10/18/2011 1:31:33 AM
This could be a fantastic trail. It has beautiful views of large fields, forests and woods, mountains, swamps, rivers, brooks, as well as at least one lovely old New England village common. But the trail itself needs lots of work. There are literally hundreds of depressions and ridges, some quite high and potentially dangerous, that make this an unpleasant ride for anyone on a road bike or a bike with high tire pressure - anything above 90-100 lbs. A mountain bike would work, but even that I would have doubts about. So, it gets 2-1/2 stars at best. Resurface it and it will be superb. (The Northhampton side of the Connecticut river has been recently resurfaced and is fine - except it's only 1/2 to 3/4 miles long!)
Kudos to the people who marked many of the bumps and drop-offs with yellow paint. October's not the best time to see the warnings, however, since the leaves cover a lot of them.