Biking in the ‘dacks

By Mike Purdy

One of the best ways to experience the Adirondacks is on a bicycle. There are some excellent rides out of Adirondack. For those wanting less than 10 miles and flat terrain, just take a ride to the boat launch and back. You can extend it to 16 by riding down Schroon River Road to the Crossroads and back. Make it 25 by continuing down River Road to Exit 24. Another nice 15-miler is to ride out to Stone Bridges and Caves–a little more elevation gain on that ride. Take some cash and plan on an ice cream stop at either Stone Bridges or the Crossroads on these rides.

A favorite ride of about 30 miles is what we call Lakes and Ponds. From Adirondack take East Shore Drive south, right onto Glendale, and then left onto Rt 9. Stay on Rt 9 past Warner Pond, then Loon Lake to Rt 8, then left onto 8 to Brant Lake, another left on Palisades and ride the back side of Brant to Beaver Pond Road. From there it is 7 miles back to Adirondack, going past Beaver Pond. Be careful on Beaver Pond Road as the surface in not great.

Want some hills? Try the marathon ride around Schroon Lake.

Check out THE HUB website (bike shop & eatery in Brant Lake) for more ideas and group rides, as well as Adirondack Biking.

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