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No. of Reviews: 13

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Latitude
42.826944
Longitude
-75.545
Trail Directions
Cemetary near presedent's house ... top of campus
Trail Length
endless
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hamilton
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Review Date
January 20, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bikingbrad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Nice trails not marked. I drove up to cemetery and kinda followed madbikeguys route and just explored on my own. Fairly smooth single track not to difficult except section near quarry where you have to ride over alot of downed trees. It was rainy and wet the day I went so the trees were very slick. Area seems like a big rectangle with right side clearly posted private. Cross country running trails wind through everything wide mowed woods road. Car wash trail i got to from bottom right section of cross country trails. Some jumps and berms and down hill towards college swimming pool building. I explored and got alittle lost in single track after 40 minutes rode through ost of area then figured out where I was and rode back up hill and discovered a little more. Rode for an hour or so.

Recommended Route:
See Madbikeguys route, from cemetery to quarry I was really on sure where to go. I end up going through cemetary and left on rode through field then into the woods. Don't go uphill to much at first. Get to quarry first then go up hill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oneonta has built a lot in the last two to four years. HomerFolks-Oneonta Job Corps, College Camp SUNY Oneonta, Wilbur Park - HighSchool; Blood Sweat and Tears



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Review Date
October 28, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Steel wheels ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I like this place a lot. I don't live that far away so it is easy to go to whenever I want. There aren't many miles of trails, at least not singletrack, but there is some pretty "buff" singletrack hiding in these woods. If you are a fan of through-the-woods riding then this may be a good place to go. Plus there are some stunts to do and some of them are hard for the beginner and even for the average rider. All in all a good time can be had so check it out. To my knowledge there are no maps and the trails really aren't marked so you may have to hook up with someone who knows where to go. Try Adventure Bikes and Boards in downtown Hamilton.

Recommended Route:
It is to hard for me to describe the route that I like to take. It is best to show someone where to go first hand.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brookfield, Stoney Pond, Highland Forest



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Review Date
June 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: herbal1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Went there a couple years ago and it was great. take a picnic, the views from the old ski slope are beautiful, especially durring fall.



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Review Date
December 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: madbikeguy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I like to make this trail part of a longer ride that I start from my shop. Even more fun when a couple of friends, customers or family instigate it. We are about 6 miles north of the University but with a little sidetrack beginnning right here at home, around the Madison school and park, then south on the Canal trail. After the canal you get a little road ride where you get a good look at the Hill and Colgate from a couple miles away. For good measure you look at your riding companions and say "see that hill, you'll be at the top soon". From there look you decide whether it will be 1 lap or 2. From the road before you get to town you take the old rail bed that will bring you to the base of the hill and your all warmed up for the climb. The trails are fabulous, exspecially if you don't mind climbing. Also, most of the downfall got moved or bridged. I started the recommended route but they wouldn't give me enough room. Instigate me to give you the full tour madbikeguy@citlink.net

Recommended Route:
If your warmed up or want to warm up quick and want to test your climbing ability, climb the old ski slope. For an easier route ride the blacktop to the cemetery, or drive and park at the cemetery. From there go up and around and follow the dirt road that goes across the top of the old golf course and into the woods. Go around the chain and straight up to the old quarry where they got the rock for the origanal buildings. In the quarry you will see a trail on the left that will take you up and around and up and down and up an up to the top of the hill. Then you will cross the cross country running track and then off to the left. Go straight across the XC trail again and drop down into the woods and with a few zigzags straight across the XC trail and in an around a couple tree mounds and out onto a grassy path which you should take a right on which will then lead you to the back hedge row property line. Go west along the hedge and if you want to try some technical stuff slip into the woods at the top of the knole on the right. That trail will come back out to the one your on further down the hill. Then right, left, right, right, straight. They say I can write anymore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stony Pond and Brookfield



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Review Date
July 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ProfT ,  Weekend Warrior , from Hamilton, NY

Summary:
OK, I ride this trail about once a week, since it's minutes from my house. From the village, you're looking at a nice 10 - 15 minute ride straight uphill, either up the old ski hill near the hospital, up through the cemetary to the old quarry trail, or a few assorted other paths. Once you're up on the main network of trails (which were primarily put in as cross-country running trails), keep an eye out for the many mountain bike trails crisscrossing your route. Lots of fun, technical singletrack through here, though last winter sure knocked down a bunch of big trees that require dismounting by almost all bikers. This place will keep you busy for two hours, but it's not an all-day adventure park.

Recommended Route:
Se above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shindagin Hollow, near Ithaca. Skidmore trails in Saratoga Springs are the best!!!



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