Canondale Research trail - Trail, Bethel, Connecticut

Canondale Research trail - Trail, Bethel, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

The good stuff, but its at the top of the mountan.

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[Feb 16, 2004]
Cross Country Rider

Overall pretty in your face. There were some good trails scattered throughout the area but it would be tough to link up any kind of decent loop . There are some great possibilities here but you'd have to do some major rerouting. There was one trail in particular that we pushed our bikes up a huge hill for 15 minutes to find some SWEET singletrack at the top. The whole section would have been incredible if that climb had some switchbacks put in. The whole place is like that,huge potential but not routed well. I'd like to go back but I'd have to figure out a better way around the place.

Customer Service

Start out near Cannondale Hd. and go in on the dirt trail past the stunts on your left. Make your first right and climb Heart attack hill. Be prepared to climb,climb ,climb...

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3
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5
[Nov 18, 2003]
Eric
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail system this past weekend after reading some of the posts. I think that unless you're into long steep climbs it just isn't worth it. There are however some nice pieces of singletrack here,unfortunatly the trail routes are not planned very well. You either are going straight up or down and rarely across the ridges. It does have a lot of potential here but the climbing needs to have a ton of switchbacks put in. We pushed our bikes straight up one hill for about 15 minutes and when we got to the top we were rewarded with some choice ribbons of trail that we'll never ride again. All in all a little disapointing but it's just a bit extreme with no 'flow' to speak of here. We did have fun on the main blue trail and there are a bunch of trails here. It would take some careful planning with a topo map to get a good route planned. I don't know who owns the land but it is blazed in most places, it's just in need of some better trail routing to bring this place up to it's potetial. Papa blood vessel wasn't even the worst climb here-not even close!

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Ninham,Huntington,Trout Brook

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2
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5
[Oct 19, 1999]
Mike

These trails are awsome!!!! There are nice climbs and sweet decents. You could see the cannondale people out there once in a while.

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Cromwell Trails

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5
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[Apr 04, 2000]
Jon

These trails are pretty tough...some areas are incredibly technical but overall the challenge is finding a flat area. It seems like you are always either heading up or down here...which is good but tiring.

Customer Service

From C-dale HQ go into the trails. Keep in mind you are on low ground and the hill is to your right. Stay right and climb until you die. After you die, take a drink and decide whether or not to proceed or turn around and enjoy the hill on the down. Keep in mind this system of trails pops in and out of places along the rest of the industrial park too.

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Huntington Park is about the only place left -- the Resivoir has been destroyed for construction. Huntington isnt even that great. Damn.

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4
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[Apr 10, 2000]
Eric

Up, and up, and up, and down! Ahhh! Well I rode with a couple of c'dale friends and learned that they have the endurance and know how to ride, WELL! I smoked em on the downhill though! Tough ride, but great ride! Tech in spots but mostly verticle.

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4
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[Apr 19, 2000]
greg

I have ridden these trails two times and each time I say I need to get in better shape before I come back. I don't mind riding up but it is a real workout. The trails are a lot of fun to come down! This place is good for a few times a summer but I need to keep exploring and if there are more trails here it may be good for even more than that....
I will return after a few more visits.

Customer Service

It hurts, but it seems you need to go right up the hill to find the good trails.

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trumble is great

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4
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[May 30, 2000]
KVK

There are no plans to include mountain bikers, hikers, etc. Voice opposition wherever you can and again, check out www.bfirst.web.com to get the full story.

Customer Service

This unbelievably good trail along with the 450 acres that go with it will be completely gone if they put in an $11.8 million golf course. With only 2 weeks before the town vote, check out www.bfirst.web.com for more info.

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Huntington

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5
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[Jun 23, 2000]
Kramer

These trails are fustrating to anyone who is not in shape...so if you are looking to go for your monthly ride...don't do it here...you will regret it...and i will laugh at you all the way up popa-blood-vessle .

Customer Service

End of the dead end, get out of your car and head up the double track till you see a single track off on the right...it heads up, and up , and up...this trail is affectionatly known as Popa-blood-vessel...follow the trail for about 4 miles till you get to the down hill, just as your about enjoying going down...look for a switchback on the left...this will go back up...and up and up...then you will be at the top...you have to look hard but you can find it with good eyes...a trail called Running Deer is off to the left, it is kinda hidden but it consists of a ripping single track that is more like an amusment park ride than a trail.follow this down to the ol mx track...which is now private property...

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Carmel N.Y....Pootatauck State Forest, New Fairfeild (Home turf)..only 3 people ride there...so forget about seeing other people..unless it is me

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4
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[Nov 09, 2000]
TomC

This ride is hard and not for someone who rides once a month. There's lots of technical stuff and very difficult climbs.

Customer Service

From the dead end do not go straight down the dirt road. Instead go to the eastside of the dead end circle and straight into the woods (this would be about 50 yards to the left of the dirt road.
Enter the woods and the trail quickly bears right and follow a small ridgeline overlooking a lake and the railroad tracks. This ridge goes for 'bout a quarter mile, crests and then does a short but sweet little downhill. NOW make your way over to the main trail (towards the mountain, in otherwords to the West!)
follow this trail south. First pass the dreaded nosebleed climb (the first uphill on the right)that everyone mentions and go to the second right, make a short 1/4 mile climb on a double track trail and take the second single track trail on the left (this will be difficult to see so look hard). If you come out near a house you've gone about 200 yards too far. Enter the woods off this double track and cross a swampy area (dry in the Fall) for about 75 feet and then start following your nose. This turns into a real nice technical loop, probably 'bout a mile long. Near the end you'll cross over a swampy area and back onto the double track again. Make a right for a quick downhill. Now go back over to the 1st right and take your medicine now that you're warmed up! Climb....climb and climb a little more. You'll come to a cool down area and then you'll climb a little more (this is a killer downhill if you return this route)to the top. One review says 4 miles, I think their odometer is off but I will say it feels like 5 miles.
At the top the trail splits. I always take the left and climb a little more. Then you'll hit a great downhill. It gets a little beatup in spots from the motorbikes. Follow your nose, cross a stream and you'll come to another fork. I usually go right here. Going left will lead to a lot of great trails that all loop around so go get lost. I make a right and go into a very steep unclimable climb. Please let me know if you do it. I think it's f_ _Kin' impossible! Keep following the trail to the top (nice Carry to the top) at this point you can keep making rights and it will take you back to the first fork at the top of the nosebleed climb. Enjoy the downhill back to the deadend.

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5
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[Nov 28, 2000]
Mark

The initial climb is pretty steep, although my riding partner was able to grind it out without a stop. Once on the top, follow the blue blazes for a while. The singletrack is good and challenging, but real boney. There's no avoiding the rocks on these trails. And this time of year, the leaves cover a lot of roots and rocks, so be prepared and don't be tentative. Seems like these trails are either sharp inclines or downhill spped zones. Lots of sections are marked for descents only. Trying to tackle them from the opposite direction proved futile. Either way, we had a great time, and look forward to coming back.

Customer Service

At the cul-de-sac behind the Cannondale HQ, head for the singletrack on the left of the shed; follow this trail for a little while, then work over to the right, cross through the stone wall and head up the hill. Yes, it is all up hill at this point. The switchbacks don't seem to negate the vertical climb at all. When you finally reach the top, it's all wide open for singletrack, uphill and downhill trails and lots of fun in between. Follow the blue blazes, then the red blazes, for some good loops. Most of the time, you'll be able to navigate well-worn paths without blazes, and they all end up on a marked route. Have fun!

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Huntington State Park is OK early in the a.m.; Wooster Woods in Danbury is great, but lots of humping the bike due to steep, rocky hillsides. Those who've been there will know what I'm talking about.

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4
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