Blue Mountain Reservation - TRAIL

Blue Mountain Reservation - Trail, Peekskill, York

The trails are color marked similar to ski trails. Red: advanced, Orange: intermediate, Yellow: beginners. The trails are shared with hikers and horses. However,hardly used by hikers especially in the deep woods but be careful of horse poop. The trails are mostly singletrack. The trails offer traditional East Coast conditions including rocks, roots, branches, and climbs. But, what goes up must come down. Similar to other trails in the area (Graham Hills, Mianus River, etc.), there are offshoot trails off main thoroughfares. Just keep your eyes open. Also, riders looking for a quick spin can find loops (routes) shorter than trails located at Graham Hills.

User Reviews (62)

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Slow Joe-Joe   Weekend Warrior [Dec 29, 2015]

Blue Mountain is a great cardio workout. I would recommend it to anyone who tight and flowy singletrack, but also to the rider who likes the occasional roller. It is not a difficult place to ride, but it is a big place and easy to get lost. On weekends, there are many people in the parking lot that first-timers can probably ask to join their ride or ask for suggestions. I really enjoy the place because it is both challenging and fun.

Customer Service

I don't have a specific route because I usually do something different AND it depends on the riders I am riding with on that given day. Routes are usually game-time decisions, but I will give 2 options from main parking lot (and these can be ridden in reverse to make it seem like a whole new trail):

1. (about 2-3 hours) Depew (warm-up), El Cap, Ned's, Lower SIS, Stinger 2, Upper SIS, Mixed Monster, Bailey's, My Favorite, Rambler

2. (about 3-4 hours) Stinger1-2-3, Upper SIS, Lower SIS, Bailey's, Tin/Yang, Debacle, Depew (cooldown)

Similar Products Used: Sprain Ridge, Graham, Ninham, Jungle Habitat, Ringwood
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5
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3
Jose D   Weekend Warrior [Jul 01, 2014]

This trail could use some simple improvements. Unfortunately, the trails aren't clearly marked. Hence, new riders can find it intimidating.

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5
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4
eric g.   Cross Country Rider [Jul 10, 2013]

Wow...full of large rideable boulders, including one causing a nice endo when my sweaty hand slipped off the bars. This place caused my first ever double flat in the same ride...a nice push back to car the result. Still, this place is excellent for technical challenge, Neds left lung a true rip thru the woods. Hearing shotgun blasts caused some nervousness, but I was told of this and stayed inbounds. I'm a Rochester ny technical xc rider and was stoked to ride here even after the flats.Worthy!

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4
VALUE
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4
biker   Weekend Warrior [Jun 01, 2011]

This place is absolutely awesome. every trail is laid out great, and each one has its own special features. it has tons of trails, which are mostly technical singletrack. it is on mountains, but the climbing isn't that bad. i definately reccomend this place to all riders.

Customer Service

Best trails:
.Stinger
.Myx Monster
.Debocal
.My favorite trail
.upper sis
.two crew live
and everything else.

Similar Products Used: Sprain ridge also has great trails, but there is much less there than at blue mountain.
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5
VALUE
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4
crazychef   Cross Country Rider [Nov 04, 2010]

very nice, not too steep, able to ride on a single chain, rock gardens are tricky but are easily tackled with flowing speed, very well maintained,last time i went was so so hot, i striped off my pads

Similar Products Used: sprain, viper in california
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5
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4
droccast   Weekend Warrior [Oct 21, 2010]

Blue MT is SicK All-Mountain Riding on Loamy soiled singletrack and double thru rugged hilly Appalachian Oak-Hickory Forest dominated by a Chestnut & Red Oak canopy. A shrub layer of black huckleberry, maple leaf viburnum, wood ferns, hairgrass, and pin-cushion mossy conditions and highlighted by large amounts of hilly Rocky outcroppings.

Your Ride will take you through and up N over these Hudson Highland Granite Rocky outcroppings which date back over 1 billion years old and still show evidence of the last ice age. The Rocks range in size from small bowling ball gardens to car size boulders to house size gargantuans. Choose as you may but no your limitations for man is mortal.
The Rock-God gives you smooth transitions up N down steep formations as well as jumps N drops that will keep you smiling in Dreamland.
No need for wooden man-made bridges and stunts here, its given in its natural form and lacks nothing for even the gnarliest extreme-bomber.

Having the experience of ridden all over North America, pound for pound this trail system stacks up with the best of them when it comes to technical All-MT Rides. The mix of Loamy Soil, Constant Elevation Change, unique Ride-able Rock Formations, make Blue MT ever-challenging and a gift from the Mt Biking Gods!

Customer Service

The ultimate 3 to 4 hour loop:
Start at the parking lot off of Washington St & Montrose Station Road.
Dont take the jeep road up, take "Switchback" and right on "Lower Stinger" to "Middle Stinger" and then grab your ballz and left onto gnarly "Debacle". Stay right at end to "Summit" all the way to the crown jewel of the park "Mix Monster". Feel to pleasure and goodness and follow to "El Capitan" which has one of the largest formations then down "Dicky Brook" and left on "Limbo" and left to do the 3 mini loops of "Baileys". Then head up "Limbo" and right on "Stinger" down and left on "Summit" to "My Favorite Trail" and finish down on "Lower Stinger" to "Switchback" back to Lot. Now Congratulate yourself for Conquering Blue.

Similar Products Used: Sprain Brook, Graham Hills, Mianus River, Ninham are all good but not on the same level as Blue MT.
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5
VALUE
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5
Pure   Cross Country Rider [Jun 02, 2010]

After much talk of Blue Mt, I rode there this past weekend with Jason & Jason from Endless Trail Bike Worx. Fist off they have a great shop & are strong riders and fun to be around...go there!!
The trails were challenging for the hardcore rider but also flowed really well. I love the techy singletrack & this place has it in spades. There are no crusher climbs but your heart rate will be nice & steady if you are fit. You def. need to be a good rider to get the most out of this spot. Beginners & intermediates will be walking their bike a lot. Being from Vermont, I'm used to a bit more climbing but there was enough to get a quality work out in. We rode for 2hrs and all the trails were fun & nicely laid out. The only name I remember is Monster, which was great.

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5
VALUE
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3
myshiningone   Weekend Warrior [Apr 06, 2010]

This weekend was my second visit to Blue Mtn. I've ridden at Sprain Ridge several times so I will make some comparisons.

If you're coming up from Central NJ and frequently ride Lewis Morris and Chimney Rock, be prepared for rockier conditions. If you’re not used to it, all of the trails that we rode had advanced technical sections that minimize trail flow with a lot of stop and go, unless you are knowledgeable of how to navigate these sections. Definitely a great place to develop/build tech skills. Not really fantastic for XC cruising…except for the double track surrounding the park.

To the WMBA, some milder ride-arounds to some of the hardcore tech-spots would allow for a more enjoyable experience for riders new to the park or that might be less experienced. I prefer the technical stuff but the guys I ride with prefer quicker moving, flowy trails.

With that said, Sprain Ridge is far better designed. Even with it's most technical sections, Sprain offers more consistent flow plus the technical gems that make it my favorite NYC vicinity trail system.

The one thing that totally sucks at Blue, IMO, is that the trails are named on the map clearly but not at the trail forks. It would definitely make riding a lot less confusing if there were some signage at all trail forks. Even for my second visit we were triple checking the map to ensure we were on the right trail. The trail markers, which are not totally consistent, are ok but this could be vastly improved.

Customer Service

For this weekend, we tried to base our ride around some of the suggested routes listed in reviews on this page. We rode Upper sis, lower sis, criss cross to 2 live crew. Then we rode Bailey's to Yang. We had to bail after one of us was experiencing mechanical issues. Overall, I think 2 Live Crew would be the least technical and fastest pace trail of the trails we tackled.

Definitely recommend this place for an all or half day mission. I plan on hitting Myx Monster/Mid Stinger/Debacle and Dr Jekyll/Depew next time to get a feel for the rest of the park. It’s a pretty big place, so you need a lot of time if it’s your first time. This could be easier if better signage were in place. For a shorter ride of equal quality terrain check out Sprain Ridge and start at the intermediate trail at the base of the parking lot. Lots of great riding in a small amount of acreage.

I also highly recommend Peekskill Brewery(5min from the park) for post ride brews. Food is excellent and the beer selection blows away most area brew pubs.

http://www.wmba.org

http://www.thepeekskillbrewery.com/

Similar Products Used: Sprain Ridge
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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3
Mr. G   Weekend Warrior [Jul 15, 2009]

Amazzzziiinng man! great fflow and some tech, not too bad though. i can only hit it up once a month , but when i do = bliss.

Customer Service

everything!

Similar Products Used: don't go to many others, but a friend tells me to check out the 909
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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
TORQUE-29er   Cross Country Rider [Mar 13, 2009]

http://wmba1.tommychurch.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=6558

Customer Service

monster,DEBACLE.

Similar Products Used: GRAHAM HILLS,SPRAIN RIDGE.
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
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