Biking in the north country
Do you love biking? So do we! The Coös Cycling Club is an all-inclusive group of cycling enthusiasts in Coös County, NH. We’re dedicated to great trails and open spaces for riding, building community, sharing our love of cycling, and most of all — having fun on our bikes. And that means any bike: fat, mountain, road, cruiser, tandem — whatever you love, we love too.
The CCC maintains and builds mountain biking trail in Gorham.
The CCC gets together for loosely organized group rides, including family-friendly rides, mountain bike rides for all skill levels, and road rides.
Trail Work & Projects
A few quick notes on some of the recent work we've done.
Build A Bridge and get over it!
Thanks to the Tilloston Fund and our friend Curtis, The Strand received a major uplift in the summer of 2017 with the addition of this bridge! Hard, smooth, and just wide enough. No more wondering (i.e. fear) how this once was dynamic, tire sucking muck pit would treat the weary mtn. bike.
New & Soon to debut
New trails are being laid out and built for the summer of 2017. Pumphouse doubled in length earlier this summer when an AMC Camp Dodge Teen Trail Crew helped cut, stump, and duff it out. The CCC came in for fine tuning, bridging construction, and rock rolling.
Even newer stuff is on the horizon! Lay out is staying one step ahead of construction on the newest, yet to be released singletrack in Gorham. Keep a look out for it!
HArden it, for pete's sake!
WOW, this trail ridden from the top down is frickn' awesome! Many volunteer and grant money hours went into hardening this trail over past few months. It's complete and with all new bridging, banked turns, and raised track to keep it firm and stable top to bottom. All riders can enjoy smooth, fast singletrack. For Pete's Sake check it out!
The CCC offers twice-weekly group rides all summer and into the fall. Girls' Ride meet on Mondays at 5:30pm at the Moose Brook State Park parking lot. Group Ride meets on Wednesdays at 5:30pm at the Moose Brook State Park parking lot.
View maps and see a full list of trails and descriptions.
.5 MILES, BEGINNER
A mellow, scenic trail with minimal elevation and some historic interest connects the miles of single-track riding in Moose Brook State Park with the Presidential Rail Trail and beyond. This connector makes it possible to link several different trail systems in town without riding on public roads.
From Moose Brook State Park picnic area ride the trail to the swimming pool. Cross a bridge over a stone-lined canal and stay left towards the pool outlet and beach. Keeping the beach on your right, follow a grassy lane to a gate and a crossing of Jimtown Road. Directly across you will see a sign for the Hinchey Trail. Ride into a mixed hardwood forest and wind your way to a long, beaver dam crossing with open pond-turned-meadow on your right. Enter a dark, yet open stand of softwood, skirt the edge of a local’s dirt-bike track (keep right) and begin a mellow ascent on an abandoned roadbed along a finely crafted rock wall, remnants of the Civilian Conservation Corps. When the trail splits stay left to finish Hinchey trail and access the Presidential Rail Trail. The right-hand option will take you to the Lost Campground Loop, a 1 mile side trip that is well worth the short, graded climb.
*From Moose Brook State Park: park in the center lane of the picnic area and follow signs to the swimming pool at the far end. A small day use fee may be paid at the park office or in the iron ranger located at the entrance to the picnic area.
*From Jimtown Road: park in the small pullout on the left <.25mi from Rt. 2, adjacent to the Presidential Rail Trail.