upside diamond

by
par
Charlie McClelland
by
and
Charlie McClelland
by
and
Matthew Tschiegg

Providence

38

mi

km

Distance

distance

60

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

7

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

10

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

2.2+ inches

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

Novice

Easy

Intermediate

Hard

Extreme

débutant

facile

intermédiaire

dur

extrême

Difficulty

difficulté

upside diamond

by
par
Charlie McClelland
by
and
Charlie McClelland
by
and
Matthew Tschiegg

Distance

Distance

38

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

60

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

7.0

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

10

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

2.2+ inches

Difficulty

difficulté

Hard

description

la description

Explore the woods north of Providence

Meet up on Hope Street near Swan Point cemetery and head north to the Monastery for your first cut at the action. Dig the blasting site from a quaint overlook before shredding the remainder of this righteous segment.

North of the Monastery, you’ll cross under I-295 into the buuurbs, where you’ll find an unsuspecting portal leading into the Cumberland Conversation Lands. You’ll need to detour on pavement briefly to avoid a serious bog, before reentering another brief section of woods off Pound Road.

Pick up the Cumberland Conservation Lands yet again off Nate Whipple Highway, in a section known as Ash Swamp. Don’t be deterred!  It’s not so swampy, and you can catch a glimpse of an old wire-frame grain silo!  Take care to walk your bike in posted sections (especially the wet parts) before hitting Tower Hill Road.

Next, enter Diamond Hill Park for a few rough and tumbly miles that’ll make you wish upon a star for squishier tires. Here, good navigation is crucial as the terrain gets steep and the trail may not be obvious.  Pure crystalline glucose is available at The Ice Cream Machine on your left upon exiting the woods at Diamond Hill Rd.

As your sugar rush kicks into gear, head through the park across the street, taking any of the steep trails leading over the hill to pleasanter terrain around the reservoir. You’ll gain more trails around Arnold Mills Reservoir just over the barrier off Reservoir Road, where you’ll soon encounter a stream that could be tricky to cross in high season.  

You’ll hit one final section of bermy trails in Hines Farm - Millers Oak, then the streets will lead you back from whence you came. When you’ve slaked your thirst and dusted off your salts, only diamonds will remain.

route created on
1/12/21

- Bogs, berms and a blasting zone in the Monastery

- Diamond Hill and Arnold Mills Reservoir views for miles

- Brief sections of Cumberland Conservation Lands where bikes are presently prohibited; better to walk your bike through these areas (especially the wet sections)

- Lots of challenging rock gardens. Be ready!

- Overgrown trails can lead to bushwhacking which can make route finding difficult at times


- The endlessly endless trails of Diamond Hill State Park

- Quarry lookout point in the Monastery


- Bring lots of water; you may need to get creative for a mid-ride fill-up.

- Very few if any food stops mid-route; recommend packing a lunch!

- You can find sugar (and not much else) at the Ice Cream Machine at mile 19

- Lots of tasty options in PVD! Warm up with a coffee at Three Sisters. Cool down with a frosty bev at nearby Smug Brewing Co.


Lots of hard rocks
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highlights

- Bogs, berms and a blasting zone in the Monastery

- Diamond Hill and Arnold Mills Reservoir views for miles

what to know

- Brief sections of Cumberland Conservation Lands where bikes are presently prohibited; better to walk your bike through these areas (especially the wet sections)

- Lots of challenging rock gardens. Be ready!

- Overgrown trails can lead to bushwhacking which can make route finding difficult at times


points of interest

- The endlessly endless trails of Diamond Hill State Park

- Quarry lookout point in the Monastery


food / hydration

- Bring lots of water; you may need to get creative for a mid-ride fill-up.

- Very few if any food stops mid-route; recommend packing a lunch!

- You can find sugar (and not much else) at the Ice Cream Machine at mile 19

- Lots of tasty options in PVD! Warm up with a coffee at Three Sisters. Cool down with a frosty bev at nearby Smug Brewing Co.


terrain

Lots of hard rocks

route map

la plan de route

photos

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