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The Shale Pit Full Yellow Loop

 4 votes

2.8 Miles 4.6 Kilometers


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Singletrack

230' 70 m

Ascent

-232' -71 m

Descent

359' 110 m

High

269' 82 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

All Clear

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

Russell Brown

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

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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

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Nice single track with short hills, and a variety of technical obstacles, all of which have easy go-arounds. There are new trails on the other side of Colonie Town Park along the river's edge that are lots of fun. Tough to find a local pizza restaurant, but Dom's Pizza has great pizza & wings and some picnic tables for alfresco dining. Nov 19, 2015

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