Fall! Foliage! Let's get out there and ride!
This is not meant to be a complete list of mountain biking trails in the Upper Valley, but it is a big chunk of the trails that no one will get upset about if we tell you where they are. If you know of some others that we should add, or see some inaccurate info, please let us know. These are ordered roughly from south to north.
The Pinnacle is one of the most well developed mountain biking areas in the Upper Valley, with signs and everything. The top of the Pinnacle is over 1300 (Coit Summit is 1590 ft) feet so there is some pretty good vertical. This link takes you the Team Pinnacle’s web site which has lots of pics, a very good map, as well as all the info for the various races in the area. Super fun stuff. http://www.team-pinnacle.org/pinnacle.php
This town park in Claremont has a bunch of good mountain bike trails stuffed into it. This is not an all day ride area but it makes a great after work ride with some good technical terrain. The park has modest vertical (350ft) but there are a couple of fun downhills including a sweet new flow trail that does down from the top. Beginner friendly but fun for all. Here is a PDF telling about the park and has a map: http://www.claremontnh.com/pdf/MoodyPark.pdf
The STAB club has done a ton of work in the Windsor and Brownsville area to develop and maintain legal mountain biking trails. A number of their trails are featured in the VT 50 race. These are among the finest trails in the northeast with over 700ft of vertical and more flow than most other areas. Info about the club and trails are here. They print very nice weatherproofed trail maps that we have for sale at the shop. http://ascutneytrails.com/
Cornish Town Forest
The Cornish Town
Forest is laced with over 8 miles of superbly-designed singletrack.
Almost all the riding here has a very robust technical flavor that is
best appreciated with your pinky out. Solid balance and good bike
handling skills will help. The network has been carefully laid out
with Vedder- approved Evenflow and each of the trails is blazed
consistently with its designated color. If you enjoy technical riding
with lots of natural rock obstacles, this is your rock Garden of
Eden, but there are a number of very fine downhills as well.
This area behind the Plainfield school features 12K of groomed XC trails in the winter, plus an abandoned alpine ski area, so this place has it going on all year around. Besides the XC trails there is a bunch of singletrack with quite a bit of vertical for a modest footprint so there are some very fine downhills. Parking is at the Plainfield school and there is a map on the kiosk at the trailhead. UVMBA has a picture of that map here: http://uvmba.com/Frenchs-Ledges
Great news, after many years of unofficial trail use the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association now has responsibility over much of the trail network as of the end of 2014. There are information kiosks at the most commonly used entrances, the “Nature Walk” entrance across from the Cemetery on Pine Tree Cemetery road and the trail head behind Dartmouth Hitchcock. The trails are signed to match the trailhead maps so it is now easier to navigate as this is a big network of trails (over 50 miles) with a little bit of everything and it keeps getting better every year. Most of the trails are on the more technical side for sure, so it’s not a great place for beginners but it is by far the most used trail network in the area due to it’s being right in town. You can get over 400ft vertical in one climb/descent so it’s got vertical as well as miles. http://www.uvmba.com/Lebanon
Hartford Town Forest
Another relatively close riding area is in Hartford VT. It is not super developed or big but like most areas around here there is a dedicated group of riders that ride and maintain these trails so it is good riding for sure. Note that some trails are for foot traffic only. To get to the upper parking lot where most people ride from: take route 4 to Center road to Kings Highway to Reservoir Rd. http://www.omerandbobs.com/info_center/mtbmaps/Hartfordtownforest.pdf
Oak hill is a oft visited XC ski area but has in recent years become home to a number of very fine singletrack Mountain biking trails as well. Check out the map at the link below. The singletrack trails have the classic rocks and roots New England feel to them but nothing over the top, and there is a recently added skills part and flow trail thanks to the work of Dartmouth students. http://www.storrspond.org/activities/mountain-biking/