North To Essex - Catskills to Lake Champlain
This is the sister route to the Upper Delaware track. It starts in Walton, hops over Houck Mountain, Up Rt 30 including a long section of the Pepacton Reservoir, climbs some of the hills in the Catskills, passes by John Burroughs grave and Woodchuck lodge. The section between Prattsville and North Blenheim might be the weakest part of this track. That section was hard hit last fall, and some of those road may be closed. In particular, Dave Brown Mt road was already posted as "travel at your own risk" before the floods. The track detours to Howe Caverns and Secret Caverns before entering the Adirondacks. There is a long dirt section on Piseco Road, beware of the occasional bowling ball sized rock embedded in the road. This track makes a detour to the White Face Toll road, then down through the high peaks via Keene Valley and ends with a Ferry ride across Lake Champlain. I have ridden most of it but have added some detours based on other riders reports.
as of 4/21/2012 Dave Brown Mt road is technically closed, but is passable, note that there is a huge landslide that has taken half of the road at the top.
CannonsvilleRider screwed with this post 04-23-2012 at 06:32 AM