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Level: Advanced
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +162/ -156 ft
Total: 20 riders

Mountain Biking Amethyst Brook

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#35 of 221 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#2,779 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 Nov 1, 2004. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
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.
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Rider questions

Q: Is there really a pump track?
A: to my knowledge no. but I'll check next time I'm there

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  • tcaprare

    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

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  • brianW

    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.

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  • nohelmutnoproblem

    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.

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  • nohelmutnoproblem

    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.

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  • PK1

    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.

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