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Mt. Tom Trail South

Average Rating:    (4.31 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

It starts with a climb on foot up rock face. When you get to a point where you can ride follow the trail where you can. It's a very technical rocky ride that will test the best. I'm not the best but I loved it, a lot of drop offs and steep narrow trails on rocky formations that will test your nerves and skills. The view from the top is good and you can head east from this trail and ride some of the trails on the south side of 165.
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Latitude
41.57493918906835
Longitude
-71.72115325927734
Trail Directions
Ten Rod Rd. Rt 165. About 1.4 miles west of white church on 165. If you are on Mt. Tom trail cross 165 and climb the rocks. If you you want to start here it's starts with a foot climb up a rock face.
Trail Length
3+ miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
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Review Date
November 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Fatrick ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail tastes nothing like chili peppers, or Tom. I got my balls twisted on this trail and one had to be removed!

Recommended Route:
All of them (except the ball twister, you'll know when you see it)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nothing else



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Review Date
May 13, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: pope924 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I figured I would just give an update to the reviews on this trail. I guess you can consider everything north of route 165 part of "South Mt. Tom".
Not much has changed since the last review back in 2005. There are still alot of good trails. Some are good for cross country - you end up in some open farm fields, and some are very rocky - lots of babyheads... there are alot of cool spots to stop and chill for a few minutes.
If you take barber trail north there are quite a few trails to take off of that road. There is one trail in particular I don't recommend - the eschoheug trail (its marked with white boxes). Its definetly a "hike-a-bike" trail - plus you go through some swampy areas- lots of mosquitos...
URE outfitters in Hope Valley still sells a decent map for Arcadia for like 12 bucks.

Recommended Route:
Just explore...you'll find one you like...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South of Route 165 is decent...
Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown is ok...
Bluff point in Groton is ok...



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Review Date
June 2, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ZABOOZKY ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
In my opinion most of this section of Mt. Tom is not truly a trail, it's more of a trials area. Not unrideable, but really more of a trials/trick area, not huge drop offs, but your talking an average speed of 1-2mph for this 2 mile section.

If you enjoy drops, tricks and practicing your rock moves this is 1 of 2 places in Arcadia. But if your looking to ride, I would think twice about this section. But great places to stop at 4:20.

Recommended Route:
You can park at the White church on Rte165, cross 165 onto the dirt road and take the 1st or 2nd right turn onto single track, both trails take you to the same place. Cross the river and head left, you'll find a combination of fire roads & single track that will take you out to a paved road crossing. Hit the trail head across the street and your on the hairy section of Mt. Tom. You can also head out to Escoheag trail to the left behind the White Church up into HELL trail, this will take you out to the rock ledge at 165, cross over at the top of the hill and you can enter the other end of Mt. Tom.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If your into this trail, head up 165 and take a right onto Escoheagh Hill Road. Pull into the management area on the right about 1 mile up. Head back into the woods toward the right on the single track, you'll be in trials heaven. Don't forget the PADS!



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Review Date
July 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Larry aka butters ,  Downhiller , from coventry, ri

Summary:
Until I found this trail I thought mtb in ri sucked. And I mean sucked bad!But this trail has it all;slow tech. climbs,rippin'downhills,3to6 foot drops,and a line on the ridge where there is about a 50 foot drop.I ride out and back 2 to 3 times and it's never the same.

Recommended Route:
I park right off Mt.Tom road right where it gets good. You start climbing and hit the good stuff in minutes!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
where the trials motor bikes play I have heard it called "the gorge" or "the ledges"



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Review Date
April 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Pure Evil , from RI

Summary:
I hurt myself on this trail. It was fun. For anyone who has ridden the crazy rocky down-hill, you will
know the rock I am talking about. It sits about half way down the
trail. It is about 3.5 feet tall. It is about a 70 degree angle with
the downhill. If you don't respect it, it will hurt you. I noticed it looking at me. I knew it was there.. I was going too
fast. I hit it, and expected to go over the handlebars. Instead, the
front shock held, and I went 8 feet into the air. I landed about 6
feet away from the bike. I rode away laughing my ass off.. My shoulder still hurts a year
later, but it was worth it.. In all reality, it is a great ride. Just
make sure you wear your gear- especially your brain bucket..

Recommended Route:
Start on the south. Do the climb. Experience the downhill



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