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    Possibly relocating...

    Hello I currently live in the Las Vegas area and Iím originally from Monticello NY. My wife and I recently discussed the possibly of maybe moving back to Upstate NY, not Monticello but somewhere in the Catskills. The problem is Iíve gotten so spoiled out here with Mountain Bike trails etc. We have so many miles of World Class trails within a 20 min ride or less, let alone making a few hour drive to Arizona or California. My question is which Catskill area would be the best centrally located area to hit the best trails in the area within a short drive? Or is everything so spread out?

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    Put a city in with Singletrack in search. You'll get all the trails in the area with ratings and when you click on one you'll get reviews.

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    Worth reading through this thread even though title is about winter riding

    https://forums.mtbr.com/new-york-new...g-1068849.html

    Best bet is start looking on trailforks and mtb project and getting a feel for where the areas are that have the most single track within a decent driving distance. The catskills is a massive area. Once you narrow down some specific areas it'll be easier for people to chime in on what you'd be looking at.

    Closer to the Kingston area though, I think probably gives you access to the most trails within a reasonable distance.

    But nowhere in the catskills or NY in general can you live and have "multiple" world class riding within 20 minutes. Even an hour you might have access to 3 - 4 different trail networks but none of them would be considered epic. I've been to Pisgah area, Sedona, Flagstaff, Fruita area, Salt lake City, and Park city the last 4 summers. Unfortunately you won't find any area in NY that even comes close to the amount of riding possible, within a reasonable drive, and significant miles as you will out west.

    Even Elm ridge in Windham, has one of the more extensive trail networks around the Catskills and the whole system can be ridden in 3 - 4 hours and that includes riding some things over again, or backwards.

    But.... there is good riding to be had, it's just not going to be at the extent you're used to anywhere you look.
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    If you have the flexibility, go somewhere like Burlington VT instead. But really, winter blows, don't do it.

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    Lots of good reasons to move east, water availability for one. Not sure what LV will be like in 20 years if they keep expanding.

    The Hudson Valley is one of the prettiest areas on the eastern seaboard, so lots of areas to think about.

    The local mt. bike club has its regional trails listed here.

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    Vermont is also very nice, has a longer winter though. Thatís going to be the case anywhere north of the mid-Hudson area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasinoKiD View Post
    Hello I currently live in the Las Vegas area and Iím originally from Monticello NY. My wife and I recently discussed the possibly of maybe moving back to Upstate NY, not Monticello but somewhere in the Catskills. The problem is Iíve gotten so spoiled out here with Mountain Bike trails etc. We have so many miles of World Class trails within a 20 min ride or less, let alone making a few hour drive to Arizona or California. My question is which Catskill area would be the best centrally located area to hit the best trails in the area within a short drive? Or is everything so spread out?

    I live in far upstate NY. Land is very cheap, riding is great, very few people. You'd never think you are in NY. While I take trips out West to ride, I don't think I'd leave where I'm at to move out west. We have a good mix of trail riding and lift assist very close to where I'm at.

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    The Lake Placid area would be a solid choice. Multiple lift access choices within an hour or two, and a growing local scene.
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    Now it's pretty cild anywhere in USA! Yet, I know a wonderful seaside camping site that works as a vacation spot too: http://compassroseportorford.com/ It is surely less cold there, you may want to check it out.

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    Don't do it. I live in Ulster County. El Douche Bag Cuomo has turned this state into a welfare state. If you want to pay a lot of taxes though, get little in return, have your rights taken away from you incrementally and be able to say, "Yay, I moved back to where they made infanticide legal" come join us here. Looking forward to seeing the "You are leaving NY" sign in my rear view mirror at some point in time. Shame because NY is a beautiful state.

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    I live in Ulster Cty too, and there is tons of FANTASTIC east coast gnar within an hour of me. Some right in my back yard (Jockey Hill, Onteora, Lippman) some within 30 mins (Ferncliff, Overlook, Elm Ridge) some within 45 mins (909, Windham UCI, Bellayre, Hunter, Bike Park Tannersville, Stewart State Forest). The list goes on and on. Is it west coast or mountain state--no, but its a whole new level of fun getting used to the different type of riding skill needed here.

    Plus, if you feel froggy, you can do Dirt Fest at Allegrippis in Raystown Lake PA. Some of the best PA MTB I've ever done.

    Forget about the politicians in here. There's no need for politics in mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herfce View Post
    I live in Ulster Cty too, and there is tons of FANTASTIC east coast gnar within an hour of me. Some right in my back yard (Jockey Hill, Onteora, Lippman) some within 30 mins (Ferncliff, Overlook, Elm Ridge) some within 45 mins (909, Windham UCI, Bellayre, Hunter, Bike Park Tannersville, Stewart State Forest). The list goes on and on. Is it west coast or mountain state--no, but its a whole new level of fun getting used to the different type of riding skill needed here.

    Plus, if you feel froggy, you can do Dirt Fest at Allegrippis in Raystown Lake PA. Some of the best PA MTB I've ever done.

    Forget about the politicians in here. There's no need for politics in mountain biking.
    Just trying to save the guy some cash and possibly some sanity lol. BTW, PM me your info if you want. I ride all the places you mentioned and then some with a few guys spring/summer/fall.

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    Right on-and I fully understand the sanity thing, but its nuts everywhere these days..PM sent!

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    I was in placid last year, hit whiteface..really enjoyed that. What other lift access is up in that area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flying bison View Post
    I was in placid last year, hit whiteface..really enjoyed that. What other lift access is up in that area?
    Nothing really.

    Gore is 1-1/2 hr. south. Then a bunch of stuff in VT., typically 2 hrs.

    I didn't agree with the post if the OP was desiring mt. biking that was something other then DH exclusively.

    As well while there's about as much single track in the ADK's as there is mid-Hudson region, you fight the winter earlier and for a longer period.

    I like LP, go there every year, I road ride and do gravel/dirt on a touring bike.

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    2 hours in almost any direction puts you in great lift access spots. Barkeaters Trail Alliance (BETA) is a very active club in the area and the growth has been phenomenal. Check out Trailforks, and feel free to ask me any other questions.
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