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Highbridge Park

Average Rating:    (2.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

XC, freeride and dirt jump trails in Manhattan! Highbridge features XC trails that range from super technical with natural obstacles, logrides and drops to fast and flowy singletrack. The Hellfighter freeride trail drops 150 feet vertically and features natural drops from 3 to 10 feet, sweet berms, steep rock rollers, sketchy off-camber lines and more. The dirt jump park was designed and built by IMBA with Jeff Lenosky and Kyle Ebbett, and features beginner and intermediate lines (all tables), plus a pump track.

Best of all, the lower trailhead is across the street from the #1 train subway station at Dyckman street, so access couldn't be easier!

The Highbridge trails are a project of NYCMTB, IMBA and NYC Parks.
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Latitude
40.858184312764116
Longitude
-73.92483741044998
Trail Length
3
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Manhattan
State/Territory/Province
NY
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 5 (9 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
June 9, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Garrett ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I read the reviews and decided to give it a shot despite the low marks figuring that the last review was 2 years old and maybe just a crabby poster didn't like the trail. I stand corrected. It is paved with broken glass, yet also remains difficult to follow because of the level of overgrowth. In my short ride I encountered two fallen trees blocking the way and had to stop several other times to walk around and find where the trail continued on.
It is, to be fair, very techinically challenging and if it was not overgrown and glass strewn, it would have been quite difficult with lots of rock gardens and short, steep sections to climb.

Unless the trail is repaired and maintained, I would not recommend riding it.



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Review Date
April 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bartekr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This doesn't feel like a mountain bike trail, more like someone decided to create several paths in a run-down park littered with broken glass. I crashed in one area and narrowly avoided falling on a broken bottle



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Review Date
July 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jayflo0800 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Wow...I just drove to Highbridge this morning from Queens. Parking is tricky, the trails are covered in glass in certain places. From what I can tell you, body armor and a full face helmut are not presumptuous here. This trail takes no prisoners as I found an endless amount of rock gardens and steep descents followed by some killer drops. Although the track is short in length it truly could use a chairlift. The climbs required from parts of this trail are unreal. I found myself pushing my bike in a few spots.... ok a lot of spots. However it's kind of cool riding in what feels like actual mountain conditions no farther than the top of Manhattan. Freeriders will enjoy these trails the most.

Recommended Route:
Don't drive. Parking anywhere near any NYC Park is never great. Take the number 1 train to Dyckman Street and look for the trailhead across the street, but bring friends cause the neighborhood is still "up and coming".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nothing in the area like Highbridge... maybe take a trip to VT. (same thing only bigger version)



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Review Date
June 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: clouseau ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this on the too-small aging rigid GT I keep in the city, and found the green loops too easy, the black loops too hard (often big rocks and drops) and the blue loops just right, but the whole trail 'system' is very small and the trash and broken glass everywhere is a bit disconcerting. There's burnt-out cars on Ft. George Hill and I even found a 300ZX engine on the trail.

There can't be more than two miles of trails you'd actually want to ride, and you'll definitely want to keep a patch kit on hand to deal with the inevitable punctures.

Recommended Route:
Honestly, I wouldn't go out of your way to ride here. Total beginners should probably find someplace else, as the green trails are boring, overgrown and covered with glass. Locals who can get to the trails quickly will find some fun on the blues and blacks. Freeriders will probably have the most fun here, as some of the expert trails have very reasonable drops and terrain features, but wear protection unless you like picking pieces of beer bottles out of your skin.

Start at the Ft. George Hill trailhead and keep left. Climb the blue to the top (it'll take no more than two minutes). Hit the dirt jump park at the top if that's your thing, then bomb down the blue or black. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Next time, I'll probably take the time to get out to Cunningham Park in Queens.



Comments
sdlopez (05/11/2009)
I would totally agree 100 pcnt on what this guy just said. When I say 100pcnt I mean it. In every way. Take the time to go somewhere else unless you want to free ride.
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Review Date
January 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: AS.. the original ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A good spot for urban freeriders. There is a small pump track which is well built and some excellent table-top jumps in the 5-7 foot range. There is also a set of 2-3 footers for newbies. Highbridge also has a short (30 seconds) DH run designed for freeride bikes with a few drops and nicely bermed turns. Once the expasion takes place and more singletrack is built, it will be a good spot for XC riders. Right now, the trails are mostly rolling single track with short but steep and rocky sections. The main loop is fun but pretty short. The connecting loops are very rocky and technical and in some sections, un-rideable.

Recommended Route:
It's small. Go explore.



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