Hilliness: moderate hilliness -- about 1200 vertical feet of climbing West-bound (hill index 4.0) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Salt Point; and about 900 vertical feet of climbing (hill index 3.2) going back to Poughkeepsie. (The alternate longer return through Clinton Hollow to Poughkeepsie has about 1100 vertical feet of climbing, hill index 3.2)
Traffic: Some of the roads have high traffic volume and/or high-speed motor vehicle traffic.
And it might have been a longer time since some of the Variations of the route were last checked by us. Some roads and intersections might be different since then, or closed -- so be prepared to find alternatives -- a good reason to carry a detailed map. Other people may have more recent experiences with parts of the route which could help prepare: see the Reports page linked below.
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As of August 2004 they've paved some shoulders thru this section, but the traffic lanes are still not wide, and I still do not want to ride that curve.
In August 2002 this crossing was officially closed. To prevent vehicles from crossing, a barrier has been erected across the median between the south-bound and north-bound lanes.
We're not exactly sure what the legal implications of this are for bicyclists. We've heard from some riders that it is still legal to walk across the Taconic Parkway at this point. And from what we could see there in September 2004, it looked like a bicycle could be lifted over the barrier on the median. But we also know that the Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club has told all its ride leaders that its group rides may not cross any closed median crossings on the Taconic.
Route 82 in this section has reasonable lane width and mostly one-foot-wide shoulders -- though perhaps there is a narrower and/or rougher section near its intersection with Dutchess County Route 13. (We also noticed a couple of curves with questionable visibility on Route 13 between Route 82 and Clinton Corners)
Route 44A is a short-cut to bypass the village of Millbrook, so it tends to get some high-speed vehicle traffic. As of September 2002, we saw reasonable lane width and mostly a one-foot-wide shoulder.
East of Millbrook, we have some memories of parts of Route 44 with no shoulders.