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Seems like the riding scene in the Franconia area is getting a lot more publicity and trails are taking on a more formal/official nature. I know some of the trails higher on the mountain in USFS land are still under review/realginment, but I'm curious if people can share any 1st hand info on what the riding is like in the Cooley and Profile networks? It seems the potential for bigger terrain/elevation is pretty awesome.

Mostly curious if trails are still needing to be ridden in and a little more old-school, similar to the Smarts Brook network in Campton. Or if they're ready to rip and a little more purpose bit with some fun features.
 

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The USFS has been very helpful and supportive of our trail network, our current situation allows us to maintain our current network of trails in the USFS, with limitations. The limitations are, no signage or maps yet, and no reroutes or chainsaw work.

The Cooley/Jericho ridge is signed and mapped, your strong aerobic condition is required for that climb. The trails on the opposite side of the valley climb to approximately the same height, however they are not signed or mapped yet, because they are still under USFS review.
Because we are an older trail system, that started in the early 80's, our trails were the older style narrow, low speed trails. In the past decade we have been widening them to handle the wider handle bars, and speeding them up as bikes have become better at speed over our New England rocks and roots.
The best place to start your ride and get up to date information is Big Ring Bob's bike shop, located in the Franconia Inn barn.

BTW we are having a trail clean up day tomorrow, April 28th! Would love to some extra help.
 
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