24.3 miles
Distance
1,830 ft
Climb
-1,829 ft
Descent
914 ft
High Point

Bring plenty of water. You can refill at the campground, and buy snacks.

This route gives a good sampling of Bear Brook's diversity of terrain and and trail conditions for those who have the endurance to bike 23 miles for 4-6 hours. I started at noon and finished about 5:30. Take plenty of calorie food and water with you, I consumed 3 L of water during the ride on a warm, not hot, day.
On the northern and eastern beginning trails are the better know and frequently ridden trails with great rolling smooth trails and gradual climbs.
After passing the campground the trails are more remote, long moderate climbs and less traveled rockier trail conditions that require some skills and endurance. I have never been able to stay on my bike to climb the whole long continuous hill schlog on the Links after the Currier Cut. Hall mountain is a great lunch rock and has beautiful open views of the south from it's rocky peak.
The Ferret Trail is not well marked and made it difficult to find the route at the end, even when using the map, but you are never far from Podunk Road as a bailout.
Once you hit the east side of Bear Hill it is all downhill and then flat from there, so if your legs are starting to feel like lead, that helps to get back to the start.
Pat yourself on the back when you finish and pound down whatever food and fluids that you have left, you will need it for recovery. You have really pushed yourself with this ride.

Detailed Description
Bear Brook Long Ride is a 24 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Allenstown New Hampshire. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 39 trails. This route climbs 1,830 ft with a max elevation of 914 ft then descends -1,829 ft.
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44 Reviews & Comments

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tybuzz (Aug 17, 2022 at 15:25)
Trail Lynx
Good climbing practice, but pretty remote/isolated. Unless you're doing an XC loop around the whole park, I would skip this and Hall Mountain and stick to the center and north west trails. Park in the small area at the end of Podunk Rd on the Southern end of the park if you want to take this downhill.
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tybuzz (Aug 17, 2022 at 15:25)
Trail Lynx
Good climbing practice, but pretty remote/isolated. Unless you're doing an XC loop around the whole park, I would skip this and Hall Mountain and stick to the center and north west trails. Park in the small area at the end of Podunk Rd on the Southern end of the park if you want to take this downhill.
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Jarone (May 9, 2022 at 17:22)
Trail Bear Hill
Fun XC trail, a little bit of tech. Nice to climb and descend.
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Jarone (May 9, 2022 at 17:22)
Trail Bear Hill
Fun XC trail, a little bit of tech. Nice to climb and descend.
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Jarone (May 9, 2022 at 8:50)
This is not a MTB trail, it is a forest service road. Definitely do not recommend.
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Jarone (May 9, 2022 at 8:50)
This is not a MTB trail, it is a forest service road. Definitely do not recommend.
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BraydenVd5Rob (May 11, 2021 at 6:22)
Trail Bear Brook
Awesome trail along the river
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BraydenVd5Rob (May 11, 2021 at 6:22)
Trail Bear Brook
Awesome trail along the river
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BraydenVd5Rob (May 11, 2021 at 6:22)
Trail Bear Brook
Awesome trail along the river
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BraydenVd5Rob (May 11, 2021 at 6:21)
Trail Lynx
Brutal climb, very rocky and muddy at times.
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BraydenVd5Rob (May 11, 2021 at 6:21)
Trail Lynx
Brutal climb, very rocky and muddy at times.
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Warwickborn (Jan 15, 2021 at 11:20)
Trail Hemlock
The one trail I wouldn't leave the park without riding. Slight rooted climb at the beginning, but worth it.
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Warwickborn (Jan 15, 2021 at 11:20)
Trail Hemlock
The one trail I wouldn't leave the park without riding. Slight rooted climb at the beginning, but worth it.
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Warwickborn (Jan 15, 2021 at 11:20)
Trail Hemlock
The one trail I wouldn't leave the park without riding. Slight rooted climb at the beginning, but worth it.
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DTMountainbiker (Dec 4, 2020 at 17:00)
Trail Big Bear
This is a super smooth trail with a small drop to bypass a small rock garden and also a little rock jump. Its one of my favorites so far and a very enjoyable ride for all skill levels.
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Jtbald21 (Oct 28, 2020 at 12:12)
Trail Lynx
Just an exceptional trail to practice your climbing. Even gets broken up in the middle a bit with some short, fun descents. If you do this trail everytime u go to bear brook I promise you it'll make you a better mountain biker. Leads you straight to the top of hall mtn for a great view too.
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Jtbald21 (Oct 28, 2020 at 12:12)
Trail Lynx
Just an exceptional trail to practice your climbing. Even gets broken up in the middle a bit with some short, fun descents. If you do this trail everytime u go to bear brook I promise you it'll make you a better mountain biker. Leads you straight to the top of hall mtn for a great view too.
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ktworek (Aug 24, 2020 at 17:11)
Trail Moose
awesome flow. flat and fast
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NERyder (Aug 21, 2020 at 8:32)
Trail Moose
Great trail for what it is fast flow he single track. Lots of twists and turns easy to carry speed in tight turns. Lots of little rock features and drops we can get air or skip them if you want to. I had fun doing it alone and I had more fun doing it with my 10-year-old son definitely a great way to get from Bear Hill up to the little bear big bear combo
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NERyder (Aug 21, 2020 at 6:08)
Trail Bear Hill
So much fun traveling south to north. Great technical downhill section and skinny if you are an advanced intermediate. Can’t figure out why this is not more popular
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NERyder (Aug 21, 2020 at 6:08)
Trail Bear Hill
So much fun traveling south to north. Great technical downhill section and skinny if you are an advanced intermediate. Can’t figure out why this is not more popular
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Warwickborn (Feb 11, 2021 at 8:29)
Trail Bear Hill
My favorite trail in the park. Also on a side note, it is incredible in the winter snow. When groomed all the tech gets smoothed out like a pb&j and it rips. I think the reason its not more popular is two fold. 1. There aren't many fun trails that go up to the top. And 2. Most people dont want to make that second climb once they get to Hayes field to get up there. And lets face it, once you get to Hayes, the options to go down are calling, lol.
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Warwickborn (Feb 11, 2021 at 8:29)
Trail Bear Hill
My favorite trail in the park. Also on a side note, it is incredible in the winter snow. When groomed all the tech gets smoothed out like a pb&j and it rips. I think the reason its not more popular is two fold. 1. There aren't many fun trails that go up to the top. And 2. Most people dont want to make that second climb once they get to Hayes field to get up there. And lets face it, once you get to Hayes, the options to go down are calling, lol.
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NERyder (Aug 20, 2020 at 20:59)
Trail Pitch Pine
Didn’t love this trail and it becomes an archery course about a third of the way in. I was rolling down a trail and rolled out and almost in between a notched compound bow and it’s target
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NERyder (Aug 20, 2020 at 20:59)
Trail Pitch Pine
Didn’t love this trail and it becomes an archery course about a third of the way in. I was rolling down a trail and rolled out and almost in between a notched compound bow and it’s target
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NERyder (Aug 20, 2020 at 20:43)
Trail Hemlock
One of the trails that makes the long drive to bear brook worth it
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NERyder (Aug 20, 2020 at 20:43)
Trail Hemlock
One of the trails that makes the long drive to bear brook worth it
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NERyder (Aug 20, 2020 at 20:43)
Trail Hemlock
One of the trails that makes the long drive to bear brook worth it
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6daysofslay (May 6, 2020 at 20:48)
Trail Moose
Very smooth XC single track
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6daysofslay (May 6, 2020 at 20:47)
Trail Big Bear
Not a very difficult trail but i found it fun and flowing
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6daysofslay (May 6, 2020 at 20:47)
Trail Hemlock
This and Big bear are a must ride in my opinion. good flowing downhills
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6daysofslay (May 6, 2020 at 20:47)
Trail Hemlock
This and Big bear are a must ride in my opinion. good flowing downhills
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6daysofslay (May 6, 2020 at 20:47)
Trail Hemlock
This and Big bear are a must ride in my opinion. good flowing downhills
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orion86 (Jul 7, 2019 at 12:06)
Fairly boring wide road climb and descent with no views. Flies in July were insane. Wouldn't recommend.
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orion86 (Jul 7, 2019 at 12:06)
Fairly boring wide road climb and descent with no views. Flies in July were insane. Wouldn't recommend.
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TheMountainz (Aug 20, 2018 at 13:57)
Trail Bear Brook
Great trail! Nice spots to stop for a snack on the river
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TheMountainz (Aug 20, 2018 at 13:57)
Trail Bear Brook
Great trail! Nice spots to stop for a snack on the river
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TheMountainz (Aug 20, 2018 at 13:57)
Trail Bear Brook
Great trail! Nice spots to stop for a snack on the river
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TheMountainz (Aug 20, 2018 at 13:40)
Steep and wet. Lots of big puddles and deep mud and some blowdowns. Junctions are not marked and very confusing. This area appears not to be maintained at all.
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TheMountainz (Aug 20, 2018 at 13:40)
Steep and wet. Lots of big puddles and deep mud and some blowdowns. Junctions are not marked and very confusing. This area appears not to be maintained at all.
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TheMountainz (Jul 4, 2018 at 18:22)
Trail Big Bear
Fun trail but was over-hyped imo. I liked Hemlock more.
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NateMasse (Aug 8, 2017 at 13:47)
Trail Hemlock
Love this trail its smooth and fast. Some sections are a little like the Bear Brook Trail, on the edge but very smooth. ITS SICK and in my opinion a must ride.
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NateMasse (Aug 8, 2017 at 13:47)
Trail Hemlock
Love this trail its smooth and fast. Some sections are a little like the Bear Brook Trail, on the edge but very smooth. ITS SICK and in my opinion a must ride.
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NateMasse (Aug 8, 2017 at 13:47)
Trail Hemlock
Love this trail its smooth and fast. Some sections are a little like the Bear Brook Trail, on the edge but very smooth. ITS SICK and in my opinion a must ride.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    5
More Stats for Bear Brook Long Ride mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    307 ft
  • Altitude start
    328 ft
  • Altitude end
    328 ft
  • Grade max
    -34.4%
  • Grade min
    38%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
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