Shinipsit - Trail, Somers, Connecticut

Shinipsit - Trail, Somers, Connecticut

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[Nov 13, 1998]
Anonymous

very nice singletrack

Customer Service

great trail ride there all the time

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Mt. Soaptone right next to it

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[Dec 06, 1998]
Anonymous

This is the same trail that runs through Case and Birch Mountains in Manchester and Glastonbury. Also goes through a state forest in East Hampton (Mehosmic I think) It goes all through the state. It'd be cool to get together a bunch o' people and ride the whole thing some weekend.

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[Dec 07, 1998]
Anonymous

I love this kind of riding...lotsa fast downhill with roots and logs and rocks to air off of, and even more of 'em to send you off yer bike. If you start from Birch Mountain in Glastonbury then you get to enjoy a great run down a long face of stone. We always have a bigger smile on our faces then the riders coming up it from Manchester's Case route. See ya out there, I usually try and get the run in a couple times a week!

Customer Service

I believe we speak of the same Shinipsit when I tell you to get on the power lines that cross Birch Mountain Rd. in Glastonbury and ride to the top of this rock face....bang a right into the woods at the first rail you see. If that's not it, well at least it brings you there....and if it still isn't it, hell it's probably the coolest single track and techy downhill around!

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Case Mountain, all trails and power lines surrounding Birch Mountain, stuff in Hebron (email [email protected] for details).

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[Jan 23, 1999]
Anonymous

MANY TRAILS ONCE YOU GET AWAY FROM THE FIVE TRAILS EVERYONE RIDES. ITS EASY TO GET TEMPORARILIY LOST ON YOUR FIRST RIDE. MOST TRAILS ARE OF MODERATE DIFFICULTY WITH SOME SECTIONS REQUIRING MORE ADVANCED TECHNIQUE.

Customer Service

PARK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAVED ACCESS ROAD JUST OFF OF GULF ROAD IN SOMMERS. (ON THE RIGHT AS YOU GO SOUTH)

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[Jul 19, 1999]
Anonymous

None....come by and join us.

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You almost need someone to show you around the first few times. That should not be a problem. Just show up on saturday early a.m. and you find many willing to take you. The forest has two sides separated by Gulf road. The west side is the more extensive of the two. A wide variety if options. Lots of single track. However if you need dirt roads too then you'll be happy as well. There are a few climbs no one has ever done! Are you up to the challenge? A few fast and steep descents. My friends and I can do 22 miles and hardly cross the same trail twice. Although we have our favorites and do them again and again. It is closed at sunset, but no one has ever bothered us when night riding. I have even talked with a state police officer as he was locking the gate while I was preparing for a night ride. Fall is best as with most trail systems in the northeast. Many trails are not far from a dirt road and with elevation you can easily see where you are ( providing the leaves are pretty well gone) I have been going there just about once a week for almost 8 years. I just love the place.

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The state forest carries over to the north side of route 190. Some nice riding but do not recommend it. To accessable by the general public. You know, trash, beer bottles, etc. Stay on Gulf road.

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[Sep 07, 1999]
Anonymous

The section I rode is near Soapstone Mtn. Area has varied terrain, mix of double- and singletrack. Similar overall to Case Mtn- very rocky, but not loose.
Lots of trails, can be confusing at times. (when is someone going to publish some usable maps of rides in CT? The "mtn bike rides in Southern New England" book is next to useless)

Customer Service

only been there once...

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Case Mtn.

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[Nov 25, 1999]
Anonymous

Everything there is fun to ride on. Do not know the trails enough to specifically detail route.

Customer Service

Just ride and keep discovering. The best part was getting lost and doing a 3.5 hour ride. Lots of roots, rocks and technical sections. Yeeeehaaaa!!!!

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As i said,make your own.

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[Mar 11, 2000]
Anonymous

This place is great, but I got lost because the all of the "marked" trails are yellow. It's very easy to get confused in here, so I'm looking to ride with others that already know this trail. There is a good 15+ miles of trails here. Lot's of rolling hills, rocks (not loose), and the majority of the trails are singletrack.

There was a group of people that gave me their map as they were leaving & had just finished their ride...I wanted to say THANK YOU (I was driving the Maxima with the Red Fisher Ziggurat on the rack). I was good and lost, but the map got me back to my car safely!

Customer Service

Just park at the entrance to the State Park, and climb about 1/4 mile up the paved road. Stay left & follow the yellow trail sign & you're good to go! Everything is YELLOW! If you go about 4 miles in, there seemed to be some blue trails, but I read somewhere that we're not supposed to ride there?

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Case Mountain - Manchester

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[May 23, 2000]
Anonymous

Once you reach top of "un-climable" hill (I'm sure there is someone out there who can climb it.)Stay on yellow. Great trail with many technical ascents and descents. Lots of rock, fallen trees, and drop offs.
Great ride to work on all aspects of your biking.

there are many other trails that intersect and criss-cross the yellow. Just try to stay on yellow. Southern New England Mtn. Bike Ride book isn't very accurate for this ride, but it can help orient you.

Customer Service

Start in pk lot off Gulf Road. Two options to start - 1. take blue trail directly in front of pking, to yellow on left. Climb and continue to follow yellow.
2. Ride up asphalt entrance - when near top, yellow trail on left, very easy to miss - if you reach road on left, you went 100 yards too far. Take this for sick downhill.take right at jct.

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Case Mtn., Uconn to Mansfield Hollow on Nipmuck, Pennwood, Nepaug

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[Dec 04, 2000]
Anonymous

I spent most (and the best part) of my mountain biking time on the East coast, namely Western Mass and Northern CT. This place, ever since I was introduced to it in 1992, has been my favorite place to "ride". Sure, Moab's fun, Flagstaff's okay, NorCal has it's charm but hey, these places just don't compare where the riding is concerned. When you throw exotic locale, charem and flava out the window and just concentrate on a pure rubber/terra firma interface you're talking about the Shinipper. You've got berm's, jumps, stream crossings, hub-deep mud, drop-off's, eternally slick roots, technical riding that goes up, down and all-around. And what about the magic that is Shinip? On some routes you'd swear that you never ever even descend. It's as if it's just all technical grind to the sky. Sort of like an Escher painting. This is New England at its finest. Singletrack on the West Coast is laughable. Singletrack in Shinip' means branch ends impaling you at the slightest mistep or a facefull of granite from a collection of rocks that only pale in diversity when compared to a "Tolerance Rally at UMass-Amherst". Ahhh, the rocks. The rocks are great. I've cracked helmets, nuts, derailleurs, bars, and enough tubes to float Elian Gonzalez around the world on. Still, every time I go home to New England it's what I want to do the most. With a close second going to either downing a sixer of Harpoon ESB or trying to hook up with old girlfriends who aren't married yet of course. But I digress. This little gem of land has given me some of the best times of my life and has caused me to befriend some of the greatest people I've ever known. This is where I want my ashes spread when I die. If you're rolling your eyes right now you obviously haven't been there. What the heck are you waiting for? Get there before it's a condo/golf course.

Customer Service

Every trail's a gem.
Sections can be walked/pushed if deemed necessary.
All abilities. She's got something for everyone.

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Any trail built by the Hoss or Jenks. Shinip at night. Amethyst Brook, Amherst. Brimfield. Southwick. The secret Serpent trails of Wilby. Mt. Toby, Sunderland. Vermont Adaptive Sports Fifty Miler (where fun, benevolence and pain go hand in hand.

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