Upper Stony Ridge

 3 votes

1.2 Miles 2.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

3' 1 m

Ascent

-582' -178 m

Descent

1,440' 439 m

High

861' 262 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Unknown

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Fantastic riding on Whitehorse granite with great views of the Mount Washington Valley.

John Peterson

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Cliff side riding on the upper slabs of Whitehorse ledge. As a lollipop ride, this amazing descent must be earned with a stiff climb.

From Forest Road 379, take the Stony Ridge Link (signed) 0.1 miles to the start of the Upper Stony Brook trail (also signed). The climbing begins on rooty and occasionally rocky singletrack. After climbing 0.3 miles, the Upper Stony Ridge trails splits at a signed trail junction. It is easier and recommended to go up climbers left (western side). The right fork (eastern side) is much better coming down.

Continue climbing on an old logging road and rejoin the eastern side of the lollipop in 0.4 miles. Stay left and continue climbing. The Upper Stony Ridge trail intersects the White Horse Ledge Hiking trail. Go left on the hiking trail and almost immediately turn right back on the Upper Stony Ridge trail. A mostly flat traverse begins to the start of the ledges. The good stuff is coming!

Follow the trail carefully as it climbs the ledges. Although everything is rideable both up and down, there are couple ledges that will probably have to be walked going up. One of the steepest drops has a ride around. Recommended in both directions! Upper Stony Ridge intersects the White Horse Ledge hiking trail at the top of White Horse Ledge. Take a break, explore the ledges and enjoy the view.

Return (mostly) the way you came. On the descent, it is more interesting to stay left on the descent, both for a small rocky ridge immediately below the lower intersection with the White Horse Ledge hiking trail and more importantly to ride the eastern side of the lollipop.

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