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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +582/ -550 ft
Total: 63 riders

Mountain Biking West Barnstable Conservation Area

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#14 of 221 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#1,370 in the world

This is the best riding on Cape Cod period. The best stuff is through the woods, its mostly single trail with some fast little down hill sections and excellent little climbs that just flows together. Its got some pretty technical sections. As far as length, i spent the summer riding out there and i didn't cover all the possible trail combinations. Also there is a chance you could get turned around and somewhat lost but its all part of the fun(unless its getting dark of course). Anyways anyone up in that part of the woods its definitely worth checking out. Oh by the way there is a gun range next to the trails don't be alarmed, after all i'm here to write about it . Oh also this trail is LEGAL to ride on!!!!!

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 4, 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
If you are on Route 6 get off on Exit 5(aka 149). If comming from the east turn left and go about 50yards then turn right onto Service Rd. Go for about 100-150yards there will be a little entrance on the left. You can park there. If comming from the west or from the direction of boston get off on Exit 5, then take a right or head south on Rte 149. The Service Road is the first right after you get off the highway. Then follow the rest of the directions from above.
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  • VECON Sports   ✓ supporter

    This is the best MTBing on Cape Cod. If you like technical rocks roots climbs and fast downs- take the trail of tears in either direction and you wont be disapponted. We park in the crocker road lot - ride service road- keep eye out for scotts rock on the left (photo above) then take the trail of tears the whole way around. The blues are fun too if you have more than an hour or so to ride. Fatbikefun.

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  • VECON Sports   ✓ supporter

    West Barnstable Mountain Bike Trails in Cape Cod were totally fun. We took a trip up to Cape Cod in Massachusetts to get some beach time with the great whites. The swimming actually turned out to be pretty good. Calm clear waters that weren't totally freezing. And for the first time ever - we discovered some great mountain bike trails. MTB in Cape Cod? Yep. And it was fun as shit too. We were focused on West Barnstable and the Trail of Tears. There's a North and South side to that trail. Both are seriously good. If you like short tough ups with rocks and roots and extended technical downs - this place is for you. We rode it in the clockwise direction from the shooting range lot. There are also a bunch of miles of greens and blues out there to ride as well. Those are a little wider and pine needle covered with elevation up and down, but not as punchy and fast as the blacks. Bring your fat bikes and check them out next time you're beachin' in cape cod.

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  • Lupab

    I had fun riding here today. It was second time riding here and I got lost. I should brought a map but what fun would that be. Easy single track up to some some pretty technical stuff; roots, rocks and pretty tough short up hills. I'm a climber and I had to get off my bike a couple of times. Lots of fun today and a pretty good place to ride. Thanks to those who do the trail maintenance... wish it was marked a bit better but whatever.... did the red dot and Stonehenge?, trails...

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  • bmxking45

    Take it with a grain of salt. This place was super easy and would be well suited for a cross bike. I think if I had gone with a guide I may have rated things a bit differently. After I got back to my car I saw that I didn't really head in the fun direction towards trail of tears which was my main objective. Oh well. Still good to get out and pedal none the less!

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  • Mhokey83

    Beautiful trails highly recomend riding to the observation deck so many trails spent 6 hours there and still didnt hit them all definately goin back!!

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  • Brendan Patrick

    Finally got to riding the much hyped trail of tears as some call it. Unfortunately my ride was cut short by t-storms, but I was able to cover a little more than 10 miles of generally really fun single track. Overall, not overly challenging but definitely some fun up and downs. Can't wait to explore more of it!

    Some have said this is the best place to ride on the Cape. To each their own, and I should probably ride more of it before making a final opinion, but I think Otis/Crane is an overall better ride.

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  • No1InParticular

    Great area, some really mixed terrain for the Cape - Great rocky sections, but really easy to stick with some easier/flowier sections if you so desire. Markers at most intersections, but they don't help a whole lot unless you have the map.

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  • lawrence berson300

    Not technical lots of up downs with some rocks. Not well marked but plenty of trails to have fun

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  • Chicycle

    Hello Chi, you are incorrect and the highest point on Cape Cod is actually at Otis, called Pine Hill and it is 306 feet above sea level. Lookout Point is the highest point in Barnstable.

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  • ****

    A great place to train and just to ride

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  • kuala_tahan

    Lots of singletrack back here, didn't explore nearly all of it. From what I rode, pretty straightforward, smooth singletrack. Few roots and rocks, riding on pine needle singletrack mostly. Fun, but got a bit boring after a while. Very up and down riding.

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    This is my favorite loop when I am at the West Barnstable Conservation Area. A nice loop of uphills, downhills, roots, rocks, and a few little jumps and log drops if you know where they are on the trail. Since it's such a short loop it's after work ride where light may be an issue.

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    I live about a mile from this network and ride it regularly 2+ times a week. Great mix of of terrain with some good climbs, rock gardens, fast downhill sections and a few freeride obstacle scattered around. There is also a bunch of fire roads that crisscross the area to allow easy opportunities to bail out if you run out of time or light. If you know the trails well enough you can easily make as difficult or as easy a ride as you want without having to repeat too many of the same trails.

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  • PK1

    Real real real nice singletrack. Mostly hard pack and tight. Rode the red trail then veered off and did the other side of the power lines. Did all sortsa loops. Tough to see the trail sometimes with all the undergrowth crowding the trail. Map woulda been nice since I kept getting turned around. Not technical but lots of steep short climbs, generally loose and rocky. Some surprisingly sweet drawn out downhills too.

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  • Jim_Webber

    Great singletrack that is hard packed. Great technical sections. Some tough climbs to make the lungs and legs burn but you are rewarded with nice fast downhills. Challenging rock gardens. Really enjoyed my three days riding here while on vacation with my family.

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  • frankiefoils

    Otis Atwood is actually in Marstons Mills / W Barnstable. You can access it from the Popple Bottom parking lot (across from Olde Barnstable Golf Course) or off the lot on Osterville - West Barnstable Road. The entire loop from beginning to end is 1.6 miles. Some nice buffed out rolling singletrack. Not many thorns and it all loops together so you really can't get lost.

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  • gofishery

    Something for everyone, tough up hills, sweet fast downhils, technical rock gardens, obstacles for free riders. This is one of my favorite places to ride. Nice hard packed single track.

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  • mountainzen

    NICE!!! There are many more miles of trails than one can ride in a day here. Just technical enough, some nice natural obstacles.

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