section of 
NYC to Albany one-way route

  • where:  Along the West side of the Hudson river, starting from George Washington Bridge, through Bergen County, New Jersey, into Rockland County, NY, and on up to the Bear Mountain Bridge.

  • 42 miles, moderate to hilly. 

Some strong New York City riders like to ride up this way as a long day-trip, then continue on and cross over to a Metro North train station on the other side and purchase a ticket to put themselves and their bike on the train to get back home.  See more on that and other Variations below. 

  • highlights:  Views of the Hudson from some less-traveled roads, cruising the rolling grades of Route 9W, lots of fellow cyclists and the scene at the Runcible Spoon in Nyack.  Then the possibility of the secret path starting in Nyack Beach State Park right next to the water and then through the woods (but see Condition Reports).  The views along the river through Stony Point.  Then Iona Island, Hessian Lake by the Bear Mountain Lodge -- and the option of pedaling up to the top of Bear Mt.

  • route maps + directions:

A) GWB to Nyack [bhvr2a]: view map Bikely | Google Earth KML | download GPX

B) Nyack to Bear Mt [bhvr3a]: view map Bikely | cue sheet Bikely | Google Earth KML | GPX 

 + (non-digital)  overview of route map - (use West side of river only)

  • characteristics:  

Urban traffic:  Some sections of urban traffic near the GWB and in Nyack and Haverstraw.  

High-speed traffic:  Most of the sections of the route on high-speed Route 9W have reasonable shoulders.  But there is a problematic section of Route 9W between Tomkins Cove and Iona Island -- where the normally pleasant dirt path to avoid it was eroded by a big storm in 1999 (see Condition Reports).  

Dirt path:  The path from Nyack Beach State Park to Haverstraw was damaged in the big 1999 storm and may be closed (see Condition Reports).

More info:  This route follows the first half of the GWB to Bear Mountain Bridge Loop route [ Description | Map ] -- and overlaps with two other routes.  See reports from those routes linked further below.

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.

Route not checked by us since 2009 -- learn more | see Reports | more Reports

Route Directions Cue Sheet 

more . . . 

Train connection:  To use Metro North trains to return to New York City after riding this route, ride East-ward across the Bear Mountain Bridge and ride part of the Bear Mountain - Newburgh-Beacon Bridge loop in reverse to Cold Spring and find the Metro North train station down near the river.  Or for a longer route, continue up the West side by going forward on the second half of the Bear Mountain - Newburgh-Beacon Bridge loop and cross the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to reach the Metro North train station in Beacon. 

Fun descents and pretty lakes:  Some of the hills on the Seven Lakes to the River route could make an interesting variation for strong riders.  A way to connect is using high-speed high-traffic-volume Rockland County Route 106. 

Climb Bear Mountain:  for some of the best views in the Hudson Valley -- but it's quite a grunt with a full touring load [ more detail ].

Inland route:  See the first half of the NYC to Bear Mountain Adventure.

Another way to bypass USMA West Point campus:  Consider taking Seven Lakes Drive, Rt 6 West, Rt 293 North to Rt 218 North -- big climb, could be combined with climbing Bear Mountain.  Could this variation by turning Left off Rt 9W at mile 38.4 and climbing into Bear Mountain State Park -- see the West Point condition reports for more detail.  (Less climbing on this variation if it is reached from the "Inland route" mentioned above.)

Ride it in reverse:  See the second half of the NYC to Bear Mountain Adventure.

  • maps:  You should have detailed road maps of Bergen County, NJ, and Rockland County, New York to do this route (see Road Maps).

Route Directions Cue Sheet 

CSV Cue Sheet -- Comma Separated Variable format is compatible with many spreadsheet programs

see also 

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