8 miles
848 ft
-1,021 ft
1,853 ft
High Point
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Backbone Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Finger Lakes National Forest
    Burdett, New York
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

The Backbone Trail begins at the Backbone Horse Campground. The trail traverses the Forest through
shrub-lands, pastures, old roads, and many old homestead sites. It intersects the Interloken and Burnt Hill
Trails to the south and the No-Tan-Takto trail to the north. It is a relatively flat, primitive trail with natural
tread, gravel in wet places, and traverses through fenced pastures. Please close gates behind you. From
the north, the Backbone Trail can be accessed at the corner of Ball Diamond Road and Wardner Corner
Road, at the Foster Pond parking lot, or at several other locations. Follow the signs and blaze marks. Please
practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.
Caution: Hikers beware; skiers and snowmobilers also use this trail in season.
Note: Trails are closed to horses from March 15th thru May 1st due to muddy conditions

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Backbone Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -174 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,548 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,804 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,630 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,546 ft
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Avg: 3 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag toddonbike (Apr 28, 2015 at 17:28)
 A relatively gentle but pleasant ride with some climbs to get the legs and lungs going and a few challenges and whoo hoos. A great place to go if you're in the Watkins Glen area and looking to get some off road miles. Watch out for and be courteous to horses, cows and hikers. The trail essentially begins at the Horse Camp. Also passes through some active pastures, please close and secure the gates. Other trail options exist including The Burnt Hill Trail and portions of The Interloken Trail.
  • + 0
flag shadfly (Jun 5, 2018 at 15:25)
 Nice beginer loop with beautiful woods and fields. Avoid when wet. Lots of mud.

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