Case Mountain - Trail, Manchester, Connecticut

Case Mountain - Trail, Manchester, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

awesome riding - alot of rock gardens - some great single track - very technical

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 29, 2006]
William
Cross Country Rider

This trail rocks!!! It is great because it has varied terrain, rocks, drops, singletrack, a few stream crossings, great technical single track climbs, and did I mention it is rocky. You can literally ride all day long on different Trails. I ride with guys who are on hard tails, but having had back problems in the past, only FS for me. Another thing, case is not muddy at all, ( I am comparing it to Mass. Northampton area, where ther is a lot of mud in the woods), case seems to drain real well, and stays real dry all through the year, with an occassional spot of mud here and there.
I personally would not advise beginners to try many of these trails, maybe the power lines, but I have seen cheap mtn bikes come apart on these trails. Some trails are not for the faint of heart, or beginners.

I think it is a great place, my favorite.

Customer Service

Rt 83 manchester to Line street. Enter on the trail directly across from parking lot, and have funn exploring.

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Gay city, Hebron. Meshamasic, S. Glastonbury

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 20, 2005]
Guyechka
Cross Country Rider

This isn't a "trail" review. How can anyone call Case a "trail"? It's a maze of trails of varying difficulty and length. I've lived about five miles from Case for a year now, and I've ridden and hiked there three or four times a week. Without a doubt, Case is the best place in CT.

Customer Service

From Line St parking up to the Carriage road, over to the Shenipsit and down to the high bridge. From there you have a choice of either going up fern or crossing the low bridge and making a shorter loop.

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Uh, maybe Gay City if it weren't full of dog sh*t...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 31, 2004]
edouble
Cross Country Rider

this trail is awesome!, i rode it after going to see a uconn game. stayed overnight and called pigiron cycles (great shop!!)for advice on the local trails. they recommended this one. ive rode westwoods and pisgah, also dupont national forest in NC. this trail ranks with them. plenty of technical singletrack, which i love. the climbs are not like those in NC in lenght but some are very technical which will only make you a better rider. i must mention the trails were snow covered when i went so i did plenty of hiking also.

Customer Service

call pigiron cycles.

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this the only trail in the area ive ridden. westwoods, which isnt too far, is also awesome.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 12, 2004]
rufustopheles
Weekend Warrior

This is a confirmation of most of the other reviews (below). Case Mountain has a wide variety of terrain, anything from lung-busting climbs on fire roads to white-knuckle DH to mossy rock gardens. The trails are pretty well maintained, I often find water bars and small limbs outside off-camber corners. I'd say there's 10-20 miles of riding, spread over miles of mountainous terrain, and it's unlikely you'll ride the same stuff twice -- unless you want to. The trail markings are pretty good, but it is easy to get turned around a bit [I personally think this is a good thing], so look for maps and plan before you ride if you're on a schedule. Note on Ratings: Aerobic/Technical Difficulty I rated in the middle because the terrain at Case Mtn is so varied that you can find nasty climbs and break your frame on drops but there is a lot of rolling singletrack and plenty of variety for all. I rode Case Mtn on a hard-tail for years without suffering too much, and I pound it on a FS rig now. FYI: I disagree with one reviewer (2001) who whined about crowding. I ride there Sept-Apr and rarely see anybody. Further, I spent 4 hours on Case Mtn in the mist/rain the other day and saw not one other soul. Maybe if you ride midday on the weekend during peak season you'll run into other riders but it's not like you have to wait in a line. One would think that in Southern New England you should factor in population density...

Customer Service

Chose your own route, I found maps available at the parking area on Line St (Glastonbury/Manchester town lines).

Similar Products Used:

Blackledge Falls, Gay City State Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 14, 2003]
tim
Cross Country Rider

just curious if anyone knows where the tricks are set up on Case/Birch mountain. I've heard rumors of seesaws and logs set up...but have never found them

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 23, 1998]
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Customer Service

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 27, 1998]
John

Really nice single track riding. Pretty challenging, extensive rock gardens, some very steep climbs and drop-offs. not an area for beginners.

Customer Service

Actually, I'm looking for a recommended route. Rode once in area just around the summit of case mt. The second time rode the blue trail through to Gay City SP (a great ride), and rode back on the road. I'd like to know of any extended loops where you could ride out on the blue-blazed trail and back on something else, without doubling back and without extended sections on asphalt.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 27, 1998]
Chris

We rode this trail last Sunday and it was a blast! The climb in the beginning is extensive but the singletrack was awesome! Really loved the rock gardens. The only trails that are comparable are Middlesex and Nepaug. This was more enjoyable because of the variety of terrain.

Customer Service

n/a

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 29, 1998]
Nate

I rode up from some road--rode up a paved path which turned into a rocky double track. Took a right on to some trail. It was great! Nice singletrak! Wiah it was longer! This trail lasted maybe a mile, and then came into a four way intersection. Taking a left back down the hill the trail made its way down the top of a ledge which was pretty technical and a sweet trail as well. Didnt ride much else of interest.
Did hike the loop at Gay City, which I am told connects with Case mountain. Not quite as nice as Case, but seems like a decent length loop if you hooked it all together?
Overall, Case seemed to be cool. Maybe someone can get in there and build a few more singletrak trails that are more continuous?

Customer Service

Not sure

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 10, 1998]
Paul Ondras

Very technical (climb rock faces, rocks in trails, technical climbs, excellent single track. Some the best riding around.

Customer Service

From Spring Street take a right onto the Pink Trail (nice moderately technical climb). You'll hit a fireroad (white), take a right on the fireroad then a right onto the blue trail (rock gardens, very technical). Follow the blue to the either the Blue or Blue/White trail. Blue/White is a longer climb technical climb to the power lines the Blue is a technical climb, just a little shorter. From the Power lines you can either take the Fern (not marked) trail on the right back down to the washed out bridge Take the Yellow to Yellow/Red back to Case Mountain. Another trail would be to continue down the power lines, then on the left you will see a trail that crosses the power lines. This is the Tinty trail (not marked). Tinty is a long technical down hill (very nice and can be very fast). At the end you will hit a fireroad, you can either take a right back to the washed out bridge (coop sawmill road) or a left, quick right will take you to a trail around the reserviour. Loop around the reseviour and then take a left (technical climb) to another fireroad, take a right. You can take the fireroad back to the washed out (actually you cross one bridge first then you get washed out bridge. The washed out bridge you can ride through on either side. There is also a trail from this fireroad to the left, Yellow which can take you back the yellow/red back to the lookout on Case Mountain. From the lookout you can take the pink, red or blue trails back to the Spring Street parking lot.

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RATING
5
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