Mianus River Maze
ElevationAscent: 281' 86 m
Descent: -283' -86 m
High: 215' 66 m
Low: 110' 34 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A fun, challenging and scenic escape from the city.”— Cheryl Ladota
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Family Friendly Nice, wide, easy trails are available with lots of nature to explore.
Need to Know
- The park has two parking lots, one on the Stamford side and one on the Greenwich side. You can start this ride from either one, jumping on at any of the three available yellow trailheads. Both of the parking lots are far off the main roads, so use your GPS.
- While this ride primarily follows the Yellow Loop, it can get very confusing. Each section of the yellow loop has its own trail names, so you have to be mindful of both the name and the blaze lest you end up completely off the ride.
- Be aware that the carriage roads are very popular with other users. Once you move on to the singletrack, the crowd thins out significantly.
This continues on to the Second Loop Trail where you'll find technical climbs and descents. Veer off the Second Loop Trail briefly to spin around the purple-blazed Poplar Trail which loops back to the Second Loop Trail.
You'll meet back up with the carriage road for a ride along the Mianus River. Its features are very similar to the earlier carriage road. It will end at the main entrance on the Stamford side. You'll take a short ride to your left on Merriebrook Lane. Before you cross the bridge, the yellow trailhead will be on your right for the start of the Riverwalk Trail. There are some very challenging rock steps to climb and descend at the start. After that, you are back to boulders, rocks, roots and technical climbs and descents. This will continue through the Indian Rock Trail and the Laurel Trail.
You finish up the singletrack portion of the ride on the Swamp Trail, which has some tight technical switchbacks and complex sequential obstacles. The trail meets back up with the Main Road, which leads back to the parking lot.