A shorter route can be done by using some of the variations: A, D, E, F.
We now recommend Variation A for those who lack a strong appetite for riding on dirt roads.
Hill climbing: Total climbing about 5200 vertical feet. The hilliest section (about 1000 vertical feet of climbing) comes early in the route, as you climb East across the central ridge of Columbia county. But even as you follow the creek on its long way south and west down to the Hudson River, there's lots of humps to surmount -- but also gentle sections. Biggest single hill is 450 vertical feet at an average grade of 8% or more, including 100 feet at over 9% grade. Another steep hill of 250 feet, and several more steep hills between 100 and 200 vertical feet.
Dirt roads: There's several miles of unpaved or partly paved roads on the route now. Some of these miles had asphalt when we originally selected and rode this route. Variation A is a way to avoid some of those miles, or Variation B avoids more.
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By train: Take Amtrak to Hudson, NY. Take Route 9G South to Columbia County Route 10, and turn East (Left) to join the route at Mile 74.5.
Alternate start points: West Taghkanic (Route 82 just West of Taconic State Parkway), Elizaville, Philmont, Hillsdale, Copake.
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