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    CNY Trail Conditions

    Anyone been out riding in CNY recently? I'm hoping to get in a ride at Great Bear, Green Lakes, or Highland Forest this weekend and was wondering what shape the trails are in. Any snow or ice still?

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    Last of the snow is melting in Oneonta, but this is when the ground thaws and trails are more fragile and susceptible to erosion than they are after a 4-inch rainstorm.

    I got out for a couple hours Easter morning while the ground was still hard, probably will spend any woods time I get for the next week doing trail work.
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    I've been riding at Green lakes for the past few weekends. Last ride was 3-30-13. Feel free to check out our Facebook group in my signature. We meet up and ride most weekends. Green Lakes this past sat had a mix of conditions. Dry, muddy, and snow covered areas. I look forward for you to join our group rides.

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    FYI Highland isnt open to MTB till may. I think great bear is the same. We are planning an exploration ride at Split rock this weekend because my buddy and I have never been there.

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    Highland Forrest is closed for mountainbikes until in May, Great Bear is open but should be like a swamp and now with the new snowfall can't tell how it may be.

    Where's Split Rock?

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    Split rock is near OCC kind of. It's off of Split rock road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerprix View Post
    Split rock is near OCC kind of. It's off of Split rock road.
    So when are we going?

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    Check the Facebook page for details. It will probably be 530-6 on sat. Not 100% sure yet. Email or check the fb page

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerprix View Post
    Check the Facebook page for details. It will probably be 530-6 on sat. Not 100% sure yet. Email or check the fb page
    Don't have a fat bike but sent the join request anyway, look forward to riding with your group.

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    There are 2 groups. A fat group and a MTB group

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerprix View Post
    There are 2 groups. A fat group and a MTB group
    Just realized that, thanks for pointing it out.

    Joined the mtb group so hope to get to know riders and places to ride.

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    Sounds good. Glad you figured it out.

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    Not exactly CNY, but rode Chenango Valley State Park outside of Binghamton, and all trails are dry!

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    Split Rock was mostly dry with some mud and snow patches, don't know how Great Bear is but after a dry and "warm" weekend and temps closing to 60 in the forecast it might be a worth a weekend exploration just to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Not exactly CNY, but rode Chenango Valley State Park outside of Binghamton, and all trails are dry!
    Petey15, I'll be in Binghamton Thurs/Fri, maybe through the weekend, thinking about bringing a bike. Thinking either Jones Park, or Chenango Valley. I've ridden in Jones Park before, so hoping that's in decent condition to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtstretch View Post
    Petey15, I'll be in Binghamton Thurs/Fri, maybe through the weekend, thinking about bringing a bike. Thinking either Jones Park, or Chenango Valley. I've ridden in Jones Park before, so hoping that's in decent condition to ride.
    Stretch - not sure about Jones, but you can see if anyone has posted about the conditions there on Cycle-Cny. They have a whole thread on trail conditions. Chenango Valley has some really nice trails and you can find a decent map on either the cycle-cny page or on the park website itself.

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    Has anybody been out to Shindagin recently? Was thinking about heading out there today with the bf, but I don't want to make the two hour drive if trails aren't in good condition..

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    I was just asking about Shinny myself. My friend lives right at the bottom of Shinny and leads group rides there. She said that there is still some snow cover and it's still very wet. We haven't made any immediate plans to resume weekly rides there yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    I was just asking about Shinny myself. My friend lives right at the bottom of Shinny and leads group rides there. She said that there is still some snow cover and it's still very wet. We haven't made any immediate plans to resume weekly rides there yet.
    Alright thanks for the update. Guess I'll wait another week or two before trying to head out that way.

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    Yeah, believe me, I'm chomping at the bit, too. The only thing saving me is Chenango Valley is only an hour's drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petey15 View Post
    Yeah, believe me, I'm chomping at the bit, too. The only thing saving me is Chenango Valley is only an hour's drive.
    Was just there on Sunday, thinking about heading there again this weekend! Trails were nice and dry.

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    Any word on Great Bear?

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    Looking forward to riding a bit more with some local guys....heading out to Green Lakes today to see how things are

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    Things are getting better in Oneonta. Still a few bits of mud in the chronically wet spots, but most things are dry. Getting out with a blower soon; some trails aren't as leaf-free as one could wish. Finishing construction of a new section of singletrack this week.
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    Have you guys checked out the local biking group in Syracuse Facebook page? Rides and conditions are there. We have 3 scheduled ride at green lakes this week. The link is in my signature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerprix View Post
    Have you guys checked out the local biking group in Syracuse Facebook page? Rides and conditions are there. We have 3 scheduled ride at green lakes this week. The link is in my signature.
    I just signed up for the Syracuse MTB page today - thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by riotactor10 View Post
    I just signed up for the Syracuse MTB page today - thanks!
    Awesome. I didnt see you come up but someone else must of approved you. See you soon. I should be at the Saturday am ride at green lakes.

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    Idea!

    Just wondering if any trails or folks were in that F1 tornado a few days ago up your way?

    Hope all is well, and just a quick report from down here in Pa. Merli is ridable and has a redsigned trail, rode Lackawanna SP the past 2 Thursdays and is ridable, but has the usual muddy spots. Moosic mt is cool and ridable as is Moon Lake & Seven Tubs...

    ...just incase anyone is interested in venturing down to these parts!

    Thanks, riding season is right around the corner...
    ...enjoy

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    Already signed up! Going to work until 11:00 or so then ride!! Who will join me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcappy View Post
    Who will join me?
    Would love to but Saturday's are a bit hectic for me due to scheduling conflicts with other commitments, if I can I'll show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcappy View Post
    Already signed up! Going to work until 11:00 or so then ride!! Who will join me?
    I have another earth day commitment cleaning a road.
    But no doubt there will be lots of mtn bikers there. As in, what other group REGULARLY maintains trails anywhere? Hikers? No. Equestrians? No.

    Snowmobilers do tons of maintenance but use different trails.


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    Green Lakes and Great Bear are in great shape, Great Bear has some humid patches on the yellow loop and the trail from Foundation Ruins towards Whiskey Island is mostly under water.

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    Oneonta was dusty and fast yesterday. Bit of rain last night and today should make everything nice and tacky. Big build day coming up Saturday. With any luck we'll get enough done to ride once we're done.
    Go ride your bike.

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    Skytop is in great shape. Bear Swamp normal - meaning wet, but not insanely so. Bugs are coming out.

    Shindagin, anybody?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    Shindagin, anybody?
    The Cycle-CNY crew had a trail maintenance there yesterday but don't know the trail conditions.

    The Syracuse MTB crew is going to Highland Forrest Saturday afternoon.

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    Hey everyone -

    I'm looking for some ideas to ride out near Utica/New Hartford area - any suggestions?

    I had seen somewhere that Sherrill Brook Park in New Hartford has some nice trails, but have also heard that they discouraged mountain biking? Any truth to either of these?

    Anywhere else checking out? I've been to Stoney Pond near Morrisville, and am looking for more stuff local to the Utica and nearby areas.

    Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by riotactor10 View Post
    Hey everyone -

    I'm looking for some ideas to ride out near Utica/New Hartford area - any suggestions?

    I had seen somewhere that Sherrill Brook Park in New Hartford has some nice trails, but have also heard that they discouraged mountain biking? Any truth to either of these?

    Anywhere else checking out? I've been to Stoney Pond near Morrisville, and am looking for more stuff local to the Utica and nearby areas.

    Thanks guys!
    Fairgrounds - From Utica heading South on route 8, go into the town of Bridgewater, take a right onto route 20. Proceed for about 2.5 miles until Bliven road appears on the left take that for about another 2 miles when the road forks take Fairground road another 2 miles and the trail will be on the left.

    Brookfield State Lands - Take a left 10 miles if heading south of Waterville off Route 12, or a right if headed north of Sherburne. This is Larkin Road and you'll go over some huge hills before getting to a "T" in the road about 5 miles out. Take a right and go 300 yards and take a left onto a seasonal road. Stay to the right at the graveyard about 1.5 miles in and the station with maps is up about another 300 yards.

    Old Forge/Inlet - Moss Lake, Bubb & Sis Lake, Cascade trail plus snowmobile trails. Stop by Pedals & Petals in Inlet and ask for trail info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riotactor10 View Post
    Hey everyone -

    I'm looking for some ideas to ride out near Utica/New Hartford area - any suggestions?

    I had seen somewhere that Sherrill Brook Park in New Hartford has some nice trails, but have also heard that they discouraged mountain biking? Any truth to either of these?

    Anywhere else checking out? I've been to Stoney Pond near Morrisville, and am looking for more stuff local to the Utica and nearby areas.

    Thanks guys!
    You could try asking at Dick Sonne's bike shop in New Hartford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riotactor10 View Post
    Hey everyone -

    I'm looking for some ideas to ride out near Utica/New Hartford area - any suggestions?

    I had seen somewhere that Sherrill Brook Park in New Hartford has some nice trails, but have also heard that they discouraged mountain biking? Any truth to either of these?

    Anywhere else checking out? I've been to Stoney Pond near Morrisville, and am looking for more stuff local to the Utica and nearby areas.

    Thanks guys!
    There is a large group of us that rides every Thursday at 6. Usually Sherrill Brook Town Park, Hamilton College, Fairgrounds loop in Brookfield, and near Chitnining Pond on route 20 outside of Waterville. Also I ride up at Colgate occasionally. If you're interested we always like more riders.

    Most of the trails I know pretty well, but only because I've done enough rides to learn them. Sherrill Brook trails are pretty confusing so its easy to get lost and turned around, but we've never had any issues with biking there.

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    Great Bear is in awesome condition. Went today about 5PM & had the place to my self.
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    Any new Highland forest beta, as of today? Just visiting my folks in Syracuse, haven't ridden there in 20 years!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Any new Highland forest beta, as of today? Just visiting my folks in Syracuse, haven't ridden there in 20 years!
    I was at Highland Forest Friday afternoon. Conditions couldn't be better. Dry, fast, and loose. Not a bit of mud to be found. CNY D.I.R.T. was up there Saturday and took a chainsaw to some trees that had fallen across the trails. They also cleared the medium and small branches that were on the trails and gave them a good raking as well.

    In short, the conditions are as good as they're ever going to be. If you haven't been there in 20 years I'd highly suggest picking up a map in the lodge. There's some amazing legal single track in there built by the guys at CNY D.I.R.T. They're some really fun trails that you should definitely check out!

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    Went to Shindagin yesterday. Perfect conditions. Even IMBA was dry

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    Great Bear and Green Lakes are also dry, spent the afternoon at GB with the Bike Syracuse/NICA kids.

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    Stopped out at Green Lakes yesterday, and it was pretty slick. I'd imagine it's quite a bit worse now!

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    Great Bear has become a swamp and suppose that Green Lakes will suffer the same fate today, maybe the only place that can be ridden will be Split Rock.

    The weekend looks promising weather wise but the trails are too wet to ride on.

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    Has anyone been out to Green Lakes recently? I'm assuming it's far from dry, but who knows. Also - I stopped out at Split Rock the other day - it was my first time there - I parked down on Onondaga Blvd and rode up that gravel path to the left. I had no idea where I was going once I got up there, but it was alright if once you get away from the broken bottles and shotgun shells.

    Anyone have any tips on getting around there? Is it best to just follow random paths and hope to find your way out eventually?

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    I rode green lakes last sat and sunday. It only had a few spots that were muddy. You can easily get around the mud.

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    CNY Trail Conditions

    Split Rock is a combination of public and private land. The higher elevations are private and posted by the owner, who has also piled brush and even felled trees across the trails to make his point. Other than that, I've never seen it patrolled, so poach at your own risk. The bedrock, old quarry, old landfill, and old munitions building areas AFAIK are public. Most of the trails are made evident from use by mt. bikes, hikers, dirt bikes & four wheelers. No signs or markers. Just keep exploring; you'll find what's worth riding.
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