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Trails Added at Mt. Sabattis


The Town of Long Lake has opened Phase 2 of the Mt. Sabattis Mountain Bike Trail system, adding another 2+ kilometers of trails to the existing 2 kilometers of trails. The two new trails are an intermediate “climbing” trail from the base parking lot up to the Pavilion parking lot, as well as an expert trail that begins off Black & Blue and crisscrosses the Town property before reaching the Mt Sabattis Overlook. 

In keeping with the Rolling Stones theme, the climbing trail is named Start Me Up, and the expert trail is named Paint It Black. 

Start Me Up is considered a “climbing” trail because it accesses the trail system without riding up the Pavilion Road. Start Me Up is equally as fun descending as ascending, featuring a flowy pump section that allows the rider to carry speed without pedaling. This trail is the perfect way to get the blood pumping and the legs moving while climbing through gravel and dirt with switchback turns and burmed corners, before accessing the rest of the trail system from the Pavilion parking lot.

The expert trail, Paint It Black, showcases the best of Mt. Sabattis all in one trail. Beginning off of Black & Blue the trail winds its way through the woods with short punchy climbs, a few sharp turns, and a narrow bridge crossing before traversing the field portion of Mt. Sabattis and entering the woods again. Here the climb gets slightly more technical with another bridge and switchback turns, finally topping out at the Mt Sabattis Overlook.  From here the trail becomes a directional down trail with a built jump line featuring a rock drop, a step-up tabletop, another step-up jump, as well as a few “kicker” style jumps. This jump line is a one of a kind for the Central Adirondack region and is sure to draw novices and experts alike from surrounding areas to test their skills. The rock drop in particular is a showcase feature riders will be talking 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 have done an amazing job utilizing the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area to the fullest and blending natural land features with built single-track riding.

These trails are open to bikers, hikers, dog walkers and any other non-motorized users, and can be found on the Trailforks app under the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area.

Blog Post by Tim Helms.  


Tim has been the Long Lake Events Coordinator since 2019. Tim enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, skiing and so much more. When Tim isn’t out exploring the Adirondacks he be found planning and staging events for the Town of Long Lake, NY.

Access Biking in the Essex Chain via Long Lake, NY

Some bikers, like me, are looking for back roads, no traffic. Winding, up-and-down dirt roads where the pickups don’t come flying by at 65 miles per hour. Not the single-track obstacle courses favored by many of the devotees of mountain bikes, but hard-packed dirt roads, where two people can ride side by side, talk about the scenery, get some good exercise, and not worry about either speed records or motorized traffic.

Mud Pond

Mud Pond

There’s an ideal place for this sort of biking in the Town of Newcomb, in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex recently bought by the state and opened to the public in 2015. I took my fat-tire bike there one sunny day late last August, got to see some new territory, and worked up a serious sweat.

I drove in to the Deer Pond parking area, unloaded my bike, and set off, heading east. It’s rolling and occasionally steep, right from the start. (The roads in there are a little confusing and not yet well marked, so before you go, download this map from the DEC.)

Proposed Essex Chain Bike Routes

Proposed Essex Chain Bike Routes

The first lake you come to is Fifth Lake, a lovely, characteristically Adirondack pond, which empties, in a not exactly scenic way, into Fourth Lake through a huge culvert, over which the road passes.

Trail Junction

Trail Junction

From there you bend south and pedal through the woods to a junction, marked, with humor, by the rod-and-gun club that used to lease these lands. Turn right, and you’ll head south toward Indian Lake. Bear left, as I did, and you continue east, toward the Hudson.

I huffed and puffed, up one hill and down another, as the road winds through the woods, sometimes with vistas across some recent logging sites, more often with the forest up close. I passed a side trail to Jackson Pond, saving it for my return trip, and eventually made my way to what is known as the Polaris Bridge, straddling the wild Hudson River. Good place for lunch.

Polaris Bridge

Polaris Bridge

At this point the road going further east is closed to the public, so it was time to head back to the car, retracing my route, with a detour to Jackson Pond, probably the scenic highlight of the day. This is a stunning little body of water that no car or truck can reach. You can walk to it or ride your bike. No motors on it, and no motors can reach it. Idyllic—the Adirondacks at their best.

Don’t forget your water bottle!

Info on the Essex Chain of Lake Biking from the NYS DEC website. Link Here.

General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.
Nearly 20 miles of administrative roads in the Complex are open for bicycling. The roads open for bicycle use are in Bike Map and in the following list:
• 8.5 miles of the Chain Lakes Road North from the Goodnow Flow Road to the Cedar River;
• 1.5 miles of the Drake’s Mill Road from Chain Lakes Road North to the Hudson River Access Site at the Polaris (Iron) Bridge;
• 2.5 miles of road from the Chain Lakes Road North to the Deer Pond Parking Area;
• 2.5 miles of road looping around Deer Pond;
• 0.3 mile of road from Chain Lakes North to Jackson Pond;
• 3.0 miles of the Chain Lakes Road South from the Outer Gooley Parking Area to the Cedar River; and
• 1.0 mile of road from the Chain Lakes Road South to Pine Lake.

Best access to the Essex Chain of Lakes from Long Lake is via the Town of Newcomb and down Goodnow Flow Road. Long Lake offers year-round accommodations, lodgings, gas, retail and convenience stores. Long Lake is centrally located to a great variety of Adirondack recreation for all skill levels.

Biking is prohibited beyond the Polaris (Iron) Bridge into the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.
Bicyclist should not travel on the Goodnow Flow Road beyond the intersection with the Chain Lakes Road North. The Goodnow Flow Road becomes a private road shortly after the DEC sign for “Essex Chain Lakes and Hudson River Access” sign at the intersection with the Chain Lakes Road North. Turn left at the sign on to the Chain Lakes Road North.

Thanks to Andy Murray for his guest writing.

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