DPW Trailer Parking
Noise testing is HERE & NOW!
Click here for news article on NY Sheriffs snowmobile noise testing.
CLICK HERE for Winter Weather Forecast (Accuweather.com)
CLICK HERE for Camden Weather Forecast (The Weather Channel)
CLICK HERE for a live WebCam in Camden, NY
CLICK HERE for a WebCam in Swancott Mill area
CLICK HERE for a live WebCam on "The Hill" in Worth, NY
CLICK HERE for TUG HILL ADDICT'S (aka THA) trail report (Sledtug)
CLICK HERE for 'www.SnowmobileAmerica.com'
CLICK HERE for 'www.TrailConditions.com'
CLICK HERE for Jimapco Trail Map
UPDATE: 2013-2014 Season . . .
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
COLD AND SNOW! What's not to like?? Be sure to check the "Weather Channel" link (second from the top of the links listed above) as there is a big diff in temps between Camden and Syracuse. That's good news. Looks like Lewis County will get a lot of LE snow tonight. As of right now there is no new snow in Northern Oneida County and that's the T.C. Riders system. Sorry to say, but that's OK! with me - we have some staking and signing and a coupla gates to open over the next few days. The big final push will be Saturday (Dec 14) to get C-4M (Camden to Williamstown) staked and signed. We had the usual delays this year: hunting season, wet weather, available work crews. But when we get it all done (SOON!!) we will have, again, about the best trails in NYS (isn't that why you joined T.C. Riders?).
This note is still in effect: REMEMBER . . . T.C. Riders trails open December 15th, depending on snow conditions. Riding before December 15th will find gates closed and some sections unsigned. With the blustery weather forecast for this week, it may hamper our signing efforts - the youngest on our "weekday crew" (aka the SS Troops) is pushing 70 - althought there is one fellow who claims to be only 60.
Please remember to stay between the stakes on all trails and do not "invent" a new trail.
NORTH SECTION (north of the powerline and 46 Corners area)
Smith Pond gate (C-4i) is still locked! NYS DEC has the key and we hope they open it SOON - I'm sure they will. But you won't want to use that trail anyway after you look at this picture of the trail:
SOUTH SECTION (south of the powerline and Camden area)
STAY ALERT, SLOW DOWN - IT'S STILL EARLY, the trail base is not yet set!! We have no specific date for when these ruts will be fixed as it depends on availablity of personnel and equipment.
REMEMBER: The Village of Camden allows snowmobiles on all streets except the NYS Routes 13 & 69. Please keep your speed safe and reasonable (SLOW!) and yield the
right-of-way to all traffic and all pedestrians everywhere and all the time.
AND STAY OFF THE SIDEWALKS! We have had complaints of sleds on the sidewalks and on people's yards. If this continues we may very well loose the privilege of riding in the village. We understand that the streets are often bare when there is adequate snow coverage on the sidewalks. We understand that the sidewalks are often the only way to avoid NYS routes 13 & 69. But that is what we have to live with or not have any privilege at all of riding in the village. In a normal winter with regular snowfall rather than regular rainstorms, using the streets will not be a major problem.
Stay sober! Stay right! Slow down!
Enjoy the "T.C. Riders Experience!"
NOTE: The 46 Corners area usually offers pretty good early & late season riding. From Hanifin Corners [aka Mohawk Containers] it is a straight shot to Swancott Mill and Highmarket. For those not familiar with Hanifin Corners, here's the map to help get you there. Park on the side of the road as indicated by the blue line & stay away from the corner.
Camden - Williamstown Corridor Trail C-4M
Click Here for C-4M story in pictures.
This season might be the best yet for the new C-4M corridor to Williamstown.
This new trail makes the Village of Camden accessible to many more riders and changes the traffic flow on our entire system. Follow the signs to Downtown Camden. Good places to eat. Plenty of choices for fuel. Ride right to the back of the Main Street retail stores and the ATM.
Coming from Williamstown on C-4M, there are two ways to get to Downtown Camden:
The shorter way (about 1.4 miles) is to cross Mill St. and follow the edge of Liberty St., turn left on Railroad St., cross NY 13 (Sunoco gas station will be across NY 13 just to the left) , turn right to pass in front of the Elementary School (do NOT use the school driveway), join Empey Ave., then immediately turn right onto 2nd St., cross Church St. (NY 69), turn right on South Park St. and that puts you at the parking lot for Main St. The downside to this route is the amount of street riding.
(Trails as shown on these maps are only approximate - not GPS data.)
The longer way (about 8.5 miles) is via C-4M, C-4i, & S-46B. Turn left on Mill St., then left on the old railroad bed, follow C-4M to the junction of C-4i on Jones Rd., turn right up the hill, then follow C-4i to S-46B (JCT#122). Follow S-46B to Camden DPW, then via local streets
If you have any suggestions for trail improvement, use the e-mail link on this website. And, if you have any compliments or complaints, send those along as well.
Camden - Williamstown Trail
Here's how to get there: Use main corridor C-4i from Taberg or from 46 Corners. Just north of Camden on C-4i is JCT 121 (old designation) on Jones Road - that's the beginning of C-4M (previously S-46). It's approx 11 miles from (old) JCT121 to Westdale, Then another 5 miles to Williamstown via the old railroad bed. There is one section of road to run (Curtiss) that is about 1 mile. We are working with landowners to eliminate it, but right now that's the way it is.
Village of Camden - Snowmobile Friendly!
The bridge in Johnson Park (pictured above) provides access to downtown Camden via Secondary Trail S-46B (connect from Corridor Trails C-4i & C-4M). Snowmobile Trailer parking is available behind the Camden DPW garage and sleds have corridor trail access over this bridge. Camden is a "snowmobile friendly" village - the only downtown area on Tug Hill accessible from the NYS Corridor Trails. All village streets are open to snowmobile traffic with the exception of NY Routes 13 & 69. We can keep the streets open by riding slowly and carefully in the village, yielding the right-of-way to all traffic and pedestrians. It is very important to limit noise - all village areas are very noise sensitive. Let's not loose this valuable downtown resource through careless speed and noise.
Directions to Snowmobile Trailer Parking Area at Camden DPW:
NOTE: This parking area is lighted and police patrolled.
Directions to Downtown Area from the snowmobile trail:
Go thru the DPW parking area, proceed behind the DPW building, then straight up Mechanic St. shown on the right side of the picture (pizza & two gas stations available) -or-
For "off-street" snowmobile parking, turn right on 3rd St. in front of the DPW building, then left on Miner Ave. Just before the traffic light, turn right into the village parking lot. Most businesses have access using their back doors to the parking lot.
For a map of Camden, click here.
Type Camden, NY into the "Search Maps" line. Then zoom in for street names.
A NOTE ON NOISE . . . If any of us had to name just one threat to our trail system, we probably could agree it would be NOISE. Sleds have gotten quiet in recent years, unless the exhaust is modified for performance which usually means more noise. Law enforcement is writing tickets for modified exhaust. Many spots on our trail system are "Noise Sensitive." Unfortunately, if the landowners close the trail at any of those points, we probably could not work out a re-route. It does not take real brains to figure out where noise is a problem. If you are in a residential area, then noise is a real problem. And keep in mind that a loud exhaust is heard for great distance so just because it seems rural, we know you are there.
NWS Snow Maps
NWS Montague Radar (Tug Hill Region)
24 Hour Snow Depth Change
(Be sure to select today's date and then click on "Redraw Map." It appears that this map is not updated every 24 hours, so it may default to the last revised date.) On this map it is easy to see the Increase/Decrease in snow cover.
There are a lot of options on this map. There is a drop-down list called "Select Physical Element" right under the Redraw Map button. There's enough stuff on the list to keep you busy for days.
For those of us who rabidly follow the weather and look for any information that might help predict future snow potential, this next link might help. After all, without "Lake Effect" the Tug Hill might not have much snow - it seems most major storm systems track south or east.
Lake Ontario Surface Temp
TRAIL COMMENTS & UPDATES
. . . for 2013 - 2014 Season.
P.O. Box 136
Camden, NY 13316
The Weather Channel