- Bear Mountain Bridge to Newburgh-Beacon Bridge,
loop on both sides of the Hudson river -- 42 miles, hilly. Spectacular views of the Hudson River,
from every angle. Rocks, trees, castles, two great bridge crossings, and West Point.
2700 vertical feet, hill
index 4.0. Start points Beacon or Cold Spring Metro North train
Mountain State Park, Newburgh. [ Description
- Walkway over the Hudson / Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge
loop on both sides of the Hudson river -- 53
miles (or shorter), hilly. Pretty roads in quiet woods, two big Hudson river
bridges, shops and sights at the Rondout waterfront, some quiet riding along
the shore with a picnic park, optional side trips to Rhinebeck or New
Paltz. 3400 vertical feet (feels like 3900 feet) hill
index 4.0 -- also a shorter easier version.
Start points Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff,
Kingston, Highland. [ Description
- Farms of East Dutchess -- 54 miles, hilly.
Many farms, some with animals, much on pleasant roads with less traffic,
some rewarding downhills -- reachable by train from Manhattan. Start points Dover
Plains train station, Millbrook, Amenia. 4100 vertical feet, hill index
4.7 [ Description
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| Cue sheet
- Quaker Ridge -- 45 miles, hilly. Lots of
beautiful scenes on quiet back roads -- in southeast Dutchess County and Connecticut.
3300 vertical feet, hill
index 4.2. Start points Pawling, Dover Plains, Brewster, Kent CT.
[ Description | Map ]
- GWB and River Road to Nyack -- 44 miles,
hilly. The most popular ride from Manhattan.
Start at the George Washington Bridge, go up the West side of the river through New Jersey into New
York. Views of the Hudson River, lots of fellow cyclists, cruising the long rolling
grades of Route 9W. 2300 vertical feet, hill
index 5.0. Start points Manhattan and Fort
Lee NJ, also Piermont and Nyack NY. [ Description
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- New Paltz to Ashokan Reservoir -- 58 miles, big hills.
Several great descents and climbs with sweeping views over three major watersheds (Wallkill, Rondout,
Esopus), lots of quiet back roads and fun little downhills -- and the biggest cliffs, the largest lake,
and the highest summits in the Hudson
Valley. 5200 vertical feet, hill
index 6.9. Start points
New Paltz, Kerhonkson, Ashokan Reservoir, Stone Ridge. [
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- Up, Down, and Around Mt Greylock
-- 66 miles, including a long climb to the highest summit in
Massachusetts. Also circle the valleys around it, with pretty
farms, two historic towns, and three more downhills. 5200 vertical feet, hill index
6.4. Start points Hancock MA, Stephentown NY, Pittsfield MA,
North Adams MA, Williamstown MA.
- Great Shawangunk Double -- 53 miles and 5700
vertical feet, some big steep hills (hill
index around 9.3).
Great descents, beautiful views -- and what a workout. Start points New Paltz, Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, Kerhonkson,
Accord. [ Description |