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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +236/ -235 ft
Total: 109 riders

Mountain Biking East Setauket

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#12 of 297 mountain bike trails in New York
#967 in the world

The beginner loop is 4.8 miles and is beginner to intermediate. Nice tight singletrack with only small elevation change. Some technical sections on the main loop. If you add all the diamonds it is 11.7 miles. Pretty good signs (Thanks CLIMB) and surrounded by streets and developments. Your never to far from civilization. Maps and more info available @ climbonline.org. Parking is on the street anywhere near the trailhead.

First added by bikeit420 on Aug 17, 2008. Last updated May 7, 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
Take 495 to exit 62 Nicohls Rd north. Make a right at 347 going east. Make a left onto Belle Meade Rd. Look for trail entrance on right 100 yards after Island Storage Center at 171 Belle Meade Rd. Park along side of road.
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Grant Harding (on May 17, 2022)
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  • Grant Harding

    The hidden gem of Long Island! I love this place, miles of trail, not as worn-in as Glacier and Stillwell. Some fun tech, punchy ups and quick downs, and other features. What I believe is a full lap (all the trails) is about 17-18 miles.

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  • FredDerf

    First time hitting a trail on my mountain bike. Had a blast. Hit it on a Sunday at about 5 o clock. Only saw one other person on the trail. Stuck to the blue loop since it was my first time and it was getting late. Finished in about an hour an 20 minutes. Lots of cutbacks, starts slow, but great drops and climbs in the second half. I have a feeling that the ride is longer than listed here. I'll have to bring my phone and gps my route next time. Plenty of points you can bail if you want a shorter route. Can't wait to try the black diamonds.

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  • J BIKE

    5 star

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  • LBbikenut1

    Toughest trail in the area by far. They just built some new trails in the east side that are super fun and tough....check out "the wall"

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  • tefitzg

    This is my favorite trail on long island. Tough, rewarding climbs, technical sections, fast flowy sections, and some of the steepest hills you will find in the area.

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  • Michael C. Vetter Jr.

    This is the toughest trail on Long Island. At first it doesn't seem it, but if you do the east side and the west side of the trail you will know exactly what I'm talking about. Besides that, not too much flow on the trail, lots of switch backs and stuff like that.

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  • matthewjoseph

    NOT very technical. You must have not hit the full trail. Theres a section called the Chambers that will take down the strongest of riders.

    Theres also a west side loop. There are simple singletracks but it is by far NOT an intermediate only trail.

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  • General_Zod

    The East Setauket trail is just over 15 miles of singletrack trail. The main loop is approximately 5 miles and isn't that beginner friendly oriented as it is more like a single black diamond compared to other Long Island trails. The main loop has some tight spots,switchbacks, moguls, climbs, that may make a beginner think it's too much. An intermediate rider will have no problem at all.

    The 10 miles of diamond are the most intense that Long Island has to offer in terms of climbing. The downhill gradient is the steepest for any official Long Island trail that you will find.

    The trail map at CLIMB is obsolete. There are a few new sections such as an extended black diamond coming out of Wild Laurel that take you into a DBD climb, known as Monster Mash, that aren't on the older maps. The Monster Mash Climb is the hardest official CLIMB climb that exists since it's is fairly long with a decent gradient over some off cambered slope sections with tight spots. After that there's a section known as Twisted Sister that isn't on the maps as well.

    When taking the main loop you will cross over an open field where you can see power-lines as far as you can see. You cross over and continue on the main and loop around into the first diamond known as BJ's way. You do that and then go back on the main and the next diamond is Wild Laurel followed by Switcharoo and then back to Wild Laurel. Then you go into the black diamond that takes you into the new DBD Monster Mash climb. After that you come out and you go into the main for a bit until you see a sign for Twisted Sister BD. After that you exit and are in the Far East and come back on the main to the power lines and cross back over. You continue on the switchbacks of the main and you'll see a very sharp left that you can easily miss that is a bailout and will take you back to parking lot on Belle Meade Rd. If you do that you have done the first half of the east side of ES which is about 7.5 miles. If you don't take that bailout you will continue on the black diamond for a bit that will take you to the second half of the trail. The first diamond you will see should be Roller Coaster followed by No Dab and then enter the Chambers DBD which is 7 good hill climbs and downhills one after the other. After that there's 3.5 more miles of other diamonds that take you back to the main and to the parking lot. All said and done it's just over 15 miles of the most intense cardio workout that is part of the Long Island CLIMB association.

    There's a hiking trail on the west side of the road that is an additional 4.5 miles of even harder climbs then what's on the east side. It has a more natural feel as it isn't maintained as much but it still very quite ride-able and private people seem to maintain it. The trees are marked for hiking trails but you can't necessarily just follow those if you want to do all 4.5 miles of the biking section. This section is very tough and you have to be fit if you are going to make all these climbs.

    This trail isn't beginner oriented but it's great for an intermediate rider who wants to get stronger, cardiovascular.

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  • *****

    Love this singletrack!! Well maintained and easy to follow. Some areas are easy / flat with some tight turns and narrow areas between trees. Black options are more challenging due to rocks and roots, short/steep hills (up and down) with lots of rocks and roots to make things challenging (need to know how to climb/shift to make it without jumping off the bike). I have hit most of the trails including one black loop in the middle with a grand total of 13 miles. I was with some less experienced riders so it took a while waiting for them from time to time but if you’re in shape and don’t have to wait for anyone you could prob average like 6mph. Some fun roller coaster sections where you get to rest if you pick a good line that are lots of fun. Overall one of my favorites on Long Island thus far.

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  • Johneblz

    This is a tight trail that is surprisingly fun. Quite a few fun ups and downs. Handful of slow steady climbs with quick descents. Not all that technical. Black diamonds are mostly on the back so it lacks a little flow. Definately be hitting it again.

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  • bikeit420   ✓ supporter

    West side loop is hilly. Not too much flat ground. Lots of short steep climbs. Intermediate to advanced. You need lungs. About 5 miles or so.

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  • bikeit420   ✓ supporter

    Sweet singletrack. Lots of diamond options. Tight and technical in spots. Some elevation around 200'. Haven't checked out all the diamonds but the few I have ridden are a blast. Lots or rollers.

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