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Garnet Hill xc ski area

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Superb Adirondack riding. Probably the best place in the Adirondacks. Trails for every ability though experts will get the most out of it. Lots of strenuous uphills that are nevertheless not impossible like at nearby Gore. Many singletrack trails weave around the extensive doubletrack, the latter comprising just about ALL of their xc ski trails. This is the place for very technical trails that are rideable without wearing armor plate. Downhill bashers should go to Gore.Singletrack are basically dirt-root-rock, with swampy areas, streams, and logs. The long doubletrack have many technical and steep sections and are wide. There are some fairly level gravelly ones for beginners. Just as in the winter, this place is extensive and varied, enough to keep everyone happy all day long unlike a lot of other xc areas that say they do this but don't deliver - Hovenberg being a prime example. The people are into it, very friendly and helpful;good rentals, and a magnificent lodge with great food.
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Latitude
43.711285062416955
Longitude
-74.10703182220459
Trail Directions
I-87 Northway to Warrensburg. Follow 28 as you would to Gore but continue to North River and go left at the sign for Garnet all the way up the mt.
Trail Length
30+km
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
North River
   


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Review Date
September 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: DangerousE ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Garnet Hill is by far the best trail network in this part of the Adirondacks. Don't be intimidated by the "strenuous climb" warning--it's not that bad. There is a good mix of tech singletrack and wider, easier double track. Lots of varied terrain to keep you busy. The staff is super nice and trail fees are really cheap. The people here have obviously worked their tails off to build these trails so get out there and give them your support. Until you get to know the trail network though, it's kinda stop-and-go cuz you have to constantly check the map. Well worth it though.

Recommended Route:
Trail 5 is a steep (but short) climb, then up to trail 2 and from here there are a lot of good descending options.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you have a road bike there are some beautiful loops in this area, wide shoulders too.



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Review Date
September 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: shadfly ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Good mix of single track and cross country trails coverted to MTB trails. The single track contains enough roots and rocks to make it technical but not enough to make it obnoxious. The single track flows well and has some nice corners to carve. There are many hills to climb and descend. Not alot of flat terrain here. There are probably around 2 hours of riding but many of the trails are worth repeating.
Great staff! Bike rentals are available.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gore has been closed as of summer '05.



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Review Date
March 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jim flood ,  Racer

Summary:
I have raced Garnet Hill a few times. The courses have been great. Overall it is a great place to ride. The people who run this place are as advertised, super friendly! There is a good mix of beginner & technical stuff. If you are going up to Gore Mtn make sure you make the short drive over. Garnet Hill will not let you down.

Recommended Route:
Get a map from the bike shop. There are several trails...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shelving Rock(Lake George), Spier Falls aka Moroe State Park, Skidmore,aka the Stables



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Review Date
October 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chance , from Saratoga Springs

Summary:
I rode the course trails for a race they were having the next weekend. It was great. There were fast parts of the course as well as some great single track. The people that work there were great and we had a really good time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Daniels Road in Saratoga



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Review Date
July 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: SMAN , from Albany

Summary:
I raced here and had a blast. The course was excellent with tons of steep climbs that really test your endurance. The single track was awesome as well. A beautiful place just perfect for mountain bikers with the true feeling of what Adirondack mountain biking should be all about.

Recommended Route:
SingleTrack trails are the best as well as the double tracks.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
No other trails are really suited to mountain biking.



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