Easy at first if you stay down low around the flat and streeter lake, once you start climbing it gets very hard, super steep parts, alittle wash out. Beaver damn in 1 spot but can walk around. Very tough to get the the very top of Streeter Mnt. About 15 mile loop if you go to the very top! Very epic and Crystal lake is so nice, all sand bottom so clean definately go swimming! River way up high too, id bring fishing pole! bring tools and tubes and lots of water!
You must go to Aldrich just outside of Clifton-Fine on the Old Mills road. You come to a small group of house in Aldrich, then u enter a road/trail on state land by the sign, follow road to Streeter Lake, come to 2 large pillars, drive car between them down little road, u come to gate, unload there thats the trail head. Follow road all over to lean too, and up Streeter Mnt. Crystal lake, Oswegatchie and more up the hill, makes a huge loop once your about 1/2 way up hill. go right and follow all the way around, then u get 1 sweet DH run. Follow road, if you come to the Mosileon you took a right turn first so go back and take a left at the Y, then follow it up, next right is Crystal lake (dead end) keep goin up, then u hit another Y, go right and it loops around back down with a very fast (1000) decent! Enjoy! si epic and way out there
Summary: Based on the reviews above a friend and I went to check out these trails. Be forwarned, if there is any singletrack or anything technical in the true sense of the term, we didn't find it. We found Streeter Lake, Crystal Lake, and the mausoleum that contains Mrs. Shuler of the potato chip fame, but no singletrack and nothing that gets you up Streeter Mtn. We looked long and hard, assisted by a GPS and topo, but no luck. If there is a real climb and 1000' descent, it's well hidden. The scenery is lovely and varied, with beautiful lakes, deep forests, and meadows. The riding we found was exclusively on mellow dirt roads, often covered with grass (not unpleasant). There was a little climbing, but it was middle chainring stuff. This actually would be a great place to introduce beginners to mountain biking, but more experienced riders looking for some flow and technical challenge will want to go elsewhere.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Skip Streeter Mountain area and head East on Rte 3 and ride the Peavine Swamp XC ski trails. Here you will find nothing but singletrack (very recently cleared of deadfall) with genuine technical challenges (rock gardens, roots) that aren't terribly consequential (ok, it's easy to go over the bars), spectacular scenery. and some good, though manageable climbs. No big drops, though. If you head over to the Ranger School trails from there, you will find several miles of sweet, buff singletrack.
Summary: Great trail spot, for any type of rider, you can just stay arounf Streeter lake on the old roads as XC, or you can go up the mountain road and get some epic XC and extreme DH on the down side! So peaceful, very quiet, ride all day, and never see another human. amazing crystal lake, complete clean sand bottom, alittle bit of growth on the top roads, but no problems for bikes. Lesser riders may have to dismount afew times when roots/rockes get steep. a couple good logs across too, but no big deal. Beaver damn is a pain, but u can walk on/beside it to pick trail up again. bring food and friends, theres a Lean too on streeter lake, but more people cause its not to far from the trailhead, go to crystal, and if your really adventurious, go up the mtn to the river!
Recommended Route: go through gate at trail head thats right beside the lake, go up the hill and stay on the easy road. go to lean too, then stay on road that goes into forest, it turns right, then u come to a Y, left goes up the mnt, right goes to a mouseleum(dead end), go up the left road, just up that road u come to a Y, right goes to crystal lake (dead end). straight goes up even further up mnt. this is where it gets tough. very steep in some spots! advance riders wil enjoy it more. u go like 3 miles, then u come to a Y, alittle hard to see, it splits right at a huge cherry tree, the right path is alittle over grown cause theres a beaver damn down it about a mile away, but go right any ways. u get to the nice river, an just go alongside the beaver damn and the trail picks right back up. this trails goes another 2-5 miles, then it loops back around, u come to a T, left goes back down the mnt with an awesome DH run, right goes another mile to a dead end logging site. The DH run is about 1000 feet decent vertical, so fun, but dont try to go up it, very technical, alittle wash out, and lots of rocks and roots.
Other recommended trails in the same area: crannberry lake