April 26, 2013
First off, thanks to everyone for the info on the best trail head via Hickory Hill Dr. I've been back to the trail a couple of times since my last review (below) and I'm fairly certain now that I was on a totally different set of trails that somehow connected to the old white trail that's been chopped up by the logging. First time back: I headed out from Hickory Hill, down the main trail, took the first right on the overlook and about 1.5 miles into the ride I break a chain link and it snags my rear derailleur bending it into a twisted mess and I have to walk back out; not fun. Second time back: Same location, same plan, new parts. I got to ride about 10 miles of the trails out there, out and back through overlook, betty mack, white, and blue trails. There has got to be a better route that what I took because the entire ride seemed like I was headed backwards on a one way trail. I could never get a good flow going. As soon as it started going well, there would be an intense climb through a rock garden or some gnarly, slippery roots. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice place, but it seemed every uphill was made to kick your butt. Other than that, no issues with the trails. I can say, DON'T FORGET THE BUG SPRAY. Being built around two swamps means mosquitoes as big as bats; I got eaten alive. And what's up with the random gunshots all the time: is there a range close by?
So it's finally warm enough to get out and ride again in NH. I decided to visit the Musquash Conservation Area after reading such great reviews on the site. I have to say, this place has either suffered greatly through the winter, been neglected for a long time, or I was crazy lost. To start, I began by parking in the marked cul-de-sac on Faucher Rd. The bridge leading in was cool; long and right next to a log dam. I planned to ride in from there and hit up the trail loops. Immediately over the first crest I came to a huge logging operation. Things were TORN UP. I'm not even sure if I was on the right path as I never saw a blazed tree my whole time out. I followed a gravel road and took a couple of side trails that cut off of it. These trails were HORRIBLE; overgrown, rutted by dirt bikes, and covered in horse crap. Not to mention they were either super soft sand or standing water. I must have been totally lost because I didn't find any of the flowy singletrack you guys are talking about. I don't think I'll be coming back here anytime soon. If I do, I'll start at another entrance.
June 27, 2013
You can get into the Musquash this way but you're at the far end of the area and is not the right place. As others have mentioned - Hickory Hill Rd is the best place. Also, there has been a massive amount of clear cutting near where you entered. The trails are all now "OK" in regards to it not being a mess. Not sure where you were though because in 15 years of riding here I've never seen a horse or horse crap!