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Nice hike a little scratchy went alone. Some tress have fallen but other than that gorgeous view 40 mins round trip. Broke a sweat to! All in all I see myself doing this more often as it’s close to me. I told red diamond trail I wouldn’t call it steep just all up hill for the most part so if little ones I’d do a different trail for toddlers.

It's very nice. I hike this trail almost every day. the people are usually polite as well. One thing i didn't like though is the constant vole holes.

It's not bad. Just wish there wasn't so much horse droppings everywhere in the deeper parts of it.

Nice morning hike, even in the rain. Short loop with steep uphill and scenic view at the top. Option for longer out and back trails.

3 months ago

Loved this trail. Started by Kohl’s. Minor incline that was barely noticeable for the most part. Others using the trail were pleasant and polite. Trail did have a bit of litter though when you get further out. Overall a great trail! Watch out for horse poop!

They put a bridge over 101.

Great beginners challenge or Saturday mini-hike! Very well marked trails and a beautiful view from the top!

trail running
6 months ago

7 months ago

**PLEASE NOTE** If your sole motivation for hiking this trail is to see/check out the remains of the abandoned Ellis Mill, don't.
Because it ALL got washed away in the 2005 floods.

I hiked this trail yesterday with my boyfriend and we just about went crazy looking for the Mill. "It must be back there, we need to go back that way." "Are you sure we didn't pass it when we missed that little section of the trail?" Back and forth all morning... for nothing!

If I sound salty it's because I LIVE for creepy things and got way too excited to check out this old mill.

Luckily, we bumped into a local on the way back to our car. She seemed a little surprised to see people out in her neck of the woods and she asked us how we heard of the trail. It was from her that we found out the mill was washed away by nature. She said, "if you look really hard, when it's nice out, you might find a few nails." I guess those would still be considered "remains" but that is reaaaaching.

Overall, it would have been way better to hike this without the slippery ice and snow. All of the elevation is during the last 3rd of the trail. The trail just kind of ends in the middle of the woods... But connects to another path (sorry, forgot to remember the name but pretty sure it started with a C).

To park, go all the way to the end of 116. It's not marked as "Ellis Trail" until about a quarter mile in and there's no signs for parking...

Nice, quiet trail. I only saw one other person the entire time. Beautiful viewpoint as you are coming down the trail.

road biking
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rode the trail from where it crosses Pine St. in West Swanzy north to Keen, just about 6 miles each way.

The trail surface is very good; crushed gravel. The only inconvenience is the occasional chipmunk hole. For some reason they are digging holes in the middle of the trail :-).

The scenery is nice, but nothing special for the region. There are a few views of the Ashuelot River on bridge crossings.

There is a new bridge for the trail that takes you over Rt. 101/12, so there is no longer difficulty with that crossing as noted in an earlier post.

All in all an enjoyable ride.

Great hike

We started up the steep trail of the loop. It was a great uphill work out. Definitely some flat parts to run on and the summit gives you a gorgeous view of Keene. I loved that it is a loop! Once the summer hits I will probably loop it twice to get a solid 3 mile hike :)

mountain biking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Great trail for biking. Mountain bikes are strongly recommend

Friday, July 11, 2014

I parked at Colony Mill Marketplace shopping plaza in downtown Keene. Headed south on the paved rail trail. Encountered a crew running brush cutting equipment right from the start. You will have to take your life into your own hands trying to cross route 101. I can't believe they didn't even put in a cross walk here. Crazy dangerous crossing that took many minutes of waiting and a final brave sprint across traffic. Next time I would seek out parking south of 101 to ride this trail. Nice ride from here into West Swanzey. At Railroad street, the trail turned into a big bunch of mud traps. Take what you like, but I was looking for a fast ride to avoid deer flies, and I opted to bypass on N Grove Street to what I hoped would be another better maintained stretch of the trail. What I found was less maintained double and single track with tall weeds, sand, and more deep mud holes. Awesome if that's what you're looking for, but the deer flies were horrible at that slower pace. Great ride with lots of variety, but it isn't for beginners after Swanzey. I encountered tracks from the brush mowing machines everywhere on the full stretch I rode. Perhaps that factors into all of the mud holes. But they were plentiful, and the mud stunk like poo.

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