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07-02-2006, 03:43 PM
I've recently hiked a few peaks that have approaches that would be great to use a bicycle on. Anybody have any that fall in this category? It would need to be legal to have bikes there, or don't post it. An example would be Uncas road to Black bear mountain in old forge...The dirt road access to pillsbury would be another. Not asking for secret singletrack stashes(you can pm me with that info), just a general idea of new places to ride...
07-02-2006, 03:50 PM
http://bikeadirondacks.org/mtnbike.html Just found this--answered most of my questions. Lots of riding to be had.
07-02-2006, 04:44 PM
The Uncas Trail from rt.28 thru 8th lake campsite to the Uncas road (or vice versa) is a great bike ride. To the best of my knowledge it is legal. I rode it a number of years ago and it was. If you come in thru the campsite by way of rt. 28 they may have you pay a day user fee however. I think they are fairly lenient in letting you pass thru. Another good ride is from Camp Sagamore to Lake Mohegan. Watch for the trail sign after you pass Mohegan on your right. This footpath (not a bike path) will connect you to the other end of the Uncas trail and lead you back to either 8th lake campsite (right at junction) or to the 7th lake boat launch (left at snowmobile trail junction). Have fun!
07-02-2006, 04:51 PM
Is it still permissable to bike to Camp Santanoni on the Santanoni preserve road? Also, I have inch and a quarter tires with very moderate tread on my mnt. bike. These are great for hard pack gravel roads. In fact I use these to bike Acadia's carriage roads. Would these be ok for the Santanoni road or shoud I use my 2 inch knobbies?
07-02-2006, 08:08 PM
You'd be OK with those tires on the Santanoni Road.. It's used and driven on by cars and stuff and it basically a dirt road with a couple small hills before you hit the trail. I don't know whether it's legal or not though.
Woodhull Mtn in the Old Forge area is another mountain that you can bike into. Short hike after the bike ride. There is a fire tower on the mountain and the cab was open the last time I was there.
If you're doing Little Santa you can legally ride a bike for 2 of the 8 miles of trail up to the Wilderness Zone. If you're going to Camp Santanoni you can bike the whole way because the trail stays in the designated Historical Zone. If you bring up the website for the camp you will see the trail layout and the mention that bikes are OK.
2 out of 8 miles dosn't seem like much but it is really 4 out of 16, round trip. When I got back to my bike (from ErmineBrook slide) I was very content to sit on my bike and ride the brakes back to the car.
Doug, on your next trip to the Sawtooth range you could leave your car at the iron bridge and bike to the summer trailhead. :D
Gore Mountain has a mountain bike trail system, you start to notice the signs about 2 miles or so on the hiking trail. Im not sure who you would contact for info on this. Maybe someone here has more infor on it though. The trail for the Mtn Bikes look pretty fun with some open views while biking.
The trail bellow is great I've biked it many times, there are some nice historical stops along the way, some monuments in the woods off trail, battle sites. Great family bike ride. Easy to find and follow.
Warren County Bikeway
Map & guide available by calling 518-623-2877 or 518-623-5576
Warren County Bikeway (9.5 miles one way, easy)
Extending from the shore of Lake George to the Glens Falls Feeder Canal, this paved bikeway leads through forested foothills over gradual terrain. Suitable for walking and strollers, some sections are also appropriate for use by people with disabilities.
07-03-2006, 09:31 AM
The particular hike that made me think of this was wakely. It would be easy to ride right to the turn before the climb actually starts. It would be a fun ride back to the car. I didn't see any NO BIKE signs, so I assume at this point it would be legal.
07-03-2006, 10:25 PM
I've biked all the above suggestions except the Wakely mountain trip. For Woodhull make sure you've got good tires, defintiely not street tires. My poor son suffered through that one when he still had a single speed bike and a quite heavy one at that. Not sure he's ever going to forgive me for that one!
Another suggestion that I've biked to is West Mountain by Raquette Lake. We've biked right up to the base. Nice ride.
07-09-2006, 10:27 PM
Hey -- I once heard that Pete Hickey biked from Canada to Marcy!
You could also bike Hurricane Mtn road from 9N. Park your car by the Grand Union in Elizabethtown and cycle at least to the trailhead parking lot on Hurr. Mt road. There is a gate about 100 yards past it, that is sometimes locked, but one can walk around it. You can cycle all the way to the start of the old trail, then park it by the old leanto site and hike the mile to the summit. The ride back is almost all downhill and you can stop at Stewart's for an ice cream cone! The one way trip is about six miles.
07-10-2006, 07:04 PM
That is exactly the type of ride I am looking for. Thank you
07-11-2006, 09:31 AM
That is exactly the type of ride I am looking for. Thank you
Two others you can do -- first is to ride you bike on Rte 86 west from LPlacid up to the Whiteface Inn and park it by the lake -- chain it, if need be, somewhere and then follow the trails to the summits.
Second is to also go up Whiteface Inn rd to the Jackrabbit trail, across from the golf course, and cycle that (unless it's posted for walkers only, ins which case you stash you cycle in the woods and walk) to the hieght of land, where you stash your cycle; there's a cairn on the left and a narrow path leading to the summit of Little Haystack and nice views.
After the tollroad on Whiteface closes - usually at 5 pm - you could cycle to the top of the mountain. I know they used to let people walk up and down, but only when there was no traffic. Or, you could cycle to nearby Cooper Kiln Pond trailhead and go to the height of and then bushwhack 10 minures up to # 98 Morgan Mt..........
There's a rough jeep road into Crane Mt in Warren County. This joins up with another (closed to motorized vehicles) which sort of skirts the foot of the mountain and joins up with another parking/trail head area and another less rough dirt rd. I haven't biked it myself, but it looks like it could be kind of fun.
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