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Lake Desolation

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Rocky double track that can be muddy. This trail is snowmobile trail #29. At junction ford the creek and follow it 'till you reach a gravel road. Go left a short distance an look for trail on right. Several trails this way. This is a out and back. When you get back to the creek, go up the hill. You might be able to return back to Tinney's this way. Try the trails across the street from Tinney's off of Main st / Braden rd. If Tinney's is open, stop and see the owner. He is a mtb'r, and can point you in the right direction.
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Trail Directions
I87 to Exit 14. (Saratoga). Head west on Union. Right onto rte. 50 N. Left onto rte. 9N. Follow 2-3 miles. Take left onto Saratoga county 21 (Middle Grove Road, it's the first major left after the traffic light at Sararoga county 23). Go about 4 miles until you get to the town of Middle Grove. Turn right onto Lake Desolation rd. (If you get to Stewart's you have gone to far). Follow uphill until you see the lake. (about 5 miles). Park at Tinney's. (A bar / rest. on left across from lake. Ride past lake (north) until you see a 4wd trail on left and jump in. Try any one of many logging roads / double track further north on the gravel road.
Trail Length
10 + miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads

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Review Date
June 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jay , from Albany, NY, USA

I used to camp up at the lake, and the trails are endless. They lead everywhere, from the lake, to an old graphite mine, to logging areas, to Sacandaga. The possibilities of places to go are endless.

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Review Date
November 3, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Josh , from Providence NY

I've been riding dirt bikes and quads here for years, and that's what you'll have the best time on. Mountain bikes are fun enough, but if you're looking for tight smooth single track, keep looking. These trails are all old wide rocky logging roads. Unfortunately, the loggers are still there in some spots and destroying trails left and right. You could literally ride forever up here if you wanted. Last summer my friend and I did 16 miles, and that was just scratching the surface. One winter a guy rode from around my house all the way to Buffalo on a snowmobile.

Recommended Route:
Start at Tinnie's, and see if anyone has a trail map. If not, go right out the driveway, left at the first dirt/gravel road, all the way till you reach trail, keep going until you reach a T intersection. From there the possibilities are endless, so hook up with a local for god's sake, or find a trail map. If you get really desperate for a trail map, call 882-6621, and ask for Al, he could hook you up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
some stuff in saratoga

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