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Jockey Hill

Average Rating:    (4.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Off Onteora Lake, follow the dirt road around the lake, and it'll bring you to several very technical single tracks. At Jockey Hill, follow the gravel road at the left end of the cul-de-sac, and past the DEC gate you'll find a number of single track loops of various lengths and difficulties, all with rocks and logs and other fun things. This area is huge and seemingly infinite, so bring a compass or a road map and expect to get lost a few times.
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Latitude
41.986291053745546
Longitude
-74.05059814453125
Trail Directions
At the dead end of Jockey Hill Road ... also accessible from Onteora Lake, which is right on Route 28. To get to the lake, head west on R 28 from Kingston, look for DEC sign on right, just before the Hobo Deli. For the main entrance to Jockey Hill, buy an Ulster County map and make your way to Jockey Hill Rd. The entrance is at a Cul De Sac. Or else ask at a local bike or ski shop, they know the way.
Trail Length
nearly infinite
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Kingston
   


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Review Date
September 7, 2009

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: wetboy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Let me begin by stating that I'm an XC rider, and have four years biking experience. I ride mostly in NJ and PA.

Park at the cul-de-sec on the right side at the end of Jockey Hill Road. The left side is residential. I stayed a few days in Mt. Tremper and the boys at Overlook bike shop (in Woodstock) suggested Jockey Hill. They're a good bunch over there and nice to tourists. Or, could have been that I bought pair of chamois and a few Hammer bars, as I forgot mine at home.

I wasn't sure where to park, since there are no 'parking signs'. But, Jockey Hill Road is the place. I met the quarry owner who owns part of this land. His name is Sean, very nice. I took a right at the fork, on Jockey Hill and found my way to the quarry. Sean explained that we're not supposed to be on the trails, but everyone rides there.

After finding the trail head past the chain barrier, I quickly got onto "Close to the Edge". [Stay left at the pile of tires]. Great tight technical single track. Thick roots and sharp rocks. You feel deep in the wilderness. It's quiet in there. Be sure to stack your rock cairns methodically, as there are many decisions to make. The trails become web-like (especially for a newbie). Wear some elbow armor, as you'll be checking some trees on the tight switchbacks. Loads of white knuckle fun when picking-up speed on "Close to the Edge". Oh! A full squish will do you best. Leave your hardtail at home, if you want your taint in tacked. There is few line picking, as the trails are tight. My 29 ate-up this trail!

If you like mushrooms, then take your camera. It's pretty trippy to see Smurf-land. No great lung busters, but it has a nice flow. A quick bridge that needs a bit of work. The late summer rain must have taken it's toll on it. Don't forget your flat tire accoutrements.

All in all, a little bit of everything (roots, rocks, bridges, small drops, tight switchbacks, good flowing stream crossings), but nothing too over the top. Simply put, pure mountain biking fun!

BTW, get your bearings before you start. Take a GPS, map, extra food, deet, and water. Make sure your batteries are charged. It's easy to get lost and if you're by yourself as a first timer to this trail, well, just plan on getting lost for an hours time.

Last;y, hats off to Fats in the Cats for keeping this system clean and flowing.

Recommended Route:
Begin at "Close to the Edge".



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Review Date
May 9, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: LacticAddict ,  Racer

Summary:
One of the best places to ride that I have found in the Hudson Valley region! I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer amount of singletrack available at Jockey Hill, not to mention how fun and technical much of it is. You can ride singletrack for hours without having to spend much time on the access roads. My only complaint is that I didn't come across any real hills - though some days that's not a bad thing! Also, like others have mentioned, it is fairly easy to get lost (I did) so keep your wits about you! Props to the locals who build and maintain these trails (Fats in the Cats?). I'll be back for sure...

Recommended Route:
Park at the end of Jockey Hill Road and ride up the gravel road. Tons of singletrack on either side of road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Taconic Hereford (909).



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Review Date
February 8, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: phat j ,  Downhiller

Summary:
be safe ride safe here

Recommended Route:
the safe route

Other recommended trails in the same area:
anyone that is safe



Comments
al415 (06/09/2009)
useless review
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Review Date
November 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: big daddy , from kinston"jockey hill"

Summary:
I grew up with these trails as my backyard. Have made a few of them and always maintained them.They have been my playground for the past 28 years.These trails have changed much and so far it's been for the better.Just look out for the shale snakes, they'll come up and bit your tires.Since this little hill/mountain is composed mostly of shale rock, you get judding rocks sticking out of the ground on the single track.For a good long fast downhill, find the trail that leads to heritige energy have fun

Recommended Route:
glad and not glad to see that more people have found these trails

Other recommended trails in the same area:
off of rt. 209, single track off of marked railtrail in Hurley also recommend going to new paltz



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Review Date
October 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Don , from Red Hook

Summary:
Jockey Hill is a State Multiple use area. As such, you'll see an ocasional motorcyclist or ATVer on the main jeep trail but never on the extensive network of single track which they are restricted from. This place is NOT FOR BEGINNERS and will definately challenge both the intermediate and advanced rider. The trails are easy to follow but are not marked so keep your eyes peeled for intersections. It will take you a good long time to get familar with all the trails packed into this beautiful space. A hand drawn map (which is not to scale and lacks many of the newr trails)is available at many of the local bike shops.

Recommended Route:
Starting at the end of Jockey Hill Rd: jeep trail to Q-Man to Wintergreen to Bear to jeep trail to MK Memorial to jeep trail to Straightshot to Grove to jeep trail and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
To exptend your ride check out Onteora Lake which can be reached via trails from Jockey



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