Mountain biking – Walk On Mountain http://walkonmountain.com/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 03:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://walkonmountain.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/favicon-5-120x120.png Mountain biking – Walk On Mountain http://walkonmountain.com/ 32 32 Major Growth Coming to Morgan County with Mountain Bike Trails | Journal-news https://walkonmountain.com/major-growth-coming-to-morgan-county-with-mountain-bike-trails-journal-news/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/major-growth-coming-to-morgan-county-with-mountain-bike-trails-journal-news/ BERKELEY SPRINGS — Tourism is an important part of Morgan County’s local economy. A year after the completion of $25 million in renovations at the Cacapon Resort State Park lodge, the park has received $2.8 million to improve its mountain biking infrastructure, which will be a big help in tourism. Money from the American Rescue […]]]>

BERKELEY SPRINGS — Tourism is an important part of Morgan County’s local economy.

A year after the completion of $25 million in renovations at the Cacapon Resort State Park lodge, the park has received $2.8 million to improve its mountain biking infrastructure, which will be a big help in tourism.

Money from the American Rescue Plan Act will go toward completing the bike path system at Cacapon State Park.

According to the US Department of Commerce, the funding will be used specifically for the design and construction of trails and the development of cycling facilities.

Lyn Goodwin, executive director of the Morgan County Economic Development Authority, said the grant funding, which also includes $700,000 in local funds, will be used to design and build an additional 35 miles of mountain bike trails at Cacapon Resort. State Park.

“The new trails will include a variety of design features and difficulty levels that will appeal to a diverse group of mountain bikers. With these additional bike trails, Cacapon Resort State Park plans to become an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) riding center, establishing the park as the premier mountain biking designation in the mid-Atlantic region. said Goodwin.

She added that while some parts of Morgan County lack some of the infrastructure that helps attract other types of economic development, such as manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, projects like this showcase assets. of Morgan County and strengthen the local economy.

“The Mountain Bike Trails Project will make Morgan County and the Eastern Panhandle more attractive to visitors, support jobs and bring additional tourism dollars to Morgan County and West Virginia,” said Goodwin.

David Deamer of Region 9 Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council is the project manager who wrote the grant application. Before delving deeper into the trail map, he shared the background of the Cacapon State Park trails.

“In 2020, a Trail Accelerator Grant for Cacapon Resort State Park was awarded to the Cacapon Resort State Park Foundation for planning and design services,” Deamer said. “The Trail Accelerator Grant is a competitive grant for communities interested in creating better places to ride. Cacapon State Park received professional trail planning and design services to kick off its trail development efforts.

He said there are currently 15 miles of trails in Cacapon State Park that are a combination of walking/hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking trails.

“In an effort to become an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) hiking center, there have been an additional 35 miles of cycle paths proposed to be constructed. The proposed trail types will include single-track, shared-use upgrades, bike-only gravity sections, flow zones, and skill zones,” he added.

Morgan County is the westernmost county in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Berkeley Springs is the closest town and is home to Cacapon State Park’s sister park, Berkeley Springs State Park.

“The town is small, with less than 1,000 inhabitants. Berkeley Springs is famous for its mineral springs and strong history. Cacapon Resort State Park is a 6,000-acre, year-round destination. Due to the park’s rurality and location in the shadow of a folded mountain ridge, Cacapon is frequented by both nature lovers and adventurers from across the region,” Deamer said.

He said the overall goal of the project is to make Cacapon State Park a major regional mountain biking destination, provide a diversity of trail types and difficulty levels to attract cyclists of all abilities. , to introduce bicycle equipment for park visitors and community members. , provide youth-oriented cycling amenities and create an iconic trail to attract cyclists from across the state and region.

“Once the trail system is complete, the goal is to apply to become an IMBA Ride Center,” Deamer said. “There are dozens of economic impact studies that have been done around the world for IMBA Ride Centers. A ride center is known to bring in $3-30 million a year in direct consumer spending.

He reported that there are currently three IMBA Ride centers within 220 miles of Cacapon State Park.

“The Cacapon MBT will be a new attraction for the region and is expected to attract riders not only from the local region, but also from the South Atlantic region including Pennsylvania and New Jersey and south to Florida,” did he declare.

Deamer referenced a study the WVU Extension Office conducted on the economic impact in 2019 on another trail system in West Virginia and the impact of the mountain biking industry on rural tourism.

“Trail networks are known to leverage the natural assets of communities to increase health benefits for local users and increase tourism and economic growth. According to the IMBA, there are 50 million mountain bikers in the United States. In the WVU economic impact analysis, reference is made to an additional study which shows that mountain bikers take an average of two vacations per year, particularly for mountain biking, and the average distance traveled from home was 566 miles,” he referred to the study.

With all aspects considered, the Cacapon State Park mountain bike trail system is expected to have an ongoing annual impact of $5,534,097 on the regional economy, he explained.

The next steps, according to Deamer, are complex but exciting.

“Due to the complexity of trail design and construction, this project is expected to take a few years to complete the entire trail network. Building mountain bikes has been mostly seasonal, organized work with a phased approach,” he said. “This project is intended to have a multi-state and national focus based on the strategic location of Cacapon State Park, the overall size of the mountain bike trail network, and the proven economic impact of mountain biking trails. Mountain.”

He thanked everyone involved and said he was excited about this growth opportunity in Morgan County.

“Region 9 and the entire project team are extremely excited about this opportunity and look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the whole region. We would also like to thank everyone who have given their support!” said Demer.

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Dodge Ridge Resort Launches ATV-Accessible Chairlift August 13 https://walkonmountain.com/dodge-ridge-resort-launches-atv-accessible-chairlift-august-13/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 08:03:50 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/dodge-ridge-resort-launches-atv-accessible-chairlift-august-13/ PINECREST – For the first time in the 71-year history of Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort, the Central Sierra destination will open the mountain to chairlift-accessible mountain biking on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14. On opening day, Saturday, August 13 at 9 a.m., when the lifts begin to spin, there will be a contest to see […]]]>

PINECREST – For the first time in the 71-year history of Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort, the Central Sierra destination will open the mountain to chairlift-accessible mountain biking on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14.

On opening day, Saturday, August 13 at 9 a.m., when the lifts begin to spin, there will be a contest to see who can get the first chair for the inaugural season kickoff preceded by a ribbon cutting and an official commemoration of the moment.

Dodge Ridge Mountain Bike Park will operate every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from August 13 through the end of October, weather permitting.

The resort will assess and evaluate Mountain Bike Park operations for November based on conditions at that time.

One-day lift tickets for the inaugural season will cost $49 for ages 13 and up or $39 for kids 12 and under. Mountain Bike Season Passes will also be available at $199 and $139 respectively, with discounts on Mountain Bike Season Passes available to Dodge Ridge Winter Season Pass holders. 2022-23.

Rental packages will also be available with full-suspension bikes, as well as helmets, knee and elbow pads. Visit DodgeRidge.com/Mountain for more details.

All riders will descend from the top of the Motherlode 3 chairlift at an elevation of 7,400 feet and traverse the mountain with nearly 5 miles of beginner/lower-intermediate Freeride rollers and benches available on opening day.

Dodge Ridge crews are also hard at work on an intermediate technical track and an intermediate freeride track currently in development and expected to be completed shortly after opening weekend. Additional trail construction is planned throughout the summer and into the fall, introducing more intermediate to advanced trails with approximately 9 miles planned for this season. Visit DodgeRidge.com/Mountain for updates.

For the opening weekend festivities, the mountain will feature live music on Saturday and Sunday, along with booths from bike retailers and other industry vendors handing out swag and showcasing their best on the terrace of the Base Camp Bar + Grill.

There will also be promotions and giveaways to score as the weekend of events adds to the summertime activities that have been happening all summer at Dodge Ridge, including chairlift accessible disc golf, picnics picnics and hiking, as well as yoga classes and bouncy houses for children. The newly transformed menu at the resort’s Base Camp Bar + Grill will also feature the BBQ and Smoking Kitchen as well as free live music every Saturday and Sunday, including a full slate of free summer garden games like cornhole , table tennis, foosball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, giant jenga and more.

Located in Tuolumne County off Highway 108 in Pinecrest, Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort is the closest destination for year-round mountain recreation with easy access from California’s Central Valley.

For reservations and additional information please visit DodgeRidge.com or call (209) 965-3474.

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Where to Find the Best Mountain Bike Trails in Pioneer Valley https://walkonmountain.com/where-to-find-the-best-mountain-bike-trails-in-pioneer-valley/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/where-to-find-the-best-mountain-bike-trails-in-pioneer-valley/ Quick links Orchard Hill/UMass Trails The Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts is home to old hills covered in a combination of dense forests and rocky hills. With terrain full of hills and mountains, a mix of ups and downs and technical forest terrain, it’s not hard to imagine how this area has become such a […]]]>

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  • Orchard Hill/UMass Trails

The Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts is home to old hills covered in a combination of dense forests and rocky hills. With terrain full of hills and mountains, a mix of ups and downs and technical forest terrain, it’s not hard to imagine how this area has become such a draw for mountain bikers to travel and enjoy.

With so many options to choose from in the Pioneer Valley, choosing the right vehicle can be a bit overwhelming. Runners don’t want to make the wrong choice. To help riders looking to narrow down their options or discover somewhere new, here are six locations to choose from.

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Orchard Hill/UMass Trails

Orchard Hill, also known as UMass Trails, is a tight network of local trails built and maintained by the UMass Amherst Cycling Club and community trail builders. For about twenty years, these trails have existed in various states but have, over time, been leveled. Over the past two years these trails have received a lot of attention from students and Kurt B. Together they have cleaned up and added several new lines. The trails are in the hills above the university. There is a mix of all kinds of difficulty, but travelers should be aware that the trails are quite tightly braided and often intersect. Some of the more difficult trails are filled with jumps and other challenges for the most experienced riders.


  • Main trail type – Cross country
  • E-bikes allowed – Nope
  • Easy trails – 21
  • Moderate trails – 6
  • Difficult trails – 4
  • Difficult trails – 3
  • Trail map

Brimfield State Forest

Brimfield State Forest is home to tree-lined hills that span 3,500 acres in the towns of Brimfield, Monsoon and Wales. This versatile recreational property has over 20 miles of cart routes and 15 miles of trails. Mixed together they make a great mountain biking destination. The majority of the trails here are moderate in difficulty and a great experience for most cyclists.

  • Car park – Free
  • Main trail type – Cross country
  • Easy trails – ten
  • Moderate trails – 21
  • Difficult trails – 9
  • Difficult trails – 1
  • Trail map


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Batchelor Street Trails

For runners who like tight, technical trails, they should check out the Batchelor Street Trails. At Batchelor Street, the winding technical trails weave their way along rocky spines of rocky hills and dense forests. An interesting aspect of Batchelor Street Trails is that Mount Holyoke Range State Park is serviced by two parking areas. The first is north of the trail system at The Notch Visitor Center at 1500 West St, Amherst. The second is south of the trail system on Bachelor Street. The majority of trails here are rated as moderate, but due to their rocky nature, some should be rated as more difficult than they are.


  • Main trail type – Cross country
  • E-bikes allowed – Nope
  • Easy trails – 8
  • Moderate trails – 27
  • Difficult trails – seven
  • Trail map

South Amherst

The trails in South Amherst, Massachusetts are open to both horseback riding and biking. Places like Common Pathway and Appel Way Trail are popular with locals and visitors to the area; the trails here are easy and perfect for a scenic and relaxed ride. Cyclists wishing to hit the trails here should be sure to bring their cameras.

  • Main trail type – Cross country
  • Easy trails – 3
  • Trail map

Earl’s Trails

Located in Mount Holyoke Range State Park on the north side of Notch, it includes an area known as Earl’s Trails. Here, cyclists can enjoy miles of flowing singletrack, full of challenging climbs and steep descents. All of these incredible trails were designed and made by the folks at Hampshire College. These trails are usually not on state forest land, but are incredibly fun. Less rocky than Bachelor Street, Earl’s Trails offers more chances for great climbs.


  • Main trail type – Cross country
  • E-bikes allowed – Nope
  • Easy trails – 18
  • Moderate trails – 24
  • Trail map

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Jeep Eater Trails

The Jeep Eater Trails are located between Armory on Spring street and Sylvester road in Florence, Massachusetts. The trails in this area are a mix of wide jeep eater roads and wide single tracks. Offer cyclists long rewarding climbs with great views and fast technical descents that will give cyclists a good time. The trails here are generally only rocky along the Jeep Eater areas. The rest is mostly single track or old cart path. Runners will have the chance to move quite quickly through the forests. However, there is always the possibility of encountering a jeep attempting the route, so drivers should keep their eyes peeled.

  • Main trail type – Cross country
  • Easy trails – 6
  • Moderate trails – 12
  • Difficult trails – 3
  • Trail map
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High Bridge has the only such mountain bike trails in New Jersey https://walkonmountain.com/high-bridge-has-the-only-such-mountain-bike-trails-in-new-jersey/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 09:04:40 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/high-bridge-has-the-only-such-mountain-bike-trails-in-new-jersey/ Located near the Nassau and Columbia trail networks, High Bridge – a borough with a booming downtown surrounded by the lush landscapes of Hunterdon County – has long been the epicenter of hiking, running and mountain biking. However, the addition in early 2020 of two new mountain bike trails—the only free trails of their kind […]]]>

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A mountain bike group asks to extend the trail to the Minard pond | Local News https://walkonmountain.com/a-mountain-bike-group-asks-to-extend-the-trail-to-the-minard-pond-local-news/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 18:14:00 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/a-mountain-bike-group-asks-to-extend-the-trail-to-the-minard-pond-local-news/ BELLOWS FALLS – The Windham County Trails Alliance wants to extend its growing network of recreational biking and hiking trails to Minard’s Pond, the municipal water source for Bellows Falls. The group is currently building and developing a network of trails on private and village-owned land near Oak Hill and Griswold Drive. Conor Floyd of […]]]>

BELLOWS FALLS – The Windham County Trails Alliance wants to extend its growing network of recreational biking and hiking trails to Minard’s Pond, the municipal water source for Bellows Falls.

The group is currently building and developing a network of trails on private and village-owned land near Oak Hill and Griswold Drive.

Conor Floyd of the Windham County Trails Alliance told Bellows Falls village administrators on Tuesday evening that the group wanted to extend a trail 2 miles north of Minard’s Pond, to connect to an existing narrow trail that circles the pond. .

City Manager Scott Pickup said he’s not sure if there are any recreational restrictions on a municipal water source, but he’ll research and get back to Floyd.

The board, which controls Minard’s pond, seems open to the suggestion, but at the same time is concerned about whether mountain bikers would interfere with current use by walkers and dog walkers, who regularly use the trail around the 46 acre pond.

Minard’s Pond has been the village’s water source since at least 1848, according to records in the Rockingham Free Public Library. The pond includes a 700 foot long dam.

Floyd didn’t have answers to many of the questions the administrators had for him, and he apologized and said he would be back.

“I will keep coming back,” he said.

He said the trail alliance was not interested in cutting down trees to create the trail, but in moving downed trees.

Building a 2-mile trail is hard work, he said, and making it as easy as possible is the goal.

Administrators said they wanted to see “trail etiquette” signs posted so runners know what is allowed and what is not allowed.

Bellows Falls Village President Deborah Wright said the village has not promoted Minard’s Pond for recreational purposes out of concern for water protection.

According to a section of the Bellows Falls Charter, approved by the Vermont Legislature, fishing, swimming, camping, hunting, skating, snowmobiling, and ATV use, as well as wood cutting, are prohibited in the region. No pets are allowed to swim in the pond and pets must be under control at all times, the legislature has decreed.

The group already has an agreement with the village on the use of the village forest on Oak Hill.

Floyd said the group may have to cut down trees in order to build the trail to Minard’s Pond, but he reassured administrators that cutting down trees was not what they wanted to do.

“We try to avoid that. It’s more work,” he said.

The trail currently starts at the top of the Bellows Falls ski lift hill, and over Oak Hill, and back to Reese Circle, a housing estate at the top of Griswold Drive.

He said the group was working with two private landowners who the group would need to cross to reach the pond.

He said the group had already obtained permission from one of the landowners needed for an earlier trail project.

Administrator Wade Masure asked Floyd what type of liability insurance the group would give the village if it used village land. He said the village, as he understood it, did not have the same immunity from liability as a private landowner.

Masure also wanted to know if the group would be building jumps or other features on the Minard’s Pond trail.

Floyd said the alliance is interested in building trails for expert riders as well as beginners. The alliance has already provided the village with a certificate of insurance for the use of the village forest, Floyd said, trying to answer Masure’s question.

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Fundraising efforts continue as mountain bike trail nears completion | Local News https://walkonmountain.com/fundraising-efforts-continue-as-mountain-bike-trail-nears-completion-local-news/ Tue, 19 Jul 2022 15:06:00 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/fundraising-efforts-continue-as-mountain-bike-trail-nears-completion-local-news/ JNestled under a canopy of trees along the Catawba River, the crews have spent the past two months creating Morganton’s next element of recreation. A dedicated mountain biking and hiking trail that will run along the Catawba River Greenway between Catawba Meadows Park and the Rockyford access of the NC 18/US 64 Greenway is midway […]]]>

JNestled under a canopy of trees along the Catawba River, the crews have spent the past two months creating Morganton’s next element of recreation.

A dedicated mountain biking and hiking trail that will run along the Catawba River Greenway between Catawba Meadows Park and the Rockyford access of the NC 18/US 64 Greenway is midway with approximately 2 miles of jumps and curves.

“It will be sort of an addition to the amenities already at Catawba Meadows, in a way where you can get away from the greenway and the nature around those big trees a little bit,” said Joseph Litaker, owner of China Grove- based on Black Diamond Trail Designs.

His company is tasked with clearing the way for the new trail, a project initiated by North Carolina’s Foothills Conservancy.

The conservation group has already raised more than $120,000 for the $200,000 project, according to the fundraising page on the group’s website.

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So far, crews have completed the more advanced parts of the trail, Litaker said, but the trails will be accessible to beginners and experts alike.

“The start of the park to the main Catawba Meadows facilities will be more beginner friendly, suitable for the adapted cycle and will be a good starting point if you have just mountain biked or want to head into the woods on your bike,” Litaker said. “We see a lot of beach cruisers and different types of bikes on the greenway, and part of this trail will be accessible by these types of bikes. You don’t necessarily need a brand new bike to get out and ride those trails.

The difficulty of the trails increases as riders get closer to Rockyford Access, with the terrain getting rockier as you go. Advanced riders will be able to access a dedicated jump line from Rockyford Access.

Michael Lowther, owner of Overmountain Cycles in downtown Morganton, first approached Foothills Conservancy with the idea of ​​mountain bike trails a few years ago.

“If you’re a hiker or a kayaker or something like that, you always want to have options and you want to have places to explore,” Lowther said. “As a biker…(now) I have a place that’s extremely close to me in town that I can ride and that allows me to, if I have a busy day and don’t have no time to go to the woods, I have a place nearby where I can ride. It’s really just that, it’s having more options depending on my availability.

“It’s amazing, really.”

He said he hopes the trail will make it easier for those who can’t access mixed-use trails outside of town.

“The James Lake State Park trails went through there…but if you had to drive from downtown or live on the other side of Burke closer to Hickory, it’s a long drive and it’s tough for people to go out. and do things,” Lowther said.

He said he was one of a dozen people who saw the progress Litaker’s company has made on the trails this week.

“It’s really obvious that their passion is in what they do because they’ve done a phenomenal job,” Lowther said. “We had fun for probably 30 minutes to an hour, it just feels like doing laps on the jump line.”

Grayson Barnette, marketing and communications coordinator for Foothills Conservancy, said the group is still seeking community support through donations and plans to speak to Morganton City Council at its Aug. 1 meeting about the contribution of the city to the financing of the project. .

“It’s something that I think will have a lot of opportunities to grow in the future,” Barnette said. “Additions to our outdoor recreation economy that already exist here in Morganton, and we’re going to see that grow, not just in Burke County, but only in this area…Morganton, implementing these trails right from the start. beginning, by combining mountain bike trails and multi-use accessing trails with existing greenways and existing infrastructure needs is truly a great way to double the impact of this outdoor recreation economy in Morganton and throughout Burke County, and really staying ahead of the region on this.

Anyone interested in more information about the project should visit foothillsconservancy.org/mtnbiketrail.

Chrissy Murphy is editor and can be reached at cmurphy@morganton.com or 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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Zipline, giant swing, mountain bike: UAE’s newest adventure destination has it all – News https://walkonmountain.com/zipline-giant-swing-mountain-bike-uaes-newest-adventure-destination-has-it-all-news/ Thu, 14 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/zipline-giant-swing-mountain-bike-uaes-newest-adventure-destination-has-it-all-news/ The upcoming project overlooks Luluyah Beach near Al Soueifa Mountain By WAM Published: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 20:25 Last update: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 22:38 The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has revealed details of its upcoming new adventure project in the Eastern Khorfakkan area, overlooking serene Luluyah Beach and adjacent to the spectacular […]]]>

The upcoming project overlooks Luluyah Beach near Al Soueifa Mountain



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Published: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 20:25

Last update: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 22:38

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has revealed details of its upcoming new adventure project in the Eastern Khorfakkan area, overlooking serene Luluyah Beach and adjacent to the spectacular Sueifa Mountain.

Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, acting chief executive of Shurooq, said the project which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023 will include a zip line, a giant swing, a dry slide track, hiking tracks, mountain bike tracks and various amenities for visitors. and tourists from the eastern region and the United Arab Emirates.

The project also includes an observation deck and a restaurant at the top of the mountain that offers breathtaking views of the landscape and the courses of the adventure trails.

The project aligns with the directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to redefine Khorfakkan’s leisure and travel landscape and strengthen the emirate’s position as the one of the region’s most attractive tourist destinations. , he said.

Al Qaseer noted that the project enriches the extensive portfolio of integrated projects developed by (Shurooq) and offers comprehensive solutions to the ever-increasing demand for tourism and leisure experiences on the East Coast.

He pointed out that the project’s unique location, overlooking peaceful Luluyah Beach, brings together entertainment, sports, recreation and adventure in one destination.

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Catch mountain biking thrills at a family bike park https://walkonmountain.com/catch-mountain-biking-thrills-at-a-family-bike-park/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 21:28:21 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/catch-mountain-biking-thrills-at-a-family-bike-park/ Do you miss the adrenaline rush of hurtling down the slopes? I’m a new skier and I already miss the trips up the mountain, the scenic chairlift ride and the feeling in my stomach of hurtling down the trails. I’m a big fan of new things, especially when it comes to outdoor activities. I started […]]]>

Do you miss the adrenaline rush of hurtling down the slopes? I’m a new skier and I already miss the trips up the mountain, the scenic chairlift ride and the feeling in my stomach of hurtling down the trails.

I’m a big fan of new things, especially when it comes to outdoor activities. I started hiking, am an avid kayaker, recently did my first triathlon and will try most things at least once. I wanted a new activity and I think I just found it: mountain biking.

Mount Abram Bike Park

As a new skier, Mt Abram was a safe space to learn to ski and feel comfortable doing it in an unpretentious environment. The smallest of our ski mountains, it offered a great atmosphere with fantastic trails to ski down the mountain and feel comfortable doing it.

The mountain in Greenwood, Maine offers the same comfort and thrill during the summer with its new bike park. The lift-accessible downhill mountain bike park has been specially designed for beginners and families for those who have never tried it before but are looking for a fun outdoor activity.

The family-oriented environment is laid-back, just like their ski slopes, while offering epic trail features like banked turns, whoop sessions, long, fast turns, and incredible views, like explained on their site.

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They have trails for all ability and experience levels and are expanding to add even more. So whether you’re like me and trying it for the first time or you’ve been mountain biking since you could walk, there are some epic trails you can ride and enjoy at your comfort level.

The park is open four days a week and has live music on weekends in their beer garden. It really is the best of all worlds; an adrenaline filled activity that is awesome, great food and drink, and live music to unwind.

It’s pretty much the summer version of skiing and I’m dying to try it.

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Best Mountain Bike Trails in the Hudson Valley | Outside | Hudson Valley https://walkonmountain.com/best-mountain-bike-trails-in-the-hudson-valley-outside-hudson-valley/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 19:37:54 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/best-mountain-bike-trails-in-the-hudson-valley-outside-hudson-valley/ Click to enlarge Gone are the days when you had to build dirt ramps in your garden. Thanks to an ever-increasing number of collaborations between New York State and regional nonprofits, the Hudson Valley has seen tremendous investment in the creation and redesign of mountain bike trails over the past few years. last […]]]>

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Gone are the days when you had to build dirt ramps in your garden. Thanks to an ever-increasing number of collaborations between New York State and regional nonprofits, the Hudson Valley has seen tremendous investment in the creation and redesign of mountain bike trails over the past few years. last years. That means there’s probably a killer trail system near you right now, although tracking them all can get overwhelming. “We don’t have a mega mountain bike zone here with thousands of miles of trails,” said New Paltz’s Mike Newman. Bicycle depot. “We have 100 zones with 10 miles of trails.”

To help you out, we asked a handful of bike shop owners and trail builders where they like to mountain bike in the Hudson Valley when not working. (And if you still want to build sick ramps in your garden, don’t worry, we won’t tell your mom.)

Sterling State Forest | Newburgh / New Windsor

Nicknamed the “buffer zone” because it separates Stewart International Airport from the village of Maybrook, Sterling State Forest sports over 40 miles of mountain bike trails in its 6,700 acres of wetlands, fields and forests, plus trails for hiking, horseback riding and, heads up, access to deer hunting in mid-September. The massive size of the park is its biggest draw. “You could go on there forever,” says Dave Roberts of Cycle paths Location of the Wappingers. But he adds that the forest is also a great place for those new to mountain biking. “It’s great for people who want to get into the sport and want to try some very flowy trails and then maybe an intermediate trail,” he said.

Fahnestock State Park | cold spring

Beginners should also check out the new 9.5-mile Hubbard-Perkins Loop Trail in the northwest corner of Fahnestock State Park. The trail overlaps several existing trails, but has recently been upgraded and rerouted to make it more accessible to less experienced horseback riders, cross-country skiers, and mountain bikers. “I can’t necessarily ride a single track,” says nonprofit Vice President of Parks and Stewardship Peter Karis Open Space Institute, which worked with the state to redevelop the trail. “But it’s smooth and wide and safe, and it still gives you a backcountry mountain bike experience. There are beautiful places to visit that the trail did not pass before.”

Elm Ridge Trail System | Windham

A good mix of trails for cyclists of all abilities can be found on the 25+ miles of Elm Ridge, which was the favorite haunt of Mike Newman and his team at Bicycle depot even though it’s an hour from the New Paltz store. “It’s an interesting combination of things for experienced people and it’s still incredibly fun for less experienced people,” says Newman. There are lots of jumps, but you can get around them, and the descents are steep enough to pick up a good speed without feeling like you’re going thousands of miles per hour. “That ability to appeal to multiple types or abilities of riders is a big feature of the place,” says Newman.

Blue Mountain Reservation | a look

One minute you’re on your bike in downtown Peekskill and minutes later you’re gliding on rollers nine miles of trails through Blue Mountain Reservation. The total elevation gain may not look like much on a map because the “mountain” in the title is just under 600 feet. But the rocky climbs and descents can create impactful and challenging courses for those looking to push their limits. Robert of bike path describes the reserve as having a sort of “North Shore” feel, referring to the narrow, elevated, set-back style of mountain biking popularized in Vancouver (as opposed to “North Shore” in surfing, which means something very different .) If the rocks aren’t dangerous enough for you, try the “Sitting Duck” trail, which borders an active shooting range.

Jockeys Hill | kingston

Jockey Hill has been a favorite of many runners for decades; Christian Favata of Rosendale’s TRT bikes—and former professional pilot—has been coming here since he was a kid. But a 2019 collaboration between the state and OSI gave the entire system a boost with new jumps and berms and a connection to the Lake Onteora trail system. Now, says Favata, you can ride for hours without having to backtrack on the trails and almost never see another person, despite the trail’s popularity. And while the state and OSI redesigned some sections to make them more fluid, Faveta appreciates that there were some parts they deliberately left alone. “There are still parts that have that old-school feel: a twisty, winding, technical, rocky single track, which I like,” he says.

Taconic Hereford Multi-Use Area | Pleasant Valley

Trail runners and mountain bikers flock to the Taconic Hereford Multi-Use Area though, with a bite of a name like that, none of them call it that. Instead, it is called “the 909” in reference to the number of acres in the MUA. (It’s actually now 917 acres, but the moniker has stuck.) The 22-plus miles of trails have a good mix of styles, says Bikeway’s Roberts: Some flowing trails, some technical trails, and the fan-favorite Bikehead trail which offers a short and brutal climb followed by a descent of six to seven minutes. Just be sure to grab a map because the 909 packs plenty of trails, including spurs and offshoots, into a relatively small space, which means plenty of twists, turns, and room for error. “My buddy and I were lost for almost three hours and it was starting to get dark and raining,” one cyclist comments on a local mountain bike message board. “Which made it even more fun.”

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E-bike restrictions in effect on many mainstream mountain bike trails | Recreation https://walkonmountain.com/e-bike-restrictions-in-effect-on-many-mainstream-mountain-bike-trails-recreation/ Fri, 08 Jul 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://walkonmountain.com/e-bike-restrictions-in-effect-on-many-mainstream-mountain-bike-trails-recreation/ If you’ve gotten into the habit of huffing and puffing your favorite dirt road or mountain bike trail and have been passed by someone who doesn’t seem to be working very hard at all, you may have been dusted by someone on an electric bike, or e-bike for short. The secret: the on-board batteries give […]]]>

If you’ve gotten into the habit of huffing and puffing your favorite dirt road or mountain bike trail and have been passed by someone who doesn’t seem to be working very hard at all, you may have been dusted by someone on an electric bike, or e-bike for short.

The secret: the on-board batteries give pedalers a boost.

Agencies in and around the Wood River Valley are regulating these ubiquitous and increasingly popular machines, keeping them off limits on many trails popular with traditional cyclists, such as Fox Creek and Lake Creek and the single-track trails around from Galena Lodge.

Other popular hiking and biking trails to the south, including the entire Croy Canyon trail system west of Hailey, are open to e-bikes.

The popular Harriman Trail north of Ketchum, which is as wide as a road, is also off-limits to e-bikes. The same goes for the Wood River Trail, a paved bike path that stretches from Ketchum to Bellevue.






Sara Gress



These new regulations, established by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, with particular focus on the Sun Valley Resort and the Blaine County Recreation District, mark the latest in a decades-long effort to mediate potential disputes between hikers, horses, motorized vehicles. vehicles and bicycles.

E-bikes are permitted on many single-track trails in the Wood River Valley that have always been open to dirt bikes.

“The history of motorcycle use here goes back further than mountain bikes, so we have many miles of motorized trails for e-bikes,” said Jeff Wolter, a Backwoods employee in Ketchum.

The BLM areas, located primarily in the South Valley, offer more e-bike options than the North, which is primarily administered by the Forest Service. BCRD’s new 13.5-mile Quigley Loop Trail in Hailey is open to e-bikes, for example.

Further north in Sawtooth Valley, a popular trail accessible to e-bikes is the Fisher-Williams Loop.

The Wood River Trails Coalition, BLM, and Forest Service share notes on trail regulations and trail conditions throughout the summer and have compiled a website that combines them.

Sarah Gress, executive director of the Wood River Trails Coalition, said current e-bike regulations appear to have less to do with the impact of these machines on trails and more to do with philosophical ideas regarding trail use. .

“Some people are concerned about the speed of e-bikes, but that also goes a lot to the wilderness ethos, whether or not people using e-bikes should have such easy access to the backcountry,” said said Gress.

The Wilderness Act prohibits motorized vehicles of any kind in federally designated wilderness areas. But Gress said the anti-e-bike sentiment sometimes reverberates more generally in less restricted areas.

“It could come down to the fear of losing human-powered backcountry experiences,” she said.

Gress, who uses an e-bike in her trail work with work crews, said e-bikes cause people to “reimagine” the importance of those really long rides in the woods and mountains.

“And they allow older people to extend their mountain biking careers,” she said. “They also allow people with physical disabilities to access the outdoors in ways they otherwise couldn’t.”

In general, the further north you go in the Wood River Valley, the more likely you are to find restrictions for e-bikes on single track trails. Go deeper into designated wilderness areas and you’ll find some areas off-limits even to horses, leaving you with one last transportation option: your feet. 

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