Trip Reports on
Lloyd - Highland Rail Trail
Kevin, August 2010:
the "phase2" construction project to extend this trail eastward o the
Walkway is well underway since March of this year - the new RT truss
bridge over Vineyard Ave. in Highland is in place and the new tunnel
under Mile Hill Rd. is now finished. Also of note on the OLD section of
this RT ("phase1") the CR 12 overpass bridge-tunnel (a "brunnel") is
being removed and so the RT is now split in two.
April 2003, KenR:
Sharon and I got our summer rollerskiing started with a visit to the
rail trail. I skied 38 minutes of skating with no poles, and 38
minutes of poling with no leg-push. Not sure why it came out that
way. It felt different from snow -- but I'm sure after a couple
more days it'll feel completely natural again. We arrived late in
the afternoon -- it was very pleasant to ski there when it was
shady. Sharon skied classic and poling, but she stopped sooner
because she was sore from some previous exercise.
The rail trail pavement is in good shape. A little sandy grit
along the side in some places.
June 2002, Ken Roberts: [ Photos
Sharon and I went rollerskiing
in the morning at the rail trail. Everything was in excellent
condition, and we took some photos. We found a new parking area,
so we added that to the route description.
August 2001, Ken Roberts: I met Mae (8 years old), Anina (4
years), and their mother Lisa (also my sister) in the afternoon at the
start of the trail. Mae and Ani had their bicycles, and I was on
rollerskis. A rain shower hit, so we waited in our cars until it
stopped, and the trail was quickly dry enough for nice riding and
Ani stayed with Lisa, and Mae and I went off on the trail. No
one else was out yet after the rain, and being on a rail trail was a new
experience for Mae, so after a while she wanted to turn around and go
back to the start and see her mother. After handing around for a
few minutes, other people were starting out, and Mae and I decided to
head out again too.
I suggested to Mae that she try out some new skills, like riding with
one hand, and looking back over her shoulder. At first she
hesitated, but then she tried each a little, and then more -- and soon
got both of them working. I on rollerskis was single-poling on
We kept going, and talked about whether we should turn back.
And we decided to see what was around the bend, and then soon we were at
the end of the pavement (in less than 20 minutes). Mae rode
about 50 feet further onto the dirt, and then we turned around and rode
back up to the start, and she made it back to her mother in less than 20
minutes, with me about a minute behind her.
May 2001, Ken Roberts: Sharon and I met Gary and Lisa and Janice at the
start of the trail on a weekend morning. Janice lent me an extra pair of
rollerskis, Sharon, Gary, and Janice used their own rollerskis, and Lisa was on
And off we went. It was my first time at the Lloyd - Highland Rail Trail, and
my first time rollerskiing with anyone except Sharon. It worked just fine,
most of us went up and down twice or so. Sharon was all classic diagonal
stride, the rest of us were skating, and I also tried some double-poling.
Along the way both Gary and Janice gave me helpful tips about my skiing.
It was a fine introduction to both the Rail Trail and the mid-Hudson
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