Ride Day 3, Tuesday 8/22
Out-and-Back routes from Keene Valley
WELCOME TO THE HIGH PEAKS!
There’s something about waking up in the mountains that’s just…well, you’ll see. Keene Valley, Jay and Au Sable Forks are three quintessential Adirondack communities, each with its own character and charm. There are many jumping-off points for access to wilderness areas in the Adirondacks, but Keene Valley is clearly the king, being within a stone’s throw from the Great Range and New York’s tallest alpine peaks. Au Sable Forks is just about at the mid-point for today’s ride and a great place to take a break, enjoy the quiet, small-town feel and maybe take a dip in the river (who knows, you may even see our Sign Team volunteers if you do…they have been known to take swimming breaks). The East and West Branches of the Ausable River meet in Au Sable Forks, making it an attractive stop for anglers. The Ausable is renowned for its brown trout and rainbows are also present. Although today’s route will allow you to rack up a good amount of ascent, the riding mostly traverses short, manageable climbs and rolling hills. There are two considerable inclines on the long route and one on the short route. Either way, you’ll be treated to a nice descent back into Keene Valley to cool those legs and get ready to party…or relax…or whatever you choose. For those of you who love to chew up some vertical, today will be the day we offer the optional Whiteface Hill Climb. Veteran’s Memorial Highway is a grueling, constant climb to the top of Whiteface Mountain. It’s not for the weary, it’s steep and winding, but the pavement is brand new, traffic is usually light and the views are simply stunning. We’ll have shuttle service again. But for those of you who want to score huge bonus points, the ride from Keene Valley to Whiteface and back is pretty manageable. This is the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks, enjoy!
Please be aware that routes are subject to change and that digital downloads are meant to supplement pavement markings and cue sheets. If you’re planning to download routes to your mobile device you’ll want to wait until August 1st to ensure you have the most current daily routes.
Ride Day 4, Wednesday 8/23
Point-to-Point ride to Saranac Lake
THE ADIRONDACKS’ COOLEST PLACE
After two wonderful days in Keene Valley we’re on the move again, eventually arriving in Saranac Lake, the hometown of Cycle Adirondacks and the WCS Adirondack Program. But first we’ve got some riding to do. This is our backyard and if you haven’t ridden with us before, today you’ll learn why we say that this is truly the finest place on Earth! As we ride out of Keene Valley in the morning, the Sentinel Range will be to the west, providing views towards Pitchoff Mountain, Notch Mountain and the Barkeater Cliffs, all popular ice and rock climbing destinations. You’ll also catch views of several of the “lower” Adirondack peaks that top out just below the 4,000’ elevation required to be called a “High Peak”. Nonetheless, the views in the first half of today’s ride are amazing and the riding is quiet and peaceful with good pavement and a smooth shoulder. At nearly the 15 mile mark, we turn west and start our approach to Saranac Lake. The road gets smaller and quieter as you head towards Wilmington, home of Whiteface, the alpine ski venue in the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Our path to Saranac Lake will take us around the back side of Whiteface (a.k.a. “to Saranac Lake, the good way”) into familiar territory for our 2016 guests. Remember that beautiful little water stop on Franklin Falls Reservoir? We do too. We can’t guarantee another Bald Eagle sighting but we can tell you that we’re excited to ride these locally popular roads again. Welcome to our home, we’re so glad you’re here!