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Old 09-04-11, 02:08 PM   #1
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Ride Report - Old Put Trail

Rode up to the current end of the Putnam County extension of the North County Trail.

They have un-officially extended it another 1.2 miles beyond Old Mine Rd. to as far as Putnam Ave. along Rt 6. Note that this is the western end of Putnam Ave, opposite Drewville Rd.

They still have construction chain link fences up but open and all the path is paved, as well as the Rt6 bridge being open. Possibly they still have to paint the bridge so maybe expect an official ribbon cutting a month before election day or so.

The current end at Putnam Ave. is 1 mile west of the Brewster Metro North station. Pretty much up the hill and watch for the trail on the right.

I am thinking they might extend as far as another 1/2 mile to the eastern end of Putnam Ave., but that's about as far as they can get, as the rail right-of-way east of that is still in use by Metro North and there is no other road crossing.

It was neat to see this finished.


South-North County-Putnam Trail Distances

NYC / Westchester County line at Van Cortland Park to Tuckahoe Rd. via path to Redmond Park and Mile Square Rd. - 4.3 miles

SCT - at Tuckahoe Rd and Touissant Ave. to Rt 119 in Elmsford – 7.5 miles


On Rt 9A to Warehouse Lane and NCT – 1 mile


Warehouse Lane / NCT to Eastview – 3 miles

Eastview to Rt 117 – 3.3m

Rt 117 to Millwood – 5m

Millwood to Kensico Reservoir – 3m

Kensico Reservoir to Yorktown Heights – 3.5m

Yorktown Heights to Putnam/Westchester County Line – 7.5


Put/West County Line - Lake Mahopac - 1.5 miles

Lake Mahopac to Carmel – 5.5 miles

Carmel to Old Mine Rd. - 2.3 miles

Old Mine Rd. to western Putnam Ave. - 1.2 miles

Putnam Ave. to Brewster on Rt6 - 1 mile

49.6 miles

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Hmmm.

I've been wanting to return to the Westchester/Putnam County Trails for some time, but I always beg off at the last minute because I don't want to make the drive. Now that the terminus is so close to a Metro North Station, perhaps that'll be just the hook I need. Thanks for your report, Steve!
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i wish they would get that section in yonkers to run straight thru. heck if I had a cx bike I'd go up there one day with some hedge trimmers and hack through it!
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>>>>i wish they would get that section in yonkers to run straight thru.<<<<<

Do you mean the section in Elmsford?
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Hmmm.

I've been wanting to return to the Westchester/Putnam County Trails for some time, but I always beg off at the last minute because I don't want to make the drive. Now that the terminus is so close to a Metro North Station, perhaps that'll be just the hook I need. Thanks for your report, Steve!
Just for giggles, the Bronxville Metro North Station is 3 miles from the completed southern section of the SCT at Touissant Ave. at Tuckahoe Rd., via Palmer Ave. and Mile Sq Rd. I have no idea what Palmer Rd. is like for bikes, but anythings better the Tuckahoe Rd. which is God awful.

It's then 43 miles one way up to the Metro North at Brewster.
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>>>>i wish they would get that section in yonkers to run straight thru.<<<<<

Do you mean the section in Elmsford?
I believe he means the section south of Tuckahoe Rd. to Redmond Memorial Park in Yonkers. The right-of-way exists, the bridges are all there and are existing road bridges over the rail line, just needs clearing and paving.

Then it would be nice if NYC paved the section thru Van Cortland at least as far as some of the paved path's in the park near Mosholu Parkway.

Not sure what the county plans are to connect the SCT with the NCT in Elmsford. A look at Google Earth shows a lot industrial uses along the right-of-way that need to get cleared. How soon ?, anybody's guess.

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I believe he means the section south of Tuckahoe Rd. to Redmond Memorial Park in Yonkers. The right-of-way exists, the bridges are all there and are existing road bridges over the rail line, just needs clearing and paving.

Then it would be nice if NYC paved the section thru Van Cortland at least as far as some of the paved path's in the park near Mosholu Parkway.

Not sure what the county plans are to connect the SCT with the NCT in Elmsford. A look at Google Earth shows a lot industrial uses along the right-of-way that need to get cleared. How soon ?, anybody's guess.
exactly, the section in vannie is bearable if you are on 28c's but i don't really enjoy it. I only rode the trail once but it's a great trail because its so empty during the week. I have no idea how crowded it is on weekends tho.
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My guess is that the VCP section will not be paved because it is one of the few wild places in the Bronx. If they pave it it becomes another street. I've done it on 23c's a few times now without problem. You just can't do it very fast.

The other section by Redmond Park I think is being worked on. It looked that way to me when I went through there last, maybe back in June. The Elmsford section looks hopeless though with all the warehouses/industry along it.
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All three disconnected sections will eventually be completed.

The Yonkers section (Redmond Park to Tuckahoe Rd) is being constructed now. It should be finished by next year.

The Elmsford section will be completed as part of the reconstruction of the I287 exit ramps project. There is no firm date for this project.

The Van Cortlandt Park section is divided into two parts: north and south of 242nd Street. The north section is funded and is currently in the design phase. Unfortunately, NYC Parks Department is responsible for the design. They are using their own design standards which result in frequent flooding and foundation undermining due to tree root growth. The current design calls for a 10 foot wide asphalt with some 8 foot sections. The Van Cortlandt Park section is likely to be heavily used and the 10 foot wide asphalt will probably resemble the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade on a weekend afternoon.

The right of way for the south section from 242nd to 225th Streets has been secured. There is no funding for this section.
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Man, it sounds like this trailway has changed big time since my last ride all the way through. Hopefully, I will be able to create some "windows" to revisit old rides this fall. It's just a little rough now that my wife (not such a great rider, but one who loves to bike) wants to come with me on every ride. Refresh my memory...how hilly are the northern sections? Do I need to disappoint her and make her stay home?
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Man, it sounds like this trailway has changed big time since my last ride all the way through. Hopefully, I will be able to create some "windows" to revisit old rides this fall. It's just a little rough now that my wife (not such a great rider, but one who loves to bike) wants to come with me on every ride. Refresh my memory...how hilly are the northern sections? Do I need to disappoint her and make her stay home?
Long gradual grades:

- Warehouse Lane to Eastview.

- To and from the Croton Reservoir from either side

- Rt 202 in Amawalk to Tomahawk St at the Putnam County Line (heading north).

- Some southbound grades between Mahopac and Carmel

Big Hills:

- Up Mile Sq Rd heading south from Tuckahoe RD. HUGE hill. This is only if you desire to connect the extreme southern section with the section north of Tuckahoe Rd. to Elmsford. I'd wait till they finish the trail thru here.

- East of Rt 6 in Carmel, heading south, pretty steep 1/2 mile section up and over the Rt6 bridge and up to Carmel.


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I've only done the ride north to south, as I've been dropped off on my way back from the Berkshires at the Red Rooster in Brewster. The first section has the long uphill. Then it is railroad uphill for a ways, maybe 5 miles. But then it feels like almost entirely downhill the rest of the ride. I always start off discouraged, but then you can really start cranking, and I keep a 22-25mph pace. Since I've only done it later in the day it has been mostly empty, only passing a few people every now and then. At mid-day I'd expect it to be fairly busy.

And why can't there be directional signs at all the gaps? I have a hard time at both Elmsford and especially at Tuckahoe Road. And that uphill is a killer, especially since you first have to cross over and you start at a dead stop. Both times I had to turn off at the first street just to take a breather.
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