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Mt Van Hovenburg

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Lame cut trails in some hilly areas, paid to ride and never found the good single track. Well marked for beginner to intermediate riders
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Latitude
44.279444
Longitude
-73.980278
Trail Directions
Huge Signs, follow way to Bobled course
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lake Placid
   


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Review Date
May 27, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Nicholas Stosiek ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Boring riding compared to whats around town and the surrounding area. These trails are are almost all flat if not rolling and not very technical at all. there are one or two trails up top that have some quick switch backs and tighter trails. Besides that the trails are meant for free style cross country skiing so they are much wider than any single track trail. Overall fine trails for beginners.

Recommended Route:
Go across the road from the mountain bike center to the cross country section of trails (Biathlon/Cross country sides) From there its possible to get to the more challenging stuff higher up on the mountain.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For closer to town of Lake Placid try the peninsula trials for more technical rolling tails. A little ways away theres Whiteface for the extreme downhills. Right next to Whiteface are the flume trails that offer a wide variety of riding without having to pay for the lift tickets. A good way to find out about local riding would be to visit Placid Planets website where they have a section about a bunch of the local trails or just stop in at the shop where a large number of BETA members work who can point you in some of the best riding in the area. (BETA makes all of the more hidden trails around town)



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Review Date
February 17, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: timmytuba2033 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The trails are nice and fairly even. Further up it gets a little knarly but nothing people can't handle. One has to remember that these are in fact cross country ski trails, so don't expect to run across any 10 foot cliffs. Its really great for an endurance ride and every summer, they do have a 24 hour bike race which is run by Brian, the owner of High Peaks Cyclery. If you can find it, there is an awesome obstacle course further up on the mountain.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If xc isn't really your thing, I highly recomend you go check out Whiteface Mountain...it's worth the lift ticket.



Comments
mikekavs (07/25/2007)
You've got this trail situated in downtown Lake Placid. You might want to move the marker about 6 miles south, on route 73(there's a road to the right clearly labeled "Mt Van Hoevenburg Recreation Area-it's the site of the Olympic bobsled, luge, and xc skiing events.
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Review Date
September 23, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Psycho Banshee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail system is a great trail for beginners. It has mini ramps to hop off of, but other than those offers almost no technical difficulty. A great trail to cruise for a workout.

Recommended Route:
Try to find the red trails for sure.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Whiteface Mtn.



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Review Date
June 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: IRA176 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I only rode the yellow marked trail, and it was non-technical. There are supposed to be some technical trails further up the hill. Overall a pretty relaxing ride through the woods on some single track and some fire roads, leading to various olympic event courses. There were a couple of sand traps along the way, but nothing major. If you bring your own bike and helmet, it's only $6.00 a person.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Jack Rabbit trail, which can be picked up behind the howard johnson restaurant in Lake Placid.



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Review Date
July 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jim ,  Weekend Warrior , from Mass.

Summary:
Just because you're on a mountain bike, it doesn't mean you are mountain biking. They just don't get it here. All they did was open their 15 foot wide XC ski trails to bikes. Might be fun on a motorcycle.

Recommended Route:
Drive right on by!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you're up there and need to ride then Whiteface is your best bet, but they really don't get it either.



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