Shenipsit Trail - Trail, Case mountian to Gay city, Connecticut

Shenipsit Trail - Trail, Case mountian to Gay city, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Known as "The Trail of Swears" it will live up to it's name. Lots of rock gardens, climbing, some quick steep downhills and just a good long technical ride!!

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 26, 2010]
timmy
Weekend Warrior

The shenpist trail is a large trail system that is over 30 miles long. Starting at Case mountain that is a reaaly good part of the trail no matter which way you ride it. Through case mountain there are rock gardens climbs and large flat rocks to ride over. more towards gay city everything will smooth out a bite more but still be technical. at some points on the trail you will ride along the road but its a great way to rest your legs a bit.

Customer Service

I live in tolland and the trail crosses a few roads there and it is easy to pick up and ride for a few miles before it gets dark at night. If you live in the area the trail goes back into the woods about half way up garber road. there is some grass right before the trail head, dont park there the owner is an ahole and will wait for you to come back and ripe you a new one...seen it a few times. other then that parking at case mountain at the bottom of blue is a good spot it is a long climb but well worth it coming down at the end of your ride.

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you'll find something you like between soapstone, case and gay city.

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[Jun 30, 2000]
Anonymous

The two trails alone (Case mntn & Gay city) are some very good singletrack, but when you go between the two on the Shenipsit it's a much more fulfilling ride. There are many ways to start the ride but I usually start at Spring St at Case and take the pink(very technical climb)up to the white and to the intersection of white and blue (Shenipsit). At this intersection you will see a 10' rock with some red painted on it. Blue (Shenipsit) will run N & S you want to go South and go and go and go...you will come across rock gardens all over, some steam crossings, and a climb of New England slick rock to a lookout to your W. You will come across blue/white these are along the ride towards the E you can take these at any point they will all lead you to the trail head to Gay City. I stay on blue until the power lines and ride parallel to them on blue/white to Birch Mountian RD. Go across and there's a field of some planted trees to your right this is now blue again and leads you right into Gay City it will be marked "Now entering Gay City". Stay on Blue, mostly downhill, over a wooden bridge, go left after that on to white to the pond. You will see picnic area and there are trail maps there for Gay City. There is also a water faucet by the walkway up to the johns, it's good water!! You just might need more at this point especially now for your ride back!! Bring plenty of water and gel or bars!!

Customer Service

Get yourself the "Connecticut Walk Book" this route is under Hebron Ave. to Bolton Notch,the Shenipsit Trail. The map is in the book get yourself a copy of the map and go!! The trails are marked out and just follow the blue dot!!

Similar Products Used:

Case mountian (yellow trails), Tyler Mill (when its dry), Nepaug (stay away from the sand,arrgghh)

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[Jul 16, 2000]
Anonymous

Great great ride! rocky techincal sections with a superb slick rock climb and many many other challenging amenities.
Blue trail is best and can lead you to Gay City Park for awesome car to car ride.
Follow directions written by fellow below. His description is very accurate.
One recommendation -
Once you cross Birch Mtn road, near powerlines and orchard, and head down doubletrack road ( on the way to Gay City), look for unmarked trail on right
Great little end section - it takes you to red trail of GC. head right on it to parking lot by entrance.

Customer Service

Park on Spring St. Exit 4 384
Ride up 6' wide paved path to Pink blaze on right. CLIMB to dirt road with white blazes - take right then right onto blue and go go go

Similar Products Used:

Shinpisit, Nepaug, Westwoods, Uconn to mansfield hollow, Pennwood

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[Oct 26, 2000]
Anonymous

I ride here a lot. It's covered with fire road, hiking trail and choice single track. I find lots of lost people out there so stay on marked trails till you get the hang of the place. Screaming technical descents on the northside of tower, lots of rock hopping technical stuff that will challenge all levels of riders. There is riding on both sides of the golf road, the major portion of riding is on the west side of the road but don't be afraid to mix the two sides of the roads up to get a good 2-3hour ride.

Customer Service

from springfield massachussets take 83 south stay left cross 190. keep heading straigh up golf road 1.5 miles and the top of the hill take a right into the parking area.

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Case Mountain

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[Jun 18, 2002]
Anonymous

mostly uphill, with some steep, quick really fast and fun DH sections.

Customer Service

blue trail, start at Mesomasic state forest, do a loop there then ride under the highway and up the shenipsit to birch mountain and then to case. that is an all day trip. about 25 miles

Similar Products Used:

case, birch and state forest

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[Oct 11, 2002]
Anonymous

A very enjoyable and challenging ride. It can get populated on the weekends with hikers.

Customer Service

Most recommendations listed on the site are accurate.

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3
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