Riding a mountain bike, in the snow, without fat tires up a mountain is not easy. That’s what I did on Sunday…for fun. Well, the second half was fun. I went with Jordan and our friends to Pittsfield State Forest, just over the border. I knew we would be riding up hill but I didn’t expect there to be so many switchbacks! The trail went up for what seemed like forever..but it was just over two miles.
Nothing like riding up a large hill (mountain?) to make you feel completely out of shape.
We got to the top and took the same trail back down. It was a lot more fun than I thought–usually I freak out on downhill portions, but I decided to just stay on my bike and see what happened. I only crashed twice.
It really wasn’t so bad!
Luther Forest was one of the first places I ever went mountain biking with Jordan. (Technically, the first place I went mountain biking was at Winterbike in Vermont! But there was a lot of snow on the ground for that, so it’s a lot different.) Yesterday, we decided to go to Luther Forest to get in some riding before the snow hits and I can’t ride anymore. It was a bit chilly, but after riding for a bit we got warm.
It still feels weird without snow, but it was kind of nice to not have to worry about it.
We only went out for about an hour. Still good to be outdoors, though!
Thacher Park is one of my favorite local spots for outdoor activities. I hike, snowshoe, ride my road bike to the lookout and run many a trail race there. But last weekend was the first time I went mountain biking there.
We start at the Carrick Road parking lot at the Northern end of the park. We rode all the way to main entrance to the park and back, which totaled about 10 miles. 10 miles seems like nothing on a bike, but I’ll assure you that mountain biking 10 miles is a lot harder than road biking 10 miles.
I had to get off a few times to walk the bike up and down some major hills but other than that I think I’m getting better at it.
The weather lately has been pretty strange for this time of year. Zero snow and warmer temps make it easier to do the outdoor activities we love so much! As much as I like snowshoeing, I’m hoping the snow holds off so I can mountain bike as long as I can, since I don’t have a fat bike (yet).
A cool shot of Jordan’s friend’s bike on the cliff.
Jordan loves mountain biking. I still like trail running and hiking more, but mountain biking is growing on me. But getting over the fear of falling off the bike and tumbling down a ravine is the hard part.
Osprey Zealot hydration pack, Canari echelon gel cycling tights, icebreaker wool baselayer, Marmot water-repellant trail wind hoodie, Giro mountain biking helmet with MIPS, Giro Rulla biking gloves, Buff neck gaiter, New Balance Minimus trail shoes
Last week Jordan and I had a rare day off–so we decided to go down to New Paltz to mountain bike at the Mohonk Preserve. The park borders Minnewaksa, where I ran the half marathon last weekend.
Mountain biking is only permitted on the carriage trails, and paying the $17 biking fee for a day pass gets you access to the trails at Mohonk as well as Minnewaska! We got there too late in the day to check out all the trails, but we did ride on the main carriage trail along the ledge. It was gorgeous!
Also, we saw many people rock climbing ! Pretty cool, but not something I would ever try. I like to stay on the ground..
The sun started going down as we were finishing our ride. It was so pretty.
We also rode a trail that lead to Minnewaska, which had a pretty stream alongside it.
Since it had just rained, the trails were wet, so we got a bit muddy. Still fun, though! The preserve is only 1.5 hours south of Albany right outside of New Paltz. We got dinner afterward at Bacchus in the village.
Definitely well-deserved after mountain biking.
Because of the Monday holiday, Jordan and I actually had the same day off for once! We took the opportunity to go mountain biking in the Adirondacks with some friends at Garnet Hill. Three years ago I stayed at the Lodge and did some hiking on the trails and it was nice to finally be back!
According to their site, two of the trails we rode were “advanced”–but I beg to differ. I didn’t have to get off my bike that much! The first time I rode a mountain bike back in June on actual trails, we went on really difficult ones and I was hardly ever on the bike.
These were labeled the “expert” trails. Little by little I’m getting the hang of mountain biking! Its still a bit scary for me but it’s fun. I’m more of a slow adventurer. Mountain biking can be fast and scary.
We rode for about three hours and found ourselves at an old garnet mine.
There were actually garnets mixed in with the gravel on the ground. That was pretty cool.
After riding, we went to the lodge to check out the view and then drove down to Thirteenth Lake. It was getting really hot in the sun, so decided to call it a day.
The leaves are starting to turn in the Adirondacks already!