Ride Day 1, Sunday 8/20
Out-and-Back routes from Schroon Lake
STRETCH THOSE LEGS
It’s time to break the ice and get to know your Cycle Adirondacks friends, new and old. Going into our 3rd year we’ve begun to develop our own little community and it will be so nice to see everyone again. And for newcomers, welcome! Our 2017 route starts off just as you’ve come to expect…8 miles of lakefront cruising from Schroon Lake to Pottersville. Then we turn into the woods and head over to Brant Lake for a visit with our good friend Drew at The Hub Café and bike shop. After leaving The Hub, we’ll ride around Loon Lake and on the way over to North Creek, home of Gore Mountain. From North Creek, we ride directly into the heart of the Adirondacks and an area known locally as The Five Towns. We’ll spend time in this truly authentic piece of the Adirondacks throughout the week. Day 1 gives you a nice taste of what it means to be inside the Blue Line.
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.
Some other things to do in Schroon Lake…
Rent a Boat
If you have some time to get out on the water on the front or back end of Cycle Adirondacks, Schroon Lake Marina is the place. Pontoons, ski boats, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, they’ve got ’em.
Seagle Music Colony
As an organization with a rich 100-year history, Seagle Music Colony is the oldest and one of the most prestigious summer vocal training programs in the United States. They also offer a robust professional theater company in the summer months and August 19 – Cycle Adirondacks Arrival Day – just happens to be the last evening for My Fair Lady. And since your vehicle will still be close by, you might want to catch the show.
Feel like catching a movie in a historic theatre? The Strand in Schroon Lake is the place to grab some popcorn and take in a little history at the same time. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. nightly.
Ride Day 2, Monday 8/21
Point-to-Point route to Keene Valley
ON THE MOVE…
Today we move…straight into the majestic High Peaks region with its expansive mountain views, pristine waterways and endless outdoor recreation opportunities. We’ll ride straight into this rugged mountain country, but first we’ll head east to the exquisite Lake Champlain Valley and lakeshore. We start the day off riding through rolling countryside, climbing from 850’ to 1,250’ in the first 25 miles. The start of our 1,000’ descent to the lakeshore offers spectacular views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east. As we travel north along Lake Champlain, we revisit a 10 mile stretch of the 2016 route but then head into Elizabethtown for our grand entrance to the High Peaks. Our route offers views of some of the most famous of the 46 High Peaks, including Giant, Dix, Algonquin and Marcy, New York’s tallest peak. Notice the route offers VIEWS of the High Peaks…we’ll have a steady but manageable ascent of 1,200’ for eight of the last twelve miles on Day 2. So settle in, enjoy the wide paved shoulder and breathtaking vistas. Keene Valley awaits your arrival and we’re so glad to be here!!
Some other things to do in Keene Valley…
Go Fly Fishing
Both Adirondack Rock & River and Alpine Adventures are also leading fly fishing guides. The bonus being that the world famous Ausable River flows directly down the middle of Keene Valley.
Keene Valley has no shortage of incredible swimming holes just a short walk from Cycle Adirondacks camp. Some will be easy to find. Others, just ask a one of the friendly locals. They’ll point you in the right direction.
Hike Rooster Comb
Keene Valley is literally the alpine base camp of the Adirondacks. There are any number of hikes you can take directly from Cycle Adirondacks camp, including Rooster Comb mountain, whose trailhead IS at Cycle Adirondacks camp. But, if you’d like to get a little adventurous, Keene Valley is also home to numerous guide services including Adirondack Rock & River and Alpine Adventures.