This is one of my favorite night rides and makes a great after work ride as well! You will park at Hayes Field on Podunk Road. The trail starts by crossing Hayes field and entering Carr Ridge Trail on your left. You climb up a rugged trail before cresting a rocky outcropping into a steep descent. Following the trail through the woods you come to a man-made log staircase that can be ridden with caution. Take your immediate left once you get to the carriage road. A short ways down you will take a left onto a steep, technical ascent. Sentinel Pine brings you back up to the top of the hill. Bear left at the top and continue onto the nice flowing single-track. There is a water crossing and a few logs to roll over but otherwise you can just keep the pedals turning You hit another old carriage road and bear left and follow it for about half a mile. On your left (I promise you are not riding in a big circle) will be the Little Bear Trail. Its a fun descent that will have you grinning from ear to ear. At the bottom of the trail keep right until you hit a different parking area. From here follow the road straight up. On the left, just past the ranger house, is the beginning of the Pitch Pine Trail. This more or less parallels the road to the campground and is a fairly fast riding trail. Popping off roots and rocks is not uncommon as you crank down this trail. Be careful near the archery range (well marked!) and ride beside a nice pond. You will cross another road and continue down the trail until you see the Broken Boulder Trail on your right. Climbing up from the archery range you cross a paved road and continue straight onto a fairly wide trail. This is still Broken Boulder Trail and you continue on it for about another 3/4 mile both seeing a sign on your right for Bobcat Trail. Bobcat starts out with a lot of rocks, roots and mud before mellowing out in a very cool red pine tree plantation that was part of the Civilian Conservation Corps program in the 1930's. As you pop out of the woods you see your car to your immediate right and make the decision to keep riding or call it a day!
This trail is fun in both directions and is great for mountain biking (intermediate to expert) or just a leisurely hike!
From I-93 take exit 13 onto US-3S. Continue down for 6.5 miles before turning left onto Route 28. Follow that for 3 miles and look for a sign on your right.
From Route 4 take the Epsom traffic circle to route 28S for about 6 miles and look for signs on your left.
To get to Podunk Road, pay the park fee, get a map and continue down Deerfield Road for 3.2 miles (bear right at the fork in the road). On your right you will see a sign advertising the archery range and camping, take a right. Continue past the ranger house and up the hill until you see a large field on your right, this is Hayes Field. Park and enjoy the ride!
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