August 12, 2013
Hands down the best riding anywhere near Syracuse, but not for the first-timer. There's plenty of super techy singletrack with roots and rock gardens, as well as some brutal short climbs and cool jump/drop features. Trails can be hard to find the first few times there, but other riders are usually happy to show you around if you can find some. Probably around 14-15 total miles of trail here, but it's not obvious how it's all laid out. There's a great 11-mile continuous loop if you run it up and down the water tower hill, down under 481 to Clarks Reservation, then back to Skytop quarry and around that. Another awesome thing is that Skytop is almost always dry! While Shindagin, Highland Forest, etc are all slick, almost-unrideable mud pits for days after a storm, Skytop dries off almost instantly, so you can pretty much always count on the conditions being good, regardless of the weather.
Shindagin Hollow? nothing really similar