Coyote Loop / Devil's Backbone

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AVERAGE RATING
****
4.42 out of 5
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Intermediate
1.2
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 800 ft

Loop
1:39
avg time
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a part of the Chicopee woods trail system. The Coyote Loop is a standalone loop that begins back down the road a little ways from the trailhead. While not overly technical, the keepers of the trail system rate this a black diamond. This rating is probably due to some of the sharp elevation changes, roots, a nice rock garden (which can be bypassed) and a serious section of switchbacks. While this loop is short, the elevation changes can make it a real challenge, especially when you're trying to go fast.
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (12)
 

Granny Gear

February 3, 2018
 
Review: advanced level steep switchbacks, great for building skills and learning how to ride switchbacks wide

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Doubletrack


September 4, 2017
 
Review: As Aaron says below and after riding a few more times over the past few months this trail is one you want to ride first as a good warm-up BEFORE hitting the other trails. Spot on Aaron. The switchbacks/Devils Backbone you encounter to ride UP is going CW. Followed by a long, meticulous incline that is not challenging however, recovery in the saddle is challenging. Every trail in some form has a goal for me and this one has been tackling and making it to the top of the Devils Backbone!

Similar Trail: Van Michaels, Dwelling Loop

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Doubletrack


January 31, 2017
 
Review: I get so wrapped up when I arrive at Chicopee that I always seem to migrate to the same trails without fail, i.e. Flying Squirrel, White Tail, etc. I did those trails again today BUT, I had some time and thought I'd go hit the Coyote Loop and check it out. OMG. This trail is the most amazing trail I have put tires on. Don't get me wrong and mistake that I'm saying this trail is a cake walk. It ain't in the least! At the beginning it will lull you in thinking this is just a nice, fun, flowy trail to ride but, after you cross this bridge you better be wearing your big boy pants. lol. There is an up hill switchback that is KILLER. Someone who has counted can prolly say how many there are back-to-back but I'm guess at least 5-6. I had to walk my bike up them. They're extremely steep, rooty, and never ending! This trail is off the chart fun. It will now become a staple in my ride at Chicopee going forward.

Similar Trail: Van Michaels

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Gramcounter

December 1, 2016
 
Review: Coyote loop is great fun. Nice switchbacks flowing downhill and good climbs. It can be run in either direction for different challenges.

Similar Trail: copperhead

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Granny Gear

June 26, 2016
 
Review: Nice bumpy trail with lots of downhills and climbs. There's a rock garden which is fun. There's a good amount of switchbacks too. It can be steep. Like others said, off the bat whichever way you go there's a fun downhill. The only downside is that is doesn't really fit in with the other trails because it is a standalone trail.

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Singletrack


July 21, 2015
 
Review: A great warm-up for the rest of Chicopee. Don't skip this one! I recommend doing it first. Either direction you start in will get you a nice downhill off the bat. As others have mentioned, it's a short trail without a ton of elevation, but the climbs that are there are punchy. Particularly the switchbacks.

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Singletrack

September 10, 2014
 
Review: coyote loop is a brutal to miles. It has some awesome down hills, some steep climbs, and you can't forget Devil's Backbone.the local Sorba Club as time trials in the month I'm July, and it's always a blast to get out there and go as fast as you can. If your Chicopee woods and you don't ride the coyote loop you're cheating yourself.

Similar Trail: Central Park

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Singletrack


July 12, 2014
Fit4Life28 Singletrack  
 
Review: Short, fun, challenging (if you're pushing the speed) loop at Chicopee Woods. I really like this loop to work on my fast reaction time and to work some quick cornering skills. If you're trying to up your ability level from beginner to intermediate then this is a good trail to session.

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Trailblazer

April 29, 2014
Slee_Stack Trailblazer  
 
Review: My second least favorite loop at Chiopee (after a portion of White Tail). There's nothing technically wrong with Coyote but it never really 'fits' into my ride. Coyote does make you work, regardless of the direction taken. Its not a prototypical warm-up or cool down trail, but rather one that most would want to see in the middle of their ride. That's why its a tough choice for me since it physically sits out on its own almost necessitating that you start or finish with it. I still ride it, but only on a quarter or fewer of my visits.

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Gramcounter

April 3, 2014
raaiken Gramcounter  
 
Review: new fave at chicopee. havent ridden this one in several years so hammering it made me kiss a few trees lucky i didnt bust a tooth from hitting trees with a shit eating grin

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Coyote Loop / Devil's Backbone MTB Trail 4.42 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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