Amethyst Brook

4.00 out of 5
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Trail Description
About this trail
Very technical, very rocky mixed-use trail. I explored these trails often, and rarely rode the same way twice. Trails closer to the road are an intersecting network of hiking trails and single track. Follow the hiking trail north, up some seriously steep climbs and through typical New England rock gardens to the crest of the ridge. Continue north and the ridge-line trail takes you to North Amherst. Hop onto the roads, or turn around and retrace the trail to get back to where you started.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is there really a pump track? -Ben g

A: to my knowledge no. but I'll check next time I'm there

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Reviews (5)

Granny Gear

June 8, 2012
tcaprare Granny Gear  
Review: Entered at Amethyst brook and started climb at the abandoned car. At the 4 way int. people are talking about, go left for mostly level but rugged double track for about 2 miles. Enjoy the downhill down to Pratts corner and follow the RF trail keeping Atkins reservoir on your right. Another short climb then really fun down hill down to Market hill Rd. Either take the road back to Amethyst or do the same ride in reverse

Similar Trail: Mt Toby, All the trails around The Notch


March 21, 2012
brianW Gnarly  
Review: Used to ride Amethyst Brook back when I went to UMASS in the mid-90's. Great place to ride, hike, and ski. There are ways to connect it to the Robert Frost Trail in N. Amherst and come out on Cushman Rd. ans Leverat(sp?) Rd. My last year some of the trails were being posted. Not sure if they are still or not. These brought you through beautiful farm land off of N. East St. Lots of rocks.

Granny Gear

June 27, 2011
Review: short uber technical powerline trail which connects back to pelham road. this trail is accessed by turning right at the crossroads halfway up, (after passing the old car) and then another right at the power lines. IF YOU GET TO THE ROAD WITHOUT GETTING OFF OR CRASHING YOU BIKE, LET ME KNOW.

Similar Trail: mount Toby powerline trail. this trail is tough on your triceps but negotiable. whereas the amherst trail will send you over your bars.

Granny Gear

October 9, 2010
Review: Good parking and trail head. I have gone two different ways. the first is heading up past the dead car- climbing the mountain. at the 4 way intersection - going right to the powerlines and eventual washed out access road with technical downhill that will test your triceps and bike frame. different time- i went straight throught the four way and ended up carrying my bike through alot of craggy ledge areas- however i didn't feel the downhill was worth the climb.

Similar Trail: Mt Toby trail- take auto road up- power line trail down


July 31, 2010
PK1 Trailblazer  
Review: Used to ride this back in the day when I lived near it. Great spot to ride. Pretty sure it's called Amethyst Brook. There's some streams and fun water crossings as well as a couple bridges and varied singletrack and doubletrack and it can be pretty fun. When you get bored down there, start the climb. It's def some cilimbing but it's clear fireroad that's in good shape. Ride back out and enjoy the DH or connect on to other trail networks.

Amethyst Brook MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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