Trumbull River Valley - TRAIL

Trumbull River Valley - Trail, Trumbull, Connecticut

The main trail you will find yourself on is a Rail Trail used by hikers, dogs, bikers, etc...so be careful and obey the rules so we can use it in the future. To get to the best trails you will need to go to the other side of the river (there are two bridges, one 1.5 miles from the trailhead, the other .25 miles from the end). From this side you'll just have to explore around. There are many great trails tucked away back here so take you time and explore or ask for directions. Most of the trails here are tight singletrack. There are a few small hills but nothing of real significance. Old Mine Park, Beaches Park, and Twin Brooks Park are within a few miles of this area and offer some great singletrack. Ask around for directions, these are harder to find.

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John   Weekend Warrior [Jan 26, 2013]

This is not a big place but it is very technical and fun. Some grat downhill sections, small to big rollers, and jumps of just about any size from small to way over my head.
I don't know it yet well enough to post a route, I follow the leader, but the trails along the river are great in either direction, very fun and technical, and the top of the ridgeline has a load of technical rollers and climbs. None of the climbs are too big , but very challenging.
When it's wet though after it rains, stay away from the river edge, the rocks are slippery as ice.
In the Winter, it's one of a very few places in Connecticut that has far less snow and is about 5-10 degrees warmer than mid-state because it's closer to the shore.
It would be very hard to actually get lost. It is not wide, just a loop out and back from the commuter parking lot.

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BuckingHardtail   Cross Country Rider [May 25, 2004]

Very fun! I'm a XC person, and this trail wasn't too bad. In fact, it's very, very similar to Daniel's Road in Saratoga Springs by Skidmore College. Trumbull is pretty rocky. You'll find some pretty good five foot drops around all over. *bring the camera* If you don't know where you're going, plan for some extra time to get out of there while there's light out.

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Doug   [Oct 15, 1998]

Most of the trails in this area are technical in nature. The climb at Old Mine Park is the only one that will really test your legs. There are many more miles of trails other than the ones I mapped out, most being much better. I would reccomend taking an afternoon to explore this area completely, stopping to ask where more trails might be. This area is not for beginners for the most part. The slow tachnical nature of the trails can be tough for the unskilled of undsupended (unless thats your thing). If you like tight singletrack this area is a must. If fast decents or long climbs are your thing, go elsewhere.

Customer Service

From the main trailhead on Tait Road:
Ride this trail (path really) to the end. Cross the road (whitney avenue) and continue olong the path. A little ways down you will see a trail of on the right going downhill. For you technical riders this is a nice short VERY technical section. This will take you to the Rt. 25 bridge. If you choose not to take this route you will soon see a trail going sharply uphill on the right. Go up here and follow this trail until you go under the Rt. 35 bridges. Once on the other side the trail will go up to the highway nearly and seem to disapear. Ahead on the right the trial will lead into the woods again. Follow this until you reach Old Mine Park. Cross the steel bridge and start the climb up staying to the right where the trails merge (or left if you want to hit the nasty technical stuff going up and not down). There is a bathroom in this park where you can get (nasty) water if you need any. This trail will go up the hill and right back down the other side and end up where you started. Be very careful your first time down this. There is a very fast section that has a left hand turn near the top. The trail is nearly totally washed out around this corner and is a bad accident waiting to happen if you get in one of the ruts. Once you have had your fun with this loop get back on the trail that takes you under 25. When you are back at the road you crossed go down the road just past the bridge. Where the gaurdrail ends on the right side of the road ther will be a small trail. This will wind through the woods and eventually to a childrens playground. There will be a fairly wide trail along the playground. Follow this trail for a few miles. About 2 miles (maybe less) down this trail there is a trail that leads off to the left. Follow this if yo uwant more technical riding. If you satyed on the main trail you will eventually drop down a small dropoff into an open pine area that has no clear markings. Make your way straight across and eventually you will find a trail that will take you down to a wide open area. If you stay to the right you will come to the bridge that leads back up the the main hiking/biking path and back to the parking lot. If you rode the other way it will take you to a small creek crossing. From here you can find some of the lesser traveled trails.

Similar Products Used: More trail can be found within riding distance at Beaches Park, Twin Brooks Park and behind Idian Ledge Park
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Alison   [Nov 13, 1998]

Although I began riding here about a year ago I believe it's well worth the trip from anywhere. There's a little for everyone, from the fast carriage road through the forest, to the river singletrack, to the rock slabs for trials, and much more. There is a ton of singletrack hidden in the three parks (Pequonnock Valley, Indian Ledge, and Old Mine) and many different ways you can do the trails. My favorite downhill is "Tale of Two Trees" and watching people do the picnic table drop. Worst climb is the "Death March" up Old Mine (all loose rocks and ruts.)

Customer Service

From the Rt. 25 Commuter Lot off of Daniels Farm Road. Take a left out of the lot to the end of the road then into the woods. You'll get to climb up a rocky technical hill (which is a BLAST coming down!) and then you have your choice of singletrack. I'm not going to say where the best is though... you gotta look for it on your own.

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Dan   [Nov 20, 1998]

This place ROCKS (get it?) I was going to suggest always starting from the commuter lot until I read Doug's suggested ride. That's a good loop as well. Ride it if you want to start with a warm up spin. (There is also single track to the left as you head up the rail trail. For a nice climb, head left, up around the fat tree and keep going.) Start from the commuter lot and go left if you want to jump into the single track.

This place has been getting lots of traffic lately so please role lightly. I am also extra polite with the hikers. The land is town owned and I would hate to see it closed.

Customer Service

From the commuter lot off of the Daniel's Farm exit of Route 25 take a right and head back to Daniel's Farm Road. Turn right down the hill and make your first left. From there its a short right, left, right, left on paved road to the dead end where you head in. Go under the bridge and up the fire road. Good single track to the right and left and even straight ahead if you go all the way to the end and across the street. This adds 45 min. to the rides Doug and Allison mention.

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Bill   [Jan 06, 1999]

Single-track is some of the best. Great technical, some fast and clean - overall something for everyone (but should be strong rider to do some of the S-track). rails-to-trails is a great warm-up (slow-down for hikers, be nice -it pays). Double track offers some good fast runs with some nice sections to test skills. Overall a great ride. Easily could make a 10 miler into a 20.

Customer Service

From commuter parking lot - go right dwon Daniels Farm to trail head at Tait road (same route as Dougs. This is a good warm-up ride 2.5 miles. Cross road - sharp right onto single track under 25 bridge into Old Mine. Cross bidge and do the hill loop -left for technical uphill and fast dnhill, right for reverse. Some good fast single-track off main trail at top of climb. Back down and reverse back to Whitney Road. Left at Whitney to park entrance then follow trail at quard rail. Fast-flat double with several single track off to left. You have look for them. Several loops to the left up the hill that are technical with nice drops. Eventually you will work your way back to the old resevoir. From here if you go left you can find some more single-track at small rock pile that will climb up to the top of the hill Lisa describes or go straight and stay on less technical double up the hill. From single-track you can do several loops to top of hill. Back down hill, over stream to trail head and onto parking. This loop is about 10-12 miles depending on how adventurous you are.

Similar Products Used: Westwood. Been there twice, still learning the trails but so far great technical s-track. Not many hills, one nice little climb on blue square up to trail head. Huntington for early morning fast runs and climbing.
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Butch   [May 01, 1999]

see above?!

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This is a great route. From the Rt. 25 Commuter Lot off of Daniels Farm Road. Take a left out of the lot to the end of the road then into the woods. Cross the little creek. Climb up a rocky technical hill(doubletrack). At the top start lookng for a sharp right into the singletrack. Follow that climb until you hit the plateu. For the best portions of the trails here always bear right. there are several choices for the next 3/4 mile or so. they all converge eventually at the crossing of another creek. Right after this crossing look for a right at a Y-split - nice new section. it comes out at a fire road. don't be tempted to shoot down it yet. instead, take the short steep descend into the third creek crossing then bear right and take a quick left. at the next intersection, you could take the left down the hill (nice) and hit the river side trails, but mych nicer is to explore the rest of the plateu. so keep going straight into a maze of tight singletrack. there is a loop here all by itself with several challenging climbs (short) and a few rocks and drop offs. ask around for the tabletop section. once you're done with this part head east (on any of a number of trails) eventually you'll hit a nice descend into the old pond bed. bear right until you hit the river side trails. follow those all the way. stay close to the river for the best trails. at the end of that trail you'll find another small section packed with technical outcrops. enjoy those and if you want more cross the rode and take the old rail trail into Old mine. hang a right before the hi-way crossing for another exciting portion. all in all one could spend a good 3-4 hours here without being bored.
Good luck.

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Mark   [Jun 08, 1999]

Well groomed trails with Rocks, Roots, Hills that will test your technical skills as far as you want to go. New trails are continually appearing. This is by far the best place in the area that I've ridden.

Customer Service

Rte 25 Commuter Lot entrance. Follow the trail down to the creek (stay left) and ride the new creekside trail til it drops you out on the two track. Take a right and climb til you find the entrance to the single track on the left. Ride along Rte 25 (Ridge area) for several miles (many variations of trail in this area, just pick one and go).

Similar Products Used: Westwoods. Don't waste your time at Cranberry unless you only want to ride for 20 minutes.
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Chris   [Aug 15, 1999]

Going in from the rail trial (i recomend) this gives you a small warm up. These trails are good for all types of riders from the extreme to the novice. There are many "litttle" single tracks off the side of this trail (always to the right). You have to look for them. While riding in you are able to see the river running along the right side of the trail. There is a perfect little one about 3/4 of a mile in. You are able to see it when you are riding it is about 4 ft wide and it drops down into a shallow part of a stream. Best time to ride this is mid summer to early fall (less rainfall) but you can run this all year long. Get your speed up you will need it to carry you through the water and up on shore. You are able to take a right or a left. Left brings you further into the Valley and right brings you out to Indian head by the commuter lot. I recomend for the longer ride take a left. This brings you through flats rocks and trees, and a few good down hills. I have been riding this trial for a year now and i been finding new trials all the time aor ehat seems to be new trails. it just could be a new entrance to a trail ridden before. I you want to find a nice place to relax follow the rail trail out to the road and cross over to old mine park and follow the trails and it will take you under rt 25 into the park. There is a small pond and a nice grass area. They have a few trails but i would stay in the valley area if you want the fast challenging stuff. Watch out for dead ends most lead of little cliffs. Have fun and if you see a guy out there with a green full suspension diamond back say hi. Last word of advice there are a lot people ooout there now so be careful on the single tracks there could be someone comming the other way. Happy riding have fun and ride hard.

Customer Service

Comming from route rt. 15 south get off the 127 exit for White Plains Rd. Take a right and follow it through town go through three lights and you will come to a mobil station there is another light, you can take a right and follow Dainels Farm Rd and at take the first left and follow down and park in the commuter lot. To ride the trail take a left out of the parking lot and follow the road into the dead end and the trial is up to the left. But i usally use another entrance at the light by the mobil station go strait and there is a little dead end road on the right 350 feet from the light. Park along the side. This gives you access to the Rail trial.

Similar Products Used: Just stay in the valley you will find many trials out there.
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Dennis G   [Sep 06, 1999]

The trail is north/south, just follow the river. Go across the river via boy scout wooden plank bridges or down this loose gravel hill and scoot across low water. Lots of single track on the other side, tight and winding. Make sure you get to the clearing on the other side and do the loose rock downhill with the drop off in the middle of the downhill. Good air to be had. Stay to the right and explore. You eventually end up on a ridge overlooking rte 25, then go downhill from there towards the left. You might find this steep short downhill. Keep pushing back towards the river and evetually you'll go under rte 25 itself and come out to Parlor Rock park and you have to do the "Death March" hill as someone so aptly put it above. You'll know what I mean when you see it. Make sure you check out this deep narrow gorge mine thing. Then do the cool downhill back to the fishing hole. Be careful on the way down this hill, there's a nasty drop off that could hurt if not done properly.

Was this confusing? Of course it was. You'll just have to do the trails with a friend. There don't seem to be anymore trail maps at trail heads anymore. I picked one up a few years ago, it is useful for the first few times, very colorful. Drop me an email and I can send you a copy.

Customer Service

From 95 south or north, pickup rte 8 north in bridgeport and go towards trumbull/danbury, take the rte 127 exit, take a left off the ramp, go for a couple miles till you pass the mobil intersection and take your first right off just past the old town hall. park there to the right and start at the trail head rail trail.

Similar Products Used: Redding/Bethel (Huntington State Park), Tyler Mill Run in Wallingford, West Rock in Hamden
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