Bear Mountain -- Newburgh-Beacon

Warning:  There are major restrictions on travel in and through the United States Military Academy at West Point (as of July 2009).  This might require a major alteration of this route -- see Variations D + E + F.  See also Condition Reports under "Orange County" and Trip Reports for more details and for ideas on alternate routes.  Before trying this route, check if bicycle travel is permitted from the Thayer gate entrance through the West Point campus to the Washington gate exit - (or just decide in advance to use an alternate route).

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Metro North Railroad station, Beacon, NY

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view

0.1

Visit the waterfront park just North of the train station in the cool of the morning, and look across to Newburgh.

0.1

 

South, then East

0.2

Red Flynn St, climb hill and cross bridge over railroad tracks

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T

R

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unsigned- Wolcott Ave

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site

  Dia:Beacon art museum on right

0.6

 

Straight

1.4

Wolcott Ave -- joins Rt 9D South [HH]

0.8

 

food

 

NE from the South Ave traffic light

1.2

 

Variation
food

  to visit city of Beacon renaissance: after 0.6Mi, turn L on Chestnut 0.4Mi, EE - R on Main St 0.3Mi, R on Tioronda Ave 0.3Mi, L on Wolcott Ave / Rt 9D 0.5Mi and rejoin main route

2.0

 

food

 

 

2.0

 

BR

5.6

continue Rt 9D South [HH] (now Howland Ave) (see Conditions page)

5.9

 

tunnel

 

Breakneck Ridge Tunnel (enter Putnam County)

7.6

 

BR

0.3

Fair St (just before Rt 9D goes up a hill)

7.9

 

L

0.2

Northern Ave

8.1

 

R

0.2

Church St

8.3

 

food

 

Cold Spring, NY -- for food, turn R on Main St

 

 

site

 

visit the Cold Spring waterfront

8.3

 

cross

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cross Main St, becomes Furnace St

8.5

 

BR

0.1

Marion Ave

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L

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Benedict St

8.6

T

R

0.1

Rt 9D South [HH]

8.7

 

BR

0.2

Chestnut

8.9

T

R

3.4

Rt 9D South [HH]

9.6

 

site

 

Boscobel Restoration

10.3

 

site

 

Dick's Castle

12.0

 

Variation A

 

Side trip to Garrison Landing train station:  Turn R on Upper Station Rd (Putnam Co 14).  Return to Rt 9D on Lower Station Rd (Putnam Co 12).

12.3

 

Straight

4.5

Rt 9D South [HH] -- cross Rt 403 (watch for castle on hill to East)

16.8

T

R

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Bear Mt Bridge - can ride across on shoulder of roadway

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circle HH

L

0.1

Rt 9W South [HH]

 

 

Variation B

 

To shorten the route by 1.5 miles, but miss a pretty lake:  R on Rt 9W North [HH], and continue main route at mile 18.9

17.5

 

BR

0.1

paved path leads off Rt 9W to Hessian Lake

17.6

 

R

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ride paved path counter-clockwise around Hessian Lake

18.4

 

food

 

Bear Mountain State Park - (as of May 2009, the Bear Mt Inn was closed for construction -- food at the carousel)

18.4

 

Variation C

 

To ride to the top of the mountain:  Follow signs for Seven Lakes Drive, then turn R on Perkins Memorial Drive

 

 

connect

 

To connect with the Seven Lakes to the River route, follow signs for Seven Lakes Drive and Route 9W South.

18.4

 

 

0.5

ride paved path back to Bear Mt Bridge traffic circle

18.9

circle HH

Straight - North

1.6

Rt 9W North [HH] -- bridge across Popolopen Brook.
If not comfortable with traffic, can use the sidewalk.

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Variation D

 

   

 

If the way thru the West Point campus is closed to bicycling, this could be an alternative:  After 0.9Mi on Rt 9W, turn sharp L (West) onto Firefighter's Memorial Drive, by a convenience store/gas station on the left side, just after church on right (this comes after an earlier turn for Firefighter's).  Go 0.3Mi, then BR on Mine Rd 5.0Mi (up a steep hill, perhaps some limited visibility around some curves).  T-R on Rt 293 North 3.3Mi.  Follow signs thru intersections to pass under Rt 9W and get on Rt 218 North / Old Storm King Highway.  Go 1.2Mi, to rejoin main route at Washington Gate (mile 26.1).  Adds about 3.5Mi and 500 vertical feet to route. (not checked by us since 1996)
Mine Rd is sometimes closed -- can check in advance by calling the West Point USMA military police.

20.0

 

food

 

Fort Montgomery, NY

20.5

 

R

1.3

Old State Rd (North)

21.8

 

BR

0.8

Main St, Highland Falls, NY - Rt 218 North

21.8

 

 

Variation E

 

  If the way thru the West Point campus is closed to bicycling, can try instead: Sharp Left on rt 218 South (Main St), L onto entrance to rt 9W North, curve around and join rt 9W North [HH], long climb, exit R onto rt 218 North to rejoin main route - (Last checked by us in 2010)

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BL

0.2

stay on Main St

22.6

  Variation F   If the way thru the West Point campus is closed to bicycling, can try instead: Turn (by Mill St) Left on Mountain Av / rt 218 North, long climb to its end, bear Right to join rt 9W North - (Last checked by us in 2004)

22.7

 

food

 

Highland Falls, NY 

22.8

 

R, then quick L

0.4

West Point Highway (North)

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site

 

Entrance to United States Military Academy - West Point.  Warning:  The way through the West Point campus might be closed -- check Conditions page.  (See Variations D or E or F as an alternative, or check the Trip Reports page and Conditions page for other ideas)

23.2

 

Straight

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Thayer Rd

23.7

 

R

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Jefferson Rd

23.7

 

quick L

0.0

unsigned- Cullum Rd

23.7

 

view

 

View East over Hudson River

23.7

 

Straight

1.2

Cullum Rd

24.7

 

view

 

View North over Hudson River

24.9

 

Straight

1.2

Washington Rd (up hill)

26.1

 

site

 

Washington Gate.  Warning: As of October 2001, this gate is normally closed in the in-bound direction (opposite to the direction of this route).  Sometimes it may be closed in the out-bound direction.  Check Conditions page.

26.1

T

R

4.8

Old Storm King Highway (Rt 218 North)

27.1

 

site

 

pass by Lee Gate (closed)

29.5

 

view

 

viewpoint on Storm King Mt, across Hudson to Breakneck Ridge.

30.9

 

sharp R

0.4

Dock Hill Rd (down hill)

31.3

 

R

0.2

Shore Rd

31.5

 

view

 

grassy park by shore of Hudson River

31.5

 

turn
around

0.2

Shore Rd  (turn R out of parking lot)

31.7

 

BR

0.9

cross railroad tracks, Shore Rd

32.6

 

R

0.8

continue on Shore Rd

33.4

EE

R

0.8

Rt 9W North [HH]

33.6

 

food

 

deli on West side of Rt 9W

34.2

 

BR

0.3

exit ramp for River Rd

34.5

 

BR

3.4

River Rd, becomes Water St, becomes Leroy Place

36.4

 

food - view

  Newburgh Landing waterfront on R.  As of 2003, most of the food places seem to be near the 2nd Right turn after the stop sign for Renwick St.

37.9

 

BR

0.3

Grand Ave (North)

38.2

 

sharp L - sidewalk

0.0

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge (also called Hamilton Fish Bridge)

38.2

 

sidewalk

2.0

ride East-bound across South sidewalk of bridge

40.2

EE

R

0.7

Rt 9D South [HH]

40.9

EE

R

0.4

sign for railroad station -- Beekman St

41.3

 

R

0.2

unsigned (Red Flynn St)

41.5

 

Finish

 

Metro North Railroad station, Beacon, NY

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

maps of this route:

Main route + variations E,F,G all tracks [bhvr4] on Bikely | GPX

A) Newburgh-Beacon to Bear Mt [bhvr4a] on Bikely | Google Earth KML | GPX

B) Bear Mt to Newburgh + Beacon [bhvr4b]:  on Bikely | Google Earth KML | GPX

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