Sunday, August 21, 2011

Walk - New trail at Schenectady County Forest

I read in today's Schenectady Gazette that a new trail had been added to the smallish network at Schenectady County Forest (subscription may be required). We ski and snowshoe here sometimes in the winter, and I wanted to see what the new trail looked like.

The only map I could find was the one at the entrance kiosk, so I've reproduced it (poorly) here. Essentially, a new loop has been added off the back of the existing blue loop, onto an adjacent parcel owned by the Town of Duanesburg. This adds about 1.3 miles to the total trail network, and makes a nice new figure-8 loop possible. The new trail would be best skied counter-clockwise, with a couple of nice downhills in that direction.

Start of the new trail section

I had the GPS turned on and tracked the new section, but I'm having some issues with GPS-to-computer communication at the moment, so can't produce a better map just yet.

The pond was like glass today, with storms moving in from the southwest later on.

It was a short outing, but enough to convince me that this probably now surpasses Featherstonhaugh State Forest, just down the road, as the new local high-elevation place for a quick XC ski trip. Ideally, someday the two will be connected, but that's still in the dreaming stage, with a couple of different private parcels stuck between.


  1. Info with picture of the map is helpful - Thanks!

  2. Someday, I'll GPS a new map. Meanwhile, the ECOS booklet "Ski Tips" will be republished soon, and will include the new map.