Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +162/156 ft
Total: 20 riders
Mountain Biking Amethyst Brook
#43 of 218 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#3281 in the world
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.
First added by nicomachus on May 10, 2020. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
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From downtown Amherst, continue east on Main St, which becomes Pelham Rd for less than a mile. Just after a small bridge over a creek, there is a clear trailhead on the left. Gravel parking for a few cars, but if you live in or near Amherst, it's best just to ride there.