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Canondale Research trail

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No. of Reviews: 11

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Latitude
41.35013921559549
Longitude
-73.4271240234375
Trail Directions
Rt 53 to Francis J Industrial park. Go left at intersection than next left go to the dead end . Park and ride .
Trail Length
13 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Bethel
   


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Review Date
February 16, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by:  ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Overall pretty in your face. There were some good trails scattered throughout the area but it would be tough to link up any kind of decent loop . There are some great possibilities here but you'd have to do some major rerouting. There was one trail in particular that we pushed our bikes up a huge hill for 15 minutes to find some SWEET singletrack at the top. The whole section would have been incredible if that climb had some switchbacks put in. The whole place is like that,huge potential but not routed well. I'd like to go back but I'd have to figure out a better way around the place.

Recommended Route:
Start out near Cannondale Hd. and go in on the dirt trail past the stunts on your left. Make your first right and climb Heart attack hill. Be prepared to climb,climb ,climb...



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Review Date
November 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Eric ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail system this past weekend after reading some of the posts. I think that unless you're into long steep climbs it just isn't worth it. There are however some nice pieces of singletrack here,unfortunatly the trail routes are not planned very well. You either are going straight up or down and rarely across the ridges. It does have a lot of potential here but the climbing needs to have a ton of switchbacks put in. We pushed our bikes straight up one hill for about 15 minutes and when we got to the top we were rewarded with some choice ribbons of trail that we'll never ride again.
All in all a little disapointing but it's just a bit extreme with no 'flow' to speak of here. We did have fun on the main blue trail and there are a bunch of trails here. It would take some careful planning with a topo map to get a good route planned.
I don't know who owns the land but it is blazed in most places, it's just in need of some better trail routing to bring this place up to it's potetial.
Papa blood vessel wasn't even the worst climb here-not even close!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ninham,Huntington,Trout Brook



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Review Date
July 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: the D-Man

Summary:
Chill out Robbie The Slobbie, just because you your self a "pro rider" as you make your self out to be, didn't enjoy the trails dosn't mean others wont. I have only been riding for a year or so and am advancing in the sport fairly quickly but i still enjoy going to my local trails, which i don't find challinging anymore, and have a good time. you don't have to get all offended just because the trails were not to your likeing you should just be thankfull that they have the trails open to the public. I do agree with you on that the trails could be slightly more difficult but when I rode them I enjoyed myself. There were up hills there were down hills there were techinical sections which riders of all skill levels will enjoy but I can see where a "pro" rider like you would find these trails dull and boring and hay, Robbie The Slobbie when you get the nerve to reply back, which I am sure you will, don't be so offensive of other riders.

Recommended Route:
Don't have one



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Review Date
November 28, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mark , from Brookfield

Summary:
The initial climb is pretty steep, although my riding partner was able to grind it out without a stop. Once on the top, follow the blue blazes for a while. The singletrack is good and challenging, but real boney. There's no avoiding the rocks on these trails. And this time of year, the leaves cover a lot of roots and rocks, so be prepared and don't be tentative. Seems like these trails are either sharp inclines or downhill spped zones. Lots of sections are marked for descents only. Trying to tackle them from the opposite direction proved futile. Either way, we had a great time, and look forward to coming back.

Recommended Route:
At the cul-de-sac behind the Cannondale HQ, head for the singletrack on the left of the shed; follow this trail for a little while, then work over to the right, cross through the stone wall and head up the hill. Yes, it is all up hill at this point. The switchbacks don't seem to negate the vertical climb at all. When you finally reach the top, it's all wide open for singletrack, uphill and downhill trails and lots of fun in between. Follow the blue blazes, then the red blazes, for some good loops. Most of the time, you'll be able to navigate well-worn paths without blazes, and they all end up on a marked route. Have fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Huntington State Park is OK early in the a.m.; Wooster Woods in Danbury is great, but lots of humping the bike due to steep, rocky hillsides. Those who've been there will know what I'm talking about.



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Review Date
November 9, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TomC , from Bethel

Summary:
This ride is hard and not for someone who rides once a month. There's lots of technical stuff and very difficult climbs.

Recommended Route:
From the dead end do not go straight down the dirt road. Instead go to the eastside of the dead end circle and straight into the woods (this would be about 50 yards to the left of the dirt road.
Enter the woods and the trail quickly bears right and follow a small ridgeline overlooking a lake and the railroad tracks. This ridge goes for 'bout a quarter mile, crests and then does a short but sweet little downhill. NOW make your way over to the main trail (towards the mountain, in otherwords to the West!)
follow this trail south. First pass the dreaded nosebleed climb (the first uphill on the right)that everyone mentions and go to the second right, make a short 1/4 mile climb on a double track trail and take the second single track trail on the left (this will be difficult to see so look hard). If you come out near a house you've gone about 200 yards too far. Enter the woods off this double track and cross a swampy area (dry in the Fall) for about 75 feet and then start following your nose. This turns into a real nice technical loop, probably 'bout a mile long. Near the end you'll cross over a swampy area and back onto the double track again. Make a right for a quick downhill. Now go back over to the 1st right and take your medicine now that you're warmed up! Climb....climb and climb a little more. You'll come to a cool down area and then you'll climb a little more (this is a killer downhill if you return this route)to the top. One review says 4 miles, I think their odometer is off but I will say it feels like 5 miles.
At the top the trail splits. I always take the left and climb a little more. Then you'll hit a great downhill. It gets a little beatup in spots from the motorbikes. Follow your nose, cross a stream and you'll come to another fork. I usually go right here. Going left will lead to a lot of great trails that all loop around so go get lost. I make a right and go into a very steep unclimable climb. Please let me know if you do it. I think it's f_ _Kin' impossible! Keep following the trail to the top (nice Carry to the top) at this point you can keep making rights and it will take you back to the first fork at the top of the nosebleed climb. Enjoy the downhill back to the deadend.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bethel Reservoir, Huttington State Park



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