Late June, we met some experienced mountain bikers at the High Peaks Cyclery store in Lake Placid. A well-kept secret, mountain biking has developed in the Adirondack High Peaks region, following the efforts of Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA). BETA is a project of the Adirondack Ski Touring Council, which was founded in 1986 for the purpose of improving and promoting cross country skiing in the Tri-Lakes Area.
BETA works to develop, maintain and advocate for a diverse, sustainable and interconnected multi-use trail system suitable for mountain bikes in our region. They promote the sport of mountain biking as a healthy and positive activity that compliments the outdoor culture of the Adirondack Park while providing diverse economic benefits for local communities.
Between Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Wilmington, there are now many places where to practice, either as a beginner or as an experienced rider. For more, visit here.
Since we are only beginners, our High Peaks Cyclery contacts recommended we start around the Lake Placid Golf Course. With everything from rolling backcountry dirt roads to singletrack to downhill-specific trails, we found everything we wanted, including the connection to the Jack Rabbit trail, which also connects to another mountain-bike trail, just developed at Craig’s Wood Golf course.
The mountain biking culture in Lake Placid and the surrounding area is growing exponentially each year. Make the trip to see it for yourself!