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Monoosnoc Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.4 (7)

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


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Map Key

9.0

Miles

14.5

KM

Point to Point

1,145' 349 m

High

547' 167 m

Low

1,084' 330 m

Up

1,062' 324 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

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

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).

Shared By:

Will Guerra

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  3.4 from 7 votes

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#449

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Sun rising on Monoosnoc Ridge Trail.
Feb 17, 2020 near Fitchburg, MA

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May 17, 2020
Vera Fajtova
fun trail, very varied terrain
May 25, 2018
Keith Bishop
10mi