Hammond Hill State Forest Tour
ElevationAscent: 1,223' 373 m
Descent: -1,219' -372 m
High: 2,007' 612 m
Low: 1,568' 478 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“A nice tour of Hammond Hill State Forest, hitting most of the marked trail system.”— Cycle - CNY
The 16-mile trail system was machine built in the late '90s. The trails are not technically challenging, but contain some big climbs and descents. This featured ride shows off much of what Hammond Hill has to offer for mountain biking.
More information can be found on the Cycle-CNY website or on the NYS DEC website.
The recreational trails at Hammond Hill were machine built in the 90's by the DEC land managers, and are maintained by volunteers. Though they are generally doubletrack and don't provide a technical challenge, there is significant elevation changes and many miles of trail to explore. This trail system is ideal for beginner or intermediate level riders, provided they have the fitness and stamina needed for the repeated hill climbs.
This featured ride of Hammond Hill covers nearly 13 miles and 1500' of climbing. Numerous intersections and other trails allow for extending or shortening this ride as desired. The trails are marked with the typical DEC trail markers - by color and number.
The initial trail, Yellow 1 (Y1), from the parking lot will introduce you to the hill climbs found here, and eventually brings you to a great view near the northern end of Yellow 1 (Y1). You'll find some fun flow and downhill on Yellow 3, 8 and 7.
Yellow 7 (Y7) exits onto a forest access road (Canaan Rd), where you'll turn left and climb up Red Man Run Road (Forest Access Road), another forest access road. At the top of Red Man Run, turn right onto the Red 1 (R1) and Red 2 (R2) for the horseshoe loop.
After the Red Trail loop, head northwest onto Yellow 4 (Y4) and enjoy the flow. After a short repeat on Yellow 8 (Y8), turn right (west) onto a fast downhill of Yellow 5 (Y5), and add in the Blue 1 (B1) loop towards the end of your ride. Circle back around and follow Yellow 6 (Y6) and Yellow 1 (Y1) back to the parking lot.
The DEC planted around 708,000 pine, spruce, larch, maple, cherry, ash and oak seedlings. Today, nearly all of the area is forested, the soil has been improved, and the harvesting of forest products supports all management activities, including recreation.
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