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Begin Section B

  Saddle River, New Jersey -- intersection of East Allendale Rd at traffic light with West Saddle River Rd

24.4

EE

North - R

3.7

West Saddle River Rd (North)

28.1

 

R

2.1

Cherry Lane (turn comes just after Hillside Av) -- road crosses into New York State, becomes Rockland County Rt 85 North

30.2

 

food

  at Nyack Turnpike

30.2

EE

cross

0.7

cross Nyack Turnpike, becomes Spook Rock Rd, goes under NY Thruway

30.8

EE

 

 

(cross Rockland County Rt 64 / Airmont Rd / Highview Rd)

30.9

 

BR

0.8

Carlton Rd  (Spook Rock Rd goes BL) up a hill with some curves

31.7

EE

L

2.8

College Rd (Rockland County Rt 81 - North), later becomes Forshay Rd, becomes Wilder Rd

34.5

 

R

0.7

Lime Kiln Rd (Rockland County Rt 84 - East)

35.2

EE

L

1.7

Rt 306 - North / Monsey-Ladentown Rd

36.8

EE

cross

 

cross Rt 202 - unsigned

36.9

T

R

0.3

Ladentown Rd / Old Rt 202

37.2

 

L

2.8

Rockland County Rt 75 North -- Call Hollow Rd

40.0

T

R

1.7

Willow Grove Rd -- Rockland County rt 98 East

40.0

 

Variation H

  to visit the pretty lakes of Harriman Park, then return to here to continue the main route to Bear Mt: see cue sheet for Variation H. Adds about 18 miles and lots of hill-climbing.

40.0

 

Variation X

  to visit the pretty lakes of Harriman Park and go to Bear Mt directly, without returning to here: see cue sheet for Variation X. But Variation X has tricky or dangerous traffic situations and might be illegal -- see more.

40.7

 

 

 

pass underneath Palisades Parkway

41.4

 

food

 

on left side near Algonquin Dr (in 2010)

41.6

 

 

 

stop sign for Hammond Rd / rt 47 South

41.7

 

L

0.8

rt 47 / Thiells Rd, to traffic light

42.5

EE

L

0.4

rt 106 / 210 West

42.5
 

 

 

Variation R

 

  to go south toward Nyack + NYC (and skip Bear Mt), but first ride alongside the Hudson river + some marshes: instead Straight across onto Reservoir Rd 0.3Mi to its end, Right on West Main St / rt 108 East 1.2Mi (and cross rt 9W at traffic light), then Left on Wood Av .025Mi, down short steep to stop sign, Right on (unsigned) Tomkins Av 0.1Mi under railroad, immediate Right ride south along River to rejoin main route on section C

42.9

 

R

0.2

rt 108 / West Main St

43.1

 

bear L

0.0

rt 65 / Wayne Ave - (pass by rt 108 / West Main St turns right)

43.1

 

quick R

1.3

Wayne Av / rt 112 - (pass by rt 65 / Bulsontown Rd goes left), to its end

44.4

T

L

5.6

rt 9W North 5.6mi (shown as rt 202 on some maps): rolling at first, then long climb, long descent

64.1

 

food

  Tomkins Cove

66.9

 

 

Variation

 

  To avoid long climb on high-speed road some with no shoulder but an third traffic lane for slower vehicles . . . can instead turn Right follow NY Bike rt 9 which goes on a dirt path, quieter, less hilly, but sometimes in bad condition for a long time after big rainstorms.

50.0

 

L

0.7

Seven Lakes Drive into Bear Mt State Park -- begin long climb (about 1100 vertical ft) to the top of Bear Mt.

50.7

circle

Straight

1.8

continue climbing on Seven Lakes Dr

 

 

food

  food not far off road to right of circle, in carousel building (in 2010)

52.5

 

R

2.0

Perkins Memorial Drive -- long climb up Bear Mt, views along the way

54.5

 

site

 

tower at summit of Bear Mountain, big views

54.6

 

Variation C

 

For a great view: After continuing about 0.1 mile past the tower, turn R and go down about 0.7Mi on the East side -- for the best view, there's no need to go all the way to the end of the road.  Then turn around and climb back up, turn R to rejoin the main downhill.

54.5

 

Straight

2.0

continue on Perkins Memorial Drive -- long downhill

56.5

T

L

1.9

park road (East) -- long downhill

58.4

circle

L

0.3

"to Bear Mountain Inn" and "to Route 9W North" -- on park road

58.7

 

L

0.1

into driveway toward Bear Mountain Inn and main parking lot

 

 

food

 

Bear Mountain State Park - (as of 2010 the Bear Mt Inn was closed for construction, and the food is by the carousel)

 

 

Variation D

 

ride on the sidewalk around Hessian Lake (adds about 1 mile) -- give warning and yield way to walkers.

 

 

Variation E

 

ride across the Bear Mountain Bridge and back [HH] (adds about 2.5Mi)

58.8

 

End Section B

  Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain State Park, NY
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