Pittstown State Forest Singletrack - Trail, Pittstown/Grafton, York

Pittstown State Forest Singletrack - Trail, Pittstown/Grafton, York

DESCRIPTION

These trails were built and maintained by the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Clun and the NYS DEC. The loop is all singletrack and is considered to be for upper imtermediate/fairly advanced riders: plenty of rock wall crossings, logs, ramps, rock outcropping drop ins,switchbacked turns and short steep climbs. So far, 5 miles of trail have been built with another 2-3 to be completed by Fall of 2000. The end of the trail leads you to a fire lane, take a right and it will bring you downhill to your car. If you go left out of the singletrack, you can enter Grafton Lakes State Park by climbing up Ward Hollow (actually straight ahead of you out of the singletrack, which is very steep and is literally all rocks/boulders into the park, not much dirt!). Looney Hollow (go left out of singletrack, climb up the fre lane and take your first right, or Stagecoach Road (climb fire lane to the end, then take a right). All of these climbs (or descents coming from the park) are about 900-1000 feet, with all 3 being fairly rocky and challenging (with Ward Hollow being the toughest).

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 23, 2014]
cbcbike
Cross Country Rider

SMBA has built several new trails and fixed up all the old trails over the last few years. There is approx. double the mileage in Pittstown now - thanks to the hard work of the volunteers from SMBA and the local MTB community!! SMBA is starting construction on another new trail that will be over 3 miles long when finished!! Keep an eye out for trail days on the MTBR NY Regional Forum!

Customer Service

From the parking lot - jump on Yellow (Red Pine) to Blue (Knuckle).

Take a right on Red (Bonnie & Clyde) and do an out-and-back.

Get back on Blue and take a right to the top. At the top, take a left on Yellow (Zig Zag) Rip Yellow to the bottom, then continue on Yellow to Blue (climb).

Finish with the Happy Ending! Left on Yellow (Zig Zag) left on Red (Superman) right on Blue (Knuckle) left on Yellow (Red Pine) to parking lot!! Crack open a beer and try to wipe the grin off your face!

Best ending to a ride in the 518!!

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5
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4
[Oct 25, 2013]
chris
Cross Country Rider

Pittstown State Forest is an 1155 acre state forest that is located approx 15 miles east of Troy, NY. It is situated at the base of the Rensselaer Plateau, giving the land a lot of elevation changes and diverse terrain. The Pittstown trails are intermediate to advanced level multi-use trails that take advantage of the diverse terrain and elevation changes in the State Forest. Saratoga Mountian Bike Association entered into a Volunteer AANR with the NYS DEC since 2011 to build and maintian the trials in Pittstown. Since that time we have revamped all the existing trails and added 4+ miles of new singletrack.

Customer Service

Take NY Rt 7 to Tamarac Rd, to Parker School Road to Ward Hollow Road.
Lat Long 42.816216,-73.468211
Drive past the kiosk on Ward Hollow Rd. and park at the camping/parking clearing. enter to the north on the double track and look for an immediate right turn onto yellow trail. Trails can be done as an out and back or looped following the fire road east.

Map and directions located here: http://saratogamtb.org/trails/pittstown-state-forest/

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Grafton State Park

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5
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4
[Jun 29, 2011]
Pete
Weekend Warrior

So the entrances to the trails is not clear but I found this buried in the forums. For #1, when it says "ATV" trail, but it's wide enough for a pickup and VERY muddy. There are yellow trail markers:
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(http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=845487&postcount=8)

there's 3 entrances/exits off the fire lane. Go into Pittstown SF and go past the koisk (where a map used to be but it looks like someone busted into it)...

1. Go up the rise and there's a parking lot on your left. (We often times park there and eventually lop back to the lot, but you can climb up this way too.) Go onto the ATV trail (now Corridor 9 snowmobile trail) , pass over a bunch of mudholes and a stream. After the stream, look right for the DEC disc markings...start climbing on the singletrack.

2. OR... go back to the firelane, take a left and start climbing. Pass the unofficial rifle range on the left. climb some more and you'll come to your next parking lot on the right (Ward Hollow trail from Grafton dumps out there). Look immediately to your left whil on the fire lane and you'll see the DEC disc markings. Climb up the trail and you'll then be officially onto the Zig Zag trail. This will bring you down to the ATV trail mentioned above. Take a left on the atv trail and you'll be back at your car.

3. OR...skip the entrance mentioned above and keep climbing up the fire lane, hitting a pretty good climb. When you get to the top, look for a major trail (atv sized on your right). This is Looney Hollow, which also comes down from Grafton. Immediately look left and you will see 2 unmarked trails: a singletrack to the left and an ATV to the right (goes to a graveyard). Take the singletrack to the left. This is called Bonnie and Clyde. It's official but is yet to be marked. It will drop you down to a skidder road. Take a right (you'll see a fire pit and a shot out Model T, hence Bonnie & Clyde). Follow the skidder road up the climb. At the top, look left for a short connector trail (I'll rake today). This will take you to another skidder road. Take a left. Then take your next right up a short, rocky climb and it will turn into singletrack. This trail will connect you to Zig Zag, as mentioned in #2. Take a right onto Zig Zag and follow it back to your car.

We hope to get permission in the future to extend the singletrack so you can completely avoid the muddy, crappy atv trail....

Have fun!

Customer Service

As for driving directions, the official ones are not accurate see post by Douglas. You want Ward Hollow road, google will take you there.

First time I rode a round trying to find the trail entrance for about an hour... would not recommend that as the trails themselves will give you plenty of cardio! I found the entrance in #2 first, a ways up the dirt road, followed it but then actually turned around as it didn't look right. I later found out I was on the right trail, as I managed to ride Zig Zag in the opposite direction and end in this same spot...

So, do note that the entrance in #2 is a yellow DEC marker doubletrack that goes up and up. This part of the trail is not well worn at all (many leaves, no visible tire marks when I hit it), and becomes quite rocky. But, you will notice some chainring marks on a few logs and it will put you out at singletrack if you stick with it. There is also a Blue DEC marker 'foot trail' that junctions with this trail near the entrance, found that preferable to ride down when I came in the opposite direction.

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4
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4
[Apr 14, 2005]
douglas
Cross Country Rider

This has to be one of the most technical trails in the capital district. If you can ride all of it I would be super impressed. This area has so much potential, but hardly anyone rides here. There could be some many more trails built - maybe evryone prefers to pay to go to Grafton and deal with the crowds??

Customer Service

The above directions are a little off Take Route 2 East in Troy, NY. Follow through Eagle Mills. At the next light (corner of rt 2 and rt 278), take a left and then an immediate right onto Tamarack Rd. (Stewarts shop will be on your left). Follow Tamarack Road, pass Old Siek Road, a trailer park, then take a right onto a large dirt road. This is KEEFE rd., Follow this road and bear right (now called Edelman rd). Follow this straight onto WARD HOLLOW road and you'll see a sign letting you know that you are now entering the Pittstown State Forest. Park at the first large opening on your left......Also I'd bike up the road until you see a parking spot on the right, and the trail head is opposite that (on the right side of the road.)

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4
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3
[Aug 26, 2003]
APB
Cross Country Rider

Great single track. Some steep ups and downs. I rode up the new trial onto zigzag then bonnie and clyde to the dirt road. Then I turned around and went back the same way. clocked 8 miles and 1.5 hours. A good ride both ways. great job building these trails. I'll explore more next time.

Customer Service

Ride up the dirt road half mile from parking area. Trail is on the left hidden in the weeds across from a road on the right. Take that trail up the hill and then zigzag down. Go left on the ATV trail half mile to the car.

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4
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3
[Aug 20, 2000]
J.

ABSOLUTE KUDOS to the MHCC and DEC in building this trail. EXCELLENT job. Hope to see more built in the future. It's about time. PLEASE .... all who ride it take care of it.

Moving to this area about a year ago (from Albany) the riding options are for the most part very limited. I've become quite familiar with Western Mass and continue to ride at Skidmore when I can make it out there. Now I have this to ride right in my own back yard. THANK YOU MHCC and DEC. Looking forward to more trails to come.

Can't give you 5 treads because I know your best work is yet to be built.

Customer Service

The one suggested. Love to ride it either way.

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All of Western Massachusetts is excellent mtn. biking, Skidmore,

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[Feb 22, 2001]
Mike

I rode this trail with one of the guys who built it...a great loop with some nice rocks and short drops, a little mud, and a whole lot of twisty-turny singletrack. I was very impressed with what the MHCC had to go through to get permission to build these trails, and definitely like the fact that it's off limits to motorbikes and ATVs. Parts of it were very challenging, but most of it was intermediate level stuff.

The earlier mention of the climb going into the park at the end of the ride being a steep rocky climb is no joke...it feels like it's about a mile long (at least) of unrideable rock pitched at about 55 degrees. Definitely follow the directions and park at the trail head.

Customer Service

The suggested route

Similar Products Used:

Skidmore campus for great variety and mud, Skidmore stables for hours worth of riding and the SLICKROCK!!!, and Jockey Hill (Kingston) for long-distance, quad burning riding.

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[May 01, 2001]
J. JOnah Jameson

Just a few additions to what's already been written. First of all, there is no trail in Grafton (or anywhere rideable) that's 55 degrees. No one would or Could ride a sustained 55 degree slope up or down. In fact you'd be hard pressed to find a place that had trails with 55 degree inclines (not one ski resort in the east even comes close.The steepest ski runs at Squaw Valley run in the mid 40's. Hell, short of Alaska heli-trips 55 sustained degree slopes are pretty damn hard to find let alone descend or ascend. The downhill world cup bike races don't happen on anything close to 55 (or 40) degrees.The steepest stages of the tour de france hold around 8-11 degrees of sustained climbing and that's considered extreme. Few people can climb a mile long 55 degree slope with ropes and crampons let alone a bicycle . The ward's hollow trail maybe, maybe in its steepest sections hits mid teens (which feels damn steep on a bike-going up or down). Just looking to keep down the hyperbole.

The best way back up to Grafton from Pittstown state forest is to ride the Power lines for a few miles and take that well defined gravel trail (which turns into a pretty wide, rocky, and steep single track climb) all the way back up to the lake parking lots. Its a longer but easier (but by no means easy) climb than Ward's Hollow.

Customer Service

Same as above

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Not a bad place to ride, works wonderfully when looped in with a larger Grafton trip.

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[Jul 26, 2001]
Jim MacNaughton

Fun stuff, but here's the scoop: there will be a trail building day on 8/26/01, meet at the lower lot:

Trail Work Day in the Pittstown State Forest - Meet at 9:00 A.M. - We'll be either/or building some new trail / working on the Bonnie & Clyde Trail / marking new connectors - BYO tools & lunch, we'll bring the beverages - For more informtion/meeting location, contact Jim MacNaughton to confirm (see e mail address). Wanna build/maintain some nasty singletrack? come along!

Customer Service

a new singletrack (not marked by DEC) exists up the fire lane: go up the hill and look for a noticeable right turn (this is Looney Hollow), now look left and you see a path through the weeds: this is the 1 mile 'Bonnie & Clyde' trail. it needs some work but is pretty fun. When it ends, take a right (see the shot out Model T Ford on your left, hence Bonnie & Clyde) and follow the old road until it just about ends and take a left at the orange marker, follow the markers until you come to your next visible right ( a shaley climb). It get fun now, or more fun than riding on the temporary connector logging roads (to be replaced with singletrack in the future). Take that right and you'll connect into the other/marked Pittstown Singletrack, otherwise known as 'Zig Zag' by the MHCC locals. Have fun, ride it all, then ride it backwards!

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Yokun Ridge in Lenox, Spier Falls in S. Glens Falls.

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[Jan 16, 2002]
Eric

this trail is very tough, but also rewarding, if you don't like to climb, it could get very painful. typically we ride down the single track (bonnie and clyde, and zig zag), then back up the fire road and out ward hollow back to the car. the climb is killer. the trail is fun but the climb out is so intense that it becomes the main focus if you're not prepared for it.

Customer Service

same as above, i rode down into the forest from grafton.

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skidmore is the most fun. gore mt isn't really in the area, but it's also excellent. do not go to killington.

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