East Ridge Trails
- Cross-Country Biking at Loon
Get off the beaten path. Explore over 6 miles of cross-country trails that meander along the scenic Pemigewasset River and ascend through the forest of lower Black Mountain.
A great option for intermediate and advanced riders, Loon's East Ridge trail network uses the former logging roads that harken back to Lincoln's days as a logging town. Loon founder and former New Hampshire governor Sherman Adams first got his start with the Parker Young Company as a 'walking boss' for the logging camps that dotted the banks of the Pemigewasset River.
Get started with an easier loop on the lower portion of the East Ridge Trails. Begin on the Serendipity trail that follows the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. Take a break at one of the many rock outcroppings that dot this trail. Head back to the trailhead on the Black Mountain Trail. For a more difficult loop, climb up the Hancock Trail where you can access some of our steeper trails.
No ticket is required to ride these trails.
Helmets and bikes with front suspension are recommended.
Get to the Trails
Access the East Ridge trail network by two areas from the Whistle Stop Bike Center:
- Leaving the Whistle Stop, travel under the Gondola Skyride and pedal uphill via the Brookway trail. The Brookway trail surface is mostly dirt and loose gravel. From Brookway, join the network via Whaleback or Potash trails.
- Travel the paved Loon Mountain Roadto Black Mountain Road. Follow Black Mountain Road to the end - you'll see the trail head on your right.
Downhill Mountain Biking
If you are riding the downhill mountain biking trails and would like to access the East Ridge trails, follow one of the options above.
E-bikes, with batteries connected, are not allowed. To use your e-bike, you must disconnect your battery and remove it completely from your bike.
Four designated parking spots are located the main trail head.