Current Trail Conditions
Below this table are explanations of what these trail terms mean
For Information regarding trail conditions for all Ten Clubs please visit the Erie County Federation of Snowmobile Club Facebook Page
You may trailer your snowmobile and drop at the following locations:
Armor Inn Tap Room (Parking Lot across the street DO NOT PARK AT RESTAURANT) 5381 Abbott Rd Hamburg NY 14075
Chestnut Ridge Park (Newton Road Side Only) 6399 Newton Road Orchard Park NY 14127
Limited: Marginal snow on trails, open water holes, early season conditions.
Trails are rideable, NOT groomed! We usually tend to have limited trails in the beginning of our season before a BASE is formed. If we are not able to form a solid base of snow for the year, the trails usually stay in a "limited" or "fair" state. Having no base means there is no packed/hardened snow between the ground and your snowmobile!
Fair: Light base of snow, some open water holes
Trails are opened to ride, the base will be very light, and you may experience some open water or bare ground conditions. We usually have "fair" trails when we have gotten a good snowfall to ride on, with sparse snow for a few days/weeks afterwards. Also, temperature warm-ups can affect these trails VERY QUICKLY. If we have "fair" trails, and we experience 1 or 2 days of above freezing temps, the trails can diminish to almost nothing in a very short amount of time!
Good: There is an established base that is groomed, and almost no water holes or bare ground
Good trails are what we strive for! We want a solid base(6 - 12"), and fresh snowfall every few days to maintain that base. This allows us to go out grooming every chance we get to keep those trails SMOOTH! Having good trails that are groomed often leads to a great season of riding, along with happy riders!
Excellent: Extremely established base with zero water holes and no bare ground
This is something that is very rare around here! Excellent trails have a very established base (12" or more), with zero water holes or bare ground conditions experienced. We can groom daily/nightly, and keep the trails as smooth as possible. With our snowfall numbers recently, and the very in-consistent air temperatures, excellent trails are something of a rarity in these parts. Lets hope we can one day say that our trails are excellent, though!
Descriptons of Trails:
“The Gateway to Snow Country!”
The Hamburg Snowmobile Club (hereafter, HSC) maintains approximately 54 miles of trails within the Towns of Hamburg, Eden, Orchard Park, Boston, and Aurora. In accordance with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), the following definitions apply to the Hamburg Snowmobile Club Trail System (or HSCTS).
CORRIDOR CLASS A SECTIONS: A corridor trail is a “through trail” connecting to other trails in a manner similar to the interstate highway system. This main trail type connects villages, towns, cities, counties, and/or state parks, and should pass near service stations, repair shops, restaurants, and lodging. Overhead clearance is maintained at a minimum of 12 feet and sustained grades and slopes at a maximum of 25%. Corridor trails are classified according to width (Class A ≥ 12 feet and Class B ≥ 8 feet). The HSCTS has roughly 39 miles of Corridor Class A sections of trail and no Corridor Class B sections.
SECONDARY CLASS A SECTIONS: A secondary trail is usually designated to lead to a corridor trail at some point. This type may be one or more trails branching off from the main trail, originating from a local trailhead, or providing access to necessary facilities not accessible directly from the corridor trail. Overhead clearance and maximum grade are maintained the same as the corridor trail. Secondary trails are classified according to width (Class A ≥ 12 feet and Class B ≥ 8 feet). The HSCTS has nearly 15 miles of Secondary Class A sections of trail and no Secondary Class B sections.
C4H (Junction ER8 to ER21):
WE HAVE LOST A MAJOR SECTION OF THIS TRAIL, WE CAN NO LONGER CONNECT TO EDEN FROM THE NIKE BASE UNLESS WE FIND A MAJOR RE-ROUTE.
Junction ER8 is where the Eden Trailblazers trail system (C4A) meets up with HSC(C4H). From here you can go North or South on our trails. Going north towards junction ER21 will take you up through some Farm Fields and woods in the Town of Eden, cross over Route 62, and get you into the Western part of Hamburg. If you keep on this trail, you will end up in the Northern most part of our trail system, which usually does not experience as much snowfall as the southern part of the trails. We do get lucky sometimes though!
C4H (Junction ER21 to ER189):
This section runs North/South to the northern most part of our trail system. It mostly runs along the side of the I-90 with the powerlines. There are a few gas stations and hotel options on this section of trail. Food is very limited, but accessible if needed.
C4H (Junction ER189 to ER6):
THIS SECTION OF TRAIL IS CLOSED FOR THE 2020-2021 SEASON; WE HAVE LOST ACCESS TO PARKER RD. A RE-ROUTE IS HOPEFULLY IN PLACE FOR NEXT YEAR.
This section of trail runs east/west for a short time, eventually rounding out and heading north/south on the East side of Hamburg and into Orchard Park. You can Park at the old Wal-Mart parking lot (park near NAPA) and ride out from there at the Northern most part of our system. This section will send you to/from Chestnut Ridge park @ Junction ER6. Also, on this section of trail is the Armor Inn Taproom. You can park in their expanded parking lot across the street and ride out from there!
C4A (Junction ER6 to ER125):
This section of trail runs North/South thru Orchard Park and the Town of Boston. It is usually one of the higher traffic sections as it connects Chestnut Ridge Park to the Southern Tier portion of our trails and beyond! We try to groom this trail as often as possible when we have rideable snow.
C4A (Junction ER125 to ER8):
This small section of trail is very important to us. This section runs East/West and completes our "Loop" where we meet the Eden Trailblazers trail system. This trail provides access for 2 great restaurants, one of them being the East Eden Tavern and Smokehouse, which is huge sponsor of ours!! Also, you can grab a bite to eat at Schunks West Hill grill just down the trail.
C4A (Junction ER6 to ER137):
This section of trail runs East/West through Chestnut Ridge Park in the town of Orchard Park. You can park at the Newton Rd entrance to the park, and ride out from the plowed parking lot. This is a heavily trafficked section as you have people parking and riding, and also have a lot of thru traffic coming to/from the Colden Trail Riders trail system.
C4A (Junction ER137 to ER5):
This section of trail runs north/south thru the town of Orchard Park and the Town of Colden. Our trail system ends at the Junction ER5, where we meet up with the Colden Trail Riders trail system.
S42D (VFW Trail):
This section of trail branches off of trail C4H in the town of Hamburg, and dead ends at VFW Post 1419 on Lakeview Rd. This section also runs right to our Groomer Barn, so we have made some great improvements to allow the groomers to access the barn.
S43C (to The Warehouse):
This trail runs North/South along the I-90 in the Northern Most part of our trail system, and dead ends at The Warehouse Bar and Restaurant. Does not get groomed regularly, as the snowfall tends to be minimal.
S47 (To West Falls):
This trail runs East/West to the town of West Falls, and dead ends at the old Tombstone Bar and Grill. The bar has since shut down, so this trail just provides riders from the town of West Falls to access the snowmobiles trails.
S47A (To Southern Tier):
This trail runs North/South in the towns of Eden and North Collins, connecting our trail system to the Southern Tier Snow Drifters trail system at junction ER124. In addition, you can hit trail C4, and run to the West towards the Boston Forest County Park, where our trail system meets up with the WNY Snowmobile Club of Boston.
C4 (Junction ER124 to ER126):
This trail runs East/West thru the Towns of Eden, and Boston. It connects our trail system to the WNY Snowmobile Club of Boston and the Southern Tier Snow Drifters.