November 8, 2013
|This vaguely medieval looking structure is the Elachee Nature Center at Chicopee Woods.|
The trail system starts out at a very nicely improved parking area, with some of the loops marked as directional based upon day of week. The trails nearest the main parking area are easy, but interconnect with more difficult trails to form a series of nested loops, occasionally crossing over or joining in with fire roads. It's pretty smooth on the easier trails and the fire roads but some of the intermediate trails have too many tree roots in my opinion. Still, it's a pretty smooth trail system on the whole.
|Baby roller-coasters at Chicopee Woods. This is "singletrack," a traditional hiking trail, in this case groomed for riding mountain bikes.|
|There are several bridges at Chicopee, of which this is the coolest, although the photo understates the scale a little bit.|
|This cross marks the location of a plane crash, March 3, 1995. Two lives lost.|
|Second stream crossing on the outer loop.|
|There are few points of interest, but there were a couple of small dams that look like the remains of a mill at the major stream crossing.|
|Slightly taller dam. This was after the major stream crossing. I had to HAB for a bit to get over the stream and back up to the rideable trail.|
|I suffered from the leaves for almost my entire ride, but there was someone operating a backpack leaf blower when I was getting ready to finish. This shows a pretty dramatic difference after the job is done.|
It was a pretty good ride at Chicopee Woods, and I would recommend it as a destination if you don't have to drive too far.