Mt Van Hovenburg - Trail, Lake Placid, York

Mt Van Hovenburg - Trail, Lake Placid, York

DESCRIPTION

Lame cut trails in some hilly areas, paid to ride and never found the good single track. Well marked for beginner to intermediate riders

USER REVIEWS

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[May 27, 2013]
Nicholas Stosiek
Weekend Warrior

Boring riding compared to whats around town and the surrounding area. These trails are are almost all flat if not rolling and not very technical at all. there are one or two trails up top that have some quick switch backs and tighter trails. Besides that the trails are meant for free style cross country skiing so they are much wider than any single track trail. Overall fine trails for beginners.

Customer Service

Go across the road from the mountain bike center to the cross country section of trails (Biathlon/Cross country sides) From there its possible to get to the more challenging stuff higher up on the mountain.

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For closer to town of Lake Placid try the peninsula trials for more technical rolling tails. A little ways away theres Whiteface for the extreme downhills. Right next to Whiteface are the flume trails that offer a wide variety of riding without having to pay for the lift tickets. A good way to find out about local riding would be to visit Placid Planets website where they have a section about a bunch of the local trails or just stop in at the shop where a large number of BETA members work who can point you in some of the best riding in the area. (BETA makes all of the more hidden trails around town)

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3
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2
[Feb 17, 2006]
timmytuba2033
Downhiller

The trails are nice and fairly even. Further up it gets a little knarly but nothing people can't handle. One has to remember that these are in fact cross country ski trails, so don't expect to run across any 10 foot cliffs. Its really great for an endurance ride and every summer, they do have a 24 hour bike race which is run by Brian, the owner of High Peaks Cyclery. If you can find it, there is an awesome obstacle course further up on the mountain.

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If xc isn't really your thing, I highly recomend you go check out Whiteface Mountain...it's worth the lift ticket.

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5
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3
[Sep 23, 2005]
Psycho Banshee
Weekend Warrior

This trail system is a great trail for beginners. It has mini ramps to hop off of, but other than those offers almost no technical difficulty. A great trail to cruise for a workout.

Customer Service

Try to find the red trails for sure.

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Whiteface Mtn.

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3
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2
[Jun 29, 2004]
IRA176
Weekend Warrior

I only rode the yellow marked trail, and it was non-technical. There are supposed to be some technical trails further up the hill. Overall a pretty relaxing ride through the woods on some single track and some fire roads, leading to various olympic event courses. There were a couple of sand traps along the way, but nothing major. If you bring your own bike and helmet, it's only $6.00 a person.

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The Jack Rabbit trail, which can be picked up behind the howard johnson restaurant in Lake Placid.

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3
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2
[Jul 22, 2003]
Jim
Weekend Warrior

Just because you're on a mountain bike, it doesn't mean you are mountain biking. They just don't get it here. All they did was open their 15 foot wide XC ski trails to bikes. Might be fun on a motorcycle.

Customer Service

Drive right on by!

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If you're up there and need to ride then Whiteface is your best bet, but they really don't get it either.

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1
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2
[Oct 07, 1999]
Richard

Trails are cut for cross country skiing and the biathalon events for the world cup and the olympics. Very well marked. Paid to play without ever finding the goods. Single track had to be very well hidden I could not find it.

The trail off of Saranac lake road that leads up to Mckensie pond on the other hand was pure single track keep your eyes on the ball fun. Some stream crossing, bike carrying, huge climbs and downhill fun....

Customer Service

Follow signs for the bobsled run

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3
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[Oct 26, 1999]
Brian

Similar review to the previous one, trails were lame and all wide open. I couldn't find more than a lone singletrack section that was only a couple of hundred feet long. Lots of potential but with all the trails so well marked, I can't believe the singletrack wouldn't be. Still it is good for a family outing.

Customer Service

Follow the signs it's hard to miss.

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2
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[Jun 12, 2000]
Tim

Lots of trails, beginner to intermediate level. Pay area with good shop, great staff (ask for Joe). They do organised instructional "dirt camps" that are alot of fun. Not much singletrack, but they've got permission to cut some and they're gung-ho about it so expect to see more soon. The best bet in town for families. Rentals availiable. Call (518)523-3764.

Customer Service

5 miles from downtown Lake Placid, on Rt. 73. Follow signs for mt. bike center. Also site of bobsled and luge tracks.

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Pine pond trail, found at the end of Averyville Road in Lake Placid. 6 miles into Pine pond. Lots of fun, hill at the beginning (and end!), big mudholes and whoop-dee-doos, fast& wide at the beginning tapering to singletrack at the end. Pine pond is on your left as you get all the way in. Great for swimming. Respect the loon family in the pond and the private camps at the state locks. 2-4 hour round trip.

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3
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[Oct 13, 2000]
steve

Yes, some trails were so-so, but we were able to eventually get deep in the groove, with man-made super jumps, thick single going deep into the woods, and some fast recovery chutes.The trail fee was nominal, and the map should help, but more importantly, follow your single-track instincts and rip.

Customer Service

follow signs from main lodge. dont get shot by biathlon guys. took some time to get to tha' goods.

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3
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[May 08, 2002]
Tom

Even at ten dollars this place is a rip-off for anyone but beginners. I hadn't ridden here for a few years. They used to have the entire trail system mowed , providing a big, if only semi-technical workout. I came back this year and was shocked! There was nothing worth-it even remotely ridable - unless you like plowing thru 5 ft. grass all day.
Just skip this.

Customer Service

Elsewhere

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Garnett Hill

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1
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