“A loop through the Belleayre Mountain cross-country ski trails and up to the summit.
— Brendan Borrell
This is a great ride if you're just looking to gain some elevation and enjoy the solitude of Belleayre in the off-season. The downhill options at the end aren't half bad either.
Turn off Route 28 at Galli Curci Road and park at the Cross-Country ski trails and maintenance area.
After exploring the cross-country trails ( A Trail
, HH Trail
, and the J Trail
) through dense forest, you can follow the Discovery lodge connector out to the Discovery Lodge and start climbing the Ashokan Trail
to the Overlook Lodge. After passing the Overlook Lodge, keep heading up on Roaring Brook
Road until you reach the Belleayre Ridge Trail
(red blazes) on the ridge. Turn left here and follow this trail past the first lean-to.
There are now three ways to get down the mountain: the Cathedral Glen Trail
(first left), the Giggle Hollow Trail, and the Pine Hill-Eagle Mountain-West Branch Trail
To get to the Pine Hill-Eagle Mountain-West Branch Trail
, you pass the Cathedral Glen Trail
, staying on the Belleayre Ridge Trail
until you reach the fork at the summit of Belleayre Mountain. Take a left at the sign for Pine Hill.
After a 1/4 mile, you'll pass another lean-to and arrive at the intersection with Lost Clove Trail. Turn left at the fork to continue towards Pine Hill. Almost immediately, you'll hit another intersection. The Giggle Hollow Trail to the right takes you down to Belleayre Beach, while the Pine Hill-Eagle Mountain-West Branch Trail
will take you down to Woodchuck Hollow Road
Following this steep dirt road descent, you can turn left and follow the abandoned Ulster-Delaware Railroad Curve
back to the cross-country trails.