MOUNTAIN BIKING

Jiminy Peak offers the most extensive lift-served mountain biking in the Berkshires. The trails are both single track and downhill cruisers, and some experience with mountain biking is necessary. Helmets are required. The Grand Slam chairlift will operate for access to the lower mountain from 11am to 6pm on weekends beginning May 27 through June 11 and daily beginning June 17. The Berkshire Express chairlift to the summit, for access to the entire mountain, will operate from 12 pm to 5pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, beginning July 1st through mid October. Mountain biking hours are from 11am to dusk, and lift fees are $24 for the day. Mountain biking season passes are also available for $180. Please call (413) 738-5500, Ext. 3340 for more information. Click here for our mountain biking trail map.

Mountain Biking trails are open to experienced riders only. Riding is restricted to marked trails only. All riders must adhere strictly to the rules of the mountain and have their bike inspected by Jiminy Peak prior to riding. Inspections are available at the Berkshire Bike & Blade Rental Shop on weekends and holidays and at Mountain Sports midweek.

Due to construction on the mountain, trails may be closed periodically- please observe all signs and warnings, they are put there for your safety. Jiminy Peak will monitor riding habits closely.

Mountain Bike rentals are available at Jiminy this year. Please check out mountain bike rentals for more information.

There are miles of beginner to expert trails for mountain bikers in Berkshire County. The Pittsfield State Forest has 12 trails that extend over 50 miles. These mountain bike trails can easily be reached from the summit of Jiminy Peak, via the Berkshire Express. Or you can drive to the Pittsfield State Forest parking area off Route 20 in Pittsfield and bike in from there.

The Taconic Crest Trail offers fifteen miles of biking challenges for the medium to advanced rider. To reach the Taconic Crest Trail, take Route 2 through Williamstown to the marked parking area and follow the signs.

Holiday Farms, located on Cottage Road in Dalton, Massachusetts holds weekly Mountain Bike Races every Wednesday night. There is a fee of $8, racing begins at 6:30 p.m. and all abilities are welcome. Holiday Farms can be reached at 413-684-0444.

Mountain Biking Safety

Cyclists, like all mountain users, should always be alert to the risks inherent in their sport. Responsible behavior and good judgment are essential for you to safely enjoy mountain biking at Jiminy.

Remember that the mountain environment poses potential hazards. Rocks, logs and other natural and man-made obstacles may be encountered suddenly and without warning. Be especially careful of waterbars, which are ditches or mounds placed throughout the mountain to control erosion. They may be visible or hidden by grass and should be approached slowly and cautiously.

A first-aid kit should be carried at all times, sufficiently stocked to treat cuts, sprains and bruises, the typical mountain bike injuries. Sunscreen, insect repellent and plenty of water are also recommended.

Responsibility Code

  • Do not bike alone. The mountain is not patrolled and even a minor mishap can turn serious if you are stranded.
  • A helmet is mandatory when riding at Jiminy Peak.
  • Know your riding ability and do not try to exceed it. If in doubt, walk it out!
  • Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or cannot be seen by other mountain users.
  • Be aware of horseback riding on and near trails. If horses are nearby, stop riding and quietly allow them to pass.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the mountain. Drug use is illegal and will not be tolerated anywhere on Jiminy Peak property.
  • Observe all CLOSED TRAIL signs, barriers and ropes.
  • Do not disturb animals or plants anywhere on the mountain.
  • NO FIRES ARE ALLOWED ANYWHERE ON JIMINY PEAK PROPERTY.
  • Pack out everything you brought with you. Do not litter.

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