It's All About the Ride....

DIRT: Ride Guide

What To Expect

Our rides are just one of the many ways to become associated with other members, familiar with local trails and an excellent bonding activity for you, your mountain bike and the land. Let's face it, riding is the one activity that defines us all. It is the primary reason we work so hard to fight for trails and maintain areas. For above all, riding is the source of the joy we feel and what brings us together as a group in the first place.

Every week beginning in the spring and extending into fall, CNY DIRT offers guided rides to various places near Syracuse and throughout Central New York. We cater to all skill levels and riding experiences. We offer Green Spokes rides that will benefit the beginner. Night rides and women's rides will also be offered. Two weekend trips are also scheduled with more possibilities opening as the season progresses.

The usual safety precautions apply: Bring plenty of water and food. Tool and spare tubes are a good idea. Of course, helmets are required of all riders.

DIRT rides are fun, easy going, and yet challenging enough for anyone from those new to the sport to the seasoned veteran. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet some great people, find new riding partners or just to socialize. You will discover new areas to ride or even new trails to ride in your favorite areas. Most importantly, you will be out on your bike in the woods. After all, isn't that what it's all about?

You can find the dates and locations of our rides on our calendar. Most rides start at noon. More complete directions or information about any of the rides can be obtained by phone or fax. Call Lance at 458-5260 or stop in to the Bike Loft in North Syracuse. Directions for a few particular rides are not listed, but will be available at a later date. These are new rides added to the schedule and shouldn't be missed!Night rides will be determined by weather and demand so make sure to call or stop by the Bike Loft for more info. Hope to see you there!

1. Split Rock, Onondaga Hill

Great riding area close to Syracuse. Mostly open terrain with a bunch of technical singletrack sections thrown in. Careful of the rocky sections. Bring spare tubes.
Directions - Park at the end of Onondaga Blvd, group rides meet at Split Rock Elementary School.

2. Stoney Pond, Nelson

Lots of twisty singletrack with rooty sections around the pond. Across the road is a longer loop with a great downhill finish. Can be muddy with briars at times but all in all a good time. There is some major damage to the trails on the upper side, be careful.
Directions - Take Route 20 east out of Cazenovia. Take a right onto Erieville Road in center of Nelson. Take next left onto Old State Road, then right onto Jones Road. Follow Jones Rd. to second parking area on your left.

3. Bird Sanctuary, Syracuse

Fairly fast singletrack sections separated by long climbs. Some parts are rocky and some are mushy, but all are fun. New trails have been added this year!
Directions - Take Salina Street south and turn right onto West Seneca Turnpike. Turn left into Meacham Field parking lot. Trailhead is about a half a mile away. Lock your car while riding.

4. Hyberg Forest, Tully

A fun open ride with a good amount of dirt road riding. A long ride that is a good workout.
Directions - On the days we ride at Hyberg, we will meet in the parking lot of the Tully elementary school.

5. Hiqhland Forest, Fabius

The most bike friendly park in CNY with the best maps. It can be very muddy and also very challenging. Lots of climbing (and descending) on dirt road and singletrack. Highly recommended for beginners to advanced riders.
Directions - Take route 80 east out of Tully and Fabius. Watch for signs about four miles outside of Fabius. Most of our rides and maintenance sessions will start in the Parking lot across from the main office.

6. Fallbrook, Oswego

Believe it or not there is some good riding in and around Oswego. Fun singletrack tied in with some short road sections makes for a challenging and interesting loop.
Directions - 481 North to Route 104. Take 104 west past SUNY Oswego. Take your first left after passing the school. Stay on this road until you see 2 large brick buildings and barn on the right. Park across the road from the buildings on the grass.

7. VanderKamp, Cleveland

Vanderkamp boasts incredible singletrack that is subtle enough to kick your butt without you even realizing it. This is your chance to see what Dave Sheldon and crew have been up to. We have cleared and marked over 20 miles of great singletrack. Note that Vanderkamp is closed to riding from the end of June until the beginning of August. Check with CNY DIRT for specific dates each summer. Vanderkamp is also a private enterprise, so please show your appreciation by donating a trail fee of a buck or two at the Commons Building.
Directions - Take Route 81 north to route 49. Head east 13 miles and turn left onto Martin Rd. Watch for signs.

8. Great Bear, Phoenix

Just about everybody knows about Great Bear but not everyone has been there or rides all its trails. A small area north of Phoenix is laced with a mulitude of rolling twisty singletrack, beginners can take it at their own pace and learn basic skills while advanced riders can be challenged.
Directions - Great Bear is on Route 57 about 3 miles north of Phoenix. Take the Phoenix exit off 481. Turn Left to 57, then right onto 57. Go through town then another 3 miles, just past Great Outdoors RV Sales. Park at the Family Auction Barn on left. Trail head is less than half mile north on the left.

9. Morgan Hill, Tully and Labrador loop

This ride has actually morphed into two different rides, both being led by our resident guide, Dave Amberg. The scheduled Morgan Hill ride will begin with the Hang Glider climb and loop back to Dave's house and the Labrador Loop will explore some of Dave's secret singletrack. Both rides will be very
challenging. Not for beginners.
Directions - Both the Morgan Hill ride and the Labrador Loop will begin and end at the Labrador Pond parking area just off Rte 91 about 3 miles south of Route 80.

10. Bear Swamp, Sempronius

One of our favorite, rides. Another great mix of dirt roads and singletrack. The downhills are great, but you pay in the end with the climb back up to the vehicles. The ride is well worth it both on the trails and to the park - the view of Skaneateles Lake is spectacular.
Directions - Take County route 41A south out of Skaneateles. Pass through Mandana and New Hope. Look for Colonial Lodge on the left and pull into the dirt road that runs just behind it.

11. Green Lakes State Park

Some of Green Lakes trails have been reopened to bikes and new trails have been added with bikes in mind. A great place for beginners and anyone looking to get some trail fitness without traveling too far. Use the Rte 290 entrance, the trailhead is in the West Beach parking lot.

12. Happy Valley

This is a large chunk of state owned land up Mexico way. We use the state land as a jumping off point and then let Dave Sheldon get us lost. Ellie Sheldon gets us back home, usually after a fun 20 mile mix of dirt roads and snowmobile trails.
Directions - Take Route 81 North to Route 104(Maple View exit). Head east on 104 for about 4-5 miles. We'll be parking at the State Maintenance garages on the right. Look for a dirt road with 2 older garage type structures. (Not Dave and Graham)

13. Camden

Usually a 25 mile ride of country dirt roads and double track. Not too challenging except for the length. There are a few tricky sections, but overall a nice ride with pretty scenery.
Directions - Call or stop by the Bike Loft for directions.

Shindagin Hollow

This is one of our favorite rides. It's a bit of a drive, but well worth it. This is the place for riders that love constantly changing terrain. Not very technical, but lots of fast, rolling twisty singletrack. Sounds good huh?
Directions – Take 81S. to the Homer exit, turn left onto 281S. 3.8 miles later, 281 turns in to 13. Follow 13 for 8.9 miles (be sure to stay on 13 when it take a right turn in Dryden). Turn left onto Irish Settlement Rd. (goes trhu 2 sharp turns at a farm). Irish Settlement turns in Creamery Rd. Follow Creamery (it will cross Rt. 79), until it Tees with Shindagin Hollow Rd. You will have traveled 8.8 mile since you turn on to Irish Settlement. Turn left onto Shindagin Hollow. Go 2 miles. The road will Y, stay right onto Bradley Hill Rd. Go 1.4 miles to the pull off on the left.

Chenango Valley State Park

This ride is becoming a favorite. Lots of great, technical singletrack lots of fun. This place also dries up very early in the spring and stays pretty dry.
Directions – call the shop (315 458-5260) or stop back here later.

Spencer Park

A popular race... but we've found it to be a great all day trail ride as well. If you have not made it out there, it is well worth the trip. Not super technical, but it keeps you on your toes. Bring your softtails if you have 'em!
Directions – Call or stop by the Bike Loft for directions.

Carpenter Hill, Jackson Hill and Alder Creek

These rides will be guilded by fearless leader Dave Sheldon. Not very technical, mostly doubletrack but expect great views.
Directions –Call or stop by the Bike Loft or stop back here later.

Gore Mountain

We will be making a day trip to Gore this year. Lift served trails that are very challenging and fast. Less experienced riders should think twice before going, but adventurous riders will love it. Fee required.

More Info

More complete directions or information about any of the rides can be obtained by phone or fax. Call Lance at 458-5260 or stop in to the Bike Loft in North Syracuse.