As of November 2019, substantial trail work and the addition of new singletrack with mountain biking in mind has made the Boston Open Space Area a destination for mountain biking in the area, particularly when wet weather makes riding the more popular locations in Grant County difficult to impossible. Prior to 2019, the trails in this area have traditionally been poorly labelled and many "social" trails tend to connect into very technical areas and if not well known, can easily result in getting turned around and/or frustrated.
However, a loop involving the older trails and newly-developed singletrack has been established. It provides a varied, moderately technical experience that is easier to follow. Several people including Gila Hike and Bike in Silver City and the trail builder, Doug, have worked with the city to develop this new paradigm.
The loop can be accessed from any of the parking areas around Boston Hill. The access trails from the parking areas are now labelled with green markers. Simply follow the green markers until you reach a blue marker. Blue markers have been placed to designate the main Boston Loop and you simply follow these markers to make your way around the open space.
Need to Know
Additional trail work and additional marking is in the works. This means the loop is likely to change in the future and as the trail matures, things are only going to get better.
As of November 2019, only about half of the main loop has been marked. Essentially, the entire west-facing slope of the Open Space, including all the parking access trails, have been marked but the east-facing trails are still a work in progress. Follow the GPS tracks on this site or the MTB Project mobile app
and you should be able to make the loop without too much trouble. The western trails are also slick with some wash-out baby heads, so use caution.
The arbitrary de facto starting point for this ride tends to be the Cooper Street Parking area near the cemetery. This is likely where the locals and the bike shop will recommend you start as well; therefore, it will serve as the primary landmark for the beginning of this ride.
Begin by heading up the Adonis Loop
, following the green markers. You'll reach a trail intersection with a blue marker. Look for two metal benches as they are a good landmark just in front of the intersection.
At the intersection, simply follow the blue markers to stay on the main loop. Either direction can be ridden, but riding counterclockwise ensures you'll encounter the most robustly marked section of the loop first.
Follow the blue signs as they guide you around the open space. Right around the intersection with the Boston Hill Loop
, the blue markers will go away and you'll not have markings guiding you around the west end of the open space. Follow the trail as marked on this site and you should make it back around. The western trails are also a bit more technical and slick with baby heads, so use caution.
Shared By: Christopher Bare