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Shindagin

Average Rating:    (4.18 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 39

very fast and smooth, some challenging technical areas if inclined, all rolling hills with few climbs, mostly very dry.
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Latitude
42.366154335320886
Longitude
-76.32064819335937
Trail Directions
From Ithaca take Route 79 east about five or so miles. Turn right on Central Chapel Road ( this could be wrong), at the large horse farm stay right, at the fork stay right and the road will narrow and turn gravelly, the left road is called Shindaghin Hollow. Park just after the minimum maintenance road. Ride up the min. maintenance road to the top and turn in at the impromptu parking area and just start riding.
Trail Length
unknown miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ithaca
   


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Review Date
September 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Mark Bevars ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome place to ride! Mostly singletrack but does have some access road, double track sections mixed in! Go to Shindagin.com and print off/download the Mtn Bike Trail Map. It shows the trails with Colors and Markers as well as shows you the trailhead parking lots! Recommend starting at Brearley Hill Road parking lot, this road is seasonal and the trailhead, parking lot is past the "seasonal road" sign up the hill and on the left! Lots of twists and turns as well as some climbing...think rolling hills. Also some man made stuff to navigate as well! I ride an old school hardtail and have a blast. A 29er or full sus 26er would be better.

Recommended Route:
From the Brearley Hill Trailhead, Blue 1 (B1) starts from the left corner, easy to see, go clockwise...take that and climb over to B3 to B5. Take double track/access road up and look to right for B4 (IMBA) and drop the hammer!! It takes you down to the valley to B6 before climbing back out to Brearley Hill road and to the trailhead. Once back at parking lot, you can go across the road to the yellow and red sections as well. I usually ride those sections counter clockwise. Use the map from the web site and you can't go wrong. Remember to take a full Camelbak and some food and recommend staying away for a day if it rains. Some sections can be boggy and wet.



Comments
mebevars (10/15/2010)
Just rode "The Shinny" again on Oct 12th.....the place is beautiful. Trees in full color!!! Leave covered trails keeping them moist and making them a little more challenging to find, but great riding nonetheless!! Rode all sections of Blue and most of the Yellow, with all trails being moist and leave covered. Some sections were wet and had to route around (boo!) those areas, otherwise excellent riding. Just keep an eye on the weather forecast and give a couple of dry days (after the end of week rains) to dry out and go have fun!!!!!
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Review Date
August 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kroniktap09 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
maybe i took the wrong route, but this trail is in utter sh!t condition. I followed the directions posted on this review, and didnt find any real signed trailhead so i just parked alongside the "unmaintained road and rode my bike up what looked like an old hunter trail. I could see tracks from bikes, so I knew I was heading the right direction. about 2 miles in I ran into an impassable jungle, had to backtrack and take another turn. Bottom line, no one has maintained this for over a year and you literally have to swim through the thorn bushes if you want to gain any altitude. I took my flimsy XC bike and came back with bloody arms and legs from thorn plants.

Recommended Route:
no idea what you should take, the local bike shop in ithaca doesnt know jack, so look into it more before you burn a tank of fuel and end up frustrated



Comments
Steel wheels (08/30/2010)
You must have taken the wrong route. I was there the other day and the trails were great. I think that the best trails are the reds and yellows although most people like the blues the best (they are more technical). Anyway it rained ALOT on the 22 and 23 so maybe that is why the trails were so bad. You should go back sometime. I think that on Labor Day there is a ride there at 7am with people who know the trails..plus I may be there and I know some good trails.
kroniktap09 (08/30/2010)
sweet, yeah id love to ride with people who know about that place. it looks like alot of potential real estate for some good trails. get me back with time place to ride, ill be happy to join!
taletotell (11/16/2010)
Trails are maintained bimonthly by work parties. A good way to learn the trails and make nice with the locals is to go to a trail repair day. You can find a schedule here: http://www.cycle-cnyforums.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=5548
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Review Date
September 13, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: taletotell ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A variety of trails at different levels of challenge. Best for all mountain riding due to brief descents and climbs. Technical stuff such as pyramids and skinnies to ride in abundance. Usually a little muddy.

Recommended Route:
Get a tour from the local riders. cycle-cny.com is a good forum to set up a ride.



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Review Date
July 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Steel wheels ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I will ride this trail soon and write a review. I have ridden here before but I need to ride it again before I do a proper review.



Comments
Steel wheels (08/30/2010)
I just rode there again and had a good time. That's what it's about, right? Red and yellow trails all the way. Good XC trails.
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Review Date
July 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Trail1rider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
No reviews in almost 2 years. The trails have improved since then. wet season so far and this place can be a muck hole if you don't know where to go. Red trails are the driest.

Recommended Route:
Park on Braerly road at the new pull off. Trails on both side of the road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jenksville or Hammond Hill state forests.



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