Great Brook Park - TRAIL

Great Brook Park - Trail, Carlisle/Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Many trails, some advanced terrian, but lots of beginer stuff too. Lot's of good rooty, rocky single track. I've been riding there for 10 years and I never get board.

User Reviews (26)

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danhasdrums   Cross Country Rider [Sep 24, 2011]

This is a fun place to ride with lots to explore and a good selection of varied terrain. There are the standard roots that are all over New England and some decent rock sections that can throw you off of your pace. There are wide fire roads with some small rocks and roots that work well for beginners that will guide you around the park. From the main fire roads (Pine Point Loop) there are several trails that branch off that are fairly well marked. The loops that I currently ride most often are Garrison, Deer Run, Tophet and then I end up getting lost about every time I ride there to find new terrain.

Customer Service

I ride in from the Minuteman so I end up riding through Greenough Forest and then onto Maple Rd. where I make a right up Ice Pond Rd. There is an entrance to Great Brook off of that road and that particular lead in trail offers a fun ride. When I reach Pine Point, I make a right and head continue until I reach the road, cross the road, continue on Pine Point and then eventually make a right on Garrison loop. From here I meet up with Deer Run and take that until I meet up with a wide fire road and from there I tend to make up the rest of the ride until I find my way to the parking area where I pee. Then I head out just left of the parking lot, cross the road and take Pine Point to Tophet Loop. If I'm feeling good, I'll head back up Heartbreak Ridge and if I'm tired, I'll leave the park at the end of Tophet by making a left and getting back to Maple Rd.

Similar Products Used: The Fells, Landlocked Forest
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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
Thomas   Weekend Warrior [Oct 01, 2007]

This is where I pretty much learned most of my skills. Fairly flat area with a few steep, quick climbs. The main trails are good for cruising around, getting some exercise and getting the blood flowing. Some of the singletrack is fun, some is downright fun.

I'm no expert, and some of the trails are still tough for me, so it's hard to read reviews and give reviews not knowing others skill level. But overall, I think its a fun place for a beginner/intermediate rider.

Customer Service

I like to start of on Pine Point Loop. First stop is Keyes Loop (lots of rocks...) then back on Pine Point to Tophet Loop. Tophet loop is a nice gradual climb with some real technical areas. From Tophet Loop, I take a paved road over to a rather long and un-named trail that ends back at the beginning of Pine Point. From there its accross the street to Woodchuck Loop. I go down wood chuck to Indian Stone trail. Cross Indian Stone to Deer Run, where I take the Long way around and then end up back on Woodchuck Loop. It's a round-about path, but it's a lot of fun for me.

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3
VALUE
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3
Dan K.   Downhiller [Jun 14, 2007]

After seeing the movie roam recently i was inspired to get back into mountain biking in a big way. So far greatbrook is by far the best I have found in my area(i live in concord). Unfortunetly i shattered my deurailler last time a rode there (if anything a testament to how good it is) so i havnt been in a few days but i would definetly reccommend it to anyone within a an hour or so of it.

Customer Service

Stone hill area of trails is very good, just experiment with different loops there.

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4
VALUE
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4
justin   Weekend Warrior [Oct 10, 2003]

Awesome place to ride for the day. Has good terrain like indian hill and heartbreak ridge and tophet loop.. some technical hills that really get your heart pumping. I went at least 3 times a week this summer and it never got old. There is a large variety singletrack. Only a few intense trails 2-3, but it keeps me busy for about 1-3 hours during the summer

Customer Service

stone row to indian hill to heartbreak ridge/tophet loop to beaver loop, and then i ride home (i live through the woods into the chelms. farms)

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
Jon   Cross Country Rider [Jul 28, 2003]

This is an update to my earlier post and also a semi-response to Ray, who sent me an email but unfortunately all my replies to his Yahoo account bounced. I am still riding GBF frequently and still enjoying it a lot. If you prefer Vietnam or Lynnn Woods type stunts, drop-offs, jumping off large boulders, etc. then you may not appreciate GBF for other than some of its more challenging terrain such as Stone Row or Beaver Loop or the short but sweet downhills over at Indian Hill. GBF does, however, have enough varied terrain and single track to let you string together a nice 1 to 2-hour ride that will leave you smiling when it's over. For a 40-something solid intermediate XC rider like me it's perfect and beginners will also enjoy it particularly if they stick to the main loops such as Pine Point, which I rode with my wife and 2 daughters last fall at NEMBAfest. I give it a 4 in terms of aerobic difficulty because I always get a great workout there even though it is not really that "mountaineous" and also a 4 in terms of technical difficulty since it is a notch below places like 'Nam and Lynn Woods, although it's certainly challenging enough for me. Overall, though, I give it a 5 because it's a really well maintained park that is friendly to mountain bikers and gives me a satisfying ride every time I go there. One other update --- there is now a small parking fee at GBF - $2 per day or $35 per year if you're a MA resident. The fee helps pay for the upkeep of the park in the wake of state budget cuts. There is a "kiosk on a pole" where you pay or you can go to the ranger's office. If you don't pay, you'll get a little yellow slip in your windshield the first couple of times. Beyond that I can't say since I went ahead and bought the yearly pass. Ray if you would still like to get in touch, try me again at the same email, but please use an account that I can respond to. If you're interested in riding, I'd be up for that too.

Customer Service

My favorites are Indian Hill (rocky downhill with a couple of different routes you can take), Beaver Loop (rooty and undulating), Keyes Loop (twisty with some nice stone obstacles), Stone Row (for improving intermediates to advanced), Hearbreak Ridge/Tophet Loop (varied), and Maple Ridge (off-camber roots make climbing a challenge). There is still plenty here that I have not yet had the chance to ride but hopefully will in the near future.

Similar Products Used: Callahan State Park, especially the Marlborough Side
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Ron   [May 22, 1999]

This is an excellent place for beginners-intermediates. There are some nice single track, but mostly double track. Good way to spend a day. If your looking for super technical, look some where else

Customer Service

There are many trails here

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3
VALUE
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Merlin Man   [Jun 22, 1999]

Lots of roots and baby-heads. Trails can be linked together for great climbing workout. Lots of tight single-track runs too!

Customer Service

Toffit loop
Woodchuck trail
Garrison loop

Similar Products Used: Beaver loop
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RATING
3
VALUE
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Todd   [Sep 27, 1999]

I ride this place at least twice a week, I never
get bored. It's pretty dead on week nights, but
on the weekend, the park gets pretty full.

Try to climb Indian Hill some time, it's a workout.

Customer Service

Garrison Loop
Tophet Loop - Heartbreak Ridge

Similar Products Used: Venture off in to Chelmsford, there's some nice bridle
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4
VALUE
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Nate   [Nov 12, 1999]

This place used to be a lot cooler, the had to reroute the start of heartbreak ridge due to erosion, and some other stuff, the locals like to put up log blocks behind they're houses-to piss us off! Whatever, it can still be cool, especially if you have to ride with newbies.

Customer Service

get on the other side of the park, the tophet loop and heartbreak ridge

Similar Products Used: Groton Town Forest
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RATING
4
VALUE
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Nate   [Nov 12, 1999]

This place used to be a lot cooler, the had to reroute the start of heartbreak ridge due to erosion, and some other stuff, the locals like to put up log blocks behind they're houses-to piss us off! Whatever, it can still be cool, especially if you have to ride with newbies.

Customer Service

get on the other side of the park, the tophet loop and heartbreak ridge

Similar Products Used: Groton Town Forest
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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