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Monastary Trails

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Fast and smooth. Well packed singletrack thats not very technical at all. A great place to take someone that is just starting to ride, since everywhere else here in RI is way to hard for the timid newebie, even Big River. This is the only place I was able to do a full ride with my very new to mtbing girlfriend. They do hold a good race here everyyear as well..check EFTA.COM for more info..
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Latitude
41.933954896061635
Longitude
-71.40375137329101
Trail Directions
Behind the Monastay library on Rt. 114 in Cumberland. From 295 North, get off exit 11 and hang a right...just 1.5miles on your right. Same exit south, but hang a left and follow above. Park in the back, on the right hand side. Enter at the guardrails in the back corner behind the white building. Don't ride the clay walking path (closed to bikes) but ride everything else.
Trail Length
10+ miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cumberland
   


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Review Date
July 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: wizardsfire ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Nice after work or quick ride spot. I grew up 5 minutes from this place so I know it well.Mostly flat trails with a couple small inclines here and there,out back there is a good climb to a fairly poorly marked "red" trail (even knowing the place I end up on a different color, orange or blue). Like other reviews, this place is boarded by roads in every direction so getting lost isn't an issue but you may get delayed out back due to bad marking of trails.
Keep your eyes open...we had a Hawk fly off only 10 or 15 feet from us while on the red trail!

Recommended Route:
Circle around the road...Park CAR towards the exit area.

Easy...Ride the walk path, it's mostly flat and smooth but there are people walking so slow is a must. 1 1/4 miles.

Hardest you can find...Ride the walk path, where is hooks right about half way in you'll see a dirt road straight ahead...follow between water and hook a right through a field, right down a hill and it loops back to the walk path again(9 Mens Misery Monument is on this end of the path), left after water brings you to the top of the quarry and/or to the colored trails(bear right).
At the right(to field)or left(to quarry)there is a small single track straight ahead(right side)that will lead you across the back corner of the field and into the bottom half of the red trail, there is a couple good climbs in a row here.You can spend a couple hours here if you explore everything you can find or be done in 15 minutes.

THAT'S ABOUT IT THOUGH...





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Review Date
July 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bobjsim , from Lincoln, RI

Summary:
I tried this trail the other day after reading the various reviews here. Not bad. Most of the other reviews are right on about the level of riding and the trail conditions. One poster said he couldn't ride 10 minutes without going into someones property. That is an overstatement. Granted, this is not a large tract of virgin wilderness, but if you are looking for a place to ride for an hour or so after work, these are very good trails. Good variety of flat to twisty to rocky singletrack. I wouldn't plan a day trip around riding here, but if you live in the area these are decent trails to get in some quality riding.



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Review Date
June 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: john , from woonsocket ri

Summary:
are you kidding me? i have recently moved here and tried this place because of the reviews i read here. you cannot ride 10 minutes in any direction without running into a developement. are there any places you can get a decent ride without travelling more than an hour around here?



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Review Date
July 11, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Rich Souza , from Cumberland, RI

Summary:
Behind the library is the entrance to Monastary trails. I say trails because there are so many trails there you cannot just talk about one. Once on the main trail behind the library you go straight until you see the field straight in front of you. From there you can go anyway you want. If you go straight through the field it is smooth guick riding. If you go left at the field it is up hill trail riding until you see lynch rock pit and you have to star your way down one of the many routes back to the center of the monastary. If you go through the field all the way and go right over a little stream you'll see some power lines and follow them out to the main road. Or if you want at the end of that field take the left and there is so many trails up in there to. I keep talking about this field just behind the monastary because that is the center of it all. All through that field there are many different styles of trails off to the left or the right. Just go out an explore them.
I grew up with the monastary in my back yard for 21 years and my parents still live there. There are trails there for all mtb riders from quick flat single track to the rocky ups and downhills. May be I'll see you out there someday.

Recommended Route:
The Cumberland Monastary is located on route 114(Diamond Hill Rd)off 295 exit 11 towards Central Falls about 2.5 miles on the right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Diamond Hiill State park is good.



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Review Date
September 28, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gary , from North Providence

Summary:
If you simply follow the paths it's tough to get lost because it's bounded by streets and houses. There aren't any signs to get direction from, so if it's sunny just try to keep tract of the sun's position relative to you. It's a great place for new riders to work on their off road skills without being overwhelmed by anything too overwhelming. The worst case is you may need to either walk it down or push it up. Otherwise, for the intermediate or advanced rider it's fast and fun.

Recommended Route:
Start at the back of the library in the designated parking area. It is important to stay clear of the crushed stone trails as they are for walkers only. If you must ride them, please try to slow down, and give way to the "pedestranians".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Diamond Hill State park about 5 -7 miles west on RT 114, Diamond Hill Road. This is not a beginners area--at all. It's tough climbing over rocks, and some reasonably challenging descents.



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