Dewey Mountain Recreation Center features 5.5 miles of single-track mountain bike trails which happily co-exist with roughly 7.5 miles of XC ski trails . Difficulty ranges from cruiser to hardcore as riders ascend about 450 vertical feet to the summit, where they are greeted with views of the Saranac Chain of Lakes (especially good in the fall).
Dewey Mountain is owned by the Town of Harrietstown and operated by Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, with support from the Dewey Mountain Friends.
Dewey Mountain trails are slower to dry and are typically the last to open each season. BETA asks people to be patient and give the trails a little extra time to dry out in the spring and following wet weather.
The simple color coded trail markers are easy to follow, just don't confuse them with the larger XC ski trail signs. The red and purple trails are best for beginners with a smooth surface and very few roots and rocks. Yellow and green are a bit more technical but involve little climbing. The blue trail features a number of highly technical boulder and rock garden features. As riders venture further up the mountain the trails become steeper and more technical. The orange trail climbs all the way to the summit of Dewey Mountain where the terrain is steep.
Drive south out of Saranac Lake on NYS Rt 3 toward Tupper Lake. Look for the sign for Dewey Mountain Recreation Center on the left. Park and ride through the lodge breezeway. Look for the large kiosk and map directly in front of you in the base area.