How is it I have lived here so long and I have not mountain biked Earl’s Trails? It is literally 10 minutes from my house, and it’s….well, amazing.
Heather and I parked up at the Holyoke Notch and crossed the street to the famed trailhead. The trail starts around a decommissioned air force base. It was already after 6pm so we didn’t have a lot of time. After getting some friendly advice from a couple of fellow mtbers, we decided to flow down the trail rather than start off with a climb.
The trail was *so* fun. Twisty and turny, rolling down and then up. It was just technical enough to ensure you were paying attention. There were countless switchbacks, and stopping for a drink only meant feeding the mosquitoes, so we tried not to if we could help it.
As light began to fade, we found a house through the trees and used their driveway as an exit. We found a road and quickly realized we had reached the bottom of the small mountain. We took route 116 from Atkins Farm back up to the Holyoke Notch, which was a steady 500 foot climb.
Another trip, with more daylight and a snack or two is planned for next time.
Ride stats by Garmin here.