Long Lake Opens Next Phase of Mountain Bike/Hiking Trails –
The Town of Long Lake has opened Phase Two of the Mount Sabattis Mountain Bike/Shared Use Trail System, adding over two additional kilometers of trails to the existing two kilometers of trails. The two new trails include an intermediate rock climbing trail from the base parking lot to the Mount Sabattis Recreation Area tennis courts and Geiger Arena leading to the lodge parking lot. The second expert trail departs from the established black and blue intermediate trail and winds through fields and woods before reaching the Mt. Sabattis Overlook and scenic view of Long Lake.
Trail names continue to pay homage to the Rolling Stones. The rock climbing trail is called Start Me Up and the expert trail is called Paint It Black. Start Me Up, the climbing trail, accesses the main trail system by diverting bikes from Pavilion Road, the trailhead leading from the tennis courts to a wooded trail. Start Me Up features a smooth pump section allowing the rider to carry speed without pedaling. This trail ascends through the woods, along hard gravel and dirt machine-built trails with daring switchbacks and bermed corners leading to the main trailhead at the lodge parking lot.
The expert trail, Paint it Black, starts on the intermediate black and blue and turns on its own as it winds through the woods with short punchy climbs, a few tight turns and a narrow bridge. The trail crosses the open fields of Mount Sabattis before returning to the woods. The climb becomes more technical with another bridge and switchbacks, eventually culminating at Mt. Sabattis Overlook. From the top of Sabattis, the trail becomes a one-way downhill trail with a constructed jump line including a rock drop, a step table, another step jump, as well as a few “kicker” style jumps. This jump line is one of a kind in the central Adirondacks region and is sure to attract novices and experts from surrounding areas to test their skills. Rock drop is a feature riders will talk about long after they finish their ride.
Phase 2 of this build was completed by Steve Ovitt and his team at Wilderness Property Management, who incorporated the natural topography of Mount Sabattis by blending the natural features of the terrain with a constructed single-lane ride, creating stacked rides, views and fun challenges along the way. These trails are open to cyclists, hikers, dog walkers, and other non-motorized users, and can be found on the Trailforks app under the Mount Sabattis Recreation Area at 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake, NY. Free parking is available at the Geiger Arena/Tennis Courts or the Pavilion.
Top photo: Paint It Black Expert Trail overlooking Long Lake. Photo provided by Alexandra Roalsvig.