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Glacial ridge

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

very coll and most challenging trail on long island. Lots of off-camber riding and steep downhills with ;arge rocks and miscoullaneose obstacles to overcome.
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Latitude
40.729722
Longitude
-73.210833
Trail Length
8.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Islip
State/Territory/Province
NY
Zip/Postal Code
11751
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
December 3, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike109 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Has a little bit of everything, tough climbs, fast drops, tight paths, sharp turns. The best trail in suffolk county. Well mantained single track design with lots of technical challenges. Parking is easy and plentiful.

Recommended Route:
white ghost is my favorite



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Review Date
July 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jimboard2 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you MTB and are not from Long Island, this trail will put you to sleep. Snorefest. The creators (CLIMB) are so paranoind about erosion that every bit of gradient that could be fast and fun cuts perpendicular to the fall line, every fun drop that beckons some air is immediately followed by a right angle turn, every tree that falls across the trail is cut and cleared rather than become a fun log roll, and you can forget about them building any stunts or jumps. The trail in maintained by roadies that want a smooth, rolling and fast trail. To them I say, go road biking. I am local and know the area well and have been using the trail system long before it was a preserve and mtb trail. I have been all over the country and ridden the best trails out there, and i know that this system could be so much better than what it is. Thanks to CLIMB for creating the network, but come on guys, seriously, do you know anything about mountain biking outside of Long Island. To my friends on the main land, I call it "yuppy" trails for roadies. No suspension needed, a full rigid frame gets the job done. Don't get me wrong there are fun sections here and there, but you will find yourself twisting left and right through super flat, silky smooth, boring, single track 90% of the time. In an effort to maximize the mileage of the network, the creators have compromised the actual fun of the trail. Overall a great trail to teach your girlfriend or little sister how to mtb. If you are an experienced mountain biker, you will not be challenged, you will not be scared, you will get little to no thrills, it is kind of like an exercise bike with a view.

Recommended Route:
Take the Throgsneck bridge off Long Island and go to actual mountains.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stillwell trail, Syosset, NY, seriously eroded, but more fun.



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Review Date
June 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Freemtnrider ,  Racer

Summary:
Couldnt post this on the correct page for this trail soo...
The trail runs through a nature preserve along one of the tallest ridges on LI. Known as a terminal moraine it was created during the last ice age as the glacier pushed all of the sediment up into a ridge line. Considering this, this place has a lot to offer the XC rider. Not too technical as far as trails go but technical enough for Long Island with creative routing over some of the remnant glacial deposits. Its got a tremendous amount of flow and is only interrupted by well placed filters to slow you down. There are places where you can pump along a ridge line and not pedal or break for quarter mile stretches at a time. Some really great climbs are evenly matched with some sweet down hills. Again not too technical but clever trail routing keeps you alert and makes it one of the funnest trails in the area. There are options on the ride too. You can stick to the beginner/intermediate loop or take the optional Black Diamond and Double BD expert routes. The trail surface is mostly hard pack and full suspension is not needed here and you might just suffer if you do bring a full squish. I ride this place on a full rigid like many other riders here. A ton of gears are not needed either which makes it a favorite of many Single Speeders. Most trail obstacles consist of whoops-d-dos ( or "moguls" as the skiers call them) a common obstacle on LI. others include banked turns and clever routing over big boulders and other random geologic formations. It is in a nature preserve and so there is a good amount of wild life. If you do ride here please keep that in mind, this trail is secondary to it intended use as habitat for thousands of migrating song birds and other small mammals. If you want a real treat charge up the lights and head out on a cool spring evening under a full moon. Leave the MP3 player though since the song birds will provide enough entertainment. You will likely catch more than one deer in you head lamp too especially as you enter the section called "White Ghost".

Recommended Route:
For an easy ride stick to the main trail. Of you want a fast flowing training ride do several laps on the main trail. For a long extremely fun ride hit all the optional black Diamonds. The trail has been getting a lot of use since its opening roughly a year ago so hit it early or late if you want ride alone however I wouldnt call it crowded during peak hours.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cathedral Pines, East Setauket.



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Review Date
April 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: sick4surf ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
please write your reviews at the other glacier ridge review, this one has the wrong directions...go here:

http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-new-york/trail/PRD_401602_4566crx.aspx



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Review Date
April 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: AKA monkeyboy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Glacier Ridge is an absolute blast to ride. I would venture to say it is one of the most technical of the trails officially maintained by CLIMB. Last time I checked it was about 10 miles...

This trail is unique in it's design because the interesting/challenging sections are configured in a way that you could repeat a favorite spot repeatedly.

The terrain is pure Long Island singletrack with millions of moguls. Some sections are crazy fast (in true L.I. fashion) and other sections will definitely test your slow riding skills...

The trail is actually a work in progress because the trail steward (who is a trail building God) continues to add new sections to the system.

If you're out visiting LI (or live here), this is a must hit trail.

Makes me smile everytime...

Recommended Route:
LIE to No. Ocean Ave (N)

Make a right from N. Ocean to Bicycle Path... follow the signs to Brookhaven Town Hall.

Head towards the back of the lot (look for the windmill)

The trailhead is to the left of the "bunker-looking" building...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rocky Point
Cathedral Pines
Belle Meade Trail



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