Burbank Hill - Trail, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Burbank Hill - Trail, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

Moderate-difficult climbs/downhills. Nice singletrack. Something for everybody, plus a beautiful reservoir right in the middle of it all.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 04, 2008]
Jim A
Weekend Warrior

As described by other writers, there's a good mix of trails for riders of different levels. There is a trail map which you can get by going on the Mass. Audubon Society Website, follow the sanctuary link, and then click on Flat Rock.

Customer Service

There are dozens of combinations from what I've seen. So you can cover the same ground but get different looks.

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Leominster State Forest- try the Parmenter entrance from Elm St.- you can type this junction in on MapQuest.

Bolton Conservation Land- about 1 mile east of 495 on Rte. 117, there is a tiny grassy parking are on the left just before Bolton Spring Farm. There is some very good riding in here and some of our mountain biking bretheren have cut some new trails that are absolutely a blast.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 05, 2007]
Jeff Godin
Cross Country Rider

Just rode here for the first time in a while. The place is awesome. It is fast, not very techinical, some sketchy descents to keep you on your toes, and few good heart rate accelarating climbs (but short). Trails are every where, you can explore them all. There is more than 10 miles of it too. I only rode for an hour today and covered about seven miles. There were many trails that I just blew by.

I give a 3 for aerobic, can make it a 4 if you hammer. or a 2 if you just want to noodle around.

Customer Service

Afer you get on the main trail from the helecopter pad, take any of the trails off to the right. Explore that section.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 05, 2005]
sjs_75
Weekend Warrior

Yes there is a waterfall, my friend and I rode in from the resorvoir at the Rindge Road side. It is really tough to find a trail once you ride past the resorvoir with the water fountain. I remember walking across a little creek, we followed the creek upstream because there really were no trails at that point. About 100 yards up we spotted the waterfall, I beleive it was about 20 ft high that dipped into another smaller fall. I guess you can say we found it on accident.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 09, 2004]
sarsparilla
Racer

Burbank trails are great for any rider. There are fire roads that take you to junctions where you can jump onto pretty much any singletrack trail that you wish. There is a wide variety of trails including smooth singletrack, smooth up/downhill and technical up/downhill areas. There are also a few rock gardens lurking in there. The trails are so good and numerous that each ride you can do loops that involve some of the same trails but each ride can generally be different than the last. The trails are also maintained very well (fireroads by the city of Fitchburg and singletrack by local mountain bikers and hikers). To really get a good understanding of all the trails visit one of the local bike shops or go on a group ride, many of those guys have been riding these trails for years and know them and all the ones around them. Overall the trails are good for anyone, good for more advanced riders (if you do the right loops) and great for new riders.

Customer Service

Instead of going to burbank hospital go beyond it to the next intersection and go into Crocker Elementary school and park. You can drop into the trails in the treeline on either side of the parking lot or behind the school's playground on top of the big hill.

Similar Products Used:

Leominster State Forest - Leominster Ma

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 05, 2003]
Matt
Weekend Warrior

I haven't got a chance to ride the Fitchburg trail, I just moved to Gardner from Albany, OR...I used to do a lot of riding over there because there's mountains in every direction. But I decided to pack things up and move out here with my girlfriend and give this a try for a while. I don't know a whole lot of people so if you live in the Gardner/Fitchburg area and you want someone to ride with you can email me at matt507@pacifier.com

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 18, 2003]
reidc
Cross Country Rider

Its a Good Work Out! I liveabout a mile from the back entrance-If you left the Hospital and followed the fire road all the way past pump house to Ashby West rd. To answer the question about where the "waterfall" is- its really a fountain in the middle of a reservoir. Its easier to get to from the Rindge Road side. Anyway- from the Hospital Lot- follow main path past the powerlines, and thn take your first right onto singletrack downhill. Stay to a slight left fork, and go downhill even more. Keep staying left intil you come up against what is left of a brook or stream. You will see man-made retaining walls. Cross there, and you will see another reservoir. Its either in the first reservoir- or the second one wayyy up the hill. The area to the right- as you cross the stream is the Ridge Road side, and is all undergoing some serious excavation. I have no clue as to what it is- but will find out. Haven't been there this year yet(road bike rides), but I will.

Customer Service

Any

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 07, 1999]
Doc

I've learned to ride on this trail and I never get tired of it. There's always something new to challenge you and the trail is very well-maintained.

Customer Service

Climb, climb, climb - then enjoy the downhills.

Similar Products Used:

Leominster State Forest. Drummer Hill, Keene NH.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 22, 2001]
Rob Woods

Awesome riding area offering variety and challenge. From technical up (and down) hills to wide open trails, this place has it all.

Advanced riders will enjoy the technical bouldery sections but any novice reading this review should not be afraid - with a labrynth of trails there is something for everyone at Burbank (or "Nurses" as the locals seem to it) Hill.

Magnificent views, a scenic waterfall and three waterfalls I will be heading back this weekend! SWEEEEEEEET

Customer Service

Main trail begins at the helicopter landing area at Burbank Hospital. From there, start exploring. There are a number of single tracks that incorporate technical steeps and some fast downhill stretches. A guy in the cycle shop at Fitchburg gave us a copy of a hand drawn map of the area and we found that to be very useful. If you would like a copy of the map, drop me an e-mail at rjwoods@mediaone.net and Ill reply with a *.jpg version of it

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I don't know - but I intend to find out!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 25, 2002]
Chris

Nice trail with something for everyone lots of looong uphills. Not too steep just long.

At most trailheads there are signs that say "no bikes". My understanding is that there is no law against riding on these trails (spoke to local bike shops and police). The signs are are meant to deter bikers (and non-bird watchers), but locals know whats up and ride the trails anyway. Interesting the tactics these tree huggers will resort to! Bottom Line: This place has been ridden for many years and can still be ridden with no fear of getting kicked out.

The trails at this place are mostly hard packed soil and pine some needles. Some sand in places mostly from water runoff. The more advanced trails are rocky with nice uphill and downhill sections (several very challenging rock sections). This place needs more exploring seems each time I visit I find another cool trail. I would say that the main trails are suitable for beginers that are comfortable on a bike. Knobby tires are a must have, even on the easy trails.

Compared to Leominister State forest this place is MUCH better! LSF main fire road trails are loose, uphill and rocky. This place has many uphills, but the trail is nicely packed earth which makes them a breeze to climb on.

Best of all there is a hospital on-site. So you can break your arm, run over to see the doc. When you're done you can go back a do a couple more hills!

Customer Service

From the helipad trailhead take any trail on the right for some nice rocky single track. Stay on the main trail go past the power lines take the first trail on the left. If you prefer park at Crocker school and find the small trail head on the left (as you drive in) near the parking lot. This trailhead takes you to the same area you would be in if you take a right from the helipad trail.

Similar Products Used:

Groton Town Forest, Leominister State Forest

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 30, 2002]
Chris

Every time I go to this place I find cool new trails...

Customer Service

Found a cool new trail
1) Park at the burbank lot.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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