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on 3/21/14 by fullsquish
 
  
Glacial Ridge Preserve
Avg Rating: (4.40 out of 5) 16 trail reviews
Difficulty: Intermediate bike trail - Intermediate
Length: 11 miles Global Rank: #381
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Loop
Ridden: 52 Wishlist: 22
26 trail check-ins Climb // Descend
+1,000 // -900 feet
Average Speed: 8.1 mph Average Time: 0hr 54min
 
 
 
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Description
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 bikeit420 Gnarly on August 6, 2006

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liv4air on October 24, 2013
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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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trnsprt on September 25, 2013
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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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General_Zod on April 3, 2013
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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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GirthyD on May 14, 2012
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Review: Trail is outstanding, fast, flowy, and maintained terrificly. Definitely the best trail on LI.

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sandman81 on April 5, 2012
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Review: This trail is amazing. This trail includes intermediate, diamond to three double diamond extensions. The trial is well maintained and marked. The 992 global ranking is not accurate. Patapsco Valley State Park Maryland is ranked 23rd, but Glacial flows better. Glacial Ridge should be ranked at least 22nd or 24th. For free maps go to http://www.climbonline.org

Similar Trail: Patapsco Valley State Park Maryland.

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Johneblz on April 20, 2010
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Review: Head up. Elbows in. This trail is super tight. Incredibly fun to ride though with some fast downhills and some nice moguls. Does not feel like Long Island at all. Easy to get to. Seems to be marked better than some say in their reviews. Work on slow speed handling before heading out.

Similar Trail: Stillwell Woods

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denchavarr on September 25, 2009
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Review: Rode this trail only once and it can definitely be labeled better in some areas, I kind of lost my way after going threw the first Black Diamond, then eventually found my way back only to be surprised on how short the main loop was. I will definitely try again and explore some more as a few folks here claim it is 11 miles plus and I only realized about 4 miles.

* Review edited 9/25/2009

Similar Trail: none very unique on LI

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bikeit420 on September 3, 2009
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Review: This trail is now about 11 miles. Lots of tight technical riding. Little climbing but what it lacks in climbing Glacier Ridge makes up for in technical riding. Some nice uphill switch backs.

Similar Trail: Stillwell Woods, East Setauket

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Antnee20x on April 14, 2009
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Review: Is this really Long Island? Glacier Ridge has nice switch back climbs, fast descents, steep moguls, and of course "The Ridges." The trail is set up awesome and it gives a moutain feel to a place where there are no Mountains.

Similar Trail: Cathedral Pines

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kevinoriol on October 20, 2008
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Review: Really zen like, flowing trails. Nothing too technical, just really well designed single track. I went with a few guys that knew the trails which is good because it's easy to get lost- everything looks the same. My buddy said that if you do all the loops, it's about a 26 mile ride.

Similar Trail: Stillwell, Cunningham Park

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gtituner on September 3, 2008
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Review: Full trail is 17 miles and is awesome nice tight singletrack with a section of rollers some nice uphill switchbacks this is the dopest trail ive ridden in a while.

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Guest on September 21, 2007
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Review: The best single track long island has to offer,technical and fun,set in a beautiful wooded area.

Similar Trail: nothing other trails have even come close to this trail,but stillwell is ok,bethpage can be fun

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mogaba on September 21, 2007
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Review: Still pretty gnarly! Riders keep your eyes open.. Sign at the trail head said " riders beware - the high school sh--- are leaving booby traps". ????Don't know what they are doing.

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captnubu on May 15, 2007
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Review: glacier ridge is one of the sickest single tracks on li i am priviliged to have it in my back yard

Similar Trail: stillwell in bethpage long isl

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bikeit420 on May 1, 2007
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Review: There have been a multitude of diamonds added for a total about 11 miles. For more info, go to www.climbonline.org.

Similar Trail: Cathedral Pines, Stillwell Woods.

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bikeit420 on August 6, 2006
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Review: This is a new trail and somewhat soft. Killer tight and narrow. Some super diamonds with great moguls. This will totally test your slow speed handling skills. Gotta do this one again.

Similar Trail: Stillwell, Rocky Point.

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