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Nicks Lake, Old Forge, NY, 2011
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Sep 17, 2011
Old Forge, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 4.6 miles
Nicks Lake, just south of the Old Forge/Thendara, NY region, is a challenging 4 1/2 mile (7.2km) mountain biking ride that is deceptive in its technical and endurance requirements when first seen on a map.If starting the ride clockwise from the NY state campground, the trail begins with about 1/2 mile of very tricky root step-ups and drops.  One would have to be  extremely talented to be able to clean all of...
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Blue Mountain, NY, Hike
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Aug 26, 2011
Blue Mountain Lake, New York, United States
Hiking | 2.1 miles
At 3,750 ft (1,143m) Blue Mountain, located in the Adirondack State Park, NY, is just 250 ft short of being classified as an Adirondack High Peak mountain (4,000 ft or higher).  However, the hike to its summit does compare in difficulty to at least a few of the "real" high peak mountains just to the northeast. My two older sons and I decided it was time to move past the beginner...
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Springtime Ride at the Colgate Trails
by SingleTrack_Pilot on May 25, 2011
Hamilton, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 7.0 miles
This was my first time at the Colgate University mountain biking trails, located up the hill from the private liberal arts university located in Hamilton, NY.  From my home the drive was about 35 minutes southeast.We parked down in the village of Hamilton and did some road riding through the village into the Colgate campus.  A light climb on the streets of the university to the back of the campus where we...
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The Last Quarry Ride of '09
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Dec 27, 2009
Southwood, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 8.4 miles
What little snow covering the ground going into the last full week of 2009 had melted, thanks to a brief, just-barely-above-freezing weather spell that brought with it a night or two of rain. Grays and browns were the dominant natural colors surrounding trails that had turned to thick, deep mud.Four of the regulars met at Gene's house (fast becoming the top meeting spot  for local rides) and after some spinning around the neighborhood to...
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Thanksgiving Day AM Ride at Skytop
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Nov 26, 2009
Southwood, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 10.5 miles
In an attempt to build the appetite and remove some of the guilt associated with attacking the dessert table later today, five of the regular riding group agreed on  a 7:30am ride into Skytop quarry this Thanksgiving Day morning.The weather was a cool 45 degrees (F) under a low overcast sky, which seems to be a common theme every Thanksgiving day in Central NY.Instead of dropping right into the quarry, we opted...
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A Highland Forest Mud Bath
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Nov 21, 2009
Cowles Settlement, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 10.0 miles
Highland Forest is a county park located in the southeastern-most corner of Onondaga County (Central NY State, USA).  It is a very mountain bike-friendly park that offers a mix of crushed stone roads, fire roads, and most importantly, excellent singletrack that has been developed and continually maintained by a local mountain biking community.To the regular mountain bikers Highland Forest has a reputation of being very muddy, even during the driest of weeks. ...
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A 2nd Night Ride at Skytop Quarry
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Nov 19, 2009
Southwood, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 10.2 miles
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A Misty, Late Fall Ride at Split Rock Quarry
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Nov 14, 2009
Split Rock, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 9.7 miles
Split Rock is another abandoned quarry located on the west side of the Syracuse, NY, metro area.   Of our regular ride portfolio, Split Rock is probably the flattest, with only a minimal vertical climb/descent profile.  However, like its cousin, SkyTop Quarry, there are numerous technical sections combined with a large playground area of sorts that offer up hours of MTB entertainment.This morning we agreed on an 8:00am start time at King...
Making the Most of Green Lakes
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Aug 31, 2009
Fayetteville, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 17.3 miles
My attempt to maximize the mileage at Green Lakes State Park.  I left off a a few sections of trail that would probably add another two or three miles, but this is close to the maximum mileage one can get at Green Lakes without some serious revisiting of trails already ridden.
First Night Ride at Skytop Quarry
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Nov 10, 2009
Southwood, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 7.2 miles
There are not too many locations around CNY that are hospitable to night riding on a mountain bike and perhaps the Skytop Quarry tops the list of rides requiring an extra degree of caution.  Thus, when I had the opportunity to join up with a riding buddy for a one hour ride at this location at night, I was at first hesitant.  Having logged perhaps 300 miles of night riding at Green Lakes...
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Olympic Sports Complex Biking
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Aug 27, 2009
Shady Corner Curve, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 13.2 miles
Not sure what the official name of this place is:  Olympic Sports Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg, or X/C ski trails.  In any even, there is a fun network of mountain bike trails here that, while not advanced in either the technical nor endurance department, are great for  warming up and maintaining endurance.  There is a fee to use these trails, but it is a modest $6.00 (as of  August 2009).The advanced trails,...
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The Flume Trails adjacent to Whiteface MTN
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Aug 25, 2009
Wilmington, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 8.9 miles
Parked in the Whiteface Mountain overflow lot and using a free paper map available from either the Whiteface downhill shop or any of the Lake Placid bike shops, set off to explore this relatively new set of trails dedicated to mountain biking.Started with the trails marked as easy, then attacked the most difficult trail there.  So many rock gardens and roots that at one point I fell off the bike every 100...
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Skytop Quarry
by SingleTrack_Pilot on Nov 07, 2009
Jamesville, New York, United States
Mountain biking | 8.0 miles
Ride was planned for 7:30am Saturday morning.  Started off at 29 degrees F (below freezing), which warranted heavy gloves, shoe booties, and layered biking clothing.  Parked at Ruston's Diner (eastern-most point on the map) and chose the option to drop down to the Rt. 481 valley and over to the quarry.  Discovered that all puddles were now ice and the dew that had formed overnight became frost on the numerous babyheads and...