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Rockland Preserve Tour

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“A tour of the singletrack along the Rockland recommended blue arrow route.”
Jason Engelhardt on Jul 8, 2013
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6.8 Miles 785’ Ascent 573’ High 4.4% Avg Grade
100% Singletrack -783’ Descent 327’ Low 8.1% Max Grade
Restrictions
Trail crew asks that you stay out when wet. Town asks that you stay out at night and keep dogs leashed.
Overview
Singletracks of Rockland are purpose built mountain bike trails created by local volunteers. Trails flow through 250+ feet of elevation change with challenging climbs that are all rideable.

Flowing trails are enhanced by technical challenges such as rock drops and log rides. Many of the log rides are works of art with integrated chain saw designs along the top. Optional expert routes are marked to challenge riders but ride arounds are provided so that the intermediate rider is safe completing the recommended route.

Marked blue arrows on the trees direct riders through 7 miles of flowing terrain. A new segment has been approved that will increase the trail length and improve connectivity. New trail to be added by May 2014.
Need To Know
Continue following blue arrows to progress through loop. GPS map available for smartphone users at trailhead.
Description
Jump on East loop from the 79 lot. You'll see a large green sign on your left from the entrance. First trail is Stinger. Continue down spit and quick right following arrows onto Glades trail. Glades traverses up hillside, exit right briefly on orange up hill and right at intersection onto doubletrack to intersection area.

For a short ride, follow the split right marked East Loop. For the full experience, continue left toward the summit area on Waterfall connector trail. Continue uphill over bridge past occasional Waterfall to Summit Station. Good time for a break here. Map posted in kiosk.

Split right toward Summit area trails and look for a quick right onto Mary's Ghost Trail. Mary's Ghost has multiple expert options. Everything brings you back to the same exit line at the beginning of Thunderdome. Thunderdome continues for 2 miles through the summit areas with tabletop jumps, pits, rock challenges, log rides, and tight turns.

Continue across Green loop to Beyond Thunderdome (Expert Trail) or split right back to Summit Station for easier options. Beyond Thunderdome, the trail winds through tight turns and log rides and over many rock challenges and berms before meeting Beyond Thunderdome Extension. Straight across from the end of Extension, you'll find the start of the Darkside.

The Darkside is probably the most interesting climbing trail you'll ever find. Lots of flow features, mini pump tracks, tables, rock rides and log rides. Clean trail through tight birch with climb spread out over about 2 miles. Take it from the start and across 2 fire roads (follow arrows and singletrack) to the orange downhill.

This section is fast downhill (orange trail downhill). At intersection head left along blue arrows and split right at the sign you've passed, this time follow the East Loop. Joe's Trail leads you to Zipline for some major downhills and then across a stream to Moebius Rip for some fast turns before descending Precipice and across a bridge through a swampy area. Left toward the lot. You're back at the car.
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