Ride the Catskills - unpaved

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by RidingUpAndDown, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. RidingUpAndDown

    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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    I've been looking at a trip to the Catskills and am wondering if I can get some local knowledge/feedback on what appears, on paper, to be some great back roads of the unpaved kind.

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    Wondering if these are mostly gravel, vs. something sand/dirt?
    What is it like in the Spring, and when does the mud get out?
    What about places to camp? Is stealth camping a possibility?
    Is there a black fly season, if so when?
    Any resource to check-in on local conditions, road closings...?
    Are there any good trip reports out there?
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    Many Thanks, dean :ricky

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  2. CannonsvilleRider

    CannonsvilleRider Been here awhile

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    I imported your gpx file and color coded the roads as best I could from memory. (I hope the link works, I don't have a smugmug account.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118400787697650024390/albums/4983910187693309969/5980687792911194322?pid=5980687792911194322&oid=118400787697650024390
    Color codes
    Black - Paved
    Red - maintained dirt
    Green - primitive dirt
    Yellow - may be private land.

    The two yellow sections are:
    There are two sections of Tweedie road, with the road disappearing between them, it is private land according to the county tax map.
    On Basily Road, there is a hunting camp on private land with prominent no trespassing signs so it is not possible to go end to end. The eastern segment of Basily road is worth doing even though it dead ends.

    There is one major mistake in my color coding, I didn't mark Mary Smith road as red for dirt.

    I have also posted tracks on other threads.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=909306

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=891593

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=721895

    We don't have black flies like the Adirondacks. There is information here about camping on state land.

    http://www.dec.ny.gov
    /outdoor/camping.html


    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://www.dec.ny.gov/maps/gmcamps.kmz

    This one is close to what you were looking at:

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    Also Peacefully Valley Campsite in Shinhopple NY is a private campsite that is very motorcycle friendly. http://www.nypeacefulvalley.com/rates.html
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  3. CementJungle

    CementJungle whipping sidewalks

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  4. nateberkopec

    nateberkopec Been here awhile

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    Black flies in the Catskills are pretty tame, at least when I've been there.

    Highway 17 is on track to become an Interstate someday (there are signs all over it saying "Future Interstate"), so you might want to finagle a way to cut out the little Highway 17 bit on your tracks above.
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  5. emefer

    emefer n00b

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    Is there any trail riding in the Catskills worth checking out?
    I live about 40 minutes from Windham and ride a plated dual sport (converted YZ250X).
    I know people are dodgy about giving up their riding spots but I'd be more than happy to show you 50+ miles of single track in the ADK region. (no plate needed)
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  6. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Been here awhile

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    Problem with a 2 smoke is noise - you won't want to take that on any publicly accessible areas.
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  7. emefer

    emefer n00b

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    I'm at 85 DB wide open in rev. I also run a Rekluse so I'm never on the pipe. I pass NYS inspection with flying colors and get my decibel test every NETRA Turkey Run ride.

    Doesn't seem like a problem to me :).
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  8. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Been here awhile

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    As long as you are below 96db then you should be ok!
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  9. iplax13

    iplax13 Adventurer

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    I live in windham and ride around there all the time
    PM me
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