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Great Bear Spings

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

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Latitude
43.26564382362425
Longitude
-76.35249137878418
Trail Directions
From Syracuse: 81 to 481 north. Get off at 1st Phoenix exit. Turn left. Go to end (stop sign). Turn right onto county route 57. Just past high school there will be a "Y" in the road. Take the left onto Oswego River road. Go straight at intersection (county rte 46). Trail starts aprox. 1 mile ahead on left across from a small pond. You can also enter via a fire road on left just up the road.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Phoenix
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Review Date
May 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: GTA ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is the first place I've ever been biking and I hold a serious affinity for it. It has something for everyone, but nothing you could kill yourself on in my opinion. Skytop up on S.U. hill is much more technical, but not necessarily better. What makes Great Bear so great is the diversity of what it has to offer. It has swamps, mud (weather permitting), downhills, stream crossings, smooth pines, and some very nice bridges. The maintenance and organization is also top notch. Go to friendsofgreatbear.org for maps, donations, and other info. I’m sure I’ll be there again in the next few weeks.

Recommended Route:
Print a map from friendsofgreatbear.org

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skytop @ SU



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Review Date
November 1, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: cnydirt ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great Bear has been significantly improved in the last few years. More trails,more bridges and generally better maintenance have transformed this place into a seriously fun area. It can still get muddy from time to time, but manageably so. If you haven't been before or haven't ridden here recently, you need to make a trip to experience the new and improved Great Bear. You won't regret it.

Recommended Route:
There are maps just inside the gate, all the trails are fun. Just ride and enjoy.

website with map, www.friendsofgreatbear.org



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Review Date
July 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Steel wheels ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place has loads of unmapped and unmarked singletrack. You could seriously get lost here! I rode there today and it is not as muddy as you might think despite the weather that we've been having here....The main problem today was the bugs...too many bugs!! But I had fun. That's the main thing.

Recommended Route:
I start by going down the main road and then turning on to the first singletrack trail to the left. That worked for me. Beyond that....just explore.



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Review Date
February 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: dhmoto00xx ,  Downhiller

Summary:
whoa....only one bra has reviewed this trail since me in 03...thats no good..still the sickest place around...ok maybe not...but there is one drop that isnt scene by most that the penality is u and your bike in the river....definately wouldnt be too cool....but u really suck if u end up in the river so maybe your bike should stay there...

Recommended Route:
go straight and take your second right onto a main passageway....its actually kinda a four way corner on the main road....take a right....go up about fifteen yards and there is a trail on the left...bomb down that...take a left and an immediate right...then immediate left...or u can even keep goin straight and u will have fun....i believe if u go straight u will run into a rooted downhill which is really fun if u have a hardtail or somethin with 2.5....not so sketchy with 8..but gotta go back to the roots

Other recommended trails in the same area:
skytop....built the three sickest trails in syracuse across from the trash incinerator....very very difficult and your balls are just about on the rear tire.......tear it up



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Review Date
March 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Nick , from Fulton, ny

Summary:
this trail is for the beginer or intermediate rider. there are a lot of flat beginer trails and also a bunch of nice singal track. a lot of rolling hills and kool buldings to see while you are out. it is right on the river so you can go down there and chill as well
this trail system is pretty complicated and you can get lost if you dont know the area very well. Over all this is a good trail for anyone who rides.

Recommended Route:
any where



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