Trip Reports on
Lakes of Harriman near Stony Point
see also: Photos
KenR, August 2010:
Checked out all the roads, some by bike, some by car -- almost all
sections in good condition.
all reports below (before August 2010) are based on an older route
(not the current routes) which combined
Stony Point Lakes + River with
NYC to Bear Mt
Variation X and
Charles, August 2009:
I just got in from riding the Seven Lakes to River Loop
and here is what I found:
1. The Jones Point dirt road is in rough shape. I rode
it on my touring bike that has 700x32 tires and it was all it could
handle. It would not take a lot of money to put it into "cairrage road"
shape. Two culverts, some grading and crusher run would do wonders for
this important right of way.
2. RC Rt 106 west at 8,6 now has wonderful, wide paved
shoulders up to the Palisades parkway.
3. Rt 106 around 11.8 mi - Lake Welch area - has a lot
of pea sized gravel on the road that makes for a bad ride and makes the
edge of the road unrideable.
4. Bear Mtn inn is still closed.
KenR, July 2007:
On a cool Friday afternoon, Sharon and I rode the route with
Variations A + X. The usual pretty views, not much traffic on Seven Lake
Drive and climbing Bear Mt, good climbing workout. Seven Lakes Drive
between Lake Tiorati and Rt 6: Some new asphalt repairs which made
that long descent more fun and less likely to damage wheels. Asphalt on
the Perkins Memorial Drive climb up Bear Mt was good.
Todd, June 2004:
I did the
"Seven Lakes to the River" loop today with no variation. Actually, I did
it twice—still had some energy after the first loop so onward I went for
UPDATE: Perkins Drive to the top of bear mountain is closed during
weekdays until July 23 for repairs. On the map on this site, it is
A very nice ride. The little bypass bike trail that avoids 9W looked a
little tattered for my liking so I rode 9W. I would not do this on a
weekend but traffic wasn't really that bad (Tuesday afternoon) and the
recessed drainage shoulder on much of the ride is a good option. Descent
of 7 Lakes Drive to the rt 6/PIP turn is fun but need to pay attention;
much of the road is a hodge-podge of bad pothole filling and small
potholes - the kind that love skinny tires.
June 2003, Ken:
I rode the section from Mile 4.3 to Mile 10.0. Roads were all in
reasonable condition, and the riding was pleasant with little traffic --
but the hill on Rt 118 / Mott Farm Rd was longer than I
remembered. Climbing up Rockland County Rt 106, the shoulder
was wide up to the north-bound entrance for the Palisades Interstate
Parkway, then broken up until bridge across the PIP, then no shoulder
after that the rest of the way.
I also started the route in the reverse direction and climbed from
Iona Island directly to the top of Bear Mountain (Variation). Very
nice on a cool weekday. Climbing was very sustained: three
brief flat sections, but no real downhills. Pretty views along the
way, and then the superb viewpoint below from the summit to the East.
September 2002, Ken:
On a weekend day, Sharon and Tony and I again rode all of this route except for the
road segments from Mile 4.3 to Mile 10.0. Tony also rode the
Variation to the top of Bear Mt. Beautiful and enjoyable -- no
problems -- for more detail see my
report for NYC to Bear Mt Adventure.
August 2002, Ken: [ Photos
On two different weekdays, I rode all of this route except for the
road segments from Mile 4.3 to Mile 10.0. I also rode the
Variation to climb to the top of Bear Mountain. All the roads were
in good condition -- here's some more detail, starting with the climb on
The big climb up Rt 106 / Gate Hill Rd into Harriman Park went fine,
and I enjoyed the curvy descent. Then very comfortable and pretty
riding on Seven Lakes Drive. I hadn't remembered how good the
shoulders were. I especially enjoy riding past Lake
Almost no traffic on the Rt 6 East connection. I dismounted and
walked across the Palisades Interstate Parkway, and then was able to
ride my bike on the grass beside it, and continued on the grass curving
alongside the exit ramp, then got back on the pavement when I reached
the full-width park road, and started climbing.
When I reached Perkins Memorial Drive, I got the urge to climb it to
the top of Bear Mountain. So I did -- the climbing was not as hard
as I feared -- one steeper section and the rest a steady grind. At
the tower on the summit, I spent more time looking at the historical
photographs inside than the views. Then I followed the road
further, starting down the other (East) side of the mountain -- and
that's where I got the most spectacular views, perched over a steep
slope above the Hudson River. Definitely a fine experience for
Riding back down there were some sections of somewhat rough pavement,
but they didn't give me any problem -- but it felt like one of my brakes
was fading a bit from the need to control my speed. Once back down
to the main park road, the descent East-ward was more pleasant, and I
had a big lunch at the Bear Mountain Inn cafeteria.
Story of this route
Sharon and I had enjoyed the lakes and downhills in this area from
other explorations -- like for the NYC
to Bear Mountain Adventure, so we decided to create a much
shorter route which focused mostly on those. We first rode the
complete loop around 1996.
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