July 6, 2016
This is not the same trail system as others have mentioned. It is vastly different. I have done the Edgewood loop many times, but this was my first time going since CLIMB made all the additions. The main loop looks the same and mostly untouched. However the offshoots are easily recognizable with numbers on trees, they are longer in length than you would think. Section 1 was fun, but Section 2 and 3 were a waste of time unless you want to put in the miles. Sections 2 and 3 were relatively flat, repetitive, and full of small stumps just waiting to pop your tire. Next time I'll probably bypass those two sections altogether. After 2 and 3 we stayed on the main loop until we got to Section 6. Personally I think it is one of the most technical, yet flowing trail sections on Long Island. It is a steep gully that you go back and forth on while twisting through trees, hence it being called the Half-Pipe. We did just get back and it was getting dark so we stopped after doing Sections 1 ,2, 3 and 6 which took an hour riding blind. Overall it's a good trail for the Island, similar to Rocky Point with the moguls.
7/13/16- I did Section 8 today, and it was a very unique section. The landscape changes quite a bit, and is definitely one of the hardest sections. I thought it was a great piece of trail, it was challenging. However there's lots of potential to learn and grow your your technical skills. The railroad is an awesome feature and is truly unique, it adds a lot of character to the trail that I'd think you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere on the island. The only down side to Section 8 was a couple of very sandy and loose climbs that seemed nearly impossible, at least on a Specialized Hardrock 26. Overall though Edgewood Preserve is really catering to serious mountain bikers I think, as well as beginners. Hopefully CLIMB will continue to find and make more quality trails in this vast preserve.