Sprague Brook Big Loop
ElevationAscent: 872' 266 m
Descent: -882' -269 m
High: 1,580' 482 m
Low: 1,265' 385 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“This is the main mountain biking route around Sprague Brook. Some rooty sections, but some nice singletrack as well.”— James Maska
From the main parking area, head toward the water, and you'll pick up the main trail. Head east and after a brief segment in the woods (picking up the short Tim's Trail), you'll cross the road and run up some gravel until you make it to the XC ski parking lot.
Take a sharp left into the woods (don't head to the XC ski trails), and the trail is easy to follow for quite a while. You'll cross a couple small streams and a footbridge and eventually your first bigger stream crossing about a third of the way into the run. You'll run sharply uphill after crossing the stream—make sure you turn left (keep following the forest green trail markers) and don't continue all the way uphill to the restricted area of the park.
Enjoy the woods for a few miles, taking the Accidental Trail loop along the way, until things open up to a field. Head toward this open field, which will lead you across the road, past a playground, and back into the woods.
You'll hug the creek, leading to a larger stream crossing where you'll be in water up to your ankles, and then run along the other side of the creek in the opposite direction until a well-marked right turn takes you back uphill for a bit.
Miles 8-9 can get a little muddy; this part of the trail is a bit harder to maintain. The trail will take you almost right up to Foote Road, but a sharp left brings you back toward the park and will lead you home to the main parking lot.
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Land Manager: Erie County Park, NY
Dec 28, 2012: Boston Forest
Dec 28, 2012: 18 Mile Creek