DogTown - Trail, Gloucester/Rockport, Massachusetts

DogTown - Trail, Gloucester/Rockport, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

85% Single Track, some fire road and regular road (depending on what way you go!)

USER REVIEWS

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[May 28, 2011]
mattb
Weekend Warrior

Rode the trail today, and was compelled to write a review since there wasn't anything recent. I was not very impressed; it was either super easy or impassible on a bike, nothing in the middle. Admittedly this was my first ride at this trail, but I downloaded maps onto my gps to make sure I was staying on the best trails. I don't know if these haven't been rode in a while, washed out, or have just become overgrown. In the end there was simply no flow. Judging by some of the reviews others may disagree, but my thought is people who don't know the trail would be reading these reviews and would be similarly situated as I am.

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2
VALUE
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3
[Jun 27, 2004]
spookyleg
Racer

i have been exploring dogtown (well, i've only been there twice). the trails are fun, and technical, but i haven't found big thrills there, yet. the fun part about this place is really just exploring (and yes, getting lost) and finding a few choice rocks and boulders to pick. i am writing this review becaue i just wanted to mention that dogtown is very accessible if you don't have a car, like me. if you take the commuter rail to gloucester, take railroad ave, go right onto washington st, to the rotary (just stay to the right and follow sign that says 127n) past the rotary, take yer first right onto poplar st. then take a left onto cherry st, just opposite the cemetary. stay on cherry until you see the sign for dogtown (on your right). its probably about a 15 min ride. just ditch your bag/pack/whatever into the woods, and do a rambo style cover up so no one snatches your purse. (just make sure to remember where you left it). just have fun and explore the place, there is some good sheeeeit there. if you get lost, which you will, there are usually people in or around the joint that will help you back, just be nice and give a handshake. if someone gets anything from this review, that's awesome; have fun.

Customer Service

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haven't explored any others (yet). any suggestions?

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3
VALUE
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3
[Dec 07, 1999]
Lee

This place has a little bit for just about everyone. Not a good beginner place- but for anyone with any experience it's good. It's almost all single track once you get into the park, and it varies between twisty fast stuff and rocky, semi-technical terrain. I enjoy riding here every once in a while, but it's not a huge park, so don't plan on riding for more than about 2 hours here. At least that's what I've found.

Customer Service

Go in towards the left and hook up with those trails- to the right is a shooting range- getting shot is no fun.

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?? Don't know the area too well. I do know the Woodmans down on Rt. 133 in Essex has the best steamers in the world, though. (Near the intersection of 133 and 22.)

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4
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[Apr 10, 2000]
Tom

There are a couple of fireroads through the park that are pretty basic. It's easy to stay on these and be happy if you're looking for real beginner stuff but you can also take any of a number of singletracks that branch off from the fireroad. These singletracks can be real technical with a lot of technical ascents/descents. Most of the singletrack meets back up with the road in a different spot so it's easy to ride in circles. A map of the trails would be handy but I didn't have one and had a blast.

Customer Service

Take the main trail and try any and all of the singletrack offshoots.

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Gordon College, Bradley Palmer

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4
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[Apr 18, 2000]
Sean

I love this entry point. Starts off as a fire road and soon merges into a technical single track that follows the border of a swamp. Relatively short, ends on a fire road. Bang a right and you're on your way to explore. Seek the single track that parallels train tracks.I love riding in this area though it is relatively a small area. Good training ground with technical singletrack, fast fireroads, and some moderate climbs to keep you honest. A little bit for everyone depending on where you enter.

Customer Service

I recommend starting at the top of Summit Ave (in Rockport), second right after train station. Park at the gate next to water tower.

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The pipeline in Gloucester. Parking where 133 meets 128. Not a whole lot of variety, but some great mud!

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 15, 2000]
Sal

Dogtown is mostly geared toward intermediate to advanced riders. Advanced riders should head to south around Babson Reservoir(take right before compost yard), while intermediate riders should head north to great single track. (Go up road from compost yard and take first few lefts). Most hills are difficult due to technical terrain more than grade. For a good ride head northwest towards Norton's tree farm or northeast toward Steel Derek Quarry. There's lots of rocky single track that will challenge any hardtail rider. Great ten mile loop.

Customer Service

Go hill after gate at compost yard and take one of two main trailheads to left (marked by white posts) At the end of these take a right and then a left at next main trail head (over brook). Follow to north and north west to find great single track.

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Ravenswood Park(Lege Hill Trail)

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4
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[Jul 11, 2000]
Andrew

Lots of different thigs mixed in together. Rocky technical terrain, single track, double track. The local bookstore in Gloucester has a map published by the Dogtown committee. The 5$ price of the map is worth getting an overview of the area and the contribution to keeping this area maintained. Use the map as a general guide though as only some of the trails appear on the map.

Customer Service

Go in at Cherry St in Gloucester, follow the paved road as far as possible. Up the hill at the compost pile and then start exploring trails.

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 15, 2000]
woodyak

I just moved to the area recently so I'm no pro on Dogtown. I've found the trails to be a mix of large fire roads and very technical single track. It's definitely a worthwhile park to ride in if you are in the area.

Customer Service

From Rockport take Railroad Ave. (127A) to Squam Rd. go up this hill almost to the end and you will see the entrance. Take the main fire road to the first single track on the left. Get ready for a bumpy ride.

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Ravenswood in Gloucester. Middlesex Fells in Medford. Lynn Woods in Lynn.

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 20, 2000]
Joe

Dogtown is a mountain biker's paradise on the north shore of MA. You will find anything from easy fireroads to technical goat trails that, for most people will invole more walking than riding. I highly suggest you get a map to get a basic idea of how the trails go, though there are a lot of trails that are not on the maps. Cape Ann is really a large island with people living on the outer perimeter while Dogtown and assorted quarries are on the inside. You can go from one side of the island to the other if you know where you're going. There are more than enough trails her to keep you busy for the day.

Customer Service

Take Cherry St. and then bear right onto Dogtown Rd. just after the shooting club. Go through the gate and either take a trail on the right for very tough and technical or go straight to find intermediate trails.

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Other good trails on the north shore:

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5
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[Dec 15, 2000]
Birdman

Very good place to go if other areas have had too much rain. Drains well and good mix of terrain.
The map ain't a bad idea if you are new. You can really get turned around in here.

Good ridin'. It has trails that are easy enough for guys such as "Sal from Glouster" to ride to more technically proficient terrain - lots of rocks etc., to hope over manoever around.

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4
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