Gordon College - TRAIL

Gordon College - Trail, Hamilton Wenham, Massachusetts

Lots of trails. Unmarked easy to get turned around. Lots of moderately difficult trails. And fast.

User Reviews (12)

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Eric Herbert   Cross Country Rider [Aug 29, 2008]

Tons to see and do, as easy or challenging as you wish. I have been riding back here for about 3 years and each time I go I find something new to try. There are tons and tons of trails on either side of 128, you just need to keep your eyes open for them. Big rocks, little rocks, roots, logs, streams, mud, rocky outcrops, it is all there.

Customer Service

Route 22 to Chebacco rd. about 1/10th of a mile on the right there is a trail head, (it is marked as private property, that is only true on the right side of the trail. After about 500 yards bear left to a double, where that ends take a left then look for another trail head immediately on your right, that is a single which parallels the fire rd. As that ends take a left and head towards the water, pass the pond on your right, stay right and you will end up behind Gordon College, look for trails on your right (as described in others entries). Once you end on Pine St. if you are up for more cross the street, next to the swamp and you will find a path that takes you to some really cool trails.

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Deb   Weekend Warrior [Sep 24, 2007]

Mix of double and single track. Lots of trails here and in immediate area. Easy to get turned around, but you can't get lost for long. Take the time to explore..it will be worth it!

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liquidfeet   Cross Country Rider [Jun 04, 2007]

I am currently mapping the single tracks in Chebacco Woods, the legitimate name for this area. The official map, copies of which are available in a kiosk at the Main Entrance just off Chebacco Road, only has the wide trails, and they are not well mapped. The area is full of hills and rocky/rooty/twisty hilly single tracks, but they are separated by many areas of wetlands and four ponds. It is very easy to get lost in there. The most rugged terrain is over by 128, to the east of the gravel fire road which appears correctly on the official map. Trails of similar difficulty extend to the west of the Red Dot Trail, between it and the Rte 22 exit of the White Dot Trail. Also, a fine section of off-camber single tracks with steep ascents and descents and pine needles and LOTS of exposed roots is in the area labelled on the map as the Yellow Dot trail, accessed from Chebacco Road between the Main Entrance and the Pump Station. (Be prepared to get lost.) More pine-needly steeps are all over a hill just south-easst of Gull Pond, between it and Gordon College. Moderate, mostly flat single tracks (not on the map) extend from the Pump Station to the south down towards Gull Pond. Again, watch where you are so you don't get lost the first time out.

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4
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4
dang   Racer [Dec 14, 2004]

this place very acceptable for a good ride. we went here after doing the Cyclocross race in Gloucster and it was perfect for the fried legs. we surprisingly were able to find lots of slower technical trails(perfect) and were a good challenge. it wasn't all tech stuff though. there was some easy double track but not much climbing at all. I'd do it again.

Customer Service

have no idea. I was lucky to find what I did.

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4
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3
cecivic   Cross Country Rider [Sep 29, 2003]

Very technical and steep in some places. Thick forest canopy can keep you cool during those hot, humid summers. You can have hours of fun over here. Spend time to familiarize yourself with the trails.

Customer Service

Start at Chebacco Woods main entrance. Get map at entrance to orient yourself (or download these maps: http://www.gordon.edu/campus/physplant/safety/trail_map.html) Then find your way to Gull Pond and to the main fire road that leads you away from Gordon College. After the left bend on that fire road, keep your eyes open to your right for a trail with a steep ascent. Go up this trail and have fun! If you found the same trail as I did, you would end up at the Pine Street exit (Exit 16) of Rte. 128. You can double your fun by backtracking on the trail, or follow the gravel road from Exit 16, back to the Chebacco Woods main entrance.

Similar Products Used: Bradley Palmer State Park, Willowdale State Forest, Lynn Woods
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4
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5
TShea   [Apr 02, 2000]

Trail offers a lot to various skill types. Also has some water spots, which can be fun. Generally, pretty moderate terain with some areas for fast riding. Pay attention because you're likely to be alone for awhile. Easy to get turned around if you're not paying attention. If lost, just follow the sounds of 128 and you'll end up back at the college.

Customer Service

Enter the trail head and follow fire road for approx. 1mi. Take a right up to the top of a ledge. From there, let the fun begin as a multitude of trails will be available to you.

Similar Products Used: Dogtown - very technical, some main road depending on where you enter.
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Tom   [Apr 14, 2000]

There's a little bit of everything here. There's some pretty hairy technical stuff if you know where to look. Most of it is in the moderate to low end of the skill spectrum. There are a lot of hikers here so watch out. During the spring the water can be ridiculous near the pond.

Customer Service

I try to go a different route every time

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4
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Barney   [May 19, 2000]

folks are becoming very upset by people riding this trail . Must keep off these for now on!

Customer Service

none

Similar Products Used: salem mass
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1
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Salem   [May 24, 2000]

A few good trails back in there-about an hour or more if you loop-some technical stuff, mostly mud and rocks. One real good hill. I never see anyone out here after the Spring rush.

Customer Service

take the fordon college exit off 128 and park around behind the college. Follow the fireroad to the dirt road, go right on dirt road for about 3/4 mi, just before the on/off ramp you'll see a little trail by the gaurdrail.

Similar Products Used: Across from Endicott College, Dogtown
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Birdman   [Oct 28, 2000]

Despite what people say, there are more than fireroads here. It can actually be quite technical in spots. It has a great mix of easy to hard so people of different levels can go out together and still have fun. Try the trail heads on the opposite side of Chebacco Road. I don't know if this is part of Gordon College but what's the difference. I start at Gordon and end up here. There is some good riding back there and very hard in parts. You can actually loop over to Essex off of these trails and have a marathon 5 hour ride. Enjoy.

Customer Service

Too long to describe. If you know were you are going you can ride about 3 - 3 1/2 hours in here.

Similar Products Used: Dogtown, Rese, Dykes Meadow in Glouster. To say something everyone knows - Lynn Woods.
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