Stratham Hill Park - TRAIL

Stratham Hill Park - Trail, Stratham, Hampshire

Its a fun place not super technical but lots of steep climbs and descends. I would just say explore it

User Reviews (4)

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DMazz   Cross Country Rider [Jun 04, 2014]

I ride here once or twice a week. The previous posters are correct, its fun with some fast downhills and nice climbs. Seems like mostly bikers here although you do need to watch out for runners and dogs. Someone made a new pump track on Jack Rabbit Lane in the field which is cool. Sunsets and views from the fire tower are legit. Unfortunately Jewell Hill is being logged which has ruined the hill and a few prime trails. There are still some there but its really not the same this year. Pretty sad actually.

Customer Service

Lots of options for linking up different sections. Been everywhere and still have a few I haven't ridden. New ones pop up a lot. Would think with the destruction of a few, a few more will be born.

Similar Products Used: Fort Rock has much more tech terrain but is a great place as well. I prefer SHP for the downhills and the climbs.
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4
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5
Justin   Cross Country Rider [Jun 06, 2013]

I began exploring the park on my MTB last spring after not riding for 15 years. I was surprised at just how much trail is hidden back there, and new trails are being added regularly. You can ride a perimeter loop for 5 or 6 miles, or wind around over the hilltops to add a few more miles without ever repeating any section. The hills offer pretty decent climbs, some of the biggest in the local area, and the view from the fire tower is fantastic. As others have said, it's not as technical as Fort Rock, but interesting enough for even experienced riders to enjoy. It's nice to be able to keep a decent pace and just pedal. Lots of singletrack and a few fire roads, but even the fire roads are pretty rugged and rooty/rocky in places. Don't forget, they run the Gordon Barker "No Brakes" race here every fall and that race course is an 8 mile loop that covers most of the best trails in the park. The course map is here: http://www.strathamnh.gov/pages/strathamNH_Recreation/S018F053B-01AFD1F7.1/2012%20Gordon%20Barker%20Bike%20Race%20%2811x17%29-1.pdf and race info here: http://www.strathamnh.gov/pages/strathamNH_Recreation/races

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I like to do some portion of the race course in reverse, starting behind the picnic pavilion to the left of the parking lot. Wind around up to the field, then down through the singletrack that loops down toward the ponds. Then left, out toward the elementary school, and further down Long Hill trail. Take a right before you get to the houses, and follow this singletrack downhill and to the right. At the intersection, take a left to get way back to the USA Today trail, or go straight across and up the "Small Intestines" trail. This one is about as technical as it gets in the park, but it's very ridable. From here you can look at the map and figure out your own loop, but I like to ride the whole thing, and usually finish with about 8 or 9 miles of fun riding behind me. Don't overlook the screaming fast downhills on the back side of Jewel Hill, there are three routes down and they are all fun for their own reasons.

Similar Products Used: Fort Rock is fantastic and rewarding, but not quite as well mapped and very technical. Expect to fall over a lot and scratch up your bike.
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4
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3
bobjsim   Cross Country Rider [May 01, 2013]

I agree with the previous poster. A nice mix of fun but not too technical riding. I found the hills to be killer, but then again I am out of shape. A few days after this ride I tried Fort Rock for the first time this season and spent more time on my a$$$ than riding. I'm done with that for a while. I'm a middle aged fat guy trying to get back in shape.If you are looking for an aerobic workout with some fun--but not killer--technical stuff, then Stratham Hill meets that criteria.

Customer Service

I have only ridden it once, and walked around a bit with my dog. Any suggestions as to the best routes? Ideally, I would want to start on the lower sections to warm up for a bit, then get into the hillier sections and make a big loop out of it.

Similar Products Used: Fort Rock
Newfields
Kingman Farm
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4
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3
KevinShoes   Cross Country Rider [Feb 28, 2013]

I like these trails. In between Kingman (easy) and Ft. Rock (hard) for technicality with a good array of sections that test your handling and allow you to just motor. There are also a couple of fairly decent climbs for the area. I'd check it out if you're too advanced for Kingman but not ready to take on Ft Rock

Customer Service

Mix it up. You can spend a couple hours here easy.

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4
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4
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