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Highland Forest

Average Rating:    (3.59 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Xcountry ski park in winter time. Great Trails. Good smooth descents. Difficult root sections. Just finished racing the Highland Classic bike race. Recommended.
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Latitude
42.84312200318489
Longitude
-75.92411041259766
Trail Directions
I81 Exit 14 Hwy 80 E Follow signs
Trail Length
10? miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fabius
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (17 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
October 12, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TMCL ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've been going to Highland forest roughly once a week since moving to CNY 10 weeks ago. This fall has been unusually wet (Hurricane Irene) and yes the trails have been muddy/wet. There is a an unnamed single track linking the bottom of Unemployment / Rippin back to East Rim Loop. Very worthwhile. It was dry enough that I rode all the named (and some unnamed single track this past weekend. Two weeks ago I rode rollercoaster (uphill, I don't recommend it unless dry). However, Nirvana UP to Rollercoaster down is a great combination. The map is a little deceptive but if you can find it, Snake in the Grass, though rated easy, is pretty sweet if you know the trail is clear and let go of the brakes. There are a couple of rollers near the worn trail that make it more interesting.

The nice thing about Highland forest is that you have so many choices that groups of mixed abilities will find something that suits them. Ride all two track, fast open downhill, all single track, or ride the two track up to single track downhill. As mentioned by a prior reviewer, read a topo map and avoid the lowest of areas. In most cases there are single track trails or alternate logging roads that will let you avoid the deepest mud / wet areas. Always assume that mud in a low area is axle deep, even if it looks harmless.

Recommended Route:
Vanderkamp - Dirt Works - Nirvana - Roller Coaster - East Rim - East Rim Cutoff backtrack to Log Roller - Log Jam - Unemployment - Main Road to Arab Hill Road to Snake in the Grass - South Loop to South Loop Cutoff - climb Arab Hill Road again to Rippin - Unnamed Trail back to East Rim - Return to Lodge

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For from-your-door cross country that mixes pavement, forest roads, and abandoned forest roads in the Tully NY area climb Foley road up to Maple Ridge Road on top of Heiburg Forest then go south to Vormwald Road. There are some really neat dry laid rock walls in the middle of the forest. Check google earth or local top map for route.

Note there is a loop a little further south from Vormwald. This loop is more open than the upper portion of Vormwald. A portion of Vormwald is grown up in pines and you can momentarily feel a bit lost. Take a map, gps unit, and/or compass, leave a route for friends to find you, and a perhaps a fully charged cell phone. This is state land for day use but you're not going to be accidentally found if you get lost or injured by the next person a mile behind you.

Don't aggravate the neighbors, there is no public parking at the base of Foley road however Foley road is public so you could drive up and park at the turnaround at the fence marking the state land boundary. I like this ride because I can roll out of my garage and after a few warmup pavement miles be climbing towards the ridge offroad.



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Review Date
May 31, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Steel wheels ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Guess what? Highland Forest is dry and that is rare!!!! When it is dry the riding is great! Check it out!

Recommended Route:
Going down unemployment was very fun...same with Rippin'...all of the trails there are fun when the place is dry

Other recommended trails in the same area:
'gate!



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Review Date
August 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: velociped jones ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
previous reviewers have done a pretty good job describing the place. it was muddy. roots. tight and twisty in spots. you can tell the trails are cared for. a coupla killer climbs. no real super crazy descents, tho' with the mud, all descents became crazy. not that many rocks.

Recommended Route:
rode the course as part of the 17th annual highland forest classic. we started at the registration building and went uphill from there. i guess in a counterclockwise fashion.



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Review Date
July 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Steel wheels ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This park has some real potential. Too bad it is wet and muddy most of the year. When it is dry this place has some great trails. And it is true that the place is very mountain bike friendly. I like it!

Recommended Route:
Just get a map and mill about.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stoney Pond, Colgate Trails, Brookfield



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Review Date
December 3, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: chapper69 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
excellent trails, varied terrain, plenty of riding

Recommended Route:
all



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