Route-finding is the name of the game along this 11-mile clockwise loop through the east side of Wompatuck State Park. Following a series of trail markers, this track (cue-sheet below) is just one of many ride options available in this maze-like trail system just outside of Boston. The loop (which highlights the eastern section of the Root 66 Series Landmine Classic race course) has no fewer than 37 cue-points. Don’t be distressed if you miss one; they’re spaced very close together so backtracking is never that disheartening.
The ride itself is an intermediate route showcasing the best aspects of New England singletrack: heavy tree cover (which makes for fantastic foliage in the fall), sudden steeps and drops, rock and root gardens, power-sapping muddy stretches, and idyllic reservoir scenes. To track foliage status in the park visit the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism site, but even when the temperature drops and the leaves have fallen, the ‘Womp’ remains a go-to playground for local mountain bikers.
-Mapped by Wendy Booher, Boston LUNA Chix Women’s Cycling Team
CUE SHEET (Trail markers in bold) From Union St., turn LEFT on the paved road at E14. At E15: LEFTC10: Straight through intersectionC5: RIGHTC4: RIGHTC6: LEFT onto singletrackC7: Cross paved road and resume singletrack on the other side.N33: RIGHTN32: LEFT and then immediate RIGHT (paved road)N22: LEFT onto singletrackN21: LEFTN17: RIGHTN18: RIGHTN19: Straight through intersectionN23: RIGHTN24: LEFTN25: LEFT onto pavementN30: RIGHT onto singletrackN31: Cross paved road, ride until singletrack ends, LEFT on pavementNS2: RIGHT onto singletrackNS11: LEFTNS6: LEFTNS7: RIGHTNS8: RIGHTNS9: LEFT (Burbank Boulder will be on your right)NS10: RIGHTNS3: Cross paved roadR1: LEFTR2: LEFTR3: LEFT (when you come to an unmarked, four-way singletrack intersection, stay right)R5: Straight through intersection, when you arrive at next singletrack intersection, go LEFT, keeping the reservoir on your left until you arrive at paved road.E17: Straight on pavement, take a left onto paved spur (there will be a left turn onto singletrack before this, don’t take that). Once pavement stops, bear right on to singletrack.E10: Cross pavement, stay on singletrackE8: LEFT on to singletrack, when singletrack ends, take right on to pavement, then take next right at intersection.E7: LEFT onto singletrack, bear right. Continue following singletrack to pavement.