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Level: Advanced
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +299/298 ft
Total: 82 riders
 

Mountain Biking Daniels Road State Forest

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#204 of 317 mountain bike trails in New York
#1188 in the world

A 538 acre tract of land that holds some of the most versatile and fun mountain biking terrain in all of northeastern New York. Formerly known as SMBA or the Stables, this land is now public and open to everyone without a permit.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
We encourage all attendees to park in town and bike to the trails. Parking at the intersection of Clinton and Daniels is limited and inadequate. Parking in the clearing or on the access road will not be
available.

Directions to the Trails
• From Broadway make a left onto Van Dam Street
• Continue on Van Dam Street and make a right on Clinton Avenue
• Follow Clinton Avenue until in ends at the intersection of Daniels Road
• From this intersection follow our map shown here…
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Saratoga Springs, New York

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Intermediate | 10 mi

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Q: hardtail is fine, but a full susp will help you out further into the trail network

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  • Jfallon
    ****

    Great network of trails. Well maintained. Main trail and Carriage are just the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of rocks and roots to keep you challenged for days.

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  • Rob Jaz
    *****

    Best XC trail system in Capital District. If you can't find a trail here to enjoy, sell your bike and get some golf clubs.

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  • Healey
    *****

    Trails are fun and challenging. The way the weather has been I don't know when they will actually dry out

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  • Tor Yann
    *****

    My main place for years. Have been to Moab, Burke and everything in between and I must say this pace will humble you. It is NOT for beginners. Even the carriage road has a nasty ledge!. That said it is unmatched technical riding. Very difficult with FEW sections where you can relax. Not a lot of climbing, but the technicalities will wear you out. The typical surface is mixed dirt,root,rocks winding thru tight trees, shallow ledges, shallow hills. This is a place where mtn biking demands tactics. Just exhilarating.Can easily spend the day here....if you survive that long.

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  • Tor Yann
    *****

    My main place for years. Have been to Moab, Burke and everything in between and I must say this pace will humble you. It is NOT for beginners. Even the carriage road has a nasty ledge!. That said it is unmatched technical riding. Very difficult with FEW sections where you can relax. Not a lot of climbing, but the technicalities will wear you out. The typical surface is mixed dirt,root,rocks winding thru tight trees, shallow ledges, shallow hills. This is a place where mtn biking demands tactics. Just exhilarating.

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  • mfairpac
    *****

    Excellent network of trails built and maintained by the SMBA. Everything from family-friendly green doubletrack to highly technical double diamond sphincter-clenching singletrack. LOTS of fun!

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  • jax.todo
    ***

    If you are a rider that likes to go fast and have lots of flow these trails aren't for you. VERY TECHNICAL trails some of the things there are almost unridable and you will find your self walking your bike at times. It was very hard on a hardtail and I'm not a pro so if are a really advanced rider this is this place for you. But overall it was fun and I had a good time on my bike.

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  • jstack11
    ****

    Just rode there June 12. Trail is awesome. Not for beginners. Rooty, rocky at times - but great. About a 1/2 mile ride in on a carriage trail. There is plenty of parking(probably space for 10 cars using both parking lots on either side of road)Trail markings aren't the best. Almost no obstacles,just pure Adirondack style mountain biking. If you are accustomed to Gurney Lane or Luther Forest, this is a completely different animal

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  • David Matthews
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    Rocks, roots, drops, twisty, up and down...all VERY technical. Humbled by this old school Eastern trail system. Not for the timid, or beginners. Tough to get my groove and rhythm going here but my level is intermediate. For advanced riders only (except for carriage roads). Signage is good. Bring your full suspension bike and hone up your technical "trials-type" skills.

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  • EdGeneer
    *****

    Great network of advanced trails for the accomplished rider. I have a hard-tail and it truly kicked my *ss. My first ride there, and I got a little lost, even with a map, as some trails are marked and some are not, the map at the 'sign in kiosk' was gone, so when you guess, you may not be where you think you are. I got oriented soon after, but most new rides are an adventure till you get used to what is what. Looking forward to my next ride there.... Fun Fun Fun.

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  • Gary Mott
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    It was fun on Aprl 18th but poor conditions with large downed trees

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  • *****

    Great ride,went with a local resident. It kicked my but, I have a hard tail defiantly need full suspension. It has been the best ride by far scince I've been here.

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  • Anthony Bracken
    ****

    Great trail. Well maintained and used. Some cool technical areas scattered throughout the woods.

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  • No1InParticular
    *****

    The trails I were able to ride here in a short amount of time were fantastic. Well built bridges, some flowy double and singletrack, well-marked and easy to follow once you get oriented. At some point I need to get back out there and ride on a more capable bike, since the rock gardens were hard to appreciate on an old hardtail.

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  • *****

    Best riding in area. Technical trails that are very well maintained and designed. Maps.and trail markings are well done also.

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  • *****

    A great mix of double track, single track, rock gardens and roots, great technical on Dam loop and sybil and more.

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