Ninham Mountain Multiple Use Area - Trail, Carmel, York

Ninham Mountain Multiple Use Area - Trail, Carmel, York

DESCRIPTION

VERY technical singletrack, lots of rock drops and logs, big climb to Ninham Mountain across Gypsy Trail Rd., some fire road.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 05, 2008]
tierra
Cross Country Rider

Wow, 47 reviews, awesome! I've been living in kent lakes for over a year and just found this place in march. It was like a dream come true! I live right off lake carmel and am trying to get in good enough shape to ride all the way from the lake to the lower area, then on to the upper area all the way to the fire tower (prob about 16-18 miles round trip). lately i just ride the lower area, which has some AWESOME loops, from easy open (gorgeous) meadows to awesome rock slope singletracks. I can get in here and run a quick 3-4 mile loop in about 30-40 minutes, so alot of the riding is fast. This place really rocks!, and the firetower views kick butt.

Customer Service

lower area head in to the left, up through the meadow, start making right turns till your in a huge, gorgeous pine grove. when you get to the larger road the goes downhill to your left, go left for an easy ride, or go right and loop up around the hill in front of you for a fairly easy climb to a SWEET rock shoot downhill to the pond. if you went left on the road you will get to this same area. cross the pond on the singletrack, and take an immediate left to head up the hill, or go right for a longer, but easy climb up to the top of the lower area. when you pass the meadow on the right, you can head that way to the uppper area, or keep heading straight to the back of the 4h camp area. if you end up there, head to the road, go left, then left again, past gypsy trail farms and the parking lot is just on your left. if you look across the street from the lower parking lot, there is a little trail that runs into a pine grove, and up another hill, a cool little loop to check out.

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faunstock park.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 23, 2007]
downhillbkr247
Weekend Warrior

Ninham is quite possibly one of the best biking trails in NY state. The mountain is very diverse, and it is easy to get lost while on the trails. the mountain offers multiple trails. there are wide, fast fireroads. Technical and tight singletrack. there is also a North Shore style freeride trail with ladder drops, rock drops, and a skinny. If it is your first time to the mountain, then i sugest you find a riding buddy, who has ridden the mountain before. Because Ninham is a multiuse mountain, during hunting season wear bright clothes so the hunters dont have to look hard to find their target!(haha)But seriously, wear bright clothes.

Customer Service

If your a freerider, looking for some fun, then i sugest you take the freeride trail on the left of the frieroad. when your taking the fireroad on the left side of the mountain, ther will be a opening to another trail (again) to your left. follow that trail to the bottom. that is where the freeride tail begins.

Similar Products Used:

blue mountain, Diablo Freeride Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 23, 2007]
downhillbkr247
Weekend Warrior

this mountain is SICK!!!! if you live in or neer putnam county you must take a trip to Ninham. This mountain offers something for everyone! Ninham offers hardcore freeride trails with ladder drops, and skinnys, and much more man made stunts, to calm XC trails perfect for beginers. I must recomend that if your a first timer at ninham, try to find a riding buddy who knows there way around the mountain.

Customer Service

Freeride trail. This trail starts from the fire road to the left of the mountain. once on the fireroad, you will notice trails sprouting off to the sides. the freeride trail starts on the left.

Similar Products Used:

Blue mountain, Diablo Freride Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 25, 2006]
at
Weekend Warrior

I didn't quite find the build-up technical stuff. I would love to give them a try.

I did find a sweet single track trail, marked by red ribbon on the tree, that are great for solid intermediate riders. It's doable by advance intermediate riders too if they don't mind having to walk some of the obstacles occasionally.

I had lots of fun. Though I'd love to find the rest of the great stuff now that I live relatively close by (30 min. drive).

Customer Service

I picked the fire road on the left side of the parking lot. Took the first right hand fork that looks like it goes up a bit. Then the red-ribbon marked single track is on the left of the road.

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Blue Mountain, Stwert Buffer Zone, Graham Hills, Spraing Ridge, etc.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 16, 2006]
joebreez
Cross Country Rider

Ninham is now being patroled by DEP police and they will ticket you for riding ANYWHERE where there is either a NO TRESSPASSING sign or a NYC watershed sign(DEP). Repeat offenders risk having the bike confiscated! There are many land use issues here that need to be worked out and most of the trails on the East side run through private property or NYC watershed property at some point. DO NOT got under or around any fencing or go beyond ANY sign telling you to stay out! Hopefully trails will be rerouted around these properties and we can all enjoy the trails in the near future but it will take time and co-operation. DO NOT RIDE CLOSED TRAILS it will only make matters worse here.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 12, 2005]
babba
Cross Country Rider

This area rocks!! we've been riding here for a little while now and are constantly amazed at the quantity and quality of the trails here. These guys have put some serious effort into building and maintaining these trails. A frames, ladders, whatever it's here and it's good. Very tech singletrack, no real long climbs or descents that i've found, HUGE drops and crazy stuff. Great night ride as well. have fun.

Customer Service

Doesn't matter, you're still gonna get lost.

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Magnetic Mine

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 28, 2005]
enzo269
Cross Country Rider

I came home to see the folks for 2 weeks and hadn't ridden Ninham in a couple of years.. WOW!! I forgot how fun this trail is.. Lots of techy stuff thrown at you.. Rock drop offs, log obstacles, roots, nice singletrack.. These trails require that you have the skills to pay the bills... Dont bring a date here, because they will hate you.. You need your A game in this place and this is coming from a guy that rides in Colorado and Moab, Utah with regularity... A great trail and well worth the drive..

Customer Service

Make your own loop.. Be forwarned... If you dont ride here a lot, take someone who does.. You can easily get lost back there.. Some trails dead end into NYC Watershed etc..

Similar Products Used:

Graham Hills, Blue Mountain, Magnetic Mine

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 20, 2005]
Bonkler
Cross Country Rider

Riding these trails with any consistancy WILL inherently make you an all around better rider. However, you should have some considerable experience before you think you can handle what this place throws at you. Stick to the carriage roads if you don't have what it takes! There is no limit to the terrain's offerings in challenges for both technical and aggressive riders alike. Like creeping over rock gardens, logs and negotiating tight tech sections? Got that... Like 3-6-20' drop combos? check...From boulders to slick rock, baby heads, ledges, roots, log rides and ladders, this place has just about as many natural features (and a couple man made as well) as any place I've ridden. Its has the feel that Skidmore/Devils Den up north in Toga has...Only, its free and open to the public. The singletrack on the parking lot side is arranged in a way that allow you to build a solid pace but won't lull you to sleep like more open riding areas such as Stewart or even Ringwood can. Don't get me wrong, those places are fun to ride in their own right, but they don't hold a candle to this place... Big ups to those who are involved with TM here; improving the lines, eliminating annoying fire road climbs with trail extensions linking the end of one trail to the beginning/end of the next and the slow but consistant addition of new features (crazy log ride just off the yellow trail for instance!) Thanks for your efforts, it truly is appreciated!

Customer Service

Park your car in the multi use lot, there is a wooden state preserve/NYS ENCONN sign at the enterance on Right (coming from Carmel) Head across the street and climb up to the firetower for some true cardio burn... Lots of options to get you down from there, and in most cases, the trails down will lead you back to Gypsie Trail. Head across street and back into the singletrack... all trails will more or less lead you back to the main carriage road.

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Trumbull is about as close to this place that I can think of that I've been to in the region, but its much smaller and closer to civilization...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 13, 2004]
dr.dre
Cross Country Rider

excerpts to email to friends: as for ninham mountain (carmel, NY): I'd rate: 8/10 overall, 10/10 for training, hills, and cross-country. Overall, it was pretty killer, though very different than what we're all used to with fairfield cty riding - tight, smaller parks where there are more areas for, freestyle, tricks and jumps, quick ups/downs etc. This isnt that kind of place - there, and in general/overall I do think that Trumbull's better. Though this place is VERY different - Trumbull is like disney world for mountain bikers: its so perfect its like someone made it that way, like a park. If mianus, trumbulll and huntington are theme-parks for mtn bikers, this place is TOTAL backcountry/wilderness - its not man made here, rather its about man making it on a bike thru wilderness thru whatever comes your way.... This place is huge : there is a mountain side AND a park side, across the street -- feels like 2000 acres or something. And its multi-use, hiking, horses, etc: i.e. in october, on the mountain side you can go hunting - So when you are way deep you'll see hunter perches/fire pits etc. kind of spooky..... On one side (mountain side), I was in so deep into the woods I suddenly got spooked - total blair witch, meets deliverance (someone said that on a trail review also). .... at one point I heard weird stuff on the MP3 player - was it the Jerry Garica's guitar feedback from the live track or was it a black bear growling as its stalking me?!? Humm... better keep moving, pedal-pedal-pedal... Other parks in fairfield county - if you got lost you would eventually end up insomeone's back yard, here it feels like if you did the same you could end up in kentucky .... As for my day: I started out on the mountain side of the park - and saved the other side for later. Mountain side has a couple of fire roads and some single track so its great for training and at best gets to an intermediate level on single track. (lets not kid ourselves - first time on single-track, new trail, intermediate is all you really want - until you get it wired). The mountain climb itself, is about 600-700' to the peak (1250') and takes 10-15 mins - shorter than you'd think. Also climbs on well groomed dirt roads are pretty boring, very simple. Boring aside, a killer leg workout in prep for vt 50 esp if you do it a few times. At the top the firetower lookout is cool - (last climb I did, I went to the top - insane views of the area). As for the other side of the park - I made the mistake of doing 2 & 1/2 hours on the mountain side THEN went to the park side. Park side has some pretty technical spots and weak legs doesnt make for great technical work... Went there for about 45-1hr. (recommend you do reverse next time, park first for technical, then workout the legs on the mtn side). On the park side - I have never seen such well maintained trails - because its a multi-use area, they keep some of the trails accessible by horse/rider, so the clear out thicket about 5' wide along about 40% of the single track. As for these cleared trails -they are pretty basic, beginner - but still great cross country - and training. **BUT** when you veer off and do the side trails off of the main roads - its ADVANCED, no cleared trails at all... I had walk over tech spots more than once. By the way - when I say advanced, its not just about stupid-big drop offs etc - more like rock gardens while doing +20% climbs; stone walls to go over that were about 1-2' high and just as wide etc... and a lot of climbs... Definitely challenging - not totally out of our leagues, but something you'd have to practice several times before making it successfully. By the way - there are maybe 20-30 trails and they are all interconnected loops, so it all seems endless there are turns and trails everywhere. Overall a big place. I felt like I explored maybe 20-30% of the park side and 50-60% of the mountain side - so there is more to conquer for sure. And since variety is the spice of life I definitely recommend a return there. Go in pairs or more, (blair witch / get lost factor), plan on 1/2 day and bring extra food/water - its vast wilderness and there is a get-lost factor for sure... FYI October is hunting season on the mountain side and there are rumors that NYS D.E.P. is opening the mountain up to logging soon ("save Ninham Mtn" posters abound) - so if you're interested in something new for training about 50 mins from stamford, I'd recommend you give it a shot sooner v. later.

Customer Service

do the mountain side last - its more vast and more of a leg burner.

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about an hour away in connecticut is Trumbull - that is the best place ive ridden. it's spectacular - if god created a park for mtn bikers, its that one.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 05, 2004]
GluedToThePedals
Weekend Warrior

awsome trail lotsa tech. good climbing and miles on miles of winding xc, plus good downhill and freeride rock drops like you wouldnt believe, plus, if and when, because you will break your bike, bring it to vllage bikes in carmel. good singlletrack too, youre gonna get hurt though.

Customer Service

take the main trail on the right side of the road coming from carmel, left coming from kent, and go straight into the trails until you get to number seven, which will be off of the main trail, just stay to the left the whole time, and youll see a marker woth seven on it, its awsome.

Similar Products Used:

twin peaks nature preserve in brewster, or right up the road is another good trail, powerlines, downhills, m building some stuff in there too, its good fun

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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