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Old 11-01-13, 08:18 AM
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Route west to east through Adirondacks

A friend and I are planning a bike trip from Columbus to Burlington, Vt. The Google bike route from the eastern end of Lake Ontario takes you north of the Adirondack park on NY route 11. We would rather go directly through the park via Lake Placid to Port Kent then a ferry to Burlington. My question can anyone here recommend a good route through this area of the Adirondacks. We would primarily want to stay on paved roads. Thanks in advance.
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You could cross the Tug Hill to Boonville.
From there take the Moose River Road from there to RT 28 in the Adirondacks.
I have driven Moose River Road, it is quite beautiful.

Head north on 28 and take South Shore road from Old Forge to avoid traffic, hills, and narrow shoulders between Old Forge and Inlet.

From there roads have generally better shoulders and you should be able to make your way north and west on state routes.

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Adding - staying on rt 3 is more direct. The route i suggested above is a bit more scenic.
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Originally Posted by TeleJohn View Post
You could cross the Tug Hill to Boonville.
From there take the Moose River Road from there to RT 28 in the Adirondacks.
I have driven Moose River Road, it is quite beautiful.

Head north on 28 and take South Shore road from Old Forge to avoid traffic, hills, and narrow shoulders between Old Forge and Inlet.

From there roads have generally better shoulders and you should be able to make your way north and west on state routes.

Enjoy

Thanks, TeleJohn. Very helpful. I follow everything, except you reference to "cross the Tug Hill to Boonville." I located a road near Oswego but it did not appear to go all the way to Boonville.
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Originally Posted by robert schlatte View Post
Thanks, TeleJohn. Very helpful. I follow everything, except you reference to "cross the Tug Hill to Boonville." I located a road near Oswego but it did not appear to go all the way to Boonville.
The Tug Hill (Plateau) is that vast empty area on Google maps south of Watertown. There are no roads thru, you either use Rt 177 on the north side, or Rt 44 on the south.

The alternative if you want to head to Lake Placid, is 28/28N/30/3/86/73/9N/22 to the Essex Ferry, then up to Burlington. WHOLE lot "Dak's" to see. Or at least a WHOLE lot of trees !. Actually, this takes you thru the towns of Blue Mt. Lake (great museum on the north side of the lake), Long lake, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, LP, Keene, Elizibethtown, Essex.

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Google maps has you taking NYS 69 to Cty rt 53, then NYS 26 to NYS 294 to Booneville.
The Tug is beautiful too. Lots of state land to camp on. Low traffic. Good views of the mountains you will be riding into.

When are you going?
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Maybe some of this might be of use:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/rout...ack-park-loop/

Click on "Details" to see a high level map.

Their Northern Tier route goes through Cleveland and Boonville and Long Lake but ends in NY at Ticonderoga, which is south of where you want to be:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/rout...northern-tier/

But I thought I would post the link in case some parts turn out to be helpful/of interest.
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The alternative if you want to head to Lake Placid, is 28/28N/30/3/86/73/9N/22 to the Essex Ferry, then up to Burlington. WHOLE lot "Dak's" to see. Or at least a WHOLE lot of trees !. Actually, this takes you thru the towns of Blue Mt. Lake (great museum on the north side of the lake), Long lake, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, LP, Keene, Elizibethtown, Essex.

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Originally Posted by TeleJohn View Post
Google maps has you taking NYS 69 to Cty rt 53, then NYS 26 to NYS 294 to Booneville.
The Tug is beautiful too. Lots of state land to camp on. Low traffic. Good views of the mountains you will be riding into.

When are you going?
Probably the week preceeding or the week after July 4.
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[QUOTE=indyfabz;16210819]Maybe some of this might be of use:


Their Northern Tier route goes through Cleveland and Boonville and Long Lake but ends in NY at Ticonderoga, which is south of where you want to be:

Yes, I've looked at this as well and I will purchase a section or two of the ACA maps, but I wanted to hear from folks who'd cycled through the area or lived in the area.
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If you head toward Saranac Lake, you then have 2 options

1) head from there toward Platsburgh and Port Kent, which I've been on many times and is not the most sceanic route

2) from Saranac head toward Lake Placid, then head to Keene, Keenc Valley, Moriah, and then take either the Champlain Bridge or head for the ferry to Charlotte, Vt.


i'd take option 2, much more sceanic in Keene Valley and the ride from Charlotte to Burlington is nice along Lake Champlain.

I'd also check out lakechamplainbikeways.org for routes around the lake
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It were me I'd run up to Niagara falls and ride along the bottom of the lake through NY to Oswego. That would keep you out of the hills in the finger lakes. If you like hills there's plenty of hills in the Daks and those hills through the finger lakes are constantly undulating. Up, down, up, down.

Then I'd ride the 104 and 104B over to highway 3 and ride it right to Saranac lake and then follow the signs or whatever to Lake Placid and Keene where you'll pick up the 9N and ride it to Keeseville and on to Port Kent for the ferry.

But that's me.
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Thanks for the great suggestions. Just what I wanted.
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