middlesex - Trail, middletown, Connecticut

middlesex - Trail, middletown, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

mix of fire rds, pwr lines, single track. loggers really messed up fire rds.but some great single track. the more you ride here the more you know how to make the mix. you can ride all day here. from middlesex college to pratt whitney. scenic overlooks of ct river. most trails are blue blaze so hikers rules. ALWAYS PRACTICE TRAIL COURTESY, remember the reason there are blue blaze trails are because of hikers. be an advocate for your sport be polite. race on race day. during the week see no one ride on weekend everyones out. names like the loop, the jungle. no mountains to climb, but excellent trail diversity. in middlesex county theres here and theres cockaponset in chester/haddam.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 18, 2007]
johncandie
Cross Country Rider

Middlesex is a delight- I rode for 140 minutes after a conference at Wesleyan. Park at the Reservoir Road off of Brooks Road just after the gates. Trail access is just ahead on the right. I used BikeRag's topo map; while incomplete it was adequate for orientation purposes. I got 'lost' a few times but was able to figure out where I was using the map- power lines, roads and reservoirs provide key landmarks. Plus the trails are quite well marked. Yellow/blue, blue, and red. Ran into only one rider, who appeared to be overmatched by the technical aspects, on a Thursday afternoon.

Ride was varied- lots of buff fast pedaling trails linking very technical spots. Heart rate only jumps during the short, but steep ups. Enjoyed the jungle's flowing single track tunneling through a mountain laurel forest(would love to ride during the bloom), but loved the many rocky climbs and descents onto whalebacks. A few hike-a-bikes which were tricky on my feet. The fire roads are way beat up- rutted, muddy- to be avoided- not that hard to do. I saw evidence of logging, but it didn't kill the ride. Power line trail looked little worn and provided some excitement when I chose to abandon fire road to return to single track. Some really fun twisty-turny elements put a big smile on my face.

Not a place for beginners or novices.

Customer Service

Avoid the fire roads as much as possible. Otherwise duck into a trail anywhere and just go.

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1st time in the area.

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5
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2
[Jun 06, 2006]
Quill
Weekend Warrior

I have been riding here three years and I still get lost. Once you know it though, you can put together rides of 90% singletrack totaling maybe 8 hours without significant repeats. Not for beginners... lots of rocks and roots and short technical steeps. Lots of doubletrack that you use to connect to sections of singletrack... if you come and explore on your own you will spend way too much time on the doubletrack. Best is to find a friend who knows it... tuesday night Pedal Power rides are next best.

Customer Service

Even with a map you will get lost... just too many intersections. The bikerag map has only half the trails. You might get lucky and find someone to show you around, but most of the riders here are advanced so be prepared.

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5
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3
[Jun 20, 1999]
jake

many, many trails here, ive been riding and hiking here for years. best bet is ride during the week on weekend will be much more traffic

Customer Service

the jungle is the most popular, lots of mtn laurel, but there is so much more here, good place to ride, but takes awhile to learn it all.

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cockaponset

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[Aug 17, 1999]
daniel

it all rocks!!

Customer Service

as you drive up to the school hang left and travel down a steep hill then up a steep hil about 1/2 a mile. the road turns to dirt. at the crossroads go straight and you will be on a single lane road with water on both sides. after crossing the resevoir park your car or whatevr in the little parking area. there will be two trail entrances on the right of the road going up the hill. take the one closest to the resevoir. your on the jungle. follow it till you come to a paved road. the trail is probaly a couple miles long. then cross the road and continue up the trail. then cross another road and continue again up the trail. a few hundred yards up the third part you will cross some powerlines. continue straight. now your on the realy fun stuff. there's a huge combination of routes to take so becareful not to get lost. if you look there is some seriously squirly single track. some technical and some just fun to blast through! if ever come upon paved road just go west on it and it will take you back to the school. if you end up on bear hill,go west till you come to a fork in the road then hang right. that will take you back to the college from there you can find your way back to your car. there are tons of entrances but the one i listed above is my favorite and an awesome way to warm up. happy trails!

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any of the powerlines in middletown have good riding. lots of up and down

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5
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[Oct 17, 1999]
Mike

This todally sucked. It is soooooo easy to get lost in there. Me and my friends were lost for 2hours in this endless field. But the trail i did were ok. i guess you have to know the place before you go there alone. Bring someone that know the place to show you first.

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Cromwell Trails. You cannot get lost in them

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3
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[Mar 06, 2000]
Oz

Middlesex is a truly technical ride, so don't plan on coming here for race training. These trails have everything. On any given ride you will find mud, roots, steeps and other related hazards. The jungle section consist of a thick, dense, twisty maze of really narrow mountain laurel. At one point the brush is like a tunnel of branches and leaves. This part requires some finesse to make it all the way through. Watch your bar-ends and jersey, it is wicked easy to catch a snag. There are also some drops you can get wrecked on, and there are rocks galore. At one point you ride along the top of this huge rock outcrop, then at the end you bang a right and come straight down the face. This route is steep and a little gnarly, definitely not a place you would want to slam. Middlesex can be either a short ride or a leg burner, depending on how much you want out of it. I have done rides all the way down towards the power lines near the river. This way ends up being almost 20 miles of a lot of hills and rocks. What ever way you slice it, Middlesex is a killer place to ride and a great way to sharpen and test your technical skills. Check it out.

Customer Service

When you get to the college, take a right and follow that road. This road will turn to dirt, keep going until it turns back to tar and take a left. Follow that twisty road up for roughly a quarter mile to the top. On your left you should see a gate, that is the trailhead for the mountain laurel side. To the right is a trailhead that goes to the slickrock section. Start pedaling.

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The only other trail that compares is Cockaponset down in Chester. These two trails are a lot alike. I highly recommend both these places. If you want tech supreme, go ride the blue at Penwood.

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5
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[Jun 21, 2000]
Mike

These trails rule. I am sorry for giving these trails a bad review before. I had no clue where to go. Then someone that knew where to go took me. Man that place rules! So technical, lots of rocks. One part you are riding down almost a tube of mountain laural. just wide enought to fit your handlebars. Pedal Power has group rides every Tue. and Thurs. i think. So check it out, tons of fun.

Customer Service

Blue Trail

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Creek 187

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5
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[Jun 24, 2000]
Biker

These trails are the best.Take the blue trail.There are endless ways to go. I went there a few days ago and rode from 9am till 230pm and i never went on the same trail twice. At an intersection with 3 ways to go. Go striaght, you will go downhill all the way to a road. Then cross it and take the Madabasset trail. That trail is super techincal, i think its a hiking trail. Some parts you cant ride, just impossible. Dont stay on the blue trail when you get to the Madabasset trail. Its all uphill wiht boulders you cant ride. I ended up walking a ton. But these trails rule! A must stop in Ct if you want to try some extremely technical new england trails. Check them out.

Customer Service

The blue trail

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dunno

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5
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[Aug 17, 2000]
Madge Goodfruit

Because the places I normally go (such as Tyler Mill) has been so muddy this summer with all of the rain, I've been riding here a lot this summer because this area drains very well.

This place has so much to love. The loop around the upper lake is perhaps some of the best riding in the state as it snakes through caves of Mountain Laurel.

Customer Service

Blue Trail/White Trail then to upper lake loop. TO find the loop: When you are on the jeep trail at the top of the power line and you are facing east towards the far-off smokestacks of the nuke plant, look to the north. There will be singletrack going off to the right. Take it. Follow the singletrack across two roads. Tou have found it.

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Tyler Mill, West Woods

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5
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[Oct 11, 2000]
Brian

I've been riding these trails for 4-5 years now and still don't know my way around the whole place. i try to ride middlesex 1-2 times a week and usually i end up somewhere down by the river and wondering how to get home. There is so much singletrack here! my paradise!!! i could spend days here working on my trials skills to get me up the ridiculous climbs. this fall i started my college career at uconn, and being up here all week really makes me miss the trails back home. I've found mansfield hollow and other cool trails up here but i've definitly come to appriciate middlesex so much more sinse i've been away. its just not the same. This place rules!!!

Customer Service

Explore! there's so much out here its unreal. you can start out by warming up in teh jungle and go out from there to jarasic park or just take the figure eight which will loop around back to where you started.

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By the way, just to let anyone who cares know, there's this guy Glen (he drives a dark saab) that rides middlesex al the time and has built a couple of really cool singletrack trails but he's got this crazy attitude. Suposidly he's been getting pissed because a few dirt bikers found "his" trails and he doesnt want them "ruining" his precious creations so he's been calling the DEP trying to get these dirtbikers caught. This is STUPID! i hate to clue you in but the DEP is out to get us mountainbikers just as much as the dirtbikers. we're in this together people. I dont want this moron going around atracting attention to middlesex. The next thing you know, mountain bikers will be getting arrested out there. lets try to be resonable and do own own thing without the bullshit - thanks - brian

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