Glacial Ridge Preserve

4.43 out of 5
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↑ 900 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Very narrow and tight turns. Intermediate to advance singletrack. Some sandy fire roads. Several diamonds with some awesome moguls. You better have good slow speed handling skills. The trail is new and is somewhat soft. Needs to be packed down. There are descent signs throughout. Good short workout.

Update: Stay off closed section (East side) which was routed on private property. Closed section is clearly marked and blocked.
added by bikeit420Gnarly August 6, 2006
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (22)

June 11, 2015
Review: Excellent, tight and technical. Fast downhills that go on forever! Well marked trail system; I am an intermediate rider and did the black diamonds no problem.

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June 8, 2015
Review: Some of these sections, the trees are too close together. If you use 780mm bars and want to ride fast, can be tricky and dangerous. Trim the trees!

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June 3, 2015
Review: Great place to ride.

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November 16, 2014
Review: In my opinion, this is the best trail on Long Island. Growing up in the area, I never would have expected this. It's a fun, fast, winding trail that I ride every chance I get. It's well maintained, never too crowded, and has a mix of trails. Just great, flowing fun.

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August 12, 2014
Review: Trails are well marked and well maintained. The Black Diamond ratings maybe a bit too high. I consider myself an intermediate rider and I did just fine on the black diamond trails. The best part of this ride is the eclipse! I should have run through it a couple more times!

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July 20, 2014
Review: Visiting here from Western Colorado I wasn't expecting Long Island to have much in the way mtb trails. Boy was I wrong. There are a number of good trail systems built specifically for riding on the island that are all well marked and maintained. Have to say nice job to the local CLIMB group. Of the trails that I rode this was my favorite. While all the areas are similar with tight turns and narrow singletrack set in dense forest, Glacier Ridge offered a bit more. There are some more open sections allowing for a bit more speed and some nice hills and fun features. My favorite section in here would have to be What Goes Up Must Come Down. Trail systems here can feel like a maze, but are well marked and the locals are friendly, offering directions and combination route suggestions. I would definitely ride here again.

Similar Trail: East Setauket, Meadowlark Park

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October 24, 2013
Review: Fun trails for sure! Some of the best and smoothest trails I have ridden in NY area. A bit sandy in places and very tight lines between trees-leave your bar ends at home. Trails are well marked and there is a trail map at 2 junctions for easy reference. Found the black diamond to be more intermediate than advanced... really not very technical and no real climbing other than frequent quick rises to get the heart rate up. Saw plenty of Walmart bikes so a hard tail or SS will work fine on these nicely groomed trails.

Similar Trail: Superior to Bethpage or Cunningham Park.

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September 25, 2013
Review: I'm a visitor from VA and have been hitting some local trails on borrowed equipment. This is an outstanding trail for local area. I give it a 5 for the area. Sure, it's no Fruita or Moab, but it's a great network for LI. Intermediate and beginners will love this. Experts can make what they want from it. Ride your SS bike, or your carbon Xc bike or your WalMart special. Smooth well groomed trails. Fast and hard packed. It is currently Fall and there has been little rain recently. If it is real wet here maybe the trail conditions deteriorate? But it's perfect right now. Appears to be mostly sand and packed dirt so probably drains well. No ruts. There are some 2 track sections/fire road connectors but that doesn't detract from the system. Good signage and map stations on the trail help keep you oriented. The trail has decent flow with a few technical challenges which include some little drop offs, snaking banked s-turns, short climbs, tight tree lined sections, switchbacks. Thanks for the great trail!

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April 3, 2013
Review: Pound for pound, probably the greatest official Long Island Mountain Bike course that there is. The main loop is about 4 miles but sections of it are tight and there's some elevation changes that may be too much for a beginner.

There's just over 9 miles of diamonds, both single and double. There is constant up and down flow which is great for plenty of fun when riding or trying to increase your time for a good workout. There's some small logs to roll over, some rocks from small to large rollers to ride over, and plenty of tight twisty flow turns. There's some moguls as well. This is a great trail to learn the technique of standing when riding and turning. If not you're going to be sorry as you will get banged up from some trees. Watch for some stops along the side of the trails that can give you a good endo toss.

The trail is setup like none other. Everything loops around and you can do a diamond two or three times if you want without having to do another diamond. You can ride this trail with a few inches of snow on the ground as well.

Total miles is close to 13.5.When you're on Long Island and are in shape this trail flows like no other. Come get some, you won't be disappointed!

It is maintained by an unbelievable individual named Hitch. If you see him working in there thank him for his efforts. The guy is amazing!

Similar Trail: East Setauket

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May 14, 2012
Review: Trail is outstanding, fast, flowy, and maintained terrificly. Definitely the best trail on LI.

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Glacial Ridge Preserve MTB Trail 4.43 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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