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Ski Tamarack

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Steep inclines,twists and turns, lots of mud when wet, great downhill sections, and one heck of a cadio workout
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Latitude
42.65454067782147
Longitude
-78.68597030639648
Trail Directions
Enter the Tamarack drive way, drive into parking lot and on your right there will be a biking rules sign.(this is the enterance).you also can enter where the trail ends( far left on bunny hill) it's easier going the opposite way :-#.
Trail Length
around 3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Colden
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: optimus_prime ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
FLOW is an important part of trail design. Climbs, descents, twists, and turns should all come at a natural cadence. FLOW lends its hand to momentum and we all know that in mountain biking, momentum is your friend.

Ski Tamarack is dealt a serious handicap by not having FLOW. There are many times during the ride when you ask yourself, "why is the trial switchbacking; why do I have to scrub speed because of this ill-placed off camber turn?" The purpose of these interruptions appear only to artificially extend the length of the trail. Short trails are not inherantly evil. Long trails that trade FLOW for endless switchbacking are. As such, riding this trail leads to a lot of fits and starts.

Otherwise, Ski Tamarack is a typical Western New York trail: mud, roots, rocks, climbs, and more mud. There is no room for recovery on this trail. When you are not white knuckling it down a technical singletrack downhill, you are coughing up a lung on the short, but steep uphills. Most of the climbs are made harder by slippery roots and the sometimes lack of run-up. There is, however, one sustained climb.

This trail is mostly technical because of the roots and mud, which makes it a slow trail for beginners and a hair-raiser for anyone with the ability to do it at speed. Rocks don't come into play as much as more popular trails found in Ellicottville. Some areas are new, so the trail surface hasn't been worn in yet, making for a bumpy ride. Overall, you pay more attention to where you are going than admiring the scenery, making this more of a "race" or "training" trail than a leisure ride.

In general, I don't like to say that I hate a trail, I just call it challenging. Ski Tamarack has some awesome singletrack, too bad the FLOW is all wrong. Adjust some of the turns and everything would be gravy.

How's your granny gear doing. You and it will be great friends by the end of the ride.

Recommended Route:
Find sign at the right as you enter parking lot. That's the trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hunter's Creek (always muddy)
Ellicottville (always wet, but not always muddy)



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Review Date
January 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: downhill124 ,  Racer

Summary:
Great trail i train their for their great races (check heartrateup.com or wnymba.org) just good technical course with no room to rest and i mean that

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cheastnut ridge
Holiday Valley



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Review Date
July 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jason , from rochester

Summary:
this trail rocks. i race here a couple times a year the course is always fun and fast w/ alot of climbing. great single track. its got a loop of bmx jumps to.



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Review Date
October 20, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: frank , from op,ny,usa

Summary:
very hard on the climbs when wet. but when its dry it rocks your socks. if you have never been there i would definetly go if your up to some fun clims and descends. Its one of my favorite trails

Other recommended trails in the same area:
hunters creek



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