|Directions - Take 84 west, exit for 247 (old
exit #4?), to rte 6 east to carbondale.. LEft at exit, right at light.
Follow signs for business rte 6 into town, left at light, pass dunkin donuts
on left take a left at the second traffic light after dunkin donuts, down
hill take a right at the stop sign that says (stop, unless your going right
- too funny), anyway, follow rte 106 for 3.44 miles and take a left on sandy
bank road, drive .33 miles and look for main entrance to Merli Sarnoski park
on left, drive up steeeep hill, parking lot at the top..
UPDATE 2006:!! A
portion of merli has been LOGGED section of red trail and branch trails are
abandoned.. As of October 2006, there are still a good amount of
rideable trails (9 miles or so), but im not sure if there are more areas to
be logged.. There are several discussions on mtbr Forums on the issue.
Sounds like before new trails go back in quite a bit of planning (IE
bureaucracy) needs to take place to satisfy all users and the park manager..
Some of the new trails I checked out this year (new to me that is) were
great!! Handlebars, HR 280 & blade, all awesome.. HR 280 had
some sweet slick rock sections!
Description - This
park has some great singletrack, technical rocky riding.. There are
small to medium sized ledges everywhere.. The trails usually run below,
on top, or in-between them.. The main Loop is marked with a peach
diamond and a blue dot.. There are side trails everywhere, some
are short some are fairly long, most proved to be great technical trails..
Although the map is not complete it should help more than the posted park
map in the office which you cant take with you.. See pics for that
one.. This is a solid intermediate ride, nothing too gonzo, but great
constant fun rocks to ride.. Lots of slickrock sections, a few small
drops.. Mountain bikers maintain and build these trails and do a
superb job!! With a little work this area would be comparable to
trumbull CT for ledge drops.. There are cliffs EVERYWHERE, all shapes
and sizes.. This was our first ride on an east coast MTB trip and well
worth the stop..