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Harriman State Park Bike Trail

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

This is the only legal riding in Harriman currently: Vehicle width woods-roads. Combination of slighty technical rock/root sections to gravel carriageways. Several short low gear climbs and fast descents, including a 1.5 mile continuous grade hill - very fast descent/mild climb. The loop can be fast in either direction, although drasticly different.
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Latitude
41.29947603002819
Longitude
-74.03034210205078
Trail Directions
Palisades Interstate Parkway to exit 17 - Anthony Wayne Recreation Area (3 miles southwest of Bear Mountain Bridge-Orange County). Lower Trailhead is at far end of second/furthest lot.
Trail Length
4.5 mile main loop, 1 mid-point trail
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Central Valley
   


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Review Date
August 11, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andres Rabinovich ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The "far" parking lot has two trail entrances. The one at the end (where the park board with maps is) is a tough trail full of high roots and uneven large boulders. I would rank this a 5-7 difficulty out of 10. There is another trail entance at the "far" parking lot, closer to the entrace of the lot on the left, behind the "Authorized Vehicles Only" gate. There are some picnic/camping sites, and the trail starts there. This one is an entry level 1-2 out of 10. Long, some elevation, double-track (car wheels track). Some inclines, some roots, some stones. Easy but fun!



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Review Date
June 16, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 2lo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode today: first time in the trail.

Parked and rode around looking for the exact trail entrance, ended up asking one of the rangers/park people. He pointed me in the right direction and let me know that part of the trail was washed out.

I read that this is a starters trail; for me this was just up my alley. A lot of rocks to overcome, tree roots, narrow tire passageways - def kept my eyes on the ground the whole time. Got a somewhat confused as to which trail i was supposed to be following, since there were 2 different signs. One says "Bike" and one says "trail" with a photo of a bike underneath. I ended up crossing over on both paths at different points. It was nice being up there. I will def ride again



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Review Date
August 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: pdm362 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There is only one legal bike trail in Harriman State Park. There isn'y anything exhilarating at his place, no significant elevation changes, and nothing technical about it. I ride here with my girlfriend to introduce her to mountain biking and develop her confidence with clipless pedals and getting over obstacles but soon she will be able to graduate from this place. This is not for an experienced mountain biker so just come here if you want to ride in the woods with someone new.

Recommended Route:
There is only one bike trail



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Review Date
June 20, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: iat814 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a nice intermediate trail. Rocky and twisty trails. Uphill and downhill. Its a nice trail if you want some exersize but nothing too extreme. Be careful not to get lost. Its easy to get off trails

Recommended Route:
Trails starts at the end of the second parking lot. There is a big sign.



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Review Date
June 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: jamesdeluxe , from Brooklyn, NY

Summary:
Although this ride is no more than five miles long, it serves as a nice one-hour warm-up for Blue Mountain in nearby Peekskill, and is a lot more fun than you would think. Once you leave the fire road, there are lots of rocks and junk to deal with, and it twists through a beautiful forest. It's a shame that Harriman won't open up the park to mt. biking. There are tons of unused fireroads here that hikers never step foot on. In his Mountain Biking New York book, Michael Margulis included at least eight great rides, but when I attempted one about two years ago, I was promptly busted by park police. If I hadn't shown them the book with a detailed description of the ride, they would have fined me AND confiscated my bike.

Recommended Route:
Follow the previous directions

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue Mountain, Graham Hills, Stewart



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