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TR: Minnewaska Mountain Biking

post #1 of 17
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Minnewaska is a preserve from back in the heyday day of the Catskills. The grounds are magnificent an there are cliffs that will give any extreme skier weak knees. I would say there are about 40 miles of carriage trails (think dual track) all over the mountain. The park is a place you go for quantity and some magnificent views, but not hardcore riding.

The meat of the day...This was my wifes first adventure off of her typical rails to trails type riding. What really added to the adventure it was her first time in clipless petals..err pedals (inside joke). I will say she was a trooper and did take a couple of "Oh...oh..OH...DAMN" slow falls that anyone who has ever used SPD's remember their first day. Her last one was in front a group of 12 seasoned riders. All were empathetic and gave her a thumbs up in support.

I was very proud of her progress through the day, and although she did draw some blood, she ended the day (about 14 miles of riding) with a big smile on her face.
post #2 of 17
Alright Lola!
Something tells me she's gonna be hooked on riding and you'll soon have a quiver of bikes in your garage.
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Alright Lola!
Something tells me she's gonna be hooked on riding and you'll soon have a quiver of bikes in your garage.
Baby steps. I have to take her along slowly. Knowing her and even her skiing preferences, I doubt she will be doing any serious single track. Her version of the day is in a TR over at SD, post your comments there too



She is using a hand me down from our son, a 14" Trek 4800 w/ a Judy. The bike had less than 20 mile son it from Ty's use since he out grew it quickly.
post #4 of 17
I have a scar on my leg from my impact on a concrete curb when I was getting used to my clippless pedals.....oof, petals. Maybe I can compare scarred legs with lola when the Dalbello Divas meet up to ski again.
post #5 of 17
Haven't been to Minnewaska in a couple years, but it's a great place, especially when the laurel is blooming.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=11377
post #6 of 17
Nice pics James.
Too bad Phil doesn't have a camera:
post #7 of 17
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Haven't been to Minnewaska in a couple years, but it's a great place, especially when the laurel is blooming.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=11377


Yep it truely is a magnificent place, your TR says the same thing, what it lacks in difficulty, it makes up in beauty.


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Nice pics James.
Too bad Phil doesn't have a camera:
Current camera is DOA. It dies hours before our trip, didn't have time to hit Costco before we left.
post #8 of 17
Kinda a hike just to get there, no?
post #9 of 17
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Kinda a hike just to get there, no?
We came up for a three day get a way. Staying in New Paltz and will be taking the Wallkill Valley Trail this afternoon. In laws have a place in Ellenville so we make it up this way a good amount.

If you want to meet for either lunch or a beverage later, shoot me a PM. We plan on getting Sushi at that place on the corner.
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Here are some older photos (most are from 1999 and 2000, before I had a digital camera, so that's why they're blurry). They do a lousy job of conveying the beauty of Minnewaska, but better than nothing.
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Thanks for sharing James. Blurry or not, those pics make me want to put that on my list of must see locations.
Beautiful!
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Last ones.
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Day 2: Hiking in the AM. We did the other ridge around the "gunk" where people rock climb. We started off on the Showgun trail which is a foot path only, but it is amazing how every rock, drop and ect you think in your head how would this be on skis..or a bike. We did this down to the valley then up to the ridge where we went back on the carriage trail. We did stop and watch the climbers. For those unfamilier with "The Gunks", it is one of the premier rock climbing sites on the east coast. There are walls close to 300' high. It was fun watching these people climb up like spiders.

We then went into New Paltz for lunch and a bike ride on the Wallkill to Garnider. Sushi was on the menu for today. Maku, right on a corner in NPZ was the stop. [Jewish Princess voice] Oh...moy GAWD...[/Jewish Princess voice] This was some of THE BEST Sushi I have ever had. Not only was it good, the portions were HUGE and it was Cheap! I hit the Trifecta!!!! Lola and I spent 23.00 and both of us were stuffed. Lola had spring rolls and a New York Roll..Salmon, cream cheese, ect. I had Misu soup, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Yellowtail and a Shogun roll, battered Squid, spicy sauce and ect. All of these rolls were a good 1.5-2" diameter and 8 per..so 24 pieces I had.

Bike ride to Wallkill...rails to trails type ride. Lola was getting a bit under the weather, bronchitis was setting in, so at the 5 mile mark, I turned around and went to get the car while Lola continued on and I picked her up in Gardner.

For dinner, we hit McGillicuties and met Skidbump and his GF for drinks and fun conversation. Pretty good food for a college bar.

Day 3: We got up and went down town..to look for a job, Then I hung out on fron of the drugstore. Sorry..flashback.T
We got up and headed out to hit some MTBing trails on the way home in PA, Jacoburg Environmental Center. Lola was still having trouble breathing so I jsut took her exploring. We hit some real singlertrack for th efirst time. Concidering that she wasn't feeling well and had trouble on the climbs, she again, did great. We will be back.

That it pretty much an overview. Our camera dies a few days before the trip and I am kicking myself for not getting another one before we took off. The weather could not have been better, upper 60's and NO humidity, for the 4th of July weekend, we couldn't ask for better. Minnewaska Lodge was a great place to stay abd I give it two thumbs up, if you go, specify cliff view for the room.
post #16 of 17
A couple questions:
when are you going to plan a Bear Bike Ride?
How did you manage to ride after you ate all that sushi?

This TR makes me want to get away on a bike adventure for a few days.
Too bad your camera broke.
post #17 of 17
Another great Gunks hike is the Napanoch Ice Caves, just a few minutes from Ellenville. Bring your winter clothes and headlamps for when you descend into the caves. If I remember correctly, they go a mile or more under the surface. What's it called... "spelunking"?

We went there with a guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club in August of 2001 and found leftover snow (pic 3), a rare sight in the northeast.
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