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14.8 mile 23.9 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,539' 469 m
Descent: -1,538' -469 m
High: 1,848' 563 m
Low: 1,260' 384 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)


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Trail shared by Cycle - CNY

Some of the best trails in Shindagin Hollow consisting of great descents as well as 1500' of climbing.

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Shindagin Hollow is a 5,000 acre State forest in the Finger Lakes region of New York, near Ithaca. The 20 mile multi-use trail system is maintained by Cycle-CNY, the local IMBA Chapter. The trails at Shindagin Hollow are primarily singletrack consisting of dirt, roots, and shale rock with occasional steep slopes carved by glaciers. Many trail sections have been optimized for mountain biking and include berms and technical trail features.

Need to Know

Trails are labeled by color (red, blue, yellow) and number (1-9) and are moderately well marked but require some attention to follow. There are many ways to connect the various trails at Shindagin Hollow. In general, the Blue trails are significantly more challenging than the Red and Yellow trails.

A seasonally high water table, steep slopes, and lackluster drainage do not support riding in wet weather conditions. Cycle-CNY continues to fortify and harden trail surfaces, but please try to avoid riding wet trails. The Blue trails are particularly sensitive to wet weather riding.


The featured Outer Loop incorporates many of the best trails into a 15-mile loop showcasing some great descents as well as 1500 of climbing. The beginning of this ride is the most technically challenging, as you descend into and climb out of the Blue trail network. The Blue trails, and Green #1 include fast descents, numerous trail features, and exposure along the Shindagin Hollow gorge. As you climb up to the Red trails, you'll be rewarded with fast, flowy trails through a seasoned forest. A last climb up the Yellow trails to the highest elevation point, Bald Hill, concludes with a twisty, fast descent back to the parking lot. There are numerous ways to extend the riding if you're inclined.

History & Background

Cycle-CNY has been developing this trail network over the past 10 years and Shindagin Hollow has become a regional destination for riding. Every Autumn the Shindagin Shindig mountain bike festival showcases this forests trails.


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Aug 26, 2018
Thomas Yazzie
Jul 6, 2018
Anthony Triplett
Jul 4, 2017
Jason Nalub
8 out of 10, well groomed, scenic and challenging. Not well marked and easy to get lost.
May 31, 2017
Will Starr
Apr 23, 2017
Justin Coats
Still wet in spots 12.9mi
Apr 15, 2017
Ethan Newc
Jun 28, 2016
Carl Voss

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Today was my first time here and had an awesome day riding the Blue and Red trails. Conditions are great, aside from a little mud and some slippery roots. Highly recommend. Can't wait to go back! Aug 12, 2015
Navigation is a challenge if you have never been here before. I thought doing a loop would be easy, but there were a lot of intersection and many times it did not seem to match the map. Some trails were not marked and we ended up on the Finger Lakes Hiking trail by accident (no bikes allowed). Jul 27, 2016
My first time there. The amount of leaves down made it difficult to navigate and I had to back of because of the leaves and not knowing the trails, so I didn't get to really enjoy the features. But it's an awesome system with fun features. I will definitely try to get back and when the trails are clear. What I did ride was fun. The blue trail along the gorge is very cool and there were a bunch of Oct 18, 2016

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