pine bush preserve - TRAIL

pine bush preserve - Trail, Albany, York

single track on yellow trail, mostly roots, sands, minimun technical trails. some hill climb and descents. most trails are easy and fun

User Reviews (2)

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Specialized 29er   Cross Country Rider [Mar 30, 2012]

Today I rode Pine Bush for the first time. The preserve has a lot of new singletrack trails...I came here today expecting flat, gentle rolls more geared towards novice riders (usually not my thing, but I wanted to try something new). Usually I ride Pittstown State forest, which is quite technical. Make no mistake, riders of all abilities will have a blast at Pine Bush. If you find the right trails you can really have a great ride out there. There are quite a few logs and obstacles to play with and the trails can be quite windy. There are also some nice dips and climbs, with a few very steep parts to test out. For riders looking for a easier ride, there are gentle, wide, sandy paths as well but I didn't spend much time on those.

Customer Service

I parked in a horseshoe area off WIllow Street, which is off Western Ave. There is also a popular entrance off 155. I'm still a rookie at Pine Bush, but coming from Willow Street, you enter the preserve, and immediately come to a gravel spot. You can make the first left or the first right to encounter some nice singletrack. The last reviewer (from 2008 I believe) must not have encountered the singletrack areas, and it sounded more like the review was describing the wide, sandy pathways. If you park in the paved lot off 155, you can also connect to the singletrack.

Similar Products Used: Pittstown State Forest
Pittsfield State Forst (40 minutes from Albany, just cross MA state lines)
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4
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4
BasilRathbone   Weekend Warrior [Nov 28, 2008]

The trails of Pine Bush Reserve are very easy riding with the exception of some short, sandy climbs. I imagine this place is great for beginners or cross bikes as the surfaces are mostly smooth, free of rocks and roots. A lot of people walk their dogs here and in nice weather I'd expect to see lots of families walking.

Experienced riders looking for a challenge will likely find Pine Bush disappointing. The trails consist of several loops and most are 2-3 miles that can be ridden very quickly, so you frequently find yourself consulting the map to find another trail.

It's a nice place for quick and easy riding, especially early in the morning before the walkers are out there. If you're looking for some rugged, challenging terrain, look elsewhere.

Customer Service

The trails off Madison Ave Extension are fun and have some small hills.

Similar Products Used: CapitalMTB has a nice area map: http://capitalmtb.org/
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2
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2
Antman   Cross Country Rider [Oct 23, 2007]

Do not ride on unmarked trails you will be arrested!

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3
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3
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