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    Stewart State Forest

    Does anybody have any recent intel on the conditions at Newburgh? I'm hoping to go there Thursday 1/31/2013.

    I rode there on 12/28/2012 and there was pretty thick snow with an icy coating. No tracks on the single-track and you would just sink. I managed to make a ride of it by staying in the snowmobile tracks on a few of the wider trails and the fire-roads.
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    I rode there again on 1/9/2013 and the snowmobiles had gotten around a bit more and some single track was starting to see some action.
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    There has only been a couple light snows since then. If I don't hear from anybody, I may just give it a shot and report back.

    Let me know, what you know.

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    I was out there yesterday afternoon for about an hour. The roads and some of the single track have a thick slush layer over ice which makes for some hard pedaling. The trails to the left off Barron road entrance have surprisingly little snow left on them, but the place is MUDDY. We got quite a bit of rain overnight so I can only imagine the place is a swamp today.

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    Thanks. Yeah, with the rain better let it dry a bit

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    I rode Stewart today. I parked at South Barron entrance and rode all over the place. There is barely any snow left on the ground. Next to nothing on the trails and a little on the fireroads, which seems counter-intuitive. The trails have hardened up with the temperature drop. There are some muddy spots, but not bad. Where there is water, its flowing fast and deep due to recent rains. Overall, its good riding, so get on out there if you can take the cold.

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    You must be tough! I just picked up my first FS bike and dying to use but it took it out one day for a ride at Rockland Lake, froze my butt off, lasted about 40 minutes and headed home.

    Wanting to try the Haverstraw trail as an opener but not sure of the condition after Sandy. I will have to wait for warmer weather and then check it out.

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    Not tough. I've just learned to dress for cold weather.

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    I haven't been to stewart in a couple weeks but was out saturday and sunday night. Any snow on the ground is a dusting and everything is nicely frozen, I saw a lot of tire tracks. Enjoy it before it thaws and turns to mush again.

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    How's Stewart looking these days? I'm doing the SSapalooza the end of April and would love to get in there for some "practice"!
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    It just snowed Monday. Still hasn't melted, so conditions are mushy and sloppy.
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    its supposed to be 45 over the next couple days so I would imagine sunday wouldnt be toooo terrible, maybe a little wet still.

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    My guess is it will be typically mushy for this time of year, and stewart usually stays wet much longer than most places. I'll probably be there saturday or sunday but I'll have to test the trails for potential damage. If they're too soft I'll ride the fringes, the seldom used and forgotten trails. This is a good time of year to ride them before spring growth overtakes them, and if I do some damage with those big phat 4 inch tires likely no one will ever know.

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    Just ride the fire roads and let the trails dry and heal!

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    Booooring! Fireroads suck, i'd rather take out the road bike and get some hammertime in.

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    Very true, I feel the same but the fire roads are the only consolation if you are there and the trails a mush.

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    fire roads will work if you dont have a road bike and cant stand being on the spin bike in the gym anymore
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    Always better to be outside! Fire roads can't compare to singletrack but fire roads are better than sitting in the house. I take whatever is available, mtn bike on dirt or cyclocross on pavement!

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    So i was there today and spent the first half on little used trails. Theres typical standing water and an inch or two of snow in many places. I rode one or two loops of the real trails off of weed road and although they're muddy like you'd expect theyre not squishy soft. I saw lots of tracks, looks like a lot of riders are dusting off their bikes for some saddle time. Although I dressed good for temps the wind would sometimes cut right through you, brrrrrrrr, tomorrow should be a tad less windy and a couple degrees warmer.

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    Thanks for the heads up. I'm hoping to get there in a week or so, and with the temps starting to rise conditions should be much improved.
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    Rode Friday and Sunday, conditions are great

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    Great. I'm hoping to get up there this coming weekend. What are the temps like?
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    I think its supposed to be in the mid to upper 50's and mostly sunny for the weekend. Im hoping to get up there too at some point this weekend
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    Taking the 19th off work, me and a couple of riding buds are heading up there to check it out....very psyched, haven't been there since the DH40!
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    Tomorrows heavy rain will ruin my plans to ride at Stewart on Saturday, it will be too wet!

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    Had a great ride yesterday! The weather held and the trail was in fantastic shape. We followed the 2012 DH40 course, more or less, and got in 24 miles. I was pleasantly surprised how doable everything was on the full rigid SS having only ridden my geared hardtail there before.
    Still gonna be a tough race next week!
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    Was at Stewart today as well as last week, dry and fast are the two words that come to mind. The park was surprisingly absent of bikers today. We rode for over three hours and the only guys we saw were a group of five finishing their ride a little before 9 and a loner just starting his ride as we were leaving. We didn't see a single person on the trails, which is a shame for such a beautiful day and such great trail conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamba1220 View Post
    Was at Stewart today as well as last week, dry and fast are the two words that come to mind. The park was surprisingly absent of bikers today. We rode for over three hours and the only guys we saw were a group of five finishing their ride a little before 9 and a loner just starting his ride as we were leaving. We didn't see a single person on the trails, which is a shame for such a beautiful day and such great trail conditions.
    We were not able to get there today but it was a perfect day to ride. I cannot believe the place was not packed? Stewart is my favorite place to ride and this is my first season with a new bike, my first FS 29er.

    I am sure the bugs are just starting to come back to life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickcin View Post
    We were not able to get there today but it was a perfect day to ride. I cannot believe the place was not packed? Stewart is my favorite place to ride and this is my first season with a new bike, my first FS 29er.

    I am sure the bugs are just starting to come back to life.

    There was a youth health thing, "Get Moving NY," just starting up as we were leaving a little after noon. Other than that, horse trailers that probably went towards Schofield Ln.

    I just got my first FS 29er as well on Thursday and I am in love with it. '13 Stumpjumper FSR Comp. I should've made this move a long time ago, I am much faster through the trails and my lower back isn't killing me at the end of the day!

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    I went for the FS for the lower back as well and I love it! I went with a Trek Superfly 100 AL Elite. Most all of the local BS sell Trek so I was inclined to go with one. I do however really like Specialized and I am sure your bike is awesome, enjoy it!

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    I was there today, had the exact same experience. We saw maybe 5 other bikers on the main roads and that was it. Except for horses, they were everywhere!

    Can someone clarify for me the rules of riding horses? I was under the impression they were not supposed to be on the single track but maybe im wrong. We ran into at least 15 horses on single track today.
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    Stewart State Forest - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    "...unless specifically posted as foot trails, all trails on the property are multiple use trails..."

    So consider the piles of horse-sh!t as obstacles

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    ahhh thanks for the clarification! Glad i didnt say anything and make myself look like an a$$ haha
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    Minus the horses, how could it not be crowded there today?? Stewart is IMO one of the best and largest places to ride and it was a perfect day to be there.

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    i really dont know, it was really odd. my buddy and i were thinking maybe there was a bike event or something going on? we saw one family and one loner on one of the roads, and then a small group of guys leaving about the same time as us. we started from Barron Rd and did almost 11 miles. perfect weather, no bugs, dry trails. couldnt ask for better conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickcin View Post
    I went for the FS for the lower back as well and I love it! I went with a Trek Superfly 100 AL Elite. Most all of the local BS sell Trek so I was inclined to go with one. I do however really like Specialized and I am sure your bike is awesome, enjoy it!
    The Trek Superfly 100 AL Elite was my other choice, I spent about a week going back and forth between the two. Great bike as well but the geo and the lower standover on the Spec. did it for me. Ride the hell out of it man!

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    Ha! Spring sprang and NO WHERE will be short of people soon. I'm going to be quietly grumbling about the crowds ;-)

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    Lots of bike events going on this weekend. Opening day at most Northeast bike parks. H2H race at Wawayanda. Duryea downhill in PA.
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    yup that would explain it then.

    Has anyone ridden Schofield trail? Just curious cuz ive never made it to that side of the park and was wondering if its worth goin over for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeltramo View Post
    yup that would explain it then.

    Has anyone ridden Schofield trail? Just curious cuz ive never made it to that side of the park and was wondering if its worth goin over for?
    Yes, cool trail but the first half has some long gradual climbs so be ready for a workout. After that though, you are rewarded with a fast flowing descent. Nothing too technical, some roots and a few old rock walls to crossover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamba1220 View Post
    The Trek Superfly 100 AL Elite was my other choice, I spent about a week going back and forth between the two. Great bike as well but the geo and the lower standover on the Spec. did it for me. Ride the hell out of it man!
    I love the way the Specialized looks and the curved top tube is cool. I would have improved my stand over as well, especially since I needed a 21 inch frame since I have short legs and a long torso.
    I think the bike shop that sold specialized bikes got me hooked on the Superfly, even though I could not find one anywhere to test ride.I am sure there are some features on the Specialized that I would have preferred, like a double crank instead of a triple.
    I do think I got a decent price since some shops would not sell for a penny less than MSRP.

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    The weather should be sunny but hot. Even in rainy weather the turnout is pretty good, don't miss it.

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    Awesome, is it a mix of dh and xc or mostly xc?

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    More info here:
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    Sorry to steal a thread, but I am going to ride Stewart this Saturday 6/1. I will be up visiting my folks from DC for the weekend. Its been a long time (8 years) since I have ridden there and even then I only did a few races there including the Darkhorse 40. I don't remember any of the trails or any good loops. I do remember most of everything I rode being pretty fun, fast and flowy. I was wondering if anybody has a map of the trails and could suggest some route options. I probably have 3 or 4 hours to ride. I am looking for a fun loop that gets all the best trails.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Just got a link for that on climb, check out fatsinthecats.com. They have trail info

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    Cool, i really meant fast and flowy or maybe dh sections but new it was xc. Thanks for the link though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayb View Post
    Sorry to steal a thread, but I am going to ride Stewart this Saturday 6/1. I will be up visiting my folks from DC for the weekend. Its been a long time (8 years) since I have ridden there and even then I only did a few races there including the Darkhorse 40. I don't remember any of the trails or any good loops. I do remember most of everything I rode being pretty fun, fast and flowy. I was wondering if anybody has a map of the trails and could suggest some route options. I probably have 3 or 4 hours to ride. I am looking for a fun loop that gets all the best trails.
    Thanks in advance.
    If you go there on 6/1, the SPARC signs and markers will already be setup, so you can just follow their course, it'll be a good course based on my past experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1enthusiast View Post
    I've done the SPARC ride before and I'm doing it again this year. It's a good ride, and a good cause.

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    Thanks! That should be fine. I'm looking forward to it. Any idea how many miles the course is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayb View Post
    Thanks! That should be fine. I'm looking forward to it. Any idea how many miles the course is?
    I think it is 16 miles for the regular ride, and then they have options for a couple of trails that merge off and come back that will add 2-4 miles to your total.

    Also, around the 8 mile mark they will put you on New Road, if you're really tired, you can take that road all the way out to the Weed Road parking lot.

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