Bee Trail Loop Trail

HARD 20 reviews

Bee Trail Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga Springs, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
547 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

A fun loop on a difficult Saratoga Mountain Bike Association trail just north of Saratoga Springs and Skidmore College This is a great loop for advanced mountain bike riders in the Saratoga Mountain Bike Association Trail (SMBA) trail system. This ride, called the Bee Trail, takes you on a technically challenging loop deep in the woods north of Skidmore College in the town of Saratoga Springs, NY.

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

Tough and technical.

hiking
2 months ago

Mountain bike loop . Nothing hard about this trail . Hiked with my young kids.

2 months ago

Way too many mosquitoes and horse flies. I would try this in the fall but not in the warmer months.

hiking
2 months ago

Went on a hike here during pouring rain after almost an hour's travel to the location. We were prepared for a tough trek, based on the "hard" rating. We found the trail was actually an easy hike, although over infested with mosquitos. There were many trails, none well marked and hard to follow. After wandering around in the woods for a couple hours, all we wanted to do was go home, we weren't enjoying ourselves. This is rated "hard" if you are mountain biking which we believe is what the trails are meant for with various SMBA trail tags.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

walking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

We only visited the "tip of the iceberg" on this network of trails. We walked a variety of terrain from carriage trails to single-track mountain bike trails. There is signage and trailmarkers, but since we didn't have a map, we relied on AllTrails GPS track for navigation. There are some elevation changes, but generally the area is flat with beaver ponds and swamps throughout. We will need to go back when snow-covered to try snowshoeing here. A map designed by SMBA mountain bikers is here: http://www.saratogamtb.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/SMBA-Map-Front-20156.pdf

9 months ago

Great hiking. Close to town, but yet your really away from it all. Have been on trail many times and there are always different trails to walk on. Be sure to track your trail because there are many and not all marked.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great for many levels. We went a wee bit off the main loop and hiked the mountain biking trails. They are pretty fun to power hike.

hiking
9 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

Good trails for the most part, just poorly marked. Good if you have a lot of time to spend wandering around.

11 months ago

we really enjoyed this beautiful area, it's primarily for extreme mountain biking as there were some parts I could not believe people actually biked through, we however went to hike and the area had a diverse range of habit from Rocky boulders to heavily woods to a small water area, the trail markers in some areas were kinda misleading but definitely worth it, would recommend.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Fun for the kids. We took the carriage trail to the rookery trail (1.2 mile loop around a wetland area). Trails are well marked once you get to state land. Before that it was guess work and using the all trails ap. all total we did 5.1 miles in 3 hours with a five year old and an 8 year old. We hike a lot and this route was easy-moderate. Lots of other areas to explore. Worth the trip we will be back.

Monday, September 05, 2016

This is primarily a mountain bike trail. It appears to be maintained by the SMBA (Saratoga Mountain Bike Association). It also crosses into Skidmore Research Area. The trail is apparently a combination with the Black Diamond trail. The site says both combined are 7 miles. I stayed on the main loop because it isn't well marked to show you the full trail. The main loop is only 3 to 3.5 miles. There are plenty of crossovers but I stayed off of them since they are narrow and appear to be there to add technical areas for the bikers. The "hard" rating must be related to the biking as this trail meanders through flat forest and provides nothing more than a leisurely walk.