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Joralemon Park

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Singletrack and ATV trails, lots of jumps and slickrock limestone. This trailhead is a starting point for a system of various trails which may go as far as the Helderberg Escarpment at Thatcher Park. Best when ridden in dry weather. Slickrock areas are EXTREMELY dangerous due to the steep grades on some of these trails, and the deep crevasses that occur in this type of rock formation.
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Latitude
42.47415442610552
Longitude
-73.86627674102783
Trail Directions
From Albany. . . . . Take Rte 9W south until you reach Ravena, make a right onto Rte 143 west. Go 2 - 1/2 miles and look for the tennis courts on the left-hand side of the road, and the sign for the Park. You can park here during daylight hours. Trails are on the right side of the road across from the parking lot.
Trail Length
10 miles, one way (at least)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Ravena
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 9, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Steveb , from clifton park

Summary:
Both trails I took just started to get good when newly posted "private property" signs appeared. The best stuff can't be ridden anymore. If you make 5 loops around with what's there you might get in a hour ride. If you don't live near there, ride somewhere else.

Recommended Route:
Start at Joralemon park and cross the road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skidmore, North Woods, Lake Desolation, Grafton, Cherry Plains, Thatcher, Colonie Park.



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Review Date
June 23, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: EJ , from Coeymans Hollow, NY

Summary:
I read Chris's reveiw and he has it covered pretty well - here is some additional info. If you want to get some more distance out of your ride go to the Blue Loop entrance at the Rod & Gun Club. While you are on this system if you continue to take trails to the East as you travel you will end up on Rt 143 across from Webb's Store - if you take the right routes, this will end up to be about 15 miles of a wide variety of riding situations. If you take the same Blue Loop and keep going straight towards the North you will come up on the first of the power lines - this will be about two miles into your ride. As soon as you reach the power line if you look to the East you will see a swamp and hidden in the woods you will see a long wooden foot bridge. That bridge is the end of the Blue Circle Cement Co. Nature Trail. There is no obvious way to get to the bridge but as you ride North on the power line keep looking to your right - you will see the path to the bridge - if you get to the paved road, go back, you missed it. Okay you found the bridge; you are on the "West Trail". This is essentially a walking path - you will have to ride on some very narrow areas with trees on both sides. There are several rocky, muddy and weedy areas. When you reach the end you will be in the parking lot - go across the lot to the "East Trail". This is a bit easier til you get to "The Hill". Let me know if you climb it on your bike! When you get to the end of the trail, jump the fence, short walk through the tall weeds to the power line. Ride the power line up hill to the paved road (you are on Fares Road). Turn right go to the intersection and turn right again you are now back on Starr Road headed back to the tennis courts. If you are an experienced biker with beginnning mountain biking skills can do any of these trails if you are careful - watch it when the ground is wet! Have Fun!

Recommended Route:
Take RT 9W South from Albany to the intersection of 9W & Rt 396 (Beckers Corners). Turn West (right) at the light. Travel West on 396 through South Bethlehem til you get to the "T" intersection a bit past the cemetary. The cross road to the North (right) is Old Quarry Road - the one to the South (left) is Starr Road. Turn South (left) onto Starr Road and stay there until you get to the tennis courts. There are three entrances to this trail system (all are on the East side of the raod). 1. a few yards North 2. short distance to the South 3. at the back of the Rod & Gun Club parking lot - Blue Loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go South from the Tennis Courts to Route 143. Turn West (right) - go to Blodget Road (at the fire house) go North on Blodget to Stanton Road (left turn) stay on Stanton Road - bearing to the left at the cattle barn until you go past the sharp curve. Keep looking on the left for the entrance to a snowmobile trail. If you travel in a Southerly direction this trail is about eight miles long. It will exit at the town garage on Route 143 - turn West (right) on to the road then turn on to Stanton Road. It is about a two mile climb back to your car. If you pass the previously mentioned snowmobile trail you will see another on the right side just a bit further down (locals calls this the Humphrey Property). There is an obvious fork in the trail once you have completed a very long climb - if you bear to the left and travel in a Southerly direction yo will do about eight miles and you will end up on Whitbeck Road (turn right on to the road and you will end up back on Stanton Road). If you turn right at the fork and travel in a North Westerly direction you will eventually end up on Route 32 at Meads Corners (this is a very long ride). If you turn right at the fork and travel in a Northeasterly direction you will end up on Beirs Road. Turn right on the raod and you will end up back on Stanton Road. Note even though the entrance to the Humphrey property is used by everyone and their brother be advised that the approach to this trail is privately owned.



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Review Date
June 11, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chris , from Troy, NY

Summary:
Same starting point, however, if you want guidance to get to the singletrack, here it is: Take the red trail markers until you get to a fork in the trail, take the right up the short hill. This will pop you out onto the powerlines, then go straight across the powerlines towards the cliff overlooking the swamp, this is the start of the SUNYA trail system, which makes a 4 mile loop back out to the powerlines on the other side of the swamp (eventually). 1.5 miles into this loop, you get to a parking area for the SUNYA Park. Take the gravel road to your right, then look for the singletrack that goes straight into the woods where the road goes off to the left. This will take you onto a bunch of singletrack loops through the woods around several quarries, and then back to this Parking lot. There may be more back there, but we haven't found it yet.

Recommended Route:
Most of the obvious stuff is powerline fire roads and misc. doubletrack, but these wider trails back in the woods are a good place for beginners to learn and practice technical skills at high speeds, and learn to trust their front fork to take the abuse it was made for.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try the trails over in Rensselaer County, perhaps they will be more to your liking, if you are willing to drive the extra few miles. (Grafton, Cherry Plains, Dyken Pond, Petersburg Pass, the list goes on.



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Review Date
June 3, 1999

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rip , from catskill mts

Summary:
rode it and found no singletrk. all atv trails but nice fast stuff on power lines. nothing technical.Albany area sucks for great singletrk.



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