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.
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.
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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.
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