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Brooksvale Park

Average Rating:    (3.72 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

Do you like climbing? The first half of the ride is almost all uphill- but you have some great descents on the way back. Some short, steep technical climbs, some long thigh grinders. Very rocky area, lots of baby skulls. When you find your way to the YMCA camp, you can go right and head back to parking area, or take a left to four-way intersection, take a left here, go right around a curve and right again where the road forks. In about a mile, on your right will be some power lines. A very long climb takes you to a blue trail on your right, which will point you back to the YMCA camp. A map and compass (or a rider familiar with the area) will help here.
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Latitude
41.4540492655573
Longitude
-72.91814804077148
Trail Directions
From Rt. 10 South, turn right on Mt. Sanford Rd. Cross rail-to-trails, take an immediate left, and park. Trail starts on right side of road near intersection with Mt. Sanford
Trail Length
? miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cheshire
   


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Review Date
June 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Slipdgear ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Watch out for the new landowner on the posted private land bordering Brooksvale park and the state forest. Best not to follow the trails in. He caught me 2x - my bad. First time he kept his cool even though I was doing some trail work on his property. The 2nd time he recognized me and went nuts. Motor bikes and quads have followed our trails in and he blames us. Must have been hunting season because he had a gun and his brother did too. What was creepy is the other guy stayed about 30 yards behind me. When I would turn to keep both in sight the guy would walk to stay directly behind me. Ever see the movie Deliverance?



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Review Date
June 19, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ethan Trante ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Brooksvale Park has been closed to mountain bikes for many years and it's not likely to be back soon. There are "no mtn bike" signs all over the park. Unfortunately a few ignore the signs and now the situation is real bad. The park ranger is on a tear and the Hamden police are ticketing vehicles on Brooksvale Ave. Also the adjoining private land has a new owner that lives on site and he has posted the property and the trails (albeit illegal trails) obliterated.



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Review Date
February 24, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ranger ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Brooksvale Park is NOT open to MountaIn Biking. There will be talks in 2013 betwen the town and biking clubs as to the possibility of developing 1 or 2 multi purpose trail to give bikers access to the trails in the Naugatuck State Forest. In the meantime, if you bike on the trails meant for foot traffic only, you may be asked to leave the park and could be fined. Thanks for your patience as this issue is worked out.



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Review Date
December 5, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rockhopper2011 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place is great!!! So many different trails to ride. Some tough climbs and amazing downhills! Tons of babyskulls everywhere but overall I had a blast today! Can't wait for next weekend to come back and ride again! Go out and explore the entire park! Found some weird and freaky things in the woods!

Recommended Route:
Parking lot right on the Greenway in Cheshire.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hop Brook Park in Naugatuck is okay but this place was so much better and larger!



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Review Date
May 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mountainbiker09 ,  Racer

Summary:
It is very fun but very hilly at the beginning. Fun obstacles but there has been a lot a no trespassing signs at the fun parts. Many other places to go though.

Recommended Route:
There is a hill by the archery range which is best to go up. Go to the river at the pipeline and take red trail down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
West Hartford. There is a paved bike route but many off road bike parts.



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