Taconic Hereford aka 909

Taconic Hereford Multi Use Area is a large area (909 acres) with great singletrack; difficulty is in the intermediate range except for the scary section named Fongs Way which is expert or upper expert. Generally the singletrack has many turns and also rocks and roots. I have not yet ridden all the trails so the map shown below uses a different color for the trails that have been verified with gps. The official “Cats in the Fats” trail map for 909 is on their website at http://www.fatsinthecats.com/pdf/909-official-map-060613.pdf. My GPS map grid is UTM NAD83 with distance and elevation in meters. Set your gps unit the same and you can recover if you get totally lost. You can download a pdf copy of the map at the link shown below. The map is pretty detailed and would be best printed on paper larger than 8.5 x 11 inches. 11 x 17 or 13 x 19 would be a good choice. I have assigned difficulty ratings to the trails, beginner to expert. these ratings are subjective and in some cases your opinion might be different. If it is your first time at 909 and you want to start on nice trails try Byk Hed and Timbuktu. Getaway is great but a bit harder to get to. The tight singletrack inside Horseshoe has lots of roots. If you are an expert rider and want to be challenged just jump on the aforementioned Fongs Way.

From the Albany area start like you are driving to Boston but just before getting onto the Mass Pike skid onto the Taconic Parkway and drive 40 or 50 miles south. About a mile past highway 44 look for Tyrell Rd which is the northern entrance to 909. About half a mile further south is another entrance, the one we usually park at. You have to cross the median on a hard to see dirt track when you use this entrance. There is a third entrance at the southeast corner of the area. You can quickly get around on the old roads and double track; these are marked on the map.

To download the Taconic Hereford map, right click the link and select “Save Target As…”
909 trail map


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