Leaving Bike at Trail Head, Parking Lot and packing in?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by 212medic, Sep 4, 2020.

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Would you leave your bike at a trail head/parking lot and hike in to camp overnight?

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  1. 212medic

    212medic n00b

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    I am in NY and planning some trips around the Catskills etc. Lots of dispersed camping opportunities in the State Forests here but worry I won’t be able to get my bike next to me. If anybody has recommendations for specific spots I would love to hear them. I wonder what’s everyone’s idea on leaving my bike in a trail head parking lot etc and packing in a bit for an overnight or two. Wouldn’t be anything longer than that. Obviously disc lock on the bike, maybe the cover, maybe not. Thoughts?
    Noob here, appreciate you all entertaining the question.
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  2. gonefirefighting

    gonefirefighting Surrounded by Police

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    I know on the west coast the meth heads have figured out that trailheads are easy pickings for vehicle break ins and are a daily trend anywhere close to to a major city. I think the more remote your trailhead is the better.
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  3. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Depends. Some places and some times of year no problem. But the same trail head on another day is a problem. Anytime you have too many people, there is a better chance of someone wanting it more than you. Week days around me, remote trail head, no problem. But weekends become a problem and holliday weekends, forget it.
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  4. jm19328

    jm19328 2020 KTM 500 Exc

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    I was in the Catskills yesterday, tons of people trying to escape NYC and surrounding areas so the park was packed. Every parking lot was overflowed with cars too, i wouldn't even thinking about leaving my bike there. Why not find a old logging/mining road away from all the popular areas, and take you bike in and set up a camp
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  5. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    I've done a few out n back kayak trips where a bike is left at the destination so it can be used to retrieve the towing vehicle at the start.

    My motto is, if it isn't locked to some immovable object, don't expect it to be there when you return.

    Bridge pilings work great for securing the bike. And perhaps obvious, don't leave any thing loose or unsecured items on the bike.
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  6. 212medic

    212medic n00b

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    Def would like to do the old rd bit but how do I find one? Don’t mean to sounds stupid but completely new to this. Every State Forest basically have them? I plan on going to places that allow dispersed camping so no issues there just not sure how to find a good dispersed spot where I can bring my bike with. I would far prefer something on my own with some privacy Over anything crowded. With my work schedule etc though I will also only be going week days.
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  7. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Try posting this question in this thread and I think you may find the information you are seeking: https://advrider.com/f/threads/ny-w...re-ride-take-2.858097/page-1137#post-40764380
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  8. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Sloppy 300 rider Supporter

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    Check out the stealth camping thread. There are camping opportunities everywhere.
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  9. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    I voted no but I'd leave it at a trailhead IF IF IF it could only be reached by a 4WD road and not on a weekend. And I'd lock it to tree or other immovable object as others noted.
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  10. trailing.ursa.major

    trailing.ursa.major n00b

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    I try to park a little bit outside the parking area (just into the woods, or a few feet down the trail) and lock it to a tree. Other than that, if someone wants it badly enough, there is nothing you can do... Take a photo for the theft claim and try not to think about it!

    As for dispersed camping, most NF and BLM land allows dispersed camping unless specifically prohibited. Just pick a dirt forest service road that looks nice and look for a pullout!
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  11. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    At any trailhead that's a dicey thing. If several people can hoist the bike into a vehicle your gonna be disappointed. We canoed for many years and shuttles were always an issue even back when hitching a ride was more possible, which I did many times. Now, I doubt it much to hitch. maybe a nearby retail spot would provide someone you can ask?
    My best idea, look for organized campgrounds that have trailheads as well, which is fairly common or at least nearby and ask a fellow camper if you can park at their campsite or even catch a ride to a trail? Forest workers can advise you of risks in an area.
    The same remote areas that attract we outdoorsy people also attract dope heads to make transactions.
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  12. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    If someone wants it or parts of it they will succeed.

    Don't be attached to it and be well insured.

    A cover is great. Even a noisy alarm.
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  13. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    The one time I did this, I found a church about a mile from the trailhead. Knocked on the door of the house beside the church and asked if I could park my bike out back for a few days while I hiked the trail. The guy said it would be no problem. He told me that people park their cars in the lot all the time, but that I was the first one to ask permission.

    Doesn't have to be a church... but it was convenient to that trail.
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