1 miles
Distance
347 ft
Climb
-107 ft
Descent
954 ft
High Point

Stimulus Details

  • Riding Area
    Racker Road Singletrack
    Stafford Springs, Connecticut
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden, Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #10063 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This nearly 3 mile trail is one of the crown jewels of the Racker trail system. It climbs relentlessly, has challenging ledge rides and technical features, and has a Sidewinder section which dives into a steep valley and races back and forth up the sides. The climb back out at the end efficiently snuffs out the euphoria.

The Stimulus trail is bidirectional however the Sidewinder out-and-back valley section is directional.

The trail is commonly run from Ken Wood after a right onto a quad trail and quick left after a huge fallen pine - ending on the same quad trail. Turn right onto the quad trail and look for the left on Upper Graveyard after about 200ft.

Both trail entrances are discreet to avoid discovery by motorcycles. Please do not mark or make more obvious.

Legend has it that the trail was named Stimulus by a laid-off builder who built it while on unemployment during Obama's stimulus program. Thanks Obama, we love the trail

This trail is unsanctioned, use at your own risk!

More Stats for Stimulus bike trail
  • Altitude change
    240 ft
  • Altitude min
    701 ft
  • Altitude start
    708 ft
  • Altitude end
    947 ft
  • Grade
    3.789%
  • Grade max
    -17.313%
  • Grade min
    22.92%
  • Distance climb
    4,186 ft
  • Distance down
    1,274 ft
  • Distance flat
    862 ft
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Status:
on Nov 24, 2018
Variable
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • One Direction
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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Directions to stimulus-149271 trailhead (41.979370, -72.350250)
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      Stimulus Trail Reports

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      Nov 24, 2018 @ 6:11am
      Nov 24, 2018
      Excellent conditions. Frozen, fast, snow and leaf free (mostly) trails.
      Nov 20, 2018 @ 9:48am
      Nov 20, 2018
      Trail has been cleared and leaf blown. Good to Go!
      Nov 12, 2018 @ 8:04pm
      Nov 12, 2018
      Storm debris and leaves cleared. Good to go!
      Nov 4, 2018 @ 1:36pm
      Nov 4, 2018
      Trail has not been cleared since wind storm and likely has significant storm debris. Also significant leaf cover making technical areas more...
      Oct 13, 2018 @ 1:00am
      Oct 13, 2018
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      •  
      6 Months
      • 13 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 21 rides
      •  

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag gthayerdc (Dec 1, 2018 at 14:07)
       What a great trail. Once you ride it once adn figure out y ou can get off your breaks and haul this is a blast. Not as tight as the rest of Racker. Let it flow!!!!!
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