These trails were built and maintained by the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Clun and the NYS DEC. The loop is all singletrack and is considered to be for upper imtermediate/fairly advanced riders: plenty of rock wall crossings, logs, ramps, rock outcropping drop ins,switchbacked turns and short steep climbs. So far, 5 miles of trail have been built with another 2-3 to be completed by Fall of 2000. The end of the trail leads you to a fire lane, take a right and it will bring you downhill to your car. If you go left out of the singletrack, you can enter Grafton Lakes State Park by climbing up Ward Hollow (actually straight ahead of you out of the singletrack, which is very steep and is literally all rocks/boulders into the park, not much dirt!). Looney Hollow (go left out of singletrack, climb up the fre lane and take your first right, or Stagecoach Road (climb fire lane to the end, then take a right). All of these climbs (or descents coming from the park) are about 900-1000 feet, with all 3 being fairly rocky and challenging (with Ward Hollow being the toughest).
Take Route 2 East in Troy, NY. Follow through Eagle Mills. At the next light (corner of rt 2 and rt 278), take a left and then an immediate right onto Tamarack Rd. (Stewarts shop will be on your left). Follow Tamarack Road, pass Old Siek Road, a trailer park, then take a right onto a large dirt road. There's no sign, but it's called Williams Rd. Follow Williams to the next Road, and bear right (now called Edelman rd). Follow this straight and you'll see a sign letting you know that you are now entering the Pittstown State Forest. Park at the first large opening on your left. Go through boulders onto atv trail and follow until the trail makes a right turn. This is the beginning of the Pittstown singletrack loop. (all marked by DEC trail markings.)
Summary: Pittstown State Forest is an 1155 acre state forest that is located approx 15 miles east of Troy, NY. It is situated at the base of the Rensselaer Plateau, giving the land a lot of elevation changes and diverse terrain. The Pittstown trails are intermediate to advanced level multi-use trails that take advantage of the diverse terrain and elevation changes in the State Forest. Saratoga Mountian Bike Association entered into a Volunteer AANR with the NYS DEC since 2011 to build and maintian the trials in Pittstown. Since that time we have revamped all the existing trails and added 4+ miles of new singletrack.
Recommended Route: Take NY Rt 7 to Tamarac Rd, to Parker School Road to Ward Hollow Road.
Lat Long 42.816216,-73.468211
Drive past the kiosk on Ward Hollow Rd. and park at the camping/parking clearing. enter to the north on the double track and look for an immediate right turn onto yellow trail. Trails can be done as an out and back or looped following the fire road east.
Map and directions located here: http://saratogamtb.org/trails/pittstown-state-forest/
Other recommended trails in the same area: Grafton State Park
Review Date June 29, 2011
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 4 of 5
Technical Difficulty 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: Pete
Summary: So the entrances to the trails is not clear but I found this buried in the forums. For #1, when it says "ATV" trail, but it's wide enough for a pickup and VERY muddy. There are yellow trail markers:
there's 3 entrances/exits off the fire lane. Go into Pittstown SF and go past the koisk (where a map used to be but it looks like someone busted into it)...
1. Go up the rise and there's a parking lot on your left. (We often times park there and eventually lop back to the lot, but you can climb up this way too.) Go onto the ATV trail (now Corridor 9 snowmobile trail) , pass over a bunch of mudholes and a stream. After the stream, look right for the DEC disc markings...start climbing on the singletrack.
2. OR... go back to the firelane, take a left and start climbing. Pass the unofficial rifle range on the left. climb some more and you'll come to your next parking lot on the right (Ward Hollow trail from Grafton dumps out there). Look immediately to your left whil on the fire lane and you'll see the DEC disc markings. Climb up the trail and you'll then be officially onto the Zig Zag trail. This will bring you down to the ATV trail mentioned above. Take a left on the atv trail and you'll be back at your car.
3. OR...skip the entrance mentioned above and keep climbing up the fire lane, hitting a pretty good climb. When you get to the top, look for a major trail (atv sized on your right). This is Looney Hollow, which also comes down from Grafton. Immediately look left and you will see 2 unmarked trails: a singletrack to the left and an ATV to the right (goes to a graveyard). Take the singletrack to the left. This is called Bonnie and Clyde. It's official but is yet to be marked. It will drop you down to a skidder road. Take a right (you'll see a fire pit and a shot out Model T, hence Bonnie & Clyde). Follow the skidder road up the climb. At the top, look left for a short connector trail (I'll rake today). This will take you to another skidder road. Take a left. Then take your next right up a short, rocky climb and it will turn into singletrack. This trail will connect you to Zig Zag, as mentioned in #2. Take a right onto Zig Zag and follow it back to your car.
We hope to get permission in the future to extend the singletrack so you can completely avoid the muddy, crappy atv trail....
Recommended Route: As for driving directions, the official ones are not accurate see post by Douglas. You want Ward Hollow road, google will take you there.
First time I rode a round trying to find the trail entrance for about an hour... would not recommend that as the trails themselves will give you plenty of cardio! I found the entrance in #2 first, a ways up the dirt road, followed it but then actually turned around as it didn't look right. I later found out I was on the right trail, as I managed to ride Zig Zag in the opposite direction and end in this same spot...
So, do note that the entrance in #2 is a yellow DEC marker doubletrack that goes up and up. This part of the trail is not well worn at all (many leaves, no visible tire marks when I hit it), and becomes quite rocky. But, you will notice some chainring marks on a few logs and it will put you out at singletrack if you stick with it. There is also a Blue DEC marker 'foot trail' that junctions with this trail near the entrance, found that preferable to ride down when I came in the opposite direction.
Summary: This has to be one of the most technical trails in the capital district. If you can ride all of it I would be super impressed. This area has so much potential, but hardly anyone rides here. There could be some many more trails built - maybe evryone prefers to pay to go to Grafton and deal with the crowds??
Recommended Route: The above directions are a little off
Take Route 2 East in Troy, NY. Follow through Eagle Mills. At the next light (corner of rt 2 and rt 278), take a left and then an immediate right onto Tamarack Rd. (Stewarts shop will be on your left). Follow Tamarack Road, pass Old Siek Road, a trailer park, then take a right onto a large dirt road. This is KEEFE rd., Follow this road and bear right (now called Edelman rd). Follow this straight onto WARD HOLLOW road and you'll see a sign letting you know that you are now entering the Pittstown State Forest. Park at the first large opening on your left......Also I'd bike up the road until you see a parking spot on the right, and the trail head is opposite that (on the right side of the road.)
Review Date August 26, 2003
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 3 of 5
Technical Difficulty 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: APB
Cross Country Rider
, from Albany
Summary: Great single track. Some steep ups and downs. I rode up the new trial onto zigzag then bonnie and clyde to the dirt road. Then I turned around and went back the same way. clocked 8 miles and 1.5 hours. A good ride both ways. great job building these trails. I'll explore more next time.
Recommended Route: Ride up the dirt road half mile from parking area. Trail is on the left hidden in the weeds across from a road on the right. Take that trail up the hill and then zigzag down. Go left on the ATV trail half mile to the car.
Review Date April 21, 2003
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Please Select
Reviewed by: Jim MacNaughton
, from Albania, NY
Summary: Check it out, we just added another mile of singletrack to the bottom of Zig Zag this past weekend. All legal, all good, but here's the deal: the lower exit/entrance off the lower ATV trail is now permanently closed. Here's how you find it: If you're starting out at the lower lot, go in thorugh the ATV trail and eventually you'll pass through a major muddy stream that comes through a steep ravine (look to your right for the ravine). As you climb out of the divot/mud hole, look for 2 tight trees to the right on the upside/pass through them and have fun. After a mile of lof piles/rocks/twists/rock work water crossings/off camber climbs, etc., it'll connect you to Zig Zag at the bottom of the switchbacks. Have fun! If you go the other way (down Bonnie and Clyde onto Zig Zag): as you approach the bottom switchback just keep going straight ahead onto the new trail. The whole thing is marked with orange ribbon until the DEC can put up markers. In the future: the MHCC is working on permission to make another route off the new trail back up the ridge (nice climb/descent: you'll see it when you're out there) and eventually weave it to the parking area. Have it flagged already.
Recommended Route: Park in lower lot to the left after the kiosk. Climb up the fire lane, take a left onto Bonnie and Clyde/connect up with Zig Zag which will connect you to the new mile of singletrack described below.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Spier Falls/Lenox Mtn/West Mtn. downhill.