Mountain Biking at Gore Mountain in Upstate New York

While Gore Mountain is most known for its spectacular ski season, there are plenty of things to do there during the summer and fall months as well. One of our favorite activities is downhill mountain biking, and Gore Mountain offers riders of all abilities and skill-level a beautiful place to feel the rush. The challenging lift-serviced terrain descends 1700′ vertically down wooded routes and across wide-open ski trails. Experienced riders find these trails a thrilling adventure. 

For those who may need a less intense biking option in Upstate New York, Revolution Rail Co. allows riders to peddle a custom-made four-wheel bike along railroad tracks, long closed to train traffic. It’s one of the most scenic ways to enjoy the beautiful Adirondacks. These recumbent-style bikes make this an accessible activity for all skill levels of riders. There are two locations near Lake George, the North Creek Station (about 30 minutes) and the Thurman Station (only 15 minutes).

Our Adirondack lodging property is the best place to stay in Upstate New York for those heading to the Adirondacks with mountain biking plans on the itinerary. We’re located about 20 minutes from the trails at Gore Mountain and Revolution Rail Co. Both activities are well worth your time to have fun and experience some of the most stunning views in the Adirondacks. Back at Friends Lake Inn, you’ll have lovely accommodations awaiting your return, a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and our picturesque wooded property to explore. Book your lodging in the Adirondacks today! 

Mountain biking at Gore Mountain in Upstate New York near our Adirondacks Hotel

Gore Mountain: Best Mountain Biking in Upstate NY

Exploring by bike in the Adirondacks is such a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful, untouched wilderness in Upstate NY. Gore Mountain is an all-seasons resort, allowing experienced riders to fly down the ski trails.

Here are the top three mountain biking trails at Gore Mountain ranging in difficulty: 

  1. Hardwood Forest Loop: This easy singletrack loop behind the Gore Base Lodge is best for those just starting mountain biking training. There’s a short rock garden where you can practice shifting and maintaining pedal strokes on descents and climbs through the woods. Stop along the route to read fascinating signage alongside the 1.2-mile interpretive trail. 
  2. Ruby Run Trail: This .04-mile main thoroughfare from the top of the gondola at Gore Mountain is considered “more difficult” but is known as an excellent warmup run before heading into the woods. Ruby Run is a shared route for hikers and bikers, offering access to the entire trail network.
  3. Sidewinder: A “most difficult” intermediate trail is the longest singletrack downhill route clocking in at 3.3 miles. The trail heads from the Saddle Lodge to the Base Area. This winding trail is shared with hikers and crosses several popular ski trails before weaving into the woods to test your skills on challenging maneuvers over roots, rocks, bridges, and banked turns.

Revolution Rail Co. is the best way to explore for those who would instead enjoy a leisurely peddle through the Adirondacks forests and mountainous terrain! The North Bridge Run, about 20 minutes from our Adirondack lodging property takes riders on a seven-mile out-and-back trip through the beautiful forest canopy and then over the Hudson River across a trestle bridge. 

Whether you try your hand at the challenging mountain biking trails or Gore Mountain or hit the Revolution Rail Co. feel free to ask our property staff for recommendations or help with reservations. 

Gore Mountain for mountain biking, but the best place to relax is our Adirondacks Hotel pictured here

The Best Adirondack Lodging in Upstate New York

After an exciting day riding down Gore Mountain or exploring the Revolution Rail trail, our Adirondack lodging property will be a welcome sight. Our stately lodge-style Inn offers guests a haven of relaxation and calm, surrounded by beautiful woodlands, lakes, and hidden trails leading to waterfalls. Feel free to explore our property at your leisure during your stay, and take advantage of our outdoor fireplace area for evenings under the stars.

Inside our Adirondack lodging property, we offer an array of guest rooms, suites, and a private cabin. All of these choices are immaculately designed with the ultimate comfort in mind—from big cozy beds and seating areas to pristine en suite bathrooms and luxurious amenities. We offer a fantastic list of enhancement options as well. If you’re heading to the Adirondacks with romance in mind, we can really up the wow factor with wine, treats, flowers, and snacks awaiting you back in your room. 

Our on-site dining is one extra perk that sets Friends Lake Inn apart from other Adirondack lodging options. We have you covered from morning to noon until night with an extensive menu of farm-fresh favorites, award-winning wines, and craft cocktails. Our excellent staff, from the front of the house to the back, are welcoming, and we all work together to help our guests enjoy their time as much as possible. Join us in the Adirondacks and book your room today!