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Upper Gussy Loop

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3.9 Miles 6.3 Kilometers




384' 117 m


-381' -116 m



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542' 165 m


316' 96 m




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Basic Mountain Biking Loop at Upper Paugussett

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Let the trail dry out at least a day after a rain storm.
Starting from the parking lot at the end of Echo Valley road follow the route counter clockwise. The first mile is on the Poly Brody Forest Road. It tends to be wet after a rain and can stay wet for a long time but it's safe to ride year round.

After a pretty good climb and before the beginning of another big descent there is a tree with yellow splotches on it - this is the trailhead to the Upper Gussy Trail. It's approximately 2 miles long, and if you miss the turn to the Reach Around Trail, it dumps out onto another forest road. From there, if you turn to your left (south) the forest road ends at Sanford Rd (dirt road) and continuing south you'll come to the entrance to the State Forest. Turn left and follow the dirt road back to the parking lot.

If you do hit the Reach Around follow it till you it the forest road, a little further north of where the Gussy ends. Follow the forest road south till you see the first trail on your left (second trail is blazed blue and it's all hike-a-bike), this is the southern terminus of the Gussy Trail. You can ride the trail in reverse and get 5 to 6 mile ride.

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The forest road is an easy ride but can be wet all spring and after a good rain. The Upper Gussy Trail is non-motorized, multi-use but purposefully built for mountain biking. There are quite a features along the trail including many up and overs, log rides, and rollers.

History & Background

The Upper Gussy Trail is the first, legally built mountain biking trail in a Connecticut State Forest. It was built by NEMBA and Newtown Bridle Lands Association volunteers.


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Jun 20, 2016
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Fred Keith
North Conway, NH
Fred Keith   North Conway, NH
When I'm in the local 'hood...this loop from the Echo Valley trailhead and including Reach-Around is high value. Great flow, good cardio, a classic. Oct 12, 2016
Peter Gerson
Morrisville, VT
Peter Gerson   Morrisville, VT
Hey out there, I think I left my fat wheel in the boat launch parking area on 4/18/17. If you found it please contact me. Embarrassing, sure, but I'd rather eat some crow then buy a new wheel. Wheel is a fat bike wheel. with a Vee xl tire on it. Peter 802-279-0490. thanks. Apr 19, 2017

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