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Old putham rail trail

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

flat with varying terrain rocks, soft dirt, paved parts, goes to tarrytown, some road work involved because it is not a striaght path at some points and is easy to get disconnected from trail. and return trail is the old croton adqudct trail which is a soft,flat fast track.
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Latitude
40.88637029736288
Longitude
-73.896564245224
Trail Directions
start at van cortlandt park in the bronx. Major deegan to the Van cortlandt golf course.
Trail Length
25 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Bronx
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 25, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kumachan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There's really nothing special about this trail. The Old Croton Rail trail is an old rail line with ancient railroad ties left in the ground next to a dirt track. The dirt ends and the pavement begins at the Westchester County border. Unfortunately, there is a major plan in the works to pave this trail in Van Cortlandt Park either in 2012 or 2013. I find the path around the western edge of the pond to be a lot more technical & fun than the trail head itself. Vannie is FULL of fun trails, but you gotta hit the park really early to avoid the mounted park rangers, the equestrians and joggers.

Recommended Route:
Head to the pond and go north, the trailhead is obvious. You can take a trail right next to the pond which is more technical.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Can't really recommend any specific trails as The Old Croton Rail trail is the only trail we're supposed to be on. I can recommend simply looking at the Vannie hiking trail map online.



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Review Date
January 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Snortley ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very tame, with no real hills to speak of. There are a couple of breaks; one in Yonkers and another in Elmsford. The Yonkers break is an ungroomed dirt section that calls for frequent dismounts, so most go around it.

Recommended Route:
You can pick up the southernmost head at the bottom of Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, to start off on dirt. Where Route 87 crosses Van Cortlandt Park South, go up the shoulder of the 87 exit ramp a bit till the cyclone fence ends and crash through the brush to the trail and head north.

If you want to start on the paved section, that's at the top of the park, on the Bronx/Westchester border.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Old Croton Aqueduct runs parallel to this trail all the way to Croton. I've taken the Put up to Croton and then come back on the OCA, a nice day ride. To do this, cross the reservoir on the Put, then get off the trail at the first left. Ride west until the Gatehouse bridge, cross the reservoir again, and take the first right onto the dirt road, Croton Dam Road. At the dam, pick up the OCA south. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct puts out a map, which you'll need to connect the breaks.



Comments
Snortley (08/10/2007)
A correction: I've lately been accessing this trail fairly often on the way to the Gimbels Ride route from Brooklyn. The southern access from the east side of the trail is now badly overgrown with poison ivy, and besides, pushing through the underbrush is a pain. It's actually much easier to enter on the west side, about 30 yards into the park, where there's a large hole in the cyclone fence; even larger now since I always ride with mini vice-grips in my tool pouch.
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Review Date
October 14, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: NISHIKI , from uptown manhattan

Summary:
take the trail head to the train track and keep riding north u will see the trailhead on the right to the ramps,keep ur eyes open for the motorcrossers..lol go up to a half pipe and to yonkers and more downhill trails and singletracks this park is huge lots of riding to discover! have fun and watch those mx ers!lol

Recommended Route:
in through the pool entrance str8 back to the trail heads.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
also in manhtattan is inwood park a good playgroound of paved and non paved trails sort of illegal but just dont get caught by the greenies ! but explore these technical and easy trails and be careful llots of nice scenery and rest places!



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Review Date
January 14, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Markito , from new york, newyork

Summary:
It is no the best of the east but when you cant scape New York nothing cant beat it .Nice after work ride.

Recommended Route:
if you are in manhattan take the 1 or 9 train to the last stop 242st van cortlandt park. Go straight throw the playing fields and you will find some trail heads which would lead to a old train track trail.Follow that trail to the left of the trail head and pedal pass the second bridge >after that bridge there would be another trail head to the right. Have fun with the ramps.Go up to some of the clibs for some xc riding and some fun downhills.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you got a car go to Pleasentville



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