Gravel cycling in the Whiteface Region

Can’t choose between the road or the mountain to take your trusty bike? Gravel cycling, or gravel grinding, is the beautiful combination of the best elements of road and mountain biking, for those that like a little bit of everything. Experience gravel trails that offer their own technical challenges, with just as many stunning views. Luckily, in addition to the bountiful road and mountain biking trails around the Whiteface Region, there are also plenty of gravel routes in the area for every level of rider. 

A gravel road with "pavement ends" sign on the side.
A gravel road leading to a mountain.
A gravel trail cuts through a treeline.

Perfect for every level

For more experienced riders, the Bartlett and Styles Brooks Roads route offers steep inclines with rewarding views. For intermediate and beginner riders, variations of this route are available, as well as the ​​Styles Brook & Upland Meadow Roads trail. The trails throughout the Whiteface Region utilize gravel and dirt trails, and at times include roadways to connect routes. Due to rain runoff and winter road maintenance practices, sand and small stones can be washed over any of these surfaces. While this is most prevalent in the spring and early summer, storm events can deposit debris onto the road surfaces at any time of the year. 


Responsible Riding

Follow these tips, tricks, and rules for a safe and enjoyable experience! Hover your mouse over the cards.


Riding trails on public or private lands is a gift, not a right. That hiker we just passed? She might own the land we’re riding on. With every ride, let’s remember to be grateful for the landowners and others who make it possible.


Enjoy nature, don’t ruin it. Keep on the trails. Erosion is our single highest impact when we’re out riding. Skidding causes erosion. Cutting corners can cut off access. Riding muddy trails messes it up for everyone. If we see animals, don’t bother them, remember them. Pick up trash, pack it out, carpool here and back.


We share the trails with others, and they have the same rights and responsibilities as each of us. If someone needs help, we help. If someone needs encouragement, we share our enthusiasm. And if it’s going to make the situation bet-ter, we dismount. Be nice, yield to others, and give a smile.


Being aggressive has no place in mountain biking. We know our limits, and we ride within them. Beyond the ride, let’s park where we’re supposed to, keep the tunes to a dull roar, and leave the IPAs for après somewhere else. Reckless behavior? A simple, polite call out will do.

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