Open in summer of 2006, Glacier Ridge is one of the latest trails built by Hich, Wade & Rich of CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists). 95% Tight twisting single track around a natural ridge line formed by a glacier. Hard packed with few rocks or roots, with many moguls, switchbacks and technical areas. Fire roads intersect the trail for more options. The trail features some serious climbs for a Long Island trail. Most of the 8.5 mile + (and still growing) trail is made up of black diamond options such as "Revenge of Shorty" & "Foxhole". Intermediate (2.5 mile main loop) to advanced (black diamond options). Trail is well marked and maintained.
Trailhead is located near the windmill at the back parking lot of Town Of Brokhaven Town Hall. LIE exit 63N Rte 83, go 3 miles north to Bicycle Path Rd exit, make right on Bicycle Path Rd, then left onto Independence Hill Rd. Follow to end parking lot. Trailhead is to the left of windmill.
Summary: I visit long Island once and a while so Ill usually bike here. The trails are smooth single track with lost of turns and twist. The trails are well marked and rated for the bikers skill level. By far the best place I have biked on Long Island. My not be the steepest or biggest but the most fun
Recommended Route: The routes are so short, I would ride them all before I call it a day.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Cunningham State Park
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 some actual mountains.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Stillwell, Syosset: heavily eroded, but way more fun
Summary: I've been riding at Stillwell woods for over 6 years and was getting bored of it. Since I've heard so many wonderful things about Glacier Ridge, I finally decide to head out there with a buddy. The directions were really easy to follow and we didn't use a GPS nor made any U-turns at all.
First impression, looking at the trail map we were overwhelm. It looked like a plate of spaghetti, there were way too many trails and we though we won't get to ride half of it. We decide to divide it up. We rode all of the the west side(left side of the main loop) then the right side (EAST). To our surprise we finished 95% of the trails in 3.5 hrs with water breaks, getting lost and headed back to the car to refill our water bottles b/c it was 86 degrees that day. We missed one top right section, (DARKSIDE OF THE MOON and ECLIPSE) on the map main b/c it was getting late.
The trails, at first the trails were a bit confusing. It takes a bit of time to understand the map and trail system. We got lost in the beginning even with a map, but after we figure out how the map and trails work, we were on target and rode every since trail except DARKSIDE OF THE MOON and ECLIPSE
Trail System, These trails are so well marked that it's very hard to get lost after you figure out which is which. The trails have marks by number and tell you how far into the trail you are on. For example on the main loop, it would start with "MAIN LOOP 1" then 500 feet later would be another marker "MAIN LOOP 10" then 500 feet later "MAIN LOOP 15" like a highway marker. Some of the black diamond trails were really narrow and there are no passing at all, all single file. About 85% of the trails are really smooth with some loose dirty and sand, not as sandy as Stillwell, very ridable with some speed. The high climbs aren't bad, nothing you have to huff and puff about. Most of the time if you carry your speed down the hill it will bring you 3/4 of the way up the next hill. Some spots have camel hump mogels which are a lot of fun and can get some good air off them. There are also some short rolling drops that add to the challenge in the black diamond trails.
Over all, I don't think it's as technical as Stillwell, but a lot more fun b/c the transistion are very smooth and you can carry your speed from a downhill to a uphill then a downhill again.
Recommended Route: GOTTADO THE RIDGES - Best section of Glacier Ridge. It's like a half pipe. We had so much fun dropping in on one side of the wall then up the next then down then next, up the other, u get the point.
REVENGE OF SHORTY - It's a good up hill climb but worth it b/c there is a fun downhill waiting on the other side with some nice drops, switchbacks, hairpins, camel humps, etc
There is a black trail towards the end of the main loop which we rode over and over again b/c it was a lot of fun. Lots of camel humps where u can get some good air. Watch out the the S turn where there is a wicky tree in the way.
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Other recommended trails in the same area: StillWell and Bethpage
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Summary: I ride this trail 3-4 days a week, i hit every single trail or atleast most of them on the average day. GR really has everything, its a good 30 min. drive from my house but its like our local backyard trail now, i wish i didnt have to pay for gas to get over there and back since i ride it so often but hey, its the price you gotta pay for fun these days. If you live on long island make sure you hit this place atleast once and dont skip anything.
Recommended Route: EVERYTHING!!
Other recommended trails in the same area: East Setauket...west side!