Swain Mtn. - Trail, Swain, York

Swain Mtn. - Trail, Swain, York

DESCRIPTION

STEEP single track in woods between ski trails. 3-5 excellent trails. Maintained by Canaseraga Downhillers. Weekly rides from Downhill Drew's on Thurs. 5:00ish between "spring forward" and "fall back"

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 14, 2009]
sambs827
Cross Country Rider

Some lower-calibre DH/FR runs down the slopes of Swain Ski&Snowboard Center. Full-blown downhill bikes a bit overkill for this place, but still fun I'm sure. I was able to manage most of it my first time out on my 5" hardtail with an undersprung fork and dying brakes. Get a local to show you around a couple times then you're all set. The place is small, so you need to be drunk and stupid to get lost. The big roller behind the Ski Patrol building is SCARY. Feels like you're dropping in on a massive quarter pipe. Come into it with too much speed and you will learn what a 20ft to flat feels like. It was cool to rip up the same trails on bike as I had for years on skis. The ladder run that goes down to the far left of the ski slope (as you're looking down) is a bomb.

I'm giving the place 5 flamin' chilis for technical difficulty, just because it really keeps you on your toes if you're riding a smaller travel bike like I was. If you're on a big bike, I would say it's probably a 2- or 3-chili difficulty but still lotsa fun. I plan to go back again next summer, on the same bike (just fixed up a bit) and give it another go.

Customer Service

Whatever you do, the whoops at the top above Mile Sweep are a must.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 01, 2008]
J. Wright
Cross Country Rider

Swain Mt. has officially opened to mountain biking as of June 14, 2008. As of this review date, there are about thirteen trails, many of which are interconnected. The moutain has a vertical drop of about 650 feet and right now is running one lift. The runs range in ability from easy, green dot, to most difficult, double black diamond, so there is something for everyone regardless of the type of bike you have - hardtail to DH. There is a freeride section located on the far right side of the mountain with stunts off to the side of the trail. You can easily ride around the stunts or hit just the ones you're interested in. None of the stunts would warrant a video crew, but would be fun to ride with the appropriate bike and conditions. Unfortunately the majority of the trails at Swain were very wet and in some cases virtually unridable because of the recent rain. It does not appear that the trails were designed to accomodate water runoff, and as a result, it made for a slow and treacherous ride on some trails. It would be best to call for trail conditions before driving out there. I'm happy that Swain has decided to give this a try and hope that all mountain bike riders in the area will support their business with a visit. There is definetly potential at Swain. The trails I rode that were mainly dry were fun and I think that with some time, money, and effort, properly designed trails could be built that would withstand many riders and New York weather.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 27, 2003]
mike132
Downhiller

Good trails, short but a lot of fun. There is a couple of chutes at the bottom and they are not for the weak hearted! Scars to prove it!

Customer Service

NAILERS NOTCH

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 07, 2002]
big stonz (Rob)

3-5 very steep single track trails through the trees between ski trails. Less advanced riders can cruise down ski trails. Then there's the Chute (basically vertical) for the hardcore.

Customer Service

Up the ski trails of Mile Sweep/Promanade or take truck to top. You'll need a local for that- and to show you the various trails. Call Jim at Imagine Peace Bikes 607 545-6110

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Rattlesnake Wilderness Area for miles and miles of XC riding. Best to contact Pat at Massasaugua Bikes in Nunda for that (on the net).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 13, 2003]
Glenn Meyer

lots of fun. extremely muddy until summer.

Customer Service

go down through the woods between clark and wheels. theres a rock drop and a nice launch onto wheels.

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if you have your balls screwed on real tight ill show you some sick stuff.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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