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Dragon’s Back – North Mountain Trail

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The rocky ridgeline of North Mountain has earned the distinction of being labeled “Dragon’s Back” and the trails on North Mountain are outstanding for mountain biking. The most common method for completing this challenging loop is by beginning at the Deer Trail parking lot on Wildlife Road off Route 311. Start the ride from Deer Trail by going 6 miles on the gravel Wildlife Road. Then, turn right and take on the gnarly 1.8 miles of climbing on the Turkey Trail. After your climb, hang a right and enjoy the beautiful views as you ride along the 4.5 miles of the North Mountain Trail. Once you reach the Deer Trail, turn right and get ready for a fast-paced 1,000 foot descent as you ride the final 1.6 miles back to your starting point. This loop is for advanced riders and be prepared for spots where you’ll have to walk with your bike due to the difficult terrain.