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Elm Ridge Wild Forest - Windham

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fast and flowy singletrack trail system near the Windham ski resort.


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11.4

Miles

18.3

KM

100%

Singletrack

2,444' 745 m

High

1,769' 539 m

Low

1,227' 374 m

Up

1,227' 374 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

The Elm Ridge Trail System is a welcome addition to the mountain bike scene in the northern Catskills thanks to the Windham Area Recreation Foundation. This is cross-country singletrack at its finest with sinuous curves, banked switchbacks, and a few solid climbs. The trails are all well-marked and maps are posted throughout so it's nearly impossible to get lost.

Need to Know

Mountain biking is prohibited on the Windham High Peak Trail past the Lean-to, this area is NYSDEC Wilderness classified land.

Description

Park on Route 23 at the Elm Ridge Wild Forest Parking area. Begin all rides by crossing 23 and taking a left at the Trail Sign-in Kiosk.

For an easy spin, stick to the Fun Loops in the lower elevation.

To extend your ride so that it includes more miles, climbs, and challenging terrain, follow Trail #6 and turn left onto the Escarpment Trail. After a few switchbacks, you'll reach the top of the ridge, and will find the East Gauntlet trail on your right just before the fork with the Elm Ridge Trail (which leads to Peck Road) and the Windham High Peak Trail (no bikes).

Ride the various loops on top of the ridge and descend partway down the south side using the Mid Mountain trail. After you climb back up to the main intersection, you can descend the Escarpment Trail and turn right on Trail #6 back to the Fun Loops.

I don't recommend taking the Escarpment Trail below the intersection with Levitate and Trail #6 because it is popular with hikers and rocky in a not-so-fun way.

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Shared By:

Brendan Borrell

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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Photos

Rolling on one of the many bridges in the elm ridge loop
Nov 4, 2019 near Cairo, NY
Incredibly beautiful day.
Oct 15, 2015 near Cairo, NY
Great October ride.
Oct 15, 2015 near Cairo, NY
Fall colors in the Elm Ridge Wild Forest
Oct 13, 2015 near Cairo, NY
Crossroads
Oct 26, 2015 near Cairo, NY

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Aug 7, 2017
Markian N
The Encarent trail is very steep. First time a week before we did it backwards accidentally. 4.5mi
Jul 23, 2017
Benjamin Cheek
Great dirt and awesome trail work! 15.8mi
Jul 31, 2016
Ron Gee
If you want a better downhill at the end, get to the west side of the ridge at the top and drop The North Face to Rt 23 just east of the parking lot
Apr 23, 2016
Ben Calvert
11.4mi — 2h 00m
Oct 25, 2015
El Roberto S!
8mi — 2h 15m
Sep 4, 2015
Bob Hodson
Aug 31, 2013
Matt Jones
1h 40m