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Level: Beginner
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +167/ -71 ft
Total: 105 riders

Mountain Biking Cathedral Pines

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#21 of 298 mountain bike trails in New York
#1,412 in the world

Start at the main parking lot. The trail head is at the end of the lot. The main loop is fairly easy, but there are a lot of black diamonds through out. The last 2 are alot of fun and technical

First added by triple_threat on Oct 23, 2004. 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
495 to exit 66 make a left at the light at the end of the exit ramp, follow to Cathedral Pines County park
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Rider questions

Q: How many miles is the whole trail

Q: Are there any fees to park and/or ride?
A: Weekdays are free. $7 on weekends for Green Key Holders; $15 for everyone else. It's free in the off season, and sometimes they just don't have anyone at the booth. You can get a green key at the office in the park, $200/year for non-residents, $50/year for residents (Suffolk County).

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  • mickeyol

    Trail was in good shape as always Thanks CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers). Trail is very easy, do the Black Diamonds they are more like intermediate trails.

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  • Zacharybu

    The new addition to the trail is great.It added about 3 miles to the trail.I actually had to stop to catch my breath , a first for me on that trail

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  • jbloch

    Very well maintained single track. Great place to go biking and camping. Very buggy when I went but "welcome to Long Island in July). You need to pay (cash) to access the park. Trails intertwine with campgrounds and park. Access to bathrooms. Wish the trail markers were better marked (but still, relatively easy to navigate)

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  • 2jka

    Fast, flowey, and fun. Blue can be ridden by anyone on any bike with wide enough tires. Blacks are true mountain bike trails but almost zero technical sections. When raining this park turns into one long puddle.

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  • ColeC

    A lot of fun to rip through with nice speed. well maintained. watch out for ticks though. not very technical or super hilly just nice rolling single. the black diamond trail isn't very hard i usually ride blue trails and found their diamonds to be the funnest parts

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  • General_Zod

    Cathedral Pines is close to 10 miles of singletack fun. Near 6.5 miles of main loop which is relatively flat with a decent amount of roots and switchbacks. Lots of Pine around hence the name. 3.5 miles of diamonds allow for some quicker movement through more flowy sections with decent downhills considering the relatively low elevation of the terrain. The 3 biggest hills are relatively close to each other in the same diamond section allowing for hammerheads to pace thru quickly testing their endurance that day.

    Some wooden features exist in the form of two skinnies, 1 short bridge, a few log piles.

    Good trail for a beginner to learn the basic skills of mountain biking allowing them to tackle some elevation and mild technical features.

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    • Zacharybu

      I truly agree . A great trail for beginners to learn and also for vets to knock off the winter rust…for those of us who don’t ride all year long

  • liquidvitae

    i'm a beginner and this is the first trail i've tried. It was easy and an absolute blast. even the black diamonds were alot of fun for someone not experienced in riding. (i did not do the last 2 BD) if your not in shape there are alot of bail outs that can get you back to the car so your not locked in the the whole trail. but i recommend not giving up, it is a truly beutiful, fun and peaceful ride.

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  • kimyers

    I love Cathedral Pines! Its challenging sometimes but easy in other parts. Well maintained, way better than the Greenbelt.

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  • Johneblz

    This trail is not overly technical. It is perfect to get out and take in a good ride. Rated high due to the fact that it is marked very well and maintained by CLIMB. Black Diamonds along the way can change up the pace if you like and add about 3 miles. But if your a beginner or just want to take it easy this place is smack in the middle of Long Island and easy to get to. Plus they have never bothered me for any type of pass. ( Sign states you need green key). Enjoy!

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  • Antnee20x

    Perfect for an after work spin. This trail allows for a rider to ride over 10 miles or as little as 5. Although no section is extremely challenging, the trail offers rider various section each with a different feel. From the long, swooping roller coaster feel on the Boundary Loop and the steep (although short) climbs of the "3 sisters." The trail is in excellent shape, clean and the large parking lot allows for pre and post ride fun.

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  • chuckreck

    Nice ride in the winter. Well maintained trails and fun ride for beginners. Black diamond side trails for advanced climbs.
    Nice tight banked turns with some jumps thrown in.
    Being a local I will ride here often. Almost as nice as Bent Creek & Tsali in North Carolina.

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    This trail starts off with some easy but fast singletrack. Well marked & well groomed. Then you come across some real good black diamonds off the loop. Boundry line, bartlett rd. & I think its called burn & burm are the name of 3 blk diamonds that are awesome. Right after the bartlett trail theres an unmarked turnoff, thats the burn & burm trail. I really enjoyed this trail & will frequently ride here. Its a great alt. To rocky point which is also an awsome trail. Bigs props to the climb guys, they did an great job here!

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  • bikeit420   ✓ supporter

    The trail is actually in Middle Island. Great tight twisty 5.8 mile loop. Great fun intermediate diamond cutoffs!

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    One of LI's best !!

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  • 4chewnit

    Easy main loop with some challanging diamond loops. Great for beginners and intermediate riding.

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