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No. of Reviews: 23

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Latitude
40.981453179166
Longitude
-73.84992599487304
Trail Directions
Sprain Brook Parkway to the Jackson Ave exit. Go west on Jackson Ave for 1 mile. Make a left into Sprain Ridge Park (large brown sign).
Trail Length
5-10 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Yonkers
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Review Date
July 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: RoadRashRider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Let me preface this review by saying that I have only recently gotten into riding mountain bike trails, but I have rode paved and dirt trails in and around NYC for some time now.

So I wouldn't consider myself an expert mountain bike rider by any means, but I believe I have firm grasp of the sport.

If you are a novice and are reading this review I would suggest building up your leg strength and endurance before you hit Sprain Ridge.

You will need this leg strength and endurance to power up hills and over obstacles. I personally suggest riding Cunningham first as well as following a schedule for a century ride (100 miles) so that you are ready for whatever the trail throws at you.

This course is VERY challenging. It features significant elevation changes and lots of technical riding. The trails are either not marked well or not at all.

If it's your first ride at Sprain Ridge I suggest taking the "North Bothers Loop' first. If this trail is too much for you then this course isn't your cup of tea. Go elsewhere.

Furthermore, be careful on the trails in the southeast of the park. I suspect at some point I rode onto an old trail that just ended in a swamp. When I looked around I was in between two huge ridges with a swamp in front of me. Make sure you have a compass if you get caught in this predicament.

Recommended Route:
My favorite trails are "North Brothers Loop" and "Danny Wray Ramble". They are difficult, but definitely do-able.

"Sprain Slick Rock/Eric's Over the Log" are twice as difficult as my favorite trails and have a ton to switchbacks with fairly significant elevation changes both up and down.

"Boyce Run/Thompson Trail/South Loop" all seem to be a single trail to me and are very difficult. Also as I mentioned before be careful to not get lost back here.

"Boyce Thompson Lane" is just a fire trail with a ton of rocks that connects other trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cunningham



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Review Date
December 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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4.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Stevuke ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm a newbie.. and to all newbies I say, approach with caution.. but have a blast!!

This place is AWESOME. It has some basic XC.. but also tons of technical drops, rock gardens, etc. It has some "not too steep" places.. and some stuff that is down right insane.

I don't think this should be the FIRST place that most people ride.. but I think you can graduate to here from a place like cunningham pretty quickly..

And when you do, this place is fun, exciting and BEAUTIFUL!

Recommended Route:
Everything,.. but stay on the green until you're very very ready.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I honestly have only been here, diablo and cunningham.



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Review Date
June 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: crazychef ,  Downhiller

Summary:
wow thank you baby jesus!!! i am glad i explore this trail, i went on monday late morning, very nice it offers short sigletrack ,drops, switchbacks, rock gardens, lots of trails,,,,got lost for a while, but was fun finding my way back, cant wait to go again, great place to train and get in shape,,,,this is going to be my local ride.

Recommended Route:
just hit the trailhead past the pool)far right side)JUST EXPLORE

Other recommended trails in the same area:
im from California, this is my 1st real trail, ringwood sucked, hook mountain, clausand mountain also sucked, next trip Blue Mountain.



Comments
Brozie (07/14/2010)
if you think Ringwood sucked you didnt go to the right places or you found it to be way to technical that why when we go out west to ride we kill it..
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Review Date
April 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gregnice ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I love this trail it is a very technical trail with something for everyone. This has it all if u love down hill,climbs and technical u will love it. I highly recommend pads (knee/shin protection) if u don't watch it u could take a nasty fall. Eat a good meal (BIG MAC WITH FRIES ) does me justice. If u can handle Cunningham most difficult that is intermediate at
Spain Ridge.
Happy Trails
PS
RIDE OR DIE



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Review Date
October 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Paulvr4 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is a lot bigger than one suspects. It's fairly close to the NYC borders and well worth the drive for others. When I first started on the beginner trail it was a bit twisty and rocky, when I jumped onto the intermediate trail it was a bit more technical for me. After 5 times riding in the park I've learned to love the trail. lots of great climbs, turns, logs, jumps, rock climbs, all within a small area of land. I highly recommend anyone to give it a try, if you are used to LI style flat out pedaling you might not be too excited, but if you are into freeriding, fun XC w/ technical sections this place is for you.

Recommended Route:
First off - go to www.wmba.org and print out a map, it'll save you a lot of headaches and confusion.

If you have never been to this trail and think about going I suggest you start with the beginner trail, the intermediate trails might discourage you.

Beginner Trail - start off in the bus parking lot. to get there you need to enter the main entrance of the park from jackson ave, go straight and through the opened gate and turn on your first right turn and park where the buses are. The trail starts at the sign opposite of the buses and is called "otter ramble"

Intermediate Trail - start off in the main parking lot. to get there you need to enter the main entrance of the park from jackson ave, follow the road, bear left and make the right into the open lot you see. park in one of those spots and the trail starts at the corner of the lot to the left of where you came in up a big hill/boulder combo. this trail is one of the main trails people start with called "north brother's loop". if you follow the map you can head north, then east, then south east and enjoy the terrain as it loops back, expect to spend 3+hrs on your first time out just to find your way around

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I heard Blue Mountain was worth the hour drive up. Never been. Graham Hills is another one that is suggested. check out www.wmba.org for maps of both.



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