Bear Swamp State Forest Short Loop
ElevationAscent: 615' 188 m
Descent: -620' -189 m
High: 1,899' 579 m
Low: 1,573' 480 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“This loop hits some of the better trails on the eastern side of Bear Swamp Forest.”— Cycle - CNY
More information can be found on the Cycle-CNY website or on the NYS DEC website, here.
The recreational trails at Bear Swamp are generally doubletrack and don't provide a technical challenge, but 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 hill climbs.
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 colored disc and number.
The initial trails from the parking lot, Yellow 1 (Y1) and Yellow 6 (Y6), will introduce you to the hill climbs found here. The doubletrack trail eventually runs alongside the southern tip of Skaneateles Lake through some nice forest land. Y6 eventually connects you with Blue 2 (B2), Blue 1 (B1), and Blue 6 (B6)... offering some fun and flowy downhill.
Blue 6 (B6) connects you to Hartnett Road, where a left turn will get you headed back towards the trails and parking lot. If you're interested in a short, scenic extension, take Blue 5 (B5) out to the overlook of the actual Bear Swamp wetlands. Once back on Hartnett Road, go east and connect with Blue 3 (B3) for the most challenging climb of the loop, followed by a fun and flowy long descent on Yellow 3 (Y3) and Yellow 2 (Y2) to return you to the main parking lot.
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