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      The Lake Massabesic Watershed hosts one of the best mountain bike trail systems anywhere. It includes more than 13 miles of singletrack trails that were built and which are maintained by FOMBA, The Friends of Massabesic Bicycling Association. The singletracks are technical and wind through the woods in a manner that would be very confusing for a non-cyclist. But on a bike, everything makes sense as one singletrack trail leads naturally to another with only a short fireroad break to separate them. And speaking of the fireroads, there are over 20 miles of them. They're much easier going than the singletracks and are perfect for just buzzing around when you don't want to challenge yourself too strenuously. There's also a long section of abandoned railroad bed that's now a rail trail. The latter is perfect for families with young kids on small singlespeed bicycles.

      FOMBA originated in 1995 when the sport of mountain biking was younger and there was a possibility that the area would be closed to bikes. The organization has done a lot more over the years than just insure that mountain biking is welcome. They run an annual benefit fun ride for the Auburn Volunteer Rescue Squad and have been involved in promoting charity cyclecross races. And, of course, they are the stewards of Massabesic's singletracks. The first fun ride in 1995 had 12 participants. The second had 15. But that's changed. 2006 saw a record turnout of 295 and it's been around that number ever since.

      I wish that I lived closer to Manchester NH. If I did, FOMBA's trails would be in my back yard - instead of a long drive away. But then, maybe that's one of the reasons why I like these trails so much. Since I can't get there too often, they'll never seem old to me. Then again, mountain bikers designed these singletracks for mountain bikes. They were built with longevity in mind. IE: They're hardened and won't degrade over time. But most of all they're a blast to ride. Winding as they do in and around an endless succession of rocks, roots, trees and small hills. At times you almost think that you're riding the same trail backwards. They're that convoluted. And if you're riding the trails with a number of riders, you'll frequently see them a few yards off in the woods, on their own portion of the trail that you're riding on. And unlike most trails, with these singletracks, it doesn't matter which way you ride them. They're equally fun in both directions and they'll seem totally different when you ride them 'backwards'.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Small Parking Area google parking directions
      Access Info:
      From route 93 north or south take exit 7 and head East on route 101. Take exit 2 off of route 101 and head south on Hookset Rd. Take your second left on Depot Rd about 1000 feet after you cross a railroad bed. Head north until you see a parking area on your right. Unload your bikes - and explore. Oh! Be sure to bring the map with you. Otherwise you'll get lost.

      Alternatively, take exit 1 from route 101 and head South on route 28. Just after the rotary you'll see a large parking lot on your left. That's the front parking lot for Lake Massabesic. Head out of the parking area on the trail at the north of this lot and you'll connect up with the rail trail that will lead you to the depot Road parking area.
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      Caution on May 19, 2019
      Local Trail Association
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      FOMBA
      (www.fomba.org)

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #888
      State Ranking
      #8
      Trails (view details)
      80
      Trails Mountain Bike
      80
      Trails Hike
      80
      Trails Trail Running
      80
      Total Distance
      58 miles
      Total Descent
      6,353 ft
      Total Vertical
      399 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      648 ft
      Reports
      76
      Photos
      6
      Ridden Counter
      1,487

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      Recent Trail Reports

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      LongTrail
      May 19, 2019 @ 12:25pm
      May 19, 2019
      DrySlackmannAbout half of long trail is left and in...
      Woodpecker
      May 19, 2019 @ 12:22pm
      May 19, 2019
      UnknownSlackmannGone due to logging
      Deer Run
      May 16, 2019 @ 5:11am
      May 16, 2019
      VariableTankspne This trail was cleaned and opened
      Fire Line
      May 15, 2019 @ 2:59pm
      May 15, 2019
      UnknownCschaepeMissing a good bit of old trail but 2...
      Lady Slipper
      May 15, 2019 @ 2:59pm
      May 15, 2019
      UnknownCschaepeSome old tail left
      Fire Road 76 - Tower Hill Connector
      May 4, 2019 @ 7:57am
      May 4, 2019
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      Fox Tail
      May 4, 2019 @ 7:57am
      May 4, 2019
      Variablerob40cal
      Sampler
      Apr 22, 2019 @ 7:28am
      Apr 22, 2019
      UnknownSburke1All trails at this area have been wiped...
      Moose Track
      Apr 22, 2019 @ 7:26am
      Apr 22, 2019
      UnknownSburke1All trails at this area have been wiped...
      Hemlock Loop
      Apr 22, 2019 @ 7:26am
      Apr 22, 2019
      UnknownSburke1All trails at this area have been wiped...

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1746404Bikegolf4addridelogAug 17, 2019 ride log
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 7:30am
      7 hours
      user #772395LazybuttaddridelogOct 6, 2012 ride log and 5 more
      Aug 16, 2019 @ 3:40pm
      23 hours
      user #1895559smpgawishlisttrailDEPOT Road and 1 more
      Aug 15, 2019 @ 2:11pm
      2 days
      user #1224459nerduroaddridelogAug 6, 2017 ride log
      Aug 15, 2019 @ 11:21am
      2 days
      user #1892880RollylapaddridelogAug 14, 2019 ride log
      Aug 14, 2019 @ 4:35pm
      3 days

      Recent Comments

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      user #1759220Sburke1trailWoodpeckerTrail is gone due to unnecessary logging. All...
      May 8, 2019 @ 6:54am
      May 8, 2019
      user #1383910NateMassetrailWoodpeckerAbsolutely my favorite trail at FOMBA. It has...
      Aug 8, 2017 @ 1:42pm
      Aug 8, 2017
      user #1283609alpharetrotrailFire LineThe elevation profile of this trail says a lot...
      May 17, 2017 @ 3:55pm
      May 17, 2017

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      Nottingcook Forest 2 5 310.3 km

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