Wandering Northwest Columbia

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Miles

 
Mark

 
Turn

This Leg

 
Description
   

note

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"cc rt 8" = Columbia County Route 8

Start

 

 

 

Ghent, NY -- intersection of rt 66 and Garage Place Rd -- food

0.0

 

South-
west

1.3

rt 66 South [HH]

1.3

 

R

1.7

Snyder Rd

3.0

T

L

1.5

cc rt 22

4.5

 

Variation C

  to avoid high-speed / high-traffic rt 9H: continue past Letter S Rd for a total of 3.5Mi on cc rt 22, then R on Old Post Rd 0.8Mi, L Falls Rd 1.7Mi, BR Stuyvesant Falls - West Ghent Rd (pass by Knitt Rd) 0.9Mi, T-R cc rt 25 0.8 Mi (becomes rt 25A), BR rt 9 North [HH] 3.3Mi to rejoin main route in Kinderhook [last checked 2010]

4.5

 

site

  Art Omi -- big outdoor sculptures in sight of the road

4.5

 

R

3.7

Letter S Rd (becomes Fischer Rd)

7.6

 

 

Variation F

 

 

to visit Valatie instead of Kinderhookafter 3.1Mi on Letter S Rd, turn R and go 1.5Mi on Merwin Lake Rd (has sections on dirt), R on cc rt 21 0.2Mi, L Hennett Rd 1.8Mi, T-L McCagg 0.1Mi, R Pinto Ranch 0.7Mi, T-L rt 203 West 1.6Mi, T-L Main St 0.3Mi in Valatie (food), EE - R rt 9 North [HH, some shoulder as of 2007] 0.8Mi, L on unsigned Keegan Rd (turn comes at Ichabod Crane High School) 0.2Mi, T-L Old Post Rd 0.2Mi, R Bishop Nelson Rd (going west) 0.7Mi, T - R cc rt 21 3.1Mi to rejoin main route. Adds 4 miles to route. [last checked around 2002]

7.6

 

Variation G

 

to avoid both high-speed / high-traffic rt 9H and rt 9after 3.1Mi on Letter S Rd, turn R and go 1.5Mi on Merwin Lake Rd (has sections on dirt), L 2.2Mi on cc rt 21, which climbs over a hill (including 150 vertical feet around 7% steepness grade), then to a nice downhill to a stop sign, Turn Left to go under rt 9H to rejoin main route into Kinderhook. [last checked 2007]

8.2

T

R

0.9

rt 9H North [HH - mostly reasonable shoulder, except a short section with two traffic lanes in each direction with no shoulder, as of 2009]

9.1

exit

R

0.1

exit off rt 9H

9.2

T

R

0.7

cc rt 21 (becomes Hudson St)

9.9

 

food

 

Kinderhook, NY  (food options a little South or West)

9.9

 

site

 

Vanderpoel House (on rt 9 South 0.1Mi)

9.9

 

Straight

5.2

Albany St - cc rt 21, later becomes Muitzeskill Rd - Rensselaer County rt 1

15.1

 

R

1.2

Schodack Landing Rd -- Rensselaer county rt 2

16.3

 

BR

1.4

Schodack Landing Rd (pass McKnight Rd)

17.7

T

L

0.2

rt 9 North [HH - wide shoulder + lane, as of July 2001]

17.9

 

R

2.7

cc rt 32

20.6

 

Straight

0.1

joins rt 203 East [HH - good lane width, reasonable shoulder as of July 2001] (North Chatham)

20.7

 

BR

2.3

cc rt 32

23.0

 

L

0.7

rt 66 North [HH - shoulders not wide, but reasonable lane wide North-bound as of 2009] (Malden Bridge, NY)

23.7

 

R

2.6

Shaker Museum Rd (rt 66 goes Left, Albany Turnpike goes Straight)

25.0

 

site

 

sheep farm and Shaker Museum

26.3

T

R

0.5

cc rt 13 South

26.8

 

site

  alpaca ranch

26.8

 

L - dirt

1.8

Highland Rd (turn comes in midst of downhill) - steep climb on dirt (150 vertical feet at around 8% steepness grade, quickly followed by another 200 feet of uphill)

26.8

 

Variation L

  to avoid dirt, but steeper climbing + longer distance: continue straight on cc rt 13 for 1.5Mi, sharp Left onto Rock City Rd for 2.6Mi (climb hill almost 500 vertical ft, including 175ft at 8% steepness grade, then 190ft at least 9% grade), R on Hartigan to rejoin main route. Adds 1.6Mi to route. [last checked 2001]

28.6

 

L

0.8

Rock City Rd (going east)

28.9

 

view

  Sutherland Pond in the Ooms Conservation Area

29.4

 

R - dirt

1.1

Hartigan Rd -- after 0.8Mi becomes paved, goes past exit from Taconic State Parkway

29.4

 

 

Variation M

 

  to avoid dirt, but longer distance: continue straight on Rock City Rd 1.4Mi, T-R rt 295 going south then west for 1.8Mi [HH - wide road with some shoulder as of 2007], (food), L on Birge Hill Rd to rejoin main route. Adds 1.9Mi to route. [last checked 2007].
(We did not try Percy Hill Rd this time because the R turn for it came in the midst of a fast downhill.)

30.5

 

L

0.0

rt 295 East [HH - two traffic lanes in each direction with little or no shoulder, but overall very wide road, as of 2009]

30.5

 

food

 

(just a little further north on rt 295)

30.5

 

R

0.6

Birge Hill Rd

31.1

 

BL

0.7

Clark Rd

31.8

 

BL

1.2

Clark Rd

33.0

T

R

5.1

cc rt 9 (South)

35.5

 

Straight across

 

cross rt 203, continue on cc rt 9

38.1

T

L

0.3

rt 66 South [HH - good shoulder South-bound as of 2007]

38.2

 

Variation - finish Philmont

  see cue sheet for finish Philmont

38.4

 

Finish

 

Ghent, NY -- intersection of rt 66 and Garage Place Rd -- food 

Route not checked by us since 2010 -- learn more | see Reports

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GPX file with all tracks + key waypoints : [ map on Bikely | Google Earth KML | GPX ]

Philmont start-finish: [ map on Bikely ]

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