. Like steep downhills try "North Boundary Trail" if you don't go over your handlebars, your butt must be sitting on the tire. Good course for intermediate and advanced. The lower sections are ok for Novice. A good set of lungs will get you to the top. No Smokers.

Recommended Route:
The EFTA Race Loop is the best 5 miles

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Moody Park, and Webb Forest



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