MTB Project Logo

black Bova Downhill

Trail

0.8 mile 1.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -449' -137 m
High: 2,022' 616 m
Low: 1,573' 479 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Jon Sundquist

Weather

Getting forecast...

Current trail conditions

Unknown See History

Popular rides nearby

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Biked this trail?

Add details to help others plan their adventure.

A very fun downhill on singletrack, exiting to an abandoned ski hill.

Jon Sundquist

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Description

This is the one section of the Art Roscoe Trail network not used in winter by the groomed XC ski network. As such, it is singletrack and much steeper. It ups the fun factor compared to the rest of the network, which although extremely scenic and enjoyable due to its speed, is otherwise non-technical.

The Bova downhill starts on Ridge Run at the site of the newly rebuilt lean-to cabin. The singletrack starts just to the north side of the leanto and starts downhill right away. The grade increases as you bear left and then make a sharp right turn. Some large boulders here make some interesting alternate lines if you feel you are up to it. Watch out for the occasional muddy section here.

Soon the trail smoothes out but continues more steeply until it dumps you out at the top of old abandoned Bova ski hill. This ski hill was one of the original western New York ski hill, popular back in the 30's and 40's, but no longer has a lift.

When WNYMBA ran the Raccoon Rally MTB race back in the 1990's, the hill was still a grassy field. Because it was too steep to run the racers straight down the hill, WNYMBA flagged a bunch of switchbacks down the slope.

Fast forward 20 years. Although the race is now run by a local private promoter (a strong WNYMBA supporter), the race still finishes on this downhill. However, the switchbacks no longer need to be defined by flagging tape. Natually seeded white pines have taken root on the slope, and the singletrack snaking down the hill in between remains as a corridor through the young pine forest.

Since the trail has essentially just been "ridden in", the switchbacks aren't quite to IMBA standards. However, they remain a lot of fun and require a lot of skill to navigate, earning this trail a black diamond.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote

#2149

Overall
  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#36

in New York

#2,149

Overall
14 Views Last Month
386 Since May 16, 2013
Difficult Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
100%
0%

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter