Penwood SP - Trail, Bloomfield, Connecticut

Penwood SP - Trail, Bloomfield, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Awesome technical singletrack. Drains well after rains, great views from ridge, riding of every level (alas, some of the more technical stuff on the blue trails is off-limits to MTBing. "obey those IMBA rules".

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 23, 2008]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

The other reviews focus on the technical aspects of Penwood. There's lots of great riding for people like me who don't like bouncing over roots and rocks. Map at http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325248&depNav_GID=1650

Customer Service

Start from the West Hartford Reservoirs off Rt. 44 in West Hartford. Park by the two big water tanks. Head down the fire road on the east side of the reservoir. At the end of the reservoir, go straight out to the powerlines and take a right. Follow the road down to Rt. 185 and into Penwood. Take the paved road to the right and then the woods road up to the picnic area. Follow the paved road up to Lake Louise and then you can jump on some of the single track (not shown on the map). This will take you out to a trail in Bloomfield, and then out to the road. From the road, you can come back the Orange Trail, as the Blue Trail is for hiking only. Take the White Trail back to the road, which is downhill blast to the main entrance. Return to the reservoirs via the powerlines.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 07, 1998]
Anonymous

Good trails, however i would prefer flateer ground, man there is a HELL of a lot of climbing to do, But the Downhill's are GREAT!!! nice root ledges, watch the leaves this time of year though!, good place to work on hills... also UNBELIEVEABLE view from the skyline ride, look left and there's the Hubelien tower!
CYA and keep ride ing...
-chris

Customer Service

...dunno...

Similar Products Used:

West Hartford Resivior (see review)

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 13, 1998]
Anonymous

Penwood has some of the most technical riding around. Definitely up there with Case Mtn. and Nepaug as one of the most challenging rides in CT.
Rocky, rocky, rocky! Lots of loose stuff, baby skulls everywhere. On yellow trail along cliff edge (E side of park), be VERY, VERY careful. If you biff here, you could die (it happened recently to a biker). Climbs are Huge, Descents likewise. Not for couch potatoes.

Customer Service

There are a lot of trails here, but basically, everything heads N/S. When you're in the park you're supposed to stay off the blue trail. Use your own discretion. (I can tell you that N of the picnic area at the nature center, the blue trail offers some of the most technical riding in the state).
Once you get N of the park (at the second parking area, you can pick up the blue trail again and continue riding N as far as you want to go (brick chimney is the usual turn-around point).

Similar Products Used:

See "Tour de Talcott" on this web-site for a link-up with West Hartford. A 25-30+mile Uber-ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 18, 1999]
Anonymous

More an endurance challenge than it is a techical challenge. Lots -n- lots of up and down. Probably more entertaining for someone in better shape than myself. I've got the guts but not the heart and lungs to follow for this trail.

Customer Service

Park in lot right off of Rt. 185. Jump on blue trail and start going up and down.

Similar Products Used:

Nepaug, Huckleberry Hill, Tour-de-Canton, Tour-de-Talcott, Tunxis Trail in New Hartford, Castle Crag, West Hartford Reservoir

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 21, 2000]
Anonymous

This is an excellent collection of trails. The majority of them are quite technical and tons of fun to ride. Lots of rocks and lots of up and down. Look out after rains cause you can literally ride miles through mud. I'm not sure exactly whats on or off limits for bikers as another review suggests (I just ride everything).. I've never seen any signs to this effect. These trails connect with the Metacomet trail that goes through a bunch of towns so you could ride for hours if you wanted to. Nice ride to bring a lunch if you're stupid like me and don't mind eating in the middle of a ride. It's all quite scenic with some great views of Simsbury. Be careful on the cliffside trails cause I hear some guy fell off and died which could pretty much ruin your ride. Anyway, check these trails out.

Similar Products Used:

Nepaug

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 20, 2001]
Anonymous

PEnwood is a very narrow area of riding partially surrounded by paved access roads. Riding on the blue ridge trail will give you some epic climbs and sick descents. Lots of hard technicalities. Continue past the dead end and the trail gets even better

Customer Service

see bikerag.com out on the high blue ridge, back on the low blue to the left or yellow to the right

Similar Products Used:

nassahegon

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 03, 2001]
Anonymous

This is the most technically challenging trail I've ever ridden. There are a lot of loose baby heads, shears, roots, drop-offs, bridges (log, board and rock)and switchbacks to keep you and the hospital busy for years to come! This ride rules. There are few areas that a novice rider would find enjoyable and there are a few areas that you can catch some hellacious speed.
Five of us started at 6:50pm (plenty of light) and rode until 9:30 pm (no light at all). It could be very easy to get lost in this trail system especially at night so go with someone that knows the area well if your not too adventurous. We had one fall toward the end of the ride (me, but I walked away!) and one broken chain. Other than that, this ride rules!

Customer Service

Ride along the ridge but BE CAREFUL! This cliff is no joke but the sight is beautiful especially toward sunset. Then head down to ride along the pond/lake. LOTS of good stuff there!

Similar Products Used:

Tyler Mill (Exit 14, I-91; by the soccer fields)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 24, 2001]
Anonymous

Basically a half loop, half out-and-back with a few hidden side trails to explore. Tough to ride after rain due to all the traprock. Lots of fast descents and tricky climbs. Watch out for bees nests in the ground and on the trail during the hot summer months. Total length of 10-12 miles if you ride all the way to Tariffville and back.

Customer Service

Start on Rt. 185 and head north.

Similar Products Used:

West Hartford reservoir & Talcott Mountain. Part of the Tour de Talcott / Tour de Satan reviewed elsewhere on this site.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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