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I may be traveling to the Old Forge area during the summer, I'm posting so early in order to find out if there's something to ride worth flying the bikes and budget accordingly.

Also my kid will be coming along with his bike, any kid frendly trails in the area?

Any on-line source for trails on that area?

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I had a hunch there'd not be much feedback on this. There are severely limited legit riding options up there, at least on singletrack trail. Its scenic, and you'll probably find some doubletrack if youve got time to explore. Unfortunately NY's policies towards bikers arent too generous. There's great trails around, but unbelievably you might have to travel farther.
 

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Mchauly Mt

Mchauly Mt is open for riding double track and single track,some of it is pretty technical.
 

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pedaler845 said:
I had a hunch there'd not be much feedback on this. There are severely limited legit riding options up there, at least on singletrack trail. Its scenic, and you'll probably find some doubletrack if youve got time to explore. Unfortunately NY's policies towards bikers arent too generous. There's great trails around, but unbelievably you might have to travel farther.
That's a bit discouraging, thought that at least the snowmobile trails could be ridden during the summer.
 

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Mchauly Mt is open for riding double track and single track,some of it is pretty technical.
Is that the ski area near Olde Forge?

How technical it is?
 

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I'll be going to a place called Moose River House B&B in Thendara, N.Y 13472

They say that there are biking trails in the area. I went there before a couple of years ago on December so I have no idea on how the biking trails are.


 

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Check out any areas designated as 'Wild Forest' by the DEC. You can generally ride there in the ADK park, with a few exceptions. Gary Thomann did a book you can get that may list rides in that area with maps included
 

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Check out any areas designated as 'Wild Forest' by the DEC. You can generally ride there in the ADK park, with a few exceptions. Gary Thomann did a book you can get that may list rides in that area with maps included
What is DEC and ADK?
 

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What is DEC and ADK?
(NYS)DEC = New York Department of Environmental Conservation, they regulate land usage in the adirondack park more or less.

ADK = Short for Adirondack
 

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What about the area around Nick's Lake?
I worked at Nick's Lake Campground during the summers of 93 & 94. Rode about 5 times a week and never got hassled by anyone.... - There is some great adventures to be had up there!
 

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Try checking out the trails near Inlet, it's about 15 minutes down thew road from Old Forge, and there are some pretty good trails around there.
I was there in the fall of 2004 and hooked up with a local guy that showed us around some of the trails.
If you call/visit the inlet tourist office they will give you some trail maps, the guy that works there is really into promoting the area trails.
There is also a shop in that town that can help you http://pedalsandpetals.com/site/intro.cfm
I hope this helps.

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I worked at Nick's Lake Campground during the summers of 93 & 94. Rode about 5 times a week and never got hassled by anyone.... - There is some great adventures to be had up there!
 

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Goddy said:
(NYS)DEC = New York Department of Environmental Conservation, they regulate land usage in the adirondack park more or less.

ADK = Short for Adirondack
ADK = could also mean the group responsible for keeping bikers off trails in the adirondacks. We're really riding motorcycles you know. :rolleyes:

There are a ton of snowmobile trails in and around Old Forge that are ridable in the summer. The problem is most of them s*ck. A few years ago Old Forge was trying to market itself as a summer mountain bike destination. Unfortunately, they weren't really serious about it and did little to actually create trails for bike use. They basically said "hey, we have snowmobile trails" A two mile bushwhack through chest high grass was enough to keep me from going back. Now I just go up to run the Moose river. If you're a paddler, bring a whitewater boat and some skill, you'll have a lot more fun on the river than the trail. There's everything from quickwater to class V depending on which section you put on.
 

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Ted from Pedals and Petals should be some help. Fern Park is in Inlet and according to Ted the trails are now well marked. Some very fast technical sections, if you can find them.

Macauly(sp) Mtn has a race near it's base each year. This year the trails were expanded and marked. Although I have never ridden them, they are supposed to be very nice. I also hear good things about the Nick's lake-Remsen Falls trail's.

Two summers ago, we spent a week in Old Forge. I did much more road riding than mtn biking-brought both bikes. The trails are better marked now I hear.

Good Luck
 

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Old Forge Area

Forty years ago, when I was a wee sprite of a lad, I went to summer camp in the Central Adirondacks. Today, the locals have developed a great trail system of backcountry and fire roads and singletrack trails called the TOBIE Trails System (Thendara, Old Forge, Big Moose, Inlet and Eagle Bay) Many of these are trails that I hiked over as a 10 and 11 year old. (Gee, they seemed a lot longer then!) I even rode into Woodcraft, my old camp, and took a picture of my old cabins from those summers long ago. Put my collapsible fly rod in my pack and soaked a few dry flies in the Moose River. There is now a bridge over the Moose where before there were just pilings when I was last up there about 20 years ago. That makes Carter Station and Big Moose accessible by more than just boats or the Adirondack Railroad. Next year I have to go back. I only explored about 15 miles in the time I had, and there are about 150 miles in the TOBIE system. The TOBIE system is very family friendly, (pretty flat around the Rondaxe Lake area) so it would be good for taing your kids.

There is also the Fern Trails in Inlet and the whole, huge Moose River Plains area between, and south of Inlet and Indian Lake.

If you are interested in riding in that "neck of the woods" get a copy of Pete Kick's "Twenty-five MTB Tours in the Adirondacks" as your best guide to getting around out there. As in any backcountry ride, you will need a map, compass and the 10 Essentials, and a GPS is a good addition to get you back to the car. Hundreds of hotel rooms and numerous private and state campgrounds throughout the region. There is also great trout and walleye fishing ($25.00 for a seven day, non-resident license) plus almost as many lakes as Minnesota, with miles of whitewater and flatwater canoeing and kayaking in the Moose and other rivers, as well.

I am going back next fall, ('06) to lead a group ride up near St. Regis. That will add great fall colors, too.

Ride safe,

Hans
 
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