If you are visiting Hammond Hill Forest on another day for recreation (not a part of a Mike or Raylene “bikeski” outing), you can park at the official parking lot off of Hammond Hill Rd (off Irish Settlement Rd which is off Rt. 13). Look for the “P” on the map below or park at the end of Canaan Rd. or Star Stanton Rd. (don’t block snowplow turnarounds). You should avoid hiking and biking trails Y6 and Y1 near the “P” parking lot in the spring or when generally wet - those trails are soggy and get too much traffic: Please, choose an alternate route and parking area.
Image below created by this webslinger on Feb 2005 (updated 2009, 2013). Do a “view image” or “save image as” for a larger more detailed view. Includes the latest officially sanctioned DEC trails Y7 and Y8. Just a reminder: These are multi use trails as designated by NYS DEC. They should not be considered as “ski” trails or any other single use designation. This is a friendly reminder to prompt you to be courteous to all other legal trail users when on public land. Of course it is for example polite etiquette to ski off to the side of snowshoe tracks and visa versa [lol .. couldn't resist -:) ] and yield to horses etc … this kind of courtesy should work in all directions. Motor vehicles are prohibited on trails at Hammond Hill and NYS forested lands in general. Thanks for your understanding. Mike -:)
The GPS data for the NYSDEC map that you can download below and will find at the informational kiosk near the Hammond Hill Road parking lot was gathered by volunteers of “BikeSki” and “Cayuga Nordic Ski Club” … this was an all volunteer effort. GPS data was collected on Mike’s laptop and then emailed to Cortland DEC office where they used the data to create the new map! There are some other versions of this map on the Ski Club website (see links on this BLOG).
New DEC trail maps of Hammond Hill State Forest Multi-use trail system. — Fall 2009
HH_Rules_Regs_120505v5.pdf 167 KB
HH_trailmapv1_150_HiRes FINAL version.pdf 1.01 MB (updated Nov 2009 - Official NYS DEC version)
Here is the actual brochure NYS DEC hands out at the kiosk and to clubs Hammond_Hill_NYSDEC_Brochure_2006.pdf 383 KB
If you are visiting Hammond Hill Forest on another day for recreation (not a part of the BiskeSki group), you can park at the official parking lot off of Hammond Hill Rd (off Irish Settlement Rd which is off Rt. 13). Look for the “P” on the Hammond Hill Trails Map - or park at the end of Canaan Rd. or Star Stanton Rd. (don’t block snowplow turnarounds). You should avoid hiking and biking trails Y6 and Y1 near the “P” parking lot in the spring - those trails are wet and get too much traffic: Please, choose an alternate route and parking area.
Check Cycle-CNY for nice maps of Shindagin Hollow. (in links in menu). Also check Cayuga Nordic Ski Club for lots of nice trail maps.
NOTE FROM Fall 2009 — Changes to trail numbers: General TRAIL WORK at Hammond Hill — “Friends of Hammond Hill” is the loose group that has an agreement to maintain the trails at HH with an all volunteer network. These are multi-use trails and so includes the Ski Club, Equestrian Club, BikeSki, Cycle-CNY and other user groups. Part of what we do is for example is the big trail clean up day starting from Ann’s in the fall every year (this went well again by the way!). Also in the works at the moment, we (BikeSki) are re-tagging all the officially designated trails with new colored disks (ie: R1,R2,Y4 and etc…)
All numbers remain the same except for two changes: the section of mostly east-west trail between B1 and Canaan Rd (west side of Canaan) that used to be labeled Y5 has been correctly relabeled as Y6 — it is labeled Y6 on all the DEC maps and the map on our website and the ski club website already. The section of Y2 north of Star Stanton Rd on the east side of the “MC Escher Loop” was labeled Y3 on some old maps and on some trees in the forest. The erroneous Y3 tags were removed and replaced with Y2 tags to match the current DEC map. Now the yellow tags in both sections match the NYS DEC map. Updated Hammond Hill map from NYS DEC above. More info here http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/?p=1012#comments
Hammond Hill MULTI-USE trail system. Remember! These are not “ski trails”. These are not “bike trails”. They are year round multi-use trails for hiking, biking, snowshowing, skiing, horse back riding, running, hunting and etc. Be respectful of other user groups. Here is a map. Have fun! MAPS — Trail map of Hammond Hill’s MULTI-USE trail system - GPS data was collected by BikeSki and Cayuga Nordic Ski groups and submitted to NYS DEC for this map 1.01 MB click on thumbnail of HH map here.
Construction of new trails on NYS public lands without authorization from NYS DEC is illegal. Please respect our natural areas. See http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/?p=1152