Buck Mt (from Pilot Knob) - TRAIL

Buck Mt (from Pilot Knob) - Trail, Lake George, York

Depending on the weather, this can be dry and rocky, with nice, packed dirt, or wet rocks, raging streams, and small ledges turned to small waterfalls in your face. Keep your cleats on loose.

NOTE: Buck Mt. is located in the Lake George Wild Forest. In wild forest classified lands within the Adirondack Forest Preserve mountain bikes are permitted on all trails unless posted otherwise. However, the summit trails to Buck Mt., Black Mt. and Sleeping Beauty are all closed to bikes. The trails have been posted numerous times, but the signs continue to be torn down.

The above summits are closed to mountain bikes. All 3 of these trails are so steep that the trip would be a hike a bike for all but the most experienced riders and not very enjoyable or legal. There are numerous trails in the surrounding area that are open to mountain bikes and that will provide a more enjoyable experience.

User Reviews (9)

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ruralrider528   Downhiller [Apr 12, 2010]

This trail has quite a bit to offer for the DH crowd, from the top there are a few technical rocky steep singletack type trail. Then the trail turns into a well used path as wide as a jeep trail, but tons of loose rocks and quite a few fun switchbacks. This trail is for the experienced downhiller in the upper sections but after the trail widens out some of the people with less experience DHing will be able to enjoy the trail too, the wider sections are still quite fast with good visibility. This is a hike a bike trail to the top and it is challenging to push up but don't let that deter you because it is an amazing ride down, plus the view from the top is awesome too with views of the entire Lake George region, gore mountain and west mountain can be seen as well. Keep in mind that this is a hiking trail, a popular one at that so just be friendly and polite to the hikers and it will be a good day for all.

Customer Service

from the parking lot take the trail and at the first intersection take a left and you will be on your way.

Similar Products Used: West Mountain(lift access)hopefully they are open for 2010, Backside of tongue mountain(haven't ridden it but the hike indicated an awesome dh run but super technical)
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schaus889   Downhiller [Aug 23, 2008]

This trail is alot of fun...this trail was actually my first ever ridden on a serious DH bike and I learned on this trail and the surrounding trails off the Buck Mt. trailhead. The trail up towards the hogtown lot from the trailhead is really fast and wide and great for anyone beginning the sport. Also, off this trailhead there is a loop trail that runs along the top and bottom of a rock cliff that people sport climb on. For downhillers, there are two ridable sections, one being very steep, techinical, and the other very fast and flowy...both are great fun and well worth the drive up to lake george. I can spend all days in between all these trails as long as the bike holds up. I usually ride these during the summer and the conditions are great (also great fun in the pouring rain when the streams are everywhere)

Customer Service

northway to exit 20, 149 to 9L, to pilot knob rd, follow to buck mt trailhead parking lot

Similar Products Used: heard the trails up tongue mt are similar to buck mt
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William42   Downhiller [Mar 03, 2007]

This is a pretty tough trail. But its one of the most fun Downhill runs i've ever done, super steep, fast, lots of drops, tons of rock gardens and the visibility for hikers and dogs and animals is generally pretty good. Theres only one part near the top where its too steep to have any control if you see somebody, and you kinda just gotta crank it, so that part is a bit sketchy.

As to riding it up, well, if you're going the route of "suspension" especially a DH or freeride rig, plan on doing alot of really intense hiking/pushing/carrying, and make sure its at least 4"+ travel, preferably 8-10. It can be done on a hardtail, but i would suggest using more of a dirt jumper with a very sturdy frame that can take heavy abuse, plus you can still do all the fun hits.

There ARE hikers and plenty of off the leash animals, so beware of that.

Great trail

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chr07627   Racer [Jul 04, 2006]

It's a mountain biking trail if you make it so. Definitely there are sections that anyone this side of Superman will not be able to ride up or down, but those sections are maybe 10-20% of the total trail, depending on your attitude, ability and how wet the grounds are. Getting up is certainly a workout, but the ride down is worth it. A major charge!

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romulan   [Aug 25, 2000]

sic place. only the strong survive. can't add a thing to the above review except pack a backpack and lunch on the peak. you're rewarded by the finest most spectacular view in new york state. oh,by the way, you veer RIGHT on 9L to get to the trailhead, not left.

Customer Service

pilot knob trail to peak or right fork to hogtown road

Similar Products Used: tongue mt, spierfalls, garnett hill
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Marty   [Apr 22, 2001]

I read the above review from borg and decided to give this place a shot. He seemed very enthused after his experience here. Do not be fooled...this is NOT a mountain biking trail. It is a 3.1 mile hiking trail not intended for bikes...no matter what kind of suspension you have. It is a test of mental toughness and physical stamina. You will have to shoulder your bike for the majority of the climb. There are going to be times where you'll want to turn around quit. It's a long climb. At one point I came across a sign telling me that I had only climbed 1 mile. I could have sworn it was way more than that. Anyway, congrats if you make it to the top. The summit view is AWESOME!! Bring a lot of water and food. I chilled for about 1/2 hour up top on some huge rocks. The Lake never looked better. Finally, it was time to ride, walk, and fall back down the mountain. Crank your seat DOWN and set your ass over the rear tire! Your arms will feel like you're working a jack hammer the majority of the ride down. There are SO MANY rocks that you have to constantly look ahead to navigate yourself over and around them. Plan on falling a lot. Do not try this if you are a beginner. It ia a true test and will separate the men and women from the boys and girls. The last 1/3 of the trail towards the bottom is fun if you're not already burnt from the upper two thirds. I will do this again this year after I replace my chain ring that got the hell bent out of it from ...you got it...a huge rock! Plan on spending about 2-4 hours of total round trip time. Good Luck on this one and remember what Clint Eastwood always said in his movies...A man's got to know his limitations!!!!!! Make sure you know yours here.

Customer Service

Take the Northway to exit 20. Take a left off the this exit. Take a right onto Rt. 149. Keep going here untill you see a Stewarts on your left. At this intersection, take a left onto 9L. Proceed untill you come to the Lake itself. Do not take a left here as givin in the previous directions. Rather, go straight into Pilot Knob. About 5 minutes down on the right, there will be a sign for Buck Mountain...Park here.
Enter the trail that will take you to the summit.

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Stan   [Sep 25, 2001]

Hogtown Parking Lot. This is a hiking trail not a biking trail. If you like hiking its great.If you like carrying your bike over rocks I recommend going.

Customer Service

Same

Similar Products Used: Hogtown Trailhed Parking
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Vince Talavera   [May 23, 2002]

Lake George is as beautiful as Colorado, but this trail is a hike a bike trail. It will piss you off! Dont do it. It is most certainly a hiking trail. I have good skills and a lot of it wasnt rideable.

Similar Products Used: I took my roadie off my car and rode up and around Bolton Landing.
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Jason   [Jul 03, 2002]

As the people said, this ain't no MTB trail! But it's big time fun if you've got the skill and toughness.And the reward on top - UNBELIEVABLE! I'de say I actually rode about 40% of the trail. That 40% is a great ride (we're talking UP). Can't understand the gripers below, it's also a great hike, and the bike gives the extra workout. If you're so inclined, this is a definite DO for the biatheletes.

Customer Service

From Pilot Knob

Similar Products Used: Garnett hill, Tongue MT hiking -yes, that's hiking - trails.
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