Ellicottville Epic

4.25 out of 5
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↑ 3,200 ft
↓ 3,200 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
This is an IMBA certified Epic Trail in New York. Located an hour south of Buffalo, Ellicottville is home to some of the finest mountain bike trails on the east coast. Built by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers, and easily accessed from town. The climbs are long, steep and plenty. The descents are rocky, rooty and fun.

This is singletrack designed by bikers for bikers (although it is great for hiking, too). For example, some of these trails are used for the annual 6 Hours of Power and the Roots Rocks and Ridges MTB races. It is also designed to be sustainable without lots of maintenance: it has built in dry areas and plenty of effective drainage designed in.

These new trails are often the driest around for riding when it is wet elsewhere. The trail systems can be broken down into the East McCarty Hill area (Big Merlin), the Mutton Hollow area (Porcupine Trail, Mutton Hollow Trail, Yukon’s Lunch), and the newest sections which provide greater connections to Rock City State Forest (Pale Ale Trail, Rim Trail). These trail systems are great and have more than one access point to allow for varied loops.

While these systems can be readily accessed from Holiday Valley via the singletrack behind the top of Eagle Chair lift on the race loop, there's more riding further toward the south extending to and past Little Rock City. The FLT (which is open to bikes in this forest, but is always under threat of closure) and the new Pale Ale Trail takes you there and back, and loops can be made with some of the dirt roads. Suffice it to say there is way more riding than you can do in a day or two. Go here and ride!!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (13)


July 17, 2019
Review: Lots of rain this year means the roots are protruding more than ever. These trails are a work-out but totally worth it. It will feel like you've ridden farther than you have and the "easy" climbs feel tougher than they are. Fantastic network. Finish at Holiday Valley for a shower by the pool and have a dip, some grub and a craft beer. (Poolside waitstaff is awesome)

Similar Trail: 3-Stages in Collingwood, ON


August 5, 2017
Review: This trail system is long if you're looking to get in plenty of miles; however, it is inundated with roots, so you better stay focused, especially when the trails are damp. Porcupine, Yukon's Lunch, and Mutton will challenge your endurance and work your suspension. Very few obstacles (other than the roots!) and a few rock gardens. I can't figure out why this trail is labeled as advanced; I'd consider it intermediate. Perhaps it's because of all the roots.

Similar Trail: Westside Overland

Granny Gear

April 30, 2017
Review: Awesome riding parts are very technical lots of roots which on wet days are quite slippery would not recommend for beginners ,but if you have some experience riding I would totally recommend riding theses trails .The trails were also very well maintained


October 20, 2014
Robertrose Doubletrack  
Review: Very technical terrain. Not a lot of vertical climbing but still quite difficult. Lots of rock and roots. This weekend the rocks were covered with leaves and it rained the entire day so it was quite slippery. You have to be prepared to "go for it". If you are tentative over rocks you will hike a bike a lot.

Granny Gear

April 15, 2014
Review: I grew up near Buffalo and rode these trails often. I now live in Ellicottville and have the pleasure of riding these trails every day. There is a vast variety in this network and something for everyone. Make sure to stop into the local bike shop Bike and Bean and the owner/rider Dennis can point out a good route for you on the map. It is definitely possible to get lost so pick up a map and talk to some of he locals about where to ride for your ability level.


January 2, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
Review: This is a really fun trail system. Unfortunately, when I rode there I only had limited time due to a storm moving into the area but could see that these are some great trails where you can easily put together some really long rides.

Similar Trail: Rock Lake (WI), Kettle-Moraine (WI)


May 6, 2013
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: Excellent trails! Eagle Trail climb will punish even seasoned bikers, but also pit a huge grin on the way back.
Trails are rooty, rocky, twisty and flowy. It's a true Epic ride.
A few trails were not rideable because of deadfall and barely visible though. Wish I had my portable saw this time with me. Otherwise very well built and maintained trail system that everyone should put on Wish list.

The best place to begin and finish ride is from Eagle Rd off Hwy 219 before school (if going North). Maps are available at bike shop on Washington St.

Similar Trail: Flow is very similar to Copper Harbor


October 17, 2012
mheary Trailblazer  
Review: Back in the area today. Tried pale ale trails. Rim trail. Very rocky. Wet leaves. I believe this trail to be a little to rocky for my taste. Would be more enjoyable in dryer less leaf ridden conditions. I still have not found better trails than north park outside of Pittsburgh but I will keep looking


October 11, 2012
mheary Trailblazer  
Review: Road the top of Mutton road. Appeared to be top of the mountain. Weather was wet and cold. Terai was slippery. A lot of roots. Massive amount of trails. Look forward to returning under better conditions


September 7, 2012
jabautn Gramcounter  
Review: One word: AWESOME. Technical, twisty, rutted, smooth, flowy, just the most beautilful singletrack in NYS. Period!

Ellicottville Epic MTB Trail 4.25 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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