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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +264/ -262 ft
Total: 85 riders

Mountain Biking Great Bear

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#30 of 298 mountain bike trails in New York
#1,732 in the world

different trails, try them all, single trax, mud, dirt roads, etc..

First added by duxdog on May 9, 2006. Last updated Mar 29, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: no
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: no
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
Get to Phoenix,NY via 481 N (out of syracuse). Take route 57 N 4-5 miles out of Phoenix. Just before you park, there is a car dealership on left. At the next interesection (Great Bear Rd), turn left into parking area (dirt area). There is a large fenced area. Park and ride.
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  • skimobile

    Had a good time. Fast n flowey rode today 11 miles. Gonna ride there the next 2 days so I'll be able to ride without looking at map constantly. There are more single track trails then you think. It's been dry so if it's wet. It'll be real wet

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  • Linda H

    I've been away from mountain biking for awhile, so this was a good place to get back into it - not too strenuous, but a great workout. I admit I had to walk my bike a few times because I'm out of shape! There was doubletrack and some singletrack branching off the wider trails. The trails were marked pretty well, but I could see how someone could get lost in here if they weren't paying attention. All in all, a great time. I would ride here again.

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  • marknmeg911

    Rode it today, 8.25.17. Not sure why this trail is not rated intermediate, especially the 10 k route. It has a little of everything, rocks, many bridges, some elevations, declines, plenty of twists and turns. Yes, a beginner could ride it but there is plenty to do for a more skilled rider. Only two other riders there today, some hikers. Scenic. Some history too.

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  • supaphly42

    I have been riding here for 20 years. It used to be decent, but was very hard to navigate. Seemed we'd spend more time picking which direction to go with intersections constantly than actually riding. They have done a lot of work in here, and it is amazing, probably my favorite place to ride in the area. There are a few muddy areas that don't dry up well, but overall it's a lot of great singletrack. There are also marked 5k and 10k loops that are a blast to ride. The signage has gotten better, I think they added to it.

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  • simguy160

    A great trail system that is well maintained for example, as I came across a crew replacing a bridge. Signage could be better as I never could complete the 10K course in its entirity without getting off course. The start point for the 10K is on the backside of the trail map posted at the trail head. There is some thick, river bottom mud in lower lying areas of the trail system. There are numerous markings for the parking area on the trail system plus trail maps with posted "here you are" at key intersections. Enjoy!

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  • LarryC44

    Nice variety of trails with something for most levels of ability. Print out a map before you go or you can download one on your phone when you get there. There are some maps out on the trails but there are a lot of trails and it can get a little confusing at first. Runners/hikers and horseback riders share the trail so be aware (especially for the horse poo)

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  • Phieagles1976

    Overall this is a decent network of trails plenty to keep most riders satisfied. There are usually a few hikers around so you have to be aware of them. I rode early April and it was a bit muddy in spots as well and there were no maps available.

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  • PrisC

    I'm a beginner in single tracks, so I have little to compare with, but I did like this one. It offered a lot of different trails and obstacles for me to practice on. It had rained a few days before I went (mid September) and the trail I was on was pretty muddy (Purple). I dabbed quiet a bit in the really muddy parts and almost took a nose dive into the swamp when I hit a mud trap. If you are a lover of mud, the trail that follows the river and swamp on the North side of the land are the best. Some parts are little above my technical ability, so I weenied through them. Negatives: There were a few hikers sharing the trails, which disrupted the pace and there is no map of these trails. Most of the trails are pretty well marked once you are on them, but it's a guessing game of where you'll end up or how long it goes.

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  • DiamondbackGuy

    First time here and overall i thought it was ok. The red area is def the best to ride, the others don't offer much challenge. Couldn't find a trail map but after going in circles a few times you figure it all out.

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  • bioadam

    Pretty good ride, could have done without all the jeep trails though. Muddy in spots, found a few good log stunts, but I'd love to see some more ladders, especially over some of the more mud-ridden stream crossings. Lots of trail cross-overs.

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  • gobadgers98

    Always fun! Extremely different conditions given the time of year. Not a lot of square area, but the labrynith compensates well. Have a refreshing swim in the Oswego River during hot summer days. Find the abandoned pump stations, broken lean-to's and gazebo, corduory foot bridges, etc.

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  • duxdog

    It is nice to ride the trails downhill and then ride the road back, just to try another trail dh. Some nice log crosses/bridges, a couple jumps, a few streams. I didn't even come close to riding all the trails. I hope to go back and try more. Trails are pretty smooth, not many roots or big loose stones. All in all, fun, and a good work out.

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