Friends Trail

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Rank: #6 in the Willard Brook State Forest area
#122 in MA, #6,745 Overall
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Trail in the area near Ashby,
“After pushing through rock gardens, you'll be rewarded with some sweet technical downhill.”
Kai Troester on Jul 28, 2013
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3.45.4 milesKilometers 381’116 m Ascent 789’241 m High 6% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -600’-183 m Descent 404’123 m Low 16% Max Grade (9°)
Start at the Damon Pond parking lot off Rte. 119 and follow the yellow blazes. The trail follows a singletrack the woods for a until it comes out at a gravel road. Follow this gravel road and at mile 0.75 expect the trail to turn left into the woods again.

This starts the more technical section of the trail where you'll have to navigate quite a few rock gardens between relatively smooth trail sections. Keep following the yellow blazes.

At mile 1.8, the trail starts to descend and the riding becomes more fun and interesting. Expect sharp switchbacks, exposed rock and moderate drops. Because of this section, the trail is best ridden from north to south.

Eventually you'll come out at North Pond road and the rest of the trail will be on less challenging ground. The trail ends near the Pearl Hill SP entrance.
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4.0 (1)
A fun loop going around the border of the Groton Town Forest.
near Groton, MA
3.0 (1)
A nice mix of short climbs, singletrack and just riding along.
near Hollis, NH
3.0 (1)
A nice workout over generally easy terrain.
near Hollis, NH

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Friends Trail (Willard Brook SF) (Ashby, MA)
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Old shed on the Friends Trail (Willard Book SF) (Ashby, MA)