Nestled in the heart of New York City, Highbridge offers cyclists an unexpected haven with an eclectic range of trails. From smooth cruisers to the treacherous technical challenges that define "east coast gnar", Highbridge surprises all who venture its pathways.
- Distance: 3 miles
- Level: Intermediate
- Route Type: Loop
- City: New York City
- State: New York
Highbridge uniquely fuses metropolitan vibes with the call of the wild. With professional affiliations such as IMBA Trailsolutions and pro riders like Judd Devall, Jeff Lenosky, and Kyle Ebbett, Highbridge boasts:
- An exceptional freeride trail, co-designed with Jim Dellavalle and Brooklyn Bike Riders.
- A premium dirt jump park.
- Although short, the XC trails serve as an urban respite for city dwellers and tourists alike.
- Further details available on NYCMTB.
- From the South, journey north via Harlem River Drive until reaching Dyckman Street. Turn left, and then another left onto Ft. George Hill.
- From the North, navigate via Major Deegan, taking the Fordham Road/207th Street bridge exit. Cross the bridge, veer left onto Nagle Ave, and then veer right onto Ft. George Hill.
- Use the #1 Train, stopping at Dyckman Street.
A myriad of perspectives reflect Highbridge's unique character:
- A haven for locals, especially given its location amidst the city's hustle.
- Technical terrains pose thrilling challenges, though they might deter some.
- While the jump park receives commendations, the trails often suffer criticism for litter, broken glass, and sometimes, unexpected company.
- Descriptions range from "an unbuildable ridge" to a junkyard-like experience, showcasing the trails' raw, unrefined beauty.
- "Rough Rider" trail stands out as particularly intense, often compared to a relentless urban onslaught.
Recommendations and Caution
- Though enticing, the trails need diligent upkeep. Litter and hazardous materials can be a concern, so caution is paramount.
- Due to its urban backdrop, occasional run-ins with unexpected visitors or activities near the trailheads are possible. Staying alert is advised.
- Those new to the trail or without local guidance might find the terrain markings lacking clarity.
- Despite some criticisms, the trail's sheer audacity amidst an urban setting makes it a worthwhile ride for those in the vicinity. However, those seeking pristine conditions might want to venture further afield.
Highbridge Trails offers an unapologetic, rugged experience that mirrors New York City's relentless spirit. While it might not be every cyclist's cup of tea, its fierce individuality and raw charm beckon the brave and the bold.