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The Shale Pit Full Yellow Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great set of intermediate trails with easy access and parking.


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Map Key

2.8

Miles

4.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

359' 110 m

High

269' 82 m

Low

230' 70 m

Up

232' 71 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This singletrack trail is off of the Mohawk Towpath and next to the Colonie Town Park (located in Cohoes). There are several ways to shorten or change up this trail mid-ride, but this is the full yellow loop with a new extension.

Description

This track is mostly one-way except for one small section which is marked. The trail is well maintained and mostly well marked. There are lots of roots and rocks for the trail's entirety except for some quick sections in the "spaghetti loop" up top.

The initial climb in is a moderate hill in length and grade. There are a handful of small bridges and lots of elevation change. Several climbs out of the creeks are short and steep.

Additionally, there are several areas with patches of smaller rocks (shale) on edge that require some attention while riding through to avoid punctures.

The upper mid-section has some smoother high-speed singletrack

Shared By:

Russell Brown

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 7 votes

#1

in Albany

#2133

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  4.0 from 7 votes
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#1

in Albany

#26

in New York

#2,133

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Riding action in The Shale Pit.
Jul 12, 2015 near Waterford, NY

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May 31, 2019
saint18z
So much fun until I broke the master link 3.9mi
Jun 24, 2018
Matty Shea
Sep 29, 2017
Abe Ferraro
Awesome trails...perfect mix of technical rock and root areas, switch backy areas, and rolling speed areas...so fun! 6mi
Sep 14, 2017
Ryan Lynch
Aug 21, 2016
Denis Cote
8.8mi — 1h 15m
Jul 12, 2015
Russell Brown