Blue Mountain Reservation

Buchanan, New York 10511

Blue Mountain Reservation

Blue Mountain Reservation Professional Review and Guide

"Tour the second largest park in Westchester County and test your stamina on a climb to its highest point. Notice an old trail lodge, a pair of comfort stations built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s, and relax on the banks of Lounsbury Pond, a man-made body of water that once provided ice for the surrounding communities."

More Blue Mountain Reservation Professional Reviews and Guides

"Acquired by Westchester County in 1927, Blue Mountain Reservation offers a multitude of opportunities for hikers and their canine companions. In addition to two ponds and connecting streams, steep climbs lead to sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside.

This hike takes you across moderate terrain to the peak of Blue Mountain and visits both New Pond and Loundsbury Pond—a perfect adventure for the water-loving pooch. Note that Blue Mountain also supports a healthy population of mountain bikers. Watch for and yield to bikers on the trail."

"A magnificent network of designated mountain bike trails winds through some spectacular scenery in the Hudson Highlands. Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, New York, is one of the rare Westchester County parks that still allow mountain biking. One can travel more than 7 miles of reasonably challenging carriage roads and singletrack that comb through 1,600 acres of hilly park. There is something here for every level of rider. Novices can enjoy the scenery along the gently rolling carriage roads. The more advanced rider can take on the tough hills that climb through a densely wooded landscape. The trails are strictly cardiovascular, not technical, and the rewards are in the fast-paced and well-controlled descents. The park has rules about riding at speeds that are out of control or threatening to hikers, plants, or wildlife. Remember to ride courteously and responsibly. It’s the best way to ensure that these mountain bike nirvanas will long be available to us. Spend a complete day wandering past spectacular rock outcroppings and scenic ponds, exploring the eclectic terrain of this primeval forested park. Located a little over 40 miles north of Manhattan, located in the town of Peekskill in Westchester County. This part of Westchester County is known for its hilly and rocky terrain. A robust mixture of ascents and descents awaits the rider. None are too long or steep, and elevation changes rarely exceed 400', but they may be rigorous."

"Explore a striking post-glacial landscape just south of the Hudson Highlands. Located at the opposite corner of Westchester County, Blue Mountain Reservation, the county’s second largest park, presents an interesting contrast to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, its largest. Pound Ridge is in the middle of a largely rural area of horse country. Blue Mountain is just outside a small city. The roads into Pound Ridge are well paved and smooth. Blue Mountain’s access road is heavily potholed."

Blue Mountain Reservation Reviews

5
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon8 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
4/23/2018
Great gentle climb and generally well marked trails. Only a few spots where the markers need work to match the maps the park supplies. But overall a great hike and it was particularly fun for our dog.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
10/18/2008
Large smooth boulders to roll and the singletrack will keep you there for hours. Even the climbs on the carriage roads have sections of rock gardens that make every mile worth pedaling. well worth the drive time
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
10/6/2007
Unbelievable trails! Check out WMBA's map of Blue Mountain, much more extensive network than this trail report. On my first trip I rode MYX Monster, the leaves had already started covering the trail so it was a difficult following the trail. Made me painfully aware that I need to get into better shape, on my DH bike the many climbs became all the more grueling (next time I'll make sure to ride South to North). Beginners beware, this is a very rocky place to ride and even the blue trails had some technical spots. Signage on some of the more remote trails are difficult to follow so bring a compass. Can't wait to go back and explore.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
11/12/2006
First time. Great place, trails clearly marked. Had a great time and can't wait to go back.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
6/11/2006
First off, there is no Montrose station. Get off either at Cortland (which I did) or Peekskill. It's around 20 minutes of some hilly road work to get to the park. The directions on the trail report are tough to follow, best thing to do is just go for it and play it by ear. Great trails, really muddy this past weekend. Some easy, some very challenging. A good time for anyone wanting to leave the city and fairly easy to get to.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
4/14/2006
Really nice trails. Very well marked and moderately technical.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
11/21/2005
Sometimes painfullly rocky, a couple of good climbs, watch it in the fall, the leaves hide the rocks and the rocks break bones. good quick (1-2hour ride for the blue/black diamond level rider).
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
12/24/2001
The Park only charges for parking from memorial Day to Labor day. The original trails were developed in the 1930s BY the CCC, AND consist OF rocky carriage roads.Stay ON the yellow FOR a beginner ride, ALL ELSE IS intermediate.The singletrack has been laid out BY the Westchester Mountain Bike Association working WITH the County Parks staff, AND it IS MTB specific.Lots OF turns, short climbs AND curves make it a joy TO ride.This place IS worth the drive.
0
Comments

Blue Mountain Reservation Photos

Trail Information

Buchanan
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Blue Mountain Reservation
Local Contacts
USGS Peekskill, NY. Copies of the Westchester Mountain Bike Association (WMBA) trail map are available at the entrance to the park as well as at www.wmba.org.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018