Embedded above is a compilation of helmet camera footage we captured at Plattekill. It shows most of what the place has to offer feature wise. Helmet cameras can be deceptive in showing scale, difficulty, and trail details so take it with a grain of salt.
Nested away in the western Catskills of New York, lies home to Plattekill Mountain. Platekill has a remarkable history in downhill mountain biking that dates back over 14 seasons. Riders like Missy Giove, Myles Rockwell, and many other “old schoolers” have shared in the experience of racing at Plattekill.
Geoff Ulmer hitting the criss cross jumps(click to enlarge)
Plattekill offered one of the first lift-served mountain bike centers to open in the Northeast in 1995. As such, the mountain represents the roots of downhill mountain biking almost to the T. Plattekill is run by Laszlo Vajtay and the trails / race courses are maintained and built by the Delta House crew. They certainly know how to put together a good race course as well as maintain their myriad of trails (be sure to ask a Plattekill regular to show you their favorite trail as not all routes are on the map).
Maxxis drop (click to enlarge)
Offering ~1100ft of elevation (~900ft on the double side) and over 60 miles of trails, Plattekill can best be described as natural and challenging. From steep chutes, loose shale, natural rock gardens, and meandering trails Plattekill is a place that expert riders can enjoy. We suggest bringing a full on downhill bike for the best experience at Plattekill. A 6” mini-dh / slopetyle bike will work well but may be a bit overwhelmed on some courses at high speed.
wall drop (click to enlarge)
The mountain can be split up into two sides namely by the lifts, the double lift side, and the triple lift side. Most races are typically on the triple side. The triple side offers a multitude of trails with a great deal of variety and depth. This side of the mountain is mostly made up of rocks and drains rain extremely well. The double side offers slightly different riding as it contains more dirt and riding amongst tree cover and brush.
George Ulmer on Unholy (click to enlarge)
Beginners will be challenged, but there are plenty of trails for them to hone their skills on before attacking the more difficult trails. The skills they learn at Plattekill will easily help them conquer features at any other mountain and really helps build confidence.
dual slalom top (click to enlarge)
Plattekill also features a nicely designed dual slalom course that they use for several races throughout the year. For those that like to do more XC and trail riding Plattekill also has an extensive system of trails throughout their park for this type of riding.
dual slalom bottom (click to enlarge)
Other notable travel info:
view from the top (click to enlarge)
Plattekill has a full-service base lodge offering all the amenities including retail shop, repair shop, and outdoor grill. If you’re new to biking or need a bike to rent Plattekill has a full rental fleet of downhill and freeride bikes. They also have great “Learn To Bike” packages that feature a bike, armor, helmet, and guided tour. Several camps are also scheduled throughout the summer for riders to come and hone their skills with help from the trainers at the park as well as Mad March Racing.