October 18, 2013
This is the first place that I ever mountain biked about 15 years ago. I was back in Rochester, NY recently with my bike and wanted to give this one another shot.
One of the main differences between when I used to ride here now, and when I did 15 years ago, is that this is now an official city park. You would think that this would be a good thing, but I actually think that it has negatively impacted these trails.
Previously when I used to ride here there was just one marked way to go around the loop, with a few minor offshoots. With the additional amount of riders that now ride here a number of "trails to nowhere" have been created, mainly for the purpose of creating almost unrideable downhills. There is no markings on any of these trails, so you never know if you are getting into something that would take a major downhiller bike with 200mm of travel to descend.
It is unfortunate because this was a great hidden gem in the past but it is way over-ridden now with little to know trail work being done on it. Drainage is not being addressed, and the trail is obviously being ridden shortly after rains because it is in rough shape.
Since there are so few options in Rochester this is still a good trail to ride, but it is unfortunate that it isn't more well maintained based on the obvious increase in riders.