Plattekill Bike Park is a three-time Top Five winner in the MTBparks.com Riders' Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Northeast Region.
Now entering its 21st season, Plattekill Bike Park is known for offering the genuine grassroots bike park experience. One of the first lift-served mountain bike centers to open in the Northeast, Plattekill features more than 60 miles of mountain bike trails and is host to a series of races. Plattekill's reputation is built around its dedication and commitment to the sport of biking.
Plattekill began offering downhill lift-served mountain biking in 1995 and was one of the first lift-served mountain bike areas to open in the Northeast.
Serving up steep, rocky and rooty east-coast tech, the Plattekill Bike Park features more than 60 miles of lift-served mountain bike trails that drop 1,100 feet. Don't let the trail map fool you—a spiderweb of singletrack snakes between the main numbered trails, giving you endless options to link up the perfect run.
Classically known as an expert mountain, in recent years, some blue and green flow trails have been built to allow for progression.
Plattekill is open with lift access every weekend and offers a full-service base lodge complete with retail shop, a full line of bike rentals, repair shop, cafeteria and outdoor grill as well as special events and music on the mountain.
BEYOND THE BIKE PARK
The local Rail-Trail system (converted rail bed) that spans 26 miles and consists of marked trail with limited grade variation and miles of scenic views is located just seven miles from the resort offers an alternative to the on-mountain bike park experience.
What's New at Plattekill Bike Park
Last summer Plattekill added Greenhorn, an all-new beginner trail from the top of the mountain which made for a great "starter trail" for anyone new to mountain biking. This introductory trail offers a nice alternative as a meandering, easy flow run down from the top of the mountain.
Getting to Plattekill Resort
Located in the center of the western Catskill Mountains, Plattekill is just off the New York State Thruway at about halfway point between Albany and New York City: approximately 75 miles from each.
2016 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
VESC Plattekill Gravity Open | May 22
VESC DH Plattekill USAC State Championship | June 26
VESC Plattekill - State Championship | July 17
VESC DH Plattekill | September 9
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Plattekill Bike Park has been hosting races since the mid-90s, and has seen some of the DH legends race down their trails. There are over 60 miles of trail to choose from on the mountain. Generally, the trails can be described as challenging, with natural rock gardens, steep chutes, and narrow wooded sections.
There are two lifts that run in the bike park. The trails accessed from the triple lift are rockier and where most of the expert rated trails can be found. The trails located off the double lift feature more dirt and easier ratings. Expert riders will probably have the best time on the trails at Plattekill, but the less experienced riders can still find trails to master their skills on. Whether you are looking to do more XC and trail riding or just shred the gnarly DH trails, there is something to challenge you at Plattekill.
ROXBURY, NY – Platekill Bike Park will call it quits for the season Sunday, September 18. The New York Resort will open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for its final weekend, and re-open Columbus Weekend (October 8-9) for one more weekend of mountain biking in conjunction with the Eastern States Cup DH Races and PLATTEPALOOZA.
ROXBURY, NY – Registration is now open for the Eastern States Cup USAC State Championship downhill race at Plattekill Bike Park this Sunday, June 26. Wondering what to expect? Mike Hoffarth from the GetLoose/Plattekill Race Team and part of the course design team shot a POV course preview.
ROXBURY, NY – Plattekill Mountain announced that it will partially open its bike park this weekend, March 19 and 20, while still operating skiing and snowboarding on select runs. Tickets will be $35, giving riders acces to any discipline they choose. The mixed-use soft opening makes it the first bike park to open for the season in North America, year-round resorts not withstanding.
ROXBURY, NY – Plattekill Bike Park opens this Saturday, May 9, for summer of 2015, marking the resort's 20th season. One of the first lift-served mountain bike centers to open in the Northeast, Plattekill has been loading bikes on lifts since 1995 and features more than 60 miles of technical mountain bike trails and is host to a series of races.
ROXBURY, NY – Platekill Mountain Bike Park returns to the MTBparks Pass program for 2015 with one FREE day and 10% OFF return visits. In its second year, the MTBparks Pass gives riders free lift tickets, discounts and deals at some of the Best Bike Parks across North America. With more than 30 resorts and partners offering benefits—and more continually being added—the MTBparks Pass is the best value available in resort destination riding.
Roxbury, NY — Plattekill Bike Park opens for the season on May 3rd, and in keeping with tradition, are offering a sneak peek on Sunday April 27, to riders who show up Saturday to help out with pre-season trail preparations.
Plattekill, NY — Plattekill Bike Park presents the Third Annual Pro GRT Fox Racing Shox Gravity Open. Plattekill Bike Park is proud to present the Third Annual Pro GRT Fox Racing Shox Gravity Open. This year the Fox Racing Shox Gravity Open moves to Memorial Day weekend, May 24-28, 2012.
Diablo, NJ — Well, the weather forecasters were wrong again. With areas of the resort receiving 10" to 16" of snow, and the wide power outages in the region, we regret to inform you that Diablo Freeride Park will not be open today, October 30th. Please visit www.ridediablo.com or check out our Facebook status updates for all park related info. We'll keep you guys informed as info becomes available.
Plattekill Bike Park, NY — Plattekill Bike Park presents the Eastern States Cup Downhill MTB Race Series Finals. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday October 29th–30th, 2011. The ESC started the season back in May at Mount Snow, VT and after 10 races at 6 great Northeastern Ski resorts the series returns to it roots at Plattekill.
TRAIL RATINGS for PLATEKILL on August 2015
NUMBER/TYPE OF DIFFERENT TRAILS: who knows. Half the trails aren’t on the map and only half of the park was open when I went. Most of them are steep slopes and rock droppers. However, when both sides are open, it makes for a large park. Some trails are labeled but are really just raked-clean-of-leaves-and-branches free-rides through the woods and not well developed.
AVERAGE TRAIL DIFFICULTY: pretty diff. and even nice’n dangerous at times. There are a ton of loose rocks and everything is way steep. The best way to describe riding this park is that its close to freeriding at some points. You can’t just hit everything. If you don’t scope out drops before you hit them, you might go home in an ambulance.
SLOPE ANGLES: Very steep. You don’t really get a break here. Your fingers and forearms are going to be pulsing at the end of the day.
OBASTACLES / FEATURES: Really the entire trail is an obstacle. Serious rock drops abound and some are “Do or die”, as in you have to get of and walk to go around it. Some might even be 10 ft down and you just have to straight-up turn around. I’m sure if you went free-riding in the woods you could find bigger. Number of man-made obstacles: not many. This is because the park is naturally covered with more natural and therefore better obstacles such as Rock crawls and drops. These cover the park particularly on the three main trails. This place is clearly not afraid of lawsuits (which is a fearlessness I appreciate very much). Other than drop-launches, there aren’t many wooden ramps. I hear there are some wall-rides and ramps on the other side but I didn’t get to see and there can’t be many.
TRAILWIDTH / SURFACE: Meet your new best friends for the day: ROCKS and his buddies, ROCKS. Trails are usually wide, but rocky as hell and when they do narrow they don’t necessarily get less rocky. There are some smoother areas including the ones they made for intermediate riders, but those are almost too straight and easy.
LIFT # / STYLE: A quad and a double if I recall, but only one was open when I went. They also are pretty slow. Apparently this park rotates its lifts. The left lift on one weekend and the right lift on another. This could be cool if I was a local, but it means I only got to see half the park because the lifts are at 90 degrees from each other and the trails are not connected but by a cross country trail.
MAINTENANCE CREW: Ummmm. I have no idea. They sure as hell don’t do much raking. But I kinda like the free-ride-esque feel of the slopes anyhow. I really don’t think they do much maintaining, but the trails aren’t that type anyhow.
RENTALS : Lucky sevens, KHS DH300
SHOP: Pretty good shop considering. They have many necessities like tubes brake pads and other things that might break while you're out there. They also have all kinds of safety gear for sale as well. However some of the prices are a little high.
RESORT: No hotel or beds of any sort. You will be camping only. Since there was the band, there were very many people camping out in the parking lot the time I went. However it seems like they usually charge for this. I never ended up paying anything. I don't know if by accident or on purpose. .
RESORT ACTIVITIES: There was a barbeque and a band playing at the time. I don’t know when the restaurant is open. If it’s not, you will need to bring your own food! However there's a campground a couple miles away there is a horseback riding ranch it shop: decent.
NEAR-BY: Nu-thing!! Bring everything you need. The nearest gas station is more than a half hour away. We camped out in the camp area (parking lot) and hear coyotes all night. You are totally deep in the Catskill mountains.
SHOWERS CLOSE-BY: No, I went down in the creek across the road to wash off at first before the long ride home. Oh wait!!. Also a couple miles down the road there is a campground Sutton Falls or Stratton Falls where there are camp showers. You can just cruise right in and use em fo free. That’s what I did anyways. Probably not free now that I think about it.
INTERESTING NOTES: If I didnt have such a crazy awesome time riding, I'd only give this place a 4/5 for no showers, no beds nearby, and not letting me on the other damn half of the park.
What can I say about plattekill except that if it wasn't for places like plattie our sport would not be what it is laz stuck it out in the beginning when there was only a hand full of us riding downhill plattie is awesome tons of trails all going down they now have some easy tràils but you better bring your a game steep white knockle runs and you càn camp in the parking lot