Earl's Trails

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.56 out of 5
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Intermediate
12.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,200 ft
↓ 2,100 ft
290
elevation (ft)

Network
Trail Description
About this trail
Trail network is a maze of excellent flowy, suprisingly smooth singletrack for
New England. Plenty of climbing, best suggestion is to enter at the Notch
Visitor Center and take a right at the first trail fork for a nice decent. Then,
explore.

Added Bonus: Batchelor St. Trails are just to the east, so plenty of riding
here.
added by kippcarlisleGramcounter
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
 

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Q: Where to park -Guest

A: I was told by Hampshire College Security that you can park on campus near the rec center. Bike across the street and follow the trails in. Stick left to head up hill. The trail loops around and brings you right back to where you started. There is a nice little reservoir at the end too.

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Reviews (14)
 

Gramcounter

April 19, 2019
 
Review: First time here. Luckily found a local to guide me. Shout out to Carl. Trails are a nice mix of up and down with nothing that is too crazy. Easy to get lost if you're not familiar.




Granny Gear

November 17, 2018
 
Review: New to trail riding, but been here three times and love it. Well maintained trails with good flow and some challenges. Great workout!




Granny Gear

November 7, 2017
Swiftt Granny Gear  
 
Review: These trails are a ton of fun. Great flow, some longer climbs and a few screaming descents. These are not the most technical trails in the area but that adds to the appeal. Go here if you want to ride fast, and most importantly keep riding. The only thing limiting you here is your fitness.

Similar Trail: Nothing that I've ridden in the area




Granny Gear

November 7, 2017
Swiftt Granny Gear  
 
Review: These trails are a ton of fun. Great flow, some longer climbs and a few screaming descents. These are not the most technical trails in the area but that adds to the appeal. Go here if you want to ride fast, and most importantly keep riding. The only thing limiting you here is your fitness.

Similar Trail: Nothing that I've ridden in the area




Granny Gear

November 28, 2016
josegerena Granny Gear  
 
Review: The best flow in western ma. It has great climbs and fast descents. Many people ride here.




Gramcounter

August 29, 2016
HomerJayK Gramcounter  
 
Review: A fantastic collection of flowy trails that have enough climbing and descending to keep the heart rate up for most of the day. You'll get lost but just go with it, you'll figure it out soon enough




Granny Gear

June 22, 2014
bgastone Granny Gear  
 
Review: Earl's trails are located on the north face of the Holyoke Range, bounded on the west by Mount Holyoke and J. A. Skinner State Park, on the north by Chmura and Bay Roads, east by Route 116 and to the south by the ridge-line. The map from Frankenstein above includes all the boundary trails. Although it is easy to get somewhat lost within the trail system (there are more trails than the map shows), the only ways to get really lost would be if you took one of the 2 or 3 hiking trails (not singletrack) to the south or one to the west that leads to Skinners. If you stick to singletrack you shouldn't go far wrong. Surprising for the near absence of rocks, technicalities and other people (plenty of roots though), this is a well designed and well maintained layout... fast and flowy with plenty of climbing and sweet descents. Hard-tail friendly. Most trails are good in both directions. Never needing to get off your bike means a very efficient workout and it's easy to design rides of any length. I park at the end of Chmura and since that's lower than 90% of the trail system I can get back to my car in 15 minutes or less from anywhere, yet I could easily put together 3 or 4 hours of riding with little or no repetition. One star off for the lack of technical bits.

Similar Trail: Unique in my experience.



 

Granny Gear

June 30, 2014
 
Review: I agree....surpisingly fun trails. Will definitely hit it again when I do my I91 VT-CT trips.




Granny Gear

April 14, 2013
tpeek Granny Gear  
 
Review: Excellent smooth single-track with well-thought-out contours. Fun, with a moderate amount of climbing. Park at the visitors center and then cross the street to pick up the trail - note that the bike trail starts at the same spot as the hiker-only trail but heads off to the right immediately.




Granny Gear

November 29, 2012
jpompjr Granny Gear  
 
Review: You need to stop at the visitor center and get a map of the trails before you start your ride. The best trail is the "Roller Coaster" Trail. Some spots are techincal, but well worth the experience




Bunny Hop

October 18, 2012
themutater Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Last time I was there October 7th or so. All the trails were covered in very pretty yellow leafs. However it Made it difficult to navigate. Be careful.



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