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Buck Mt (from Pilot Knob)

Average Rating:    (3.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Depending on the weather, this can be dry and rocky, with nice, packed dirt, or wet rocks, raging streams, and small ledges turned to small waterfalls in your face. Keep your cleats on loose.

NOTE: Buck Mt. is located in the Lake George Wild Forest. In wild forest classified lands within the Adirondack Forest Preserve mountain bikes are permitted on all trails unless posted otherwise. However, the summit trails to Buck Mt., Black Mt. and Sleeping Beauty are all closed to bikes. The trails have been posted numerous times, but the signs continue to be torn down.

The above summits are closed to mountain bikes. All 3 of these trails are so steep that the trip would be a hike a bike for all but the most experienced riders and not very enjoyable or legal. There are numerous trails in the surrounding area that are open to mountain bikes and that will provide a more enjoyable experience.
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Latitude
43.516797458728675
Longitude
-73.62191677093506
Trail Directions
Northway to exit 20 rt.149. Turn left at intersection with light and a Stewarts on the left.(9L) Drive all the way to the lake, veer left and continue to Pilot Knob along the shore road. Eventually, on the rt. is a DEC trailhead & parking lot for Buck Mt. trail. Park and enter trail- bikes allowed!
Trail Length
3+ miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lake George
   


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Review Date
April 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ruralrider528 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail has quite a bit to offer for the DH crowd, from the top there are a few technical rocky steep singletack type trail. Then the trail turns into a well used path as wide as a jeep trail, but tons of loose rocks and quite a few fun switchbacks. This trail is for the experienced downhiller in the upper sections but after the trail widens out some of the people with less experience DHing will be able to enjoy the trail too, the wider sections are still quite fast with good visibility. This is a hike a bike trail to the top and it is challenging to push up but don't let that deter you because it is an amazing ride down, plus the view from the top is awesome too with views of the entire Lake George region, gore mountain and west mountain can be seen as well. Keep in mind that this is a hiking trail, a popular one at that so just be friendly and polite to the hikers and it will be a good day for all.

Recommended Route:
from the parking lot take the trail and at the first intersection take a left and you will be on your way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
West Mountain(lift access)hopefully they are open for 2010, Backside of tongue mountain(haven't ridden it but the hike indicated an awesome dh run but super technical)



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Review Date
August 23, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: schaus889 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail is alot of fun...this trail was actually my first ever ridden on a serious DH bike and I learned on this trail and the surrounding trails off the Buck Mt. trailhead. The trail up towards the hogtown lot from the trailhead is really fast and wide and great for anyone beginning the sport. Also, off this trailhead there is a loop trail that runs along the top and bottom of a rock cliff that people sport climb on. For downhillers, there are two ridable sections, one being very steep, techinical, and the other very fast and flowy...both are great fun and well worth the drive up to lake george. I can spend all days in between all these trails as long as the bike holds up. I usually ride these during the summer and the conditions are great (also great fun in the pouring rain when the streams are everywhere)

Recommended Route:
northway to exit 20, 149 to 9L, to pilot knob rd, follow to buck mt trailhead parking lot

Other recommended trails in the same area:
heard the trails up tongue mt are similar to buck mt



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Review Date
March 3, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: William42 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This is a pretty tough trail. But its one of the most fun Downhill runs i've ever done, super steep, fast, lots of drops, tons of rock gardens and the visibility for hikers and dogs and animals is generally pretty good. Theres only one part near the top where its too steep to have any control if you see somebody, and you kinda just gotta crank it, so that part is a bit sketchy.

As to riding it up, well, if you're going the route of "suspension" especially a DH or freeride rig, plan on doing alot of really intense hiking/pushing/carrying, and make sure its at least 4"+ travel, preferably 8-10. It can be done on a hardtail, but i would suggest using more of a dirt jumper with a very sturdy frame that can take heavy abuse, plus you can still do all the fun hits.

There ARE hikers and plenty of off the leash animals, so beware of that.

Great trail



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Review Date
July 4, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chr07627 ,  Racer

Summary:
It's a mountain biking trail if you make it so. Definitely there are sections that anyone this side of Superman will not be able to ride up or down, but those sections are maybe 10-20% of the total trail, depending on your attitude, ability and how wet the grounds are. Getting up is certainly a workout, but the ride down is worth it. A major charge!



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Review Date
July 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jason , from Albany,NY

Summary:
As the people said, this ain't no MTB trail! But it's big time fun if you've got the skill and toughness.And the reward on top - UNBELIEVABLE! I'de say I actually rode about 40% of the trail. That 40% is a great ride (we're talking UP). Can't understand the gripers below, it's also a great hike, and the bike gives the extra workout. If you're so inclined, this is a definite DO for the biatheletes.

Recommended Route:
From Pilot Knob

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Garnett hill, Tongue MT hiking -yes, that's hiking - trails.



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