Discover the one of the Mountain Biking Community's Best Kept Secrets: New York's Adirondacks
Adirondack Region, N.Y. - New York's Adirondack Region offers hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails for all abilities - from beginner loops to steep expert descents - and a summer's worth of knobby tire races and festivals.
Grab your gear and head to the Adirondack Mountains for spectacular riding on uncrowded trails, including:
Near the Gore Mountain Region: Garnet Hill Lodge in North River is home to mountain biking trails for all abilities on cross-country ski trails that wind for 35 miles around the property.
Mountain bike and equipment rentals are complimentary for overnight guests, and available are for day-use with rentals starting at $40 with bike, or $12 to use the Lodge's trails. Guided trips are available through the lodge and are perfect for beginners who need some instruction.
Close to the Vermont Border: Ausable Chasm boasts 15 miles of mountain bike trails for all abilities five minutes from the Lake Champlain Ferry route connecting Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY. The Mountain Bike Center at Ausable Chasm features cruising loops and wide trails, as well as single track and advanced trails with steep hills and narrow passages. Bring your bike over on the ferry or rent one of the center's high performance bikes for $10 for two hours, or $25 for the day. Young riders can even join the Chasm Riders and learn how to race on Sunday mornings.
Not far from Syracuse: The guys at Pedals & Petals on Route 28 in Inlet recommend visitors ride the TOBIE Trail - a 10-mile route that travels through five towns providing excellent beginner-to-intermediate terrain. Locals and visitors alike are welcome to join in Pedals & Petals Group Mountain Bike Rides on Sunday mornings. Scheduled rides run the gamut from easy to intermediate and offer visitors a chance to explore new terrain.
Just a Border Crossing from Canada: Barkeaters Trail Alliance (BETA) is a grassroots organization whose members develop and maintain mountain biking trail networks in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Wilmington. In Wilmington, the Flume, Hardy Road and Cooper Kiln trails include local favorites such as the Poorman's Downhill (PMD), which descends 1,200 feet over three miles near the Whiteface Mountain Veteran's Memorial Highway. Miles of beginner, intermediate and expert trails provide a variety of experiences for riders of all abilities - and new members are always welcome to join the organization.
Upcoming Mountain Bike Events in the Adirondacks:
• On June 14, the Black Fly Challenge kicks off in Inlet and ends 40 miles later in Indian Lake. Come to watch, come to compete, but don't miss the race SKI Magazine recently named one of the "Five Badass Things to Do in June."
• On June 20-22, Wilmington will host the annual Whiteface Bike Fest and the 13th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race. Knobby tires are welcome for this race and family-friendly fest.
• On July 12, Garnet Hill will host the XTERRA Garnet Hill race, a triathlon that is open to competitors and spectators. The race will include a 1k swim on Thirteenth Lake followed by a challenging 26.5k bike ride around Garnet Hill's extensive trail network, wrapping up with an 8k run on the same trails.
• On July 22, Long Lake will host Chris Clark, a professional mountain biker, during the Mountain Bike Stunt Program, a 30-minute exhibition featuring a breathtaking display of agility and skill. Chris, a 50-time competitor in national mountain bike events and world championships, will maneuver over custom-built ramps and obstacles as part of the event.
• On August 16, Maple Ridge Wind Farm on the Tug Hill Plateau will host the annual Race with the Wind Mountain and Cross Bike Race featuring two routes, the 46 Mile Gravel Grinder Endurance Race for intermediate to expert riders, and the 10 Mile Fun Race for beginners and families. Registration opens the day of the race.
For additional information about upcoming bike events, trails to check out and gear to bring, go to visitadirondacks.com.
About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is home to the six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks online at Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks, Instagram.com/VisitAdirondacks and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com .