November 11, 2015
More technical and physically challenging than other popular trails around the area.
The trails are marked, named, and well maintained. The area is pretty and the locals bikers are very friendly.
Frankly, though, you have to be in better shape than I was to really do this trail. The first long climb had me wheezing and the constant changes in elevation never let me recover. Compared to Central Park, the ascents are just as steep, but 2 or 3 times longer, and more difficult with the rocks to negotiate. I was also worried for my bike there. I have an entry level cross country bike, and I felt like I was abusing it on the rocks at times. Also, though the paths were fairly well labeled, I was not able to figure my way out. With so many split-offs, I really wasn't sure where to go without a map, and I wound up doing a few frustrating loops before finally making a make-shift exit.
As a beginner/intermediate rider, I would rank this trail third out of the three main trails I've been to this year: Luther Forest, Central Park, then Colonie. A more advanced biker with a more substantial bike could have a lot of fun here.