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Monoosnoc Ridge Trail

 3.2 (6)

9.0 Miles 14.5 Kilometers


93%

Runnable

1,084' 330 m

Ascent

-1,062' -324 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

1,145' 349 m

High

547' 167 m

Low

Shared By Will Guerra

Conditions


All Clear 62 days ago
Some Mud: Some muddy patches and slippery rocks, but otherwise in good condition. Well marked. History

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A 9-mile ridge trail with a great variety of terrain - climbs, views, streams, lakes.

Will Guerra

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Some very rocky sections of the trail. Parts of the trail are wet/muddy during the spring.

The section near Wachusett Street is often overgrown and can be tough to navigate.

The last segment of the trail (Sholan Farm to Samoset School) is very difficult to navigate. There are no trail markers for almost a mile heading from Sholan to Samoset.

Trail maps are available from Leominster Trail Stewards.

Description

The Monoosnoc Ridge Trail crosses Leominster from end to end. It is great as a point-to-point trail or as an out-and-back.

This is a classic ridge-style trail with four long climbs and several other shorter ups and downs. Most of the trail is singletrack and doubletrack, but there is a ~0.25-mile stretch of road on Elm Street. To follow this trail end to end, simply follow the blue blazes. Parking is available at the end of West Street (northern end) and Sholan Farms (southern end). The trail crosses only two roads over 7.8 miles, Elm Street and Wachusett Street. There is parking at both of these locations.

The best view is on a cutoff section of the trail (yellow dot) near Elm Street.

The trail technically ends at Samoset School, but the last 1.2 miles (Sholan to Samoset) is very difficult to navigate.

Parking Areas:
Northern End:
  • 1049 West Street, Leominster, MA
  • 71 Wachusett Street
  • 886 Elm Street
Southern End:
  • 1125 Pleasant St, Leominster

Flora & Fauna

Deer and turkeys (frequently), porcupines (occasionally), moose (on very lucky occasions).

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Sep 15, 2018
Thomas Heavey
15mi — 3h 13m
May 16, 2015
Rob Mandeville
11.2mi — 2h 11m

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  3.2 from 6 votes

#14980

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#145

in Massachusetts

#14,980

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The trail is very well marked for the northern 3/4, but the southern part near Sholan Farms is not nearly as simple. Additionally, the GPS track here does not agree with the maps along the trail. Most of the trail is under cover, but again, near Sholan Farms, it is quite open and exposed. The one vista directly on this trail (about a mile from the north end) offers beautiful views of Leominster (I think), and birds soaring on the thermals just 40' over our heads. Also on the northern part, some of the exposed rock was very slippery and part of a mile of the trail was covered with 2"-8" rocks, making running on that portion quite difficult. Following the rain this past week, there were some very muddy portions (most that we were able to go around without much trouble or mess), but they definitely contributed to some bug activity. Wear insect repellent. Sep 16, 2018

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