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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +69/69 ft
Total: 87 riders

Mountain Biking Luther Forest

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#53 of 283 mountain bike trails in New York
#2,437 in the world

Smooth flowing single track.

First added by on Jun 13, 2012. Last updated May 9, 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
Exit 12 off of I-87. Head east. From rt 9 traffic rotary head east on Dunning Rd, cty ry 108. At 2nd rotary stay right into Saratoga Technology Park. At first stop turn right towards 345 Hermes Rd. Go through 1 stop sign to trail head parking on right, 1/10 of a mile after stop.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Malta, New York

Intermediate | 10 mi

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Q: Can someone please give me directions from the northway exit 12 to the trial head/parking?
A: Yes, very easy. Heading North take a right of Exit 12 and stay straight going through 2 round abouts and you will be entering Luthers forest...keep straight through 2 more round abouts and you will be heading into Global Foundries. From here take a right onto Hermes road and you will see the trail head up on the right after a stop sign or two.

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  • jsplendido

    I went to Luther Forest today because it has been raining nonstop basically for two weeks. The trails were in excellent shape considering. It has sandy soil. Any other trail in my area would've been a mud bath.

    Today was the first time riding it without kids. This system definitely has potential. It can be fast. I would've given it a four or five star, however, there are very few items that test your skills (which is great to some and boring to others). I would say it is closer to beginner than intermediate. But the main reason for the lower rating is the trail signage is abysmal. At the beginning you can see some dark purple spray paint on trees but the color is very dark without arrows and hard to see while you're riding and eventually the paint all but disappeared. I was using the topo map and I found myself having to backtrack to get back on the main route several times. Then other times having to stop to figure out which way I was supposed to go. And then eventually I ran into the housing complex that seems to have cut off the trail. Making it all but impossible to finish the loop. Maybe there's another way around that I'm unaware of. And all the recent falling leaves may have hidden some trails that I could not see.

    Overall I think this could be a fun fast relatively easy mountain bike trail with proper signage or if you are riding with a friend that knows the trail system well. As it stands today it was an enjoyable ride (because all rides are enjoyable) with lots of hiccups and ended with the trail seeming to end. I did follow the topo map and hiked the bike until I could pick up the trail again. Eventually getting to finish.

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  • jstack11

    I'm updating my review. The trails must have been "new" the last time. more mature trails now. A number more technical and fun. I used to avoid Luther Forest because it was so easy, but it seems to have grown into a much more fun single track area after a few years. Still not very technical, but plenty of intermediate

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  • Sloant

    This used to be a 5 star trail. The conditions are always great and well maintained. The reason for my low number now is that someone bought a house apparently and the trail is on their property so they have closed off the portion of the trail that connects the two sides. Big disappointment!!!

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  • 46squares

    First time on the Stache 5 (2018). Little bit of a learning curve on the switch backs with wider tires. Once I got into a relatively steady groove I enjoyed this trail system.

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  • Skibridgerbowl

    God ride for beginners - you can access the bike trail and add miles on . Very nice neighborhoods and outlining area. We went down RT 9 and ate lunch at the Mill- it was great day

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  • batjay30

    Great trail!!! Very smooth and flowy hard pack, with some roots. Some tree obstacles and bridges greet you from time to time but otherwise it's fantastic!!!Although not marked well (purple paint on trees), if you break off there are quick rollers you can play with while finding your way back. And it's not at all busy during the week!!!

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  • weil3175

    Second what Jaystack wrote. A very fun trail, nothing too advanced, has a good flow but signage is rare.

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  • jstack11

    This is a fun trail. Not too technical. Almost no rocks or stumps. Good flow. None of the hills are super steep. You can probably ride up just about all of them in granny gear. There are almost no obstacles. Very heavily used. Trails stay dry even after rain. Nothing here would I call "advanced". You can ride as hard or as easy as you want. Teeny quibbles: some of the trails aren't built as well as others - maybe they are bandit trails - the water would flow right down the middle rather than to the side. No signage. Some of the berms are not big enough for the speed you attain - again, these might be "bandit" trails and just the work of "non-official" workers. It is one of my favorite trails even though it lacks diversity

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  • Ntsbox

    A great fall ride singletrack fast very little obstacles .

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  • mfairpac

    Great trails for a quick getaway. The whole system is one big loop so getting lost isn't an issue. Mostly easy terrain with a few slightly technical areas (compared to Daniels road it's a breeze).

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  • Don Stone

    Had a great time on these trails today. Only 7 miles from my home so rode there and back. As a beginner there are some technical spots that were a little intimidating but most of the trails a great for a beginner.

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  • TheProgressiveRedneck

    It's a good trail.
    There was one section where the downhill was washed out from rain.
    You need at least 120mm fork travel to ride this trail.

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  • Jim W

    If you stay on the main path, which seems to be more of a wider hiking path, its a pretty mellow ride. It's when you take the single track off shoots where the fun begins.

    Some pretty steep hills, deep drops to cross wet spots on narrow bridges, tricky twisty trails that are rooted a lot in spots and riding the edge of some pretty steep drop offs. (Would hate to lose my footing)

    Trails have no marking, so using GPS. It helps a lot because the trails just constantly break off. Some loop back around to trail you started on, while others being you away into another mix of trails .

    Great spot, definitely looking forward to going back.

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  • Robhourmont@gmail.com

    Ride this today. Was fun as can be fast. Difficult to figure out where to go though. Would be great if there were clear color markings to follow...

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  • Gary Mott

    Really nice trail system! Very well packed trails with no washouts or slippery leaves is a major plus. Some decent mini hills and small jumps. A few tree trunk obstacles but well ramped so you can traverse without getting off your bike.

    Only downside is no one way trails so you MUST pay close attention for riders coming the other way.

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  • EdGeneer

    What a fun trail to ride. Easy winding tracks up top for beginners, and some elevation changes that let you get some speed in the middle of the loop. Tight single track run with a good riding surface for MBT. Some obstacles to traverse, but nothing gnarly, nice even flow with very manageable roots. Nice switchbacks, but can still keep the speed up for those that like to keep it tight and fast. Too much fun. Will definitely be back next weekend!

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  • @enlightened_man

    Fun trails to ride. Well maintained. I bring my trail dog here for a good run. The trails could use more markings but it's easy to find your way back to the parking area. Trailhead is off hermes rd in Malta.

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