Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 8 riders

Mountain Biking Beartown

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#192 of 297 mountain bike trails in New York
#8,069 in the world

Start at base lift and go right onto trail into woods. Actual sanctioned races have been held here, and trails are X-country skiied too. Some trail markings. The trail actually goes up the ski mountain in a counter-clockwise fashion, summits, goes out behind the mountain a bit, and circles back to the base on the left (if facing the ski area). All said, there are epic climbs, very rocky technical sections at the top, and crazy downhills. Not very well known, may have it to yourself, just be cool while you are there. There are some houses close by and we don't want to lose this place to ride. Good luck not breaking your pedals here!

First added by mountainzen on Mar 22, 2006. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Plattsburgh, drive west on Rt 3, take right onto some road (sign for Beartown Ski Area), take left onto Jersey Swamp Rd. Go down a ways till you see sign on right for Beartown again, take that right and go till you see ski lodge on left. Best thing to do is go to a gas station and ask how to get to Beartown Ski Area.
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  • jstack11

    A previous post said I may have mountain to myself. I may be the only person there ALL YEAR. Trails are awful. Haven't been maintained for years. Even up top some of the XC trails are still boring, whereas the rest are just like trying to ride through a rocky forest. Its on "Jersey Swamp road" so the only reason it even got a 1 is its probably agood place to bury a body

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  • [email protected]

    not too impressed, yes a lot of rocks but not very well marked, not very interesting terrain, not really maintained (really overgrown in spots) was mostly just overgrown logging trails, no single track at least not anything that I was able to find.

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