Trout Brook (Aspetuck Land Trust)
Advanced, Intermediate, Easy
Keep in mind that I rode the trail with a hard tail and rigid fork. I pedaled for about seven miles and found the trails in the northern part of the park to be very challenging by way of rock gardens and the fear of pinch flats. Sometimes it felt like continuous rock garden with just enough flat to trick you into thinking that that you could gear up and move fast. It is Fall and with the leaves it was nearly impossible to pick lines, so there was a lot of spinning out and momentary endos over rock piles and slightly precipitous ledges. I definitely dropped a few F-bombs. The leaf litter made me lose the trail a few times. It is definitely not a fast trail for cross country, but a lot of fun if you want to work on your strength and technical ability. I came for a cardio workout and had to change my mental approach right away. There was a section near the only serious creek crossing on the red-white trail that I found nearly impossible to pedal. That's where you want to go for a challenge. You will get a workout and the casual rider will definitely hate the trails in the northern half of the park. The forest is beautiful with a few nice cliffs and lookout points. I ride a 1x9 with 36t. Less teeth on the chainring would have helped and suspension would have lessened the fatigue, although the stiff frame and fork saved me on a number of short technical climbs.
I'm a frequent visitor to the area and will be back for more. Note that the park is closed to bikes between January and April. Saugatuk Reservoir is nearby, with a beautiful non-urban view from Grand Ledge, decent hiking, and some rock climbing.
Below is a quick overview of data associated with this trail:
|Waypoints:||1 Download All Waypoints|
|GPS Tracks:||7 Download Trail Network: GPX / KML / KMZ|
These trail statistics are based on the gps tracks uploaded into the Crankfire database for this trail. Site averages reflect all gps data uploading to the Crankfire.com web site. And I am no statistician, so take these numbers with a grain of salt.
|6.92 miles||7.77 miles||8.2 miles|
|7.42 %||15.44 %||22.53 %|
|7.04 %||14.56 %||19.39 %|
Total Track Miles:
|Eastern Mountain Sports-fairfield, 1939 Black Rock Turnpike, CT, 06825||6.7 miles|
|Outdoor Sports Center, 80 Danbury Road, CT, 06897||6.7 miles|
|Cycle Fitness, 612 Main Street, CT, 06468||7 miles|
|Cycle Dynamics, 971 Post Road East, CT, 06880||7.7 miles|
|Target Training Tri & Cycle, 772 Post Road East, CT, 06880||7.7 miles|
|Trek Bicycle Store, 1215 Post Road, CT, 06824||8.6 miles|
|Ridgefield Bicycle Company, 88 Danbury Road, CT, 06877||8.6 miles|
|Chris Spoke and Wheel, 2355 East Main Street, CT, 06610||8.9 miles|
|Smart Cycles, 303 Strawberry Hill Ave, CT, 06850||8.9 miles|
|Bethel Cycle & Fitness, 120 Greenwood Ave, CT, 06801||9.2 miles|
|New Canaan Ski & Sport, 11 Forest St, CT, 06840||10.6 miles|
|Bike Express, 52 Division Street, CT, 06810||11.5 miles|
|Doctor Mike's Mobile Bike Service, 128 East Liberty Street, CT, 06811||11.5 miles|
|Bicycle Goodie Shop, 71 Stony Hill Road, CT, 06801||11.6 miles|
|The Bike Express, 52 Division Street, CT, 06810||11.6 miles|
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