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Bear Swamp

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Really wet in the summer. The single track can go from easy to difficult in a hurry. Some very long and steep climbs that are rewarded with smokin downhills and great views of Skaneateles Lake.
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Latitude
42.77814139253102
Longitude
-76.32648468017578
Trail Directions
Take 41A South out of Skaneateles. Follow this through Mandana and New Hope (roughly 10-20 miles). At the Colonial Lodge take a left. Park on dirt road that runs behind the Lodge.
Trail Length
Unknown (Long Enough to Spend a Day)
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
New Hope
   


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Review Date
February 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Trigger ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Beginner level XC riding. Some solid climbs but minimal technical terrain. Lots of mud during wet weather, lots of snow in the winter. Most of the trails are doubletrack. Very good XC skiing spot.



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Review Date
October 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: IRA176 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Mostly single track trails through the forest, up and down hills with rocks roots and some twists and turns to mix it up. Don't be deceived if at first you start the red trail and all looks smooth and flat, continue your ride and you will find some cool technical sections and of course, who can forget about the mud. I always come out covered head to toe! Have fun riding back up Hartnett Rd to your car!

Recommended Route:
I've only ridden on the red trail system, but when the maps are available at the trail head, or you're just up for exploring, there are I believe at least two other color coded trails in Bear Swamp Forest.



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Review Date
May 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Seth , from Moravia, NY

Summary:
Enough trails to keep you busy for a very full day of riding without backtracking. I've been to most of the good trails in central NY and this is on par or better than the rest when it is dry. Avoid this place in the spring due to some crazy mud. Summer and Fall riding are great when it dries up some. Definetly one of my favorite places to ride. Would be 5 stars if wasn't so muddy at the beginning of the season.

Recommended Route:
Most all the trails are good. All are very well marked.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harriet Hollister State Park (Further West) Mt. Morris Dam Park (Fingerlakes trail) - Shindagin (sp?) (Ithaca) Those three trails are the best around.



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Review Date
January 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mick Baker , from Baldwinsville, NY

Summary:
Went skiing few days after Christmas. Syracuse and points north were warm (34 Degtrees) however Bear Swamp was a nice 24 degrees. Due to location and hieght of the BEar swamp frequently there is just a much snaw as on Tug Hill.

Recommended Route:
Any of the trails



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Review Date
April 12, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andy , from Cortland

Summary:
Very wet in the spring. Lots of well marked trails for all abilities. Fire roads and some challenging single track. A fun place to spend the day. Grab a map from the guest box before you ride and hose down your bike at the Colonial when you're done.

Recommended Route:
Behind Colonial Lodge on 41A between New Hope and Sempronius



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