Goose Pond State Park - TRAIL

Goose Pond State Park - Trail, Monroe, York

single track stuff....fast but not really techincal.

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TomTheBiker   Cross Country Rider [Jul 13, 2004]

Awesome ! A little (grown in and weedy) in the summer months...Best time to ride is in the fall and spring.

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5
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3
George   Cross Country Rider [Nov 17, 2003]

This park has everything if you know were to look. I have been riding this park for about 10 years and find that trails that are old friends can still shake you up. Coming in from 17M almost any trail on the right side is pleasently fast not too technical and for the most fairly easy. Good trails to forget life on. Trails on the left climb up Hence my faverite trail the never ending hill which ends by the power lines but if you look close there are other trails branching off of this one. Backtrcking to the left will end at a horse farm's fence which leads to a very nice technical down hill.

Customer Service

By far the best trail is known by 2 names The Ridge or Look out both well named. Coming from 17 M the path starts right after the roughest section of the carriage trail. Make a right at the large fallen tree and continue climbling. Please look out as you ride since the trail changes all the time. The view at the top is a great place to think and look out from the ridge on the rest of the park. Coming down towards 17 M the trail switches back and forth along the fall line and is very steep. Please watch the white and blue blaze so not to get lost. Make a right turn on 17M returning to the parking lot but now ride up the carriage road to near the top of the hill and make a left onto a little known single track that leads to the Silo trail because you ride by an old silo. Come down the stairs and turn left and left again over 3 branches laying across the trail will lead you back up to the power lines and down the Never Ending Hill Trail. A well rounded 2-2.5 hour trip around the outer edges of the park.

Similar Products Used: This park is my best ride. Just take the time to get lost and unlost until you know the place.
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4
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4
-andrew   [Nov 16, 1998]

I ride goose pond in the fall/winter b/c i cannot ride at the 'mta' (hunting season). the trail is fast...not as techincal as the mta but there are some challanges. Depending on the trail....there can be lots of hills. It's real easy to find....and conveinent off the highway (17). I would give this trail a 4 because it's alot better than Minnewaska and Mohonk but not as good as the MTA...4 trail rating might be stretching it though..........it's more like a 3.5

Customer Service

the trails to the left side of the road...

Similar Products Used: Ride the MTA....
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4
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ColeSlaw   [Dec 07, 1998]

Good place to go for a fun time. Trails are on the short side, but there are a lot of them. Not very technical, but lots of FAST winding trails which pass through various fields. Near the top of the mountain (big hill) there is a great view which is reason enough to climb it. Watch out for the swamplands which tend to sneak up on you.

IN a NUTSHELL: First few times there I would often find myself flying over a few stone wall fences before I even saw it. Lots of fun.

Would be 5 tires if it were longer

Customer Service

Up GoosePond Mtn

Similar Products Used: Fahnestock State Park
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4
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A.S.   [Jul 22, 1999]

I don't know, maybe it was the 98 degree weather or maybe it was the low lying branches that kept wacking me in the face or maybe it was the tall grass filled with ticks (found 2 on my shorts) or maybe it was the 1:45 drive from the city- but this trail SUCKED. Sure it's not bad if your a local, but to travel more than 30min. for this, is a waste of one's time. The trails are weak; short, unkept, flat. If your going to travel to the mountains to ride off road, your going to want to CLIMB mountains. I could have riden steeper stuff in Central Park. Trust me, don't go out of your way.

Customer Service

Every one seems to like the trails to the left of the old access road? Try them all, it's short.

Similar Products Used: Blue mountain is nice and they've cut new single track. Go check it out.
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2
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RS   [Nov 12, 1999]

Well, I must say pay no mind to AS from NY. I don't know how to rate this place as a destination mountain bike spot - I have a bother-in-law who lives in the area - but I do know that if you drive 1:45 from NYC expecting to ride the Rockies, you will be disappointed. Goose Pond is not terribly technical, but there are some short power climbs. The single track is the thing - get off the "jeep road" in and that's all it is - loads of it. Having ridden it two or three times now, you can make several loops for a total of 10 - 12 miles riding, without doubling back over the same trail and without using the jeep road. If you're the slightest bit conscious of the world around you when you bike you will love this place - the singletrack winds through fields, old growth forest, parellel to streams, and around swamps. I have ridden Blue Mountain in Peekskill, which is very nice and this compares favourabaly - the trails are a bit shorter, but you have only a fraction of the riders.

If you ride this the first time - be patient and explore, you will be rewarded. AS from NYC sounds like a bit of a wuss - too hot (ever hear of water bottles or morning rides numbnuts?), too many ticks (welcome to mother nature, you could just stay in the city and take your chance with the mosquitoes), nah, nah, nah. And what's this about riding Central Park - that's a no-no, moron.

I don't know if I would drive 1:45 for this, but I do drive 1:30 to visit my in-laws and am never disappointed in the rides here.

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4
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SM   [Nov 14, 1999]

Since goose pond state park is literally across the street from my house, I have ridden there since I was able to afford my first bike. The trails are fast and technical, if you know where you are going. There are plenty of hills, logs, streams, open fields, rock walls, jumps, and downhills. There is even a cemetary from the 1800's. I have seen deer, hawks, blue heron, and even a black bear. The trail is fast and you need to pay attention. Anyone can go slowly and say a trail sucks. Picture this, you make a turn from the main street up a steep private road for about a mile. Constant pedaling, it seems like it never ends. You get to the top and enter the access trails through someones property. The trail winds down through dark thick forest, about two miles at 35 mph. You make a sharp right turn and start down again. Duck! that evergreen branch was four feet high. As you swoop under and pick up speed, you launch over a root. Your back tire hooks up again as you weave through evergreens. You finally see the daylight of the utility power trail. Ride down a step incline and skid down a series of "steps" made of thick roots. You splash through a small stream and power up a loosse dirt hill. At the top, you look down a sheer rock face which drops 10 feet in a long, fast winding descent to the main trail. Are we having fun yet...

Customer Service

It seems everyone wants hills but everyone only stays left of the main trail. Try going to the right side trails and don't forget to bring your legs.

Similar Products Used: There are many great trails in Orange County that are unkown to the weekend warriors who bike these trails "every few months" or "ridden once". Stewart land preserve off of route 208 and route 94, North of Washingtonville have great trails also. Ringwood State Park in Ringwood NJ is also decent. There are many other nameless trails that are also excellent. If you are interested in directions for them, please email me.
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A.S.   [Dec 20, 1999]

Here's a follow-up to my last review AND my response to RS's foolish comments.(below)

I decided to give this place another go, under better circumstances and weather conditions. This time around, I found the trails a bit more enjoyable. I came across some new routes and managed to put together a decent ride. But the bottom line is that these trails aren't all that good. They're short with minimal climbing and if RS every took a trip out of the tri-state area, he/she would know what I ment. As far as comparing this place to Blue Mountain...there is no comparison. Blue Mountain is good- Goose Pond Mountain sucks! I laugh at the fact that RS has the nerve to call ME a wuss, when he/she speaks so highly of this place.

Either way, it is up to the reader to decide: take the, obviously amatuer, advice of RS - or - listen to A.S. and don't waste your time on this place.

Customer Service

NONE...!

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1
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Mr. DNA   [Mar 24, 2000]

A.S. how the hell can you possibly know all there is at Goose Pond when you've been there twice? I live 10 min away, so i get to ride there quite often. Admittedly, due to the lack of maps or trail markings it is difficult to put together a decent ride that doesn't take you right back to the road. However, it is possible to get a good, hard ride in that covers about 10-15 miles. Stay to the right if you want fast, smooth twisty singletrack with some straights that let you go all out (i hit 43 mph there recently). Stay to the left if you want technical, rocky trails with a lot of climbing. There ARE some incredibly technical, quasi-trials trails on the left side, with steepsteep climbs and descents. Out of the parking lot, go down 17m towards Monroe .25 mile and hang a right up the power line road if you feel there are no hills. from the top you will find steep, rocky, swithbacks that take you back into the park. The climb up Goosepond mountain is about 2 miles in length, with some tricky steep parts thrown in. Stay away from here if you are going to be a dumbass and deride some of the best riding in Orange County without trying it.

Customer Service

Up the mountain on the right as you enter along the main road...1061 ft total elevation.

Similar Products Used: Central Park? pleeease!
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4
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A.S.   [Aug 09, 2000]

Ok you schmucks; let's go over this again. I rode here for a third time in July. Notice how many people have reviewed this dump since my last post... You know why? Because it sucks!
The trails are short and weak. It's like riding in someone's backyard. IT'S A GOOD RIDE (not great), IF YOU LIVE REAL CLOSE. Please don't go out of your way to check this place out. The only reason I rode here in the first place is because my buddy lives 1/2 mile away - he doesn't like it either. I DON'T EVEN THINK IT'S LEGAL. We had some guy yelling at us to get off his land!

To give this place 4 or 5 tires is absurd. It definitely shows the level of riding ability some of you idiots have!

Customer Service

N O N E !!!

Similar Products Used: Go to the Stewart Trails in Newburg...!
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