Highland Forest - Trail, Fabius, York

Highland Forest - Trail, Fabius, York

DESCRIPTION

Xcountry ski park in winter time. Great Trails. Good smooth descents. Difficult root sections. Just finished racing the Highland Classic bike race. Recommended.

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[Oct 12, 2011]
TMCL
Cross Country Rider

I've been going to Highland forest roughly once a week since moving to CNY 10 weeks ago. This fall has been unusually wet (Hurricane Irene) and yes the trails have been muddy/wet. There is a an unnamed single track linking the bottom of Unemployment / Rippin back to East Rim Loop. Very worthwhile. It was dry enough that I rode all the named (and some unnamed single track this past weekend. Two weeks ago I rode rollercoaster (uphill, I don't recommend it unless dry). However, Nirvana UP to Rollercoaster down is a great combination. The map is a little deceptive but if you can find it, Snake in the Grass, though rated easy, is pretty sweet if you know the trail is clear and let go of the brakes. There are a couple of rollers near the worn trail that make it more interesting.

The nice thing about Highland forest is that you have so many choices that groups of mixed abilities will find something that suits them. Ride all two track, fast open downhill, all single track, or ride the two track up to single track downhill. As mentioned by a prior reviewer, read a topo map and avoid the lowest of areas. In most cases there are single track trails or alternate logging roads that will let you avoid the deepest mud / wet areas. Always assume that mud in a low area is axle deep, even if it looks harmless.

Customer Service

Vanderkamp - Dirt Works - Nirvana - Roller Coaster - East Rim - East Rim Cutoff backtrack to Log Roller - Log Jam - Unemployment - Main Road to Arab Hill Road to Snake in the Grass - South Loop to South Loop Cutoff - climb Arab Hill Road again to Rippin - Unnamed Trail back to East Rim - Return to Lodge

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For from-your-door cross country that mixes pavement, forest roads, and abandoned forest roads in the Tully NY area climb Foley road up to Maple Ridge Road on top of Heiburg Forest then go south to Vormwald Road. There are some really neat dry laid rock walls in the middle of the forest. Check google earth or local top map for route.

Note there is a loop a little further south from Vormwald. This loop is more open than the upper portion of Vormwald. A portion of Vormwald is grown up in pines and you can momentarily feel a bit lost. Take a map, gps unit, and/or compass, leave a route for friends to find you, and a perhaps a fully charged cell phone. This is state land for day use but you're not going to be accidentally found if you get lost or injured by the next person a mile behind you.

Don't aggravate the neighbors, there is no public parking at the base of Foley road however Foley road is public so you could drive up and park at the turnaround at the fence marking the state land boundary. I like this ride because I can roll out of my garage and after a few warmup pavement miles be climbing towards the ridge offroad.

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4
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4
[May 31, 2010]
Steel wheels
Weekend Warrior

Guess what? Highland Forest is dry and that is rare!!!! When it is dry the riding is great! Check it out!

Customer Service

Going down unemployment was very fun...same with Rippin'...all of the trails there are fun when the place is dry

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'gate!

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4
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4
[Aug 04, 2008]
velociped jones
Weekend Warrior

previous reviewers have done a pretty good job describing the place. it was muddy. roots. tight and twisty in spots. you can tell the trails are cared for. a coupla killer climbs. no real super crazy descents, tho' with the mud, all descents became crazy. not that many rocks.

Customer Service

rode the course as part of the 17th annual highland forest classic. we started at the registration building and went uphill from there. i guess in a counterclockwise fashion.

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4
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4
[Jul 28, 2008]
Steel wheels
Weekend Warrior

This park has some real potential. Too bad it is wet and muddy most of the year. When it is dry this place has some great trails. And it is true that the place is very mountain bike friendly. I like it!

Customer Service

Just get a map and mill about.

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Stoney Pond, Colgate Trails, Brookfield

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4
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3
[Dec 03, 2007]
chapper69
Cross Country Rider

excellent trails, varied terrain, plenty of riding

Customer Service

all

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5
VALUE
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4
[Jul 30, 2007]
bioadam
Cross Country Rider

Bring a sandwich, you're going to be out awhile. There is alot to see here, with tons of ridable terrain. Quite a bit of BRUTAL climbing, some sweet descents, and tons of off the grid singletrack. I used to ride this years ago on a full suspension freeride bike, but have since upgraded to a hardtail XC bike, and it caters to that much more. I still find new stuff there, even after rding there for so long. Alot of the best biking is off the mountain bike trails, but you didn't hear that from me. Look for singletrack drop-ins off the main double track, and you'll find ladders, long stunts, and tight, twisty, challenging riding. Just be prepared to wash your rig down after a day spent there, it's muddy the entire season, and not just a little muddy, you're going to come out gross, and if you don't you missed the best trails, back you go.

Customer Service

trial and error has worked out best for me, there's some great circuits to be pieced together at this place

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Shindagin Hollow in Ithaca, best trails around hands down.

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4
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4
[Oct 08, 2005]
IRA176
Weekend Warrior

Southside loop was a fun fast and rooty trail with decents and climbs and an unmapped side trail that was pretty technical. Overall a good experience with a challenge. I didn't notice too much mud on the ride, probably due to a dryer than normal summer. I'm looking to check out some of the other trails in the Park in the future. Also check in at the main office to pick up a map.

Customer Service

I rode at Highland Forest for the first time, on October 5, 2005. I was fortunate enough to run into a couple of fellow mountain bikers who knew the area better than I. We started off on one of the Orange marked trails, I believe it was the Southside loop trail. We rode down a hill, toward the east, and went back up the hill. We crossed over one of the wider trails and continued for a a bit before we turned right onto some unmapped single track trails. If you cross the power lines you've gone too far for this single track. In this area, you'll encounter a log bridge, a see-saw and a log pyramid and then you'll travel down a moderate grade weaving in and around the trees. This trail will eventually lead you to the parks main road, near the Saw Mill. Just ride north on the road and it will take you back to the parking area.

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I hear there are some down hill trails at Song Mountain, which is in the vicinity of Highland Forest.

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4
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4
[Jun 27, 2005]
JamFan44
Cross Country Rider

Reading DrRace's review pretty much sums up the ride conditions ALL OF THE FREAKING TIME at Highland. It's pretty, and the hills give you a hard workout, but the mud just saps the energy right out of the ride, unless you are flying downhill through it, which is rarely the case. A lot of the area is laced with double track and the really good singletrack is near the power lines near Apache Hill (if I remember the name correctly). Unfortunately, it is not on the map, so find someone who is in the know to show you the ropes. There are some rooty sections on the southside loop, and a nice log bridge coming back up the hill from there. On the unmarked singletrack there are ladders and see-saws and log pyramids and such to keep ones interest. The NY Mountain Bike Championship is hosted there every year, so I'll have to check that out.

Customer Service

Park at the main lot (not the lodge lot), and proceed farther down the road for about a mile until you come to a large downhill, take it almost to the bottom and take a left through a gate onto doubletrack. Continue on the Southside loop going clockwise around. Take either of the trails up Apache Hill to the top and find the good singletrack from there, then ride the Northside Loop to the lodge for a well-deserved rest and a good take-in of the scenery.

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Skytop Quarry-which is still rideable! See posts for "the quarry" in Syracuse Vanderkamp-North of Oneida Lake. Closed, unfortunately, from mid-June until end of summer. Good singletrack, well-maintained and well-mapped Shindaigin (spelling?) Hollow-See reviews out of Ithaca. Good singletrack for miles. All skill levels, get a map first!!!

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3
VALUE
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3
[Sep 07, 2003]
DrRace
Cross Country Rider

*&@?!+=*@@&ing ALWAYS MUDDY - Can sap your will to ride/live/think kindly of the world. There are some truely beautiful stretches of single-track, BUT: Despite being atop a substantial hill, most of Central NY's rainfall seems to drain into Highland Forrest and never leave: I rode the South Loop yesterday (9/6/03), it hasn't rained for 2 weeks, it's been 70-80F with a regular breeze and *STILL* there was deep, cloying, unrideable mud at regular intervals. If you like trials riding with mud obsticals then Highland Swamp is for you, if you're looking for trail riding then this place could seriously piss you off- every so often you get to a point where enough mud has been shaken off your bike that it actually works again (albeit with mud as a chain lube), the single track is great, you get some speed up and it seems like a good idea after all...SPLAT more fetid swampland, more cursing. Every time I swear to myself that I'll not come back, but after several weeks of sunshine you start to think "it must be drier now": don't be fooled, it never is, even when the rest of the state is frozen solid there are still mud-pools on the South Loop to stick to you x-skis. You have been warned. If you still go, there is a wash-hose behind a small building to the north of the main office- you'll be needing it.

Customer Service

East Rim - be careful on the first downhill, it can wash out.

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Alas the "quarry" is no more (if you care about being busted for felony trespass). Split Rock WSW of Syracuse is next best.

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2
VALUE
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4
[Oct 17, 1999]
J Ferris

There's something for all skill levels here. Trails are fairly well marked and there are miles and miles of trails (at least 50). It's usually pretty muddy compared to other places around here, and watch out for the horse shit- otherwise highly recommended.

Customer Service

There's too many to recommend any single one. Geta trail map and start exploring.

Similar Products Used:

Morgan Hill (between Fabius and Cortland)

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3
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