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Daniels Road Trail

Average Rating:    (4.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 39

There are several single track loops off the main double track loop.
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Latitude
43.086441866511805
Longitude
-73.80271911621094
Trail Directions
Take Clinton street north untill it ends at Daniels and the trail head directly in front of you.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Saratoga Springs
   


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Review Date
August 19, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: sman505 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails are for people who love roots, rocks, the most technical conditions, and have a cardiovascular system like superman. The Bee loop is a nice start for those who want a challenge. Connect to Dam loop and realize why they call it Dam loop...it's got so many damn roots, rocks, boulders, cliffs, ledges, rock faces, and treacheries that you or your bike are bound to end up broken. There are just strings of climbs back to back to back to back to back. You can't really enjoy the descents because you know that you'll be paying for them on the next series of ass breaking climbs. You cannot get into any kind of rhythm on these trails because you are always negotiating your next line. There is no sense of flow or momentum as you are always climbing out, over, through, or down the latest rock garden planted in your way. If you want to get into shape, this is the place, otherwise, good luck. It's all work here, not much fun....

Recommended Route:
Shoots and Ladders, to Bee, to Dam, to Monkey Trail and then out...



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Review Date
February 3, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dgilmour1 ,  Racer

Summary:
This place is my current favorite place to ride in New York. It has loads of super technical trails with big rocks, roots, and bolders. If you are a beginner, you can get by on the fire roads and some of the trails closer to the entrance, but the terrain gets real hairy as you venture deeper in and the trails loop deep into the mountain with no easy exits. Riding here is amazing. The trails are well marked, named, and maintained by the Saratoga MTB ass.

Recommended Route:
The current map posting of the location of this trail on mtbr.com is wrong(2/09). The trails are located farther north at the T where Clinton St. meets Daniels Rd. Park at the T and head north up the trail. A fire road will take you back to the trails. A fun trail is the first one on your right off that fire road. It takes you up and over some huge bolders. Once you get further back, keep an eye out for these awesome technical trails: Here and There, Dam and Dam Ext., Highroller. For faster/easier trails, shoot for Pilgrim and the Bee trails.



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Review Date
October 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: swad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It is a shame that people are using this valuable resource for anything other than trail reviews.

There is a main double-track trail that some of the trails either start or end on. You will eventually end up back on the main trail. The trails are mostly technical single-track and range from moderate like 107 and Pilgrim, to very difficult like Sibil and Dam Loop. There are many well maintained trails here that are labeled well and are easy to follow. If you are looking for lung-busting climbs, well your not going to find that here. Go down the road a few miles to Spire Falls for that. Most of the climbs here are short bursts. The trails flow well in both directions. I would not bring a first time rider here, but there are trails that a beginner could handle. Night riding here is amazing. I see some wild life just about every time I ride.

Recommended Route:
Plenty of parking around the horse stables on Daniels Road. All of the trails here are worth riding. Bee and the Dam Loop are the classic trails, Ridgeline is one of my favorite trails. Monkey Bridge is another great trail, although I'm not sure it is part of SMBA. The trails flow nicely together so it is not difficult to put a nice 1 hour or 4 hour loop together.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Spire Falls/Moreau Lake State Park/Palmertown Mountain Range (all the same place.)



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Review Date
July 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: cdouble ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Visiting from out of state and so I tried out these trails for a change of pace from riding hiking trails and logging roads in the Caroga Lake area. Great move - these trails are outstanding. Mixture from flowy singletrack to more technical stuff, rock gardens, bridges, etc. There are so many trails back there it is easy to get lost so bring a GPS or compass and map. Bugs were pretty bad (deer flies especially), but other wildlife was pretty good (rabbits, deer, occasional coed from Skidmore). I was riding a 32:18 single speed hard tail which was a bit of a hand full - I would consider brining my geared full suspension next time. I will gladly pay my $35 trail use fee as soon as I get to one of the local bike shops, these trails are really well designed and maintained.

Recommended Route:
Don't know the names but there is a wide singletrack that loops through the entire area and fun trails all seem to shoot off that main loop.



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Review Date
May 24, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: borg111 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First, don't take your novice friend here. This is advanced stuff. Second, join SMBA, they work hard so you can have fun.3rd, bring a compass and have orienteering skills!!The map isn't too helpful as there seem to be many trails not on it, like this monster called Sybil. This thing is dangerously technical when wet- and it carries a blue marker!!!are they kidding? The route starting as BEE and going treacherously into the premier trail, the DAM trail must be the finest, brutally technical 90 minute romp in the NE - and I've been to Burke and Garnett, etc- Rocks,roots,ledges,slab rock,streams,ups and downs, acrobatic turns thru obstacles, everything. And, unlike most such NE trails, even in the famous areas, it NEVER seems to end.When you finish you will be very, very satisfied with yourself.EXHILIRATING! I suggest first timers don't even think about going when wet.Even if you're good.

Recommended Route:
as above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Garnett Hill



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