Poughkeepsie-Hunter Loop /w options: east & west side access, 23A or Devil's Kitchen ascent, Mohonk & bypass

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Way Points: 

Poughkeepsie RR Station (start) > east & west sides of the Hudson options> Saugerties > Devil's Kitchen/Clove Platte Rd or Rt 23A ascent options > Tannersville (lunch) > West Shokan > Mohonk/Mohonk bypass options > New Paltz > Poughkeepsie RR Station (finish)

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7246216 east of Hudson access, Devil's Kitchen, Mohonk

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7247919 west of Hudson access, 23A, Mohonk

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8557939 west of Hudson access, Devil's Kitchen, Mohonk

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7247856 west of Hudson access, 23A, Mohonk bypass

 

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Details
Author: 
Ron Roth
Signature Route : 
off
Region Name(s): 
The Catskills, The Gunks
Level(s): 
A
Distance: 
110
Vertical Gain: 
7500
Difficulty: 
185
Difficulty Rating: 
5 out of 5
Attached Files

There are 5 route variations of this route. 4 of these are labled following waypoints, above. the labeled RWGPS link is the original route: east of Hudson access, Rt 23A ascent, Mohonk on return. 

A great summer ride with lots of climbing on beautiful roads. It requires lots of daylight (see note below), stamina and buff quads—leave yourself plenty of time to make the return train before dark as there are no bailouts. Lunch at Maggies Krooked Cafe in Tannersville or, a better option is Brios in Phoenicia as only 45 miles left to Poughkeepsie after one of the main climbs of the day: Hunter Mountain: 4.3 miles/about 1500 feet of vertical, or Devil's Kitchen: 1.95 miles/1129'. At 95 miles the route climbs Mohonk. 6500+ vertical climbing. Unless you have legs of steel, a compact double or triple is de rigueur for the Devil's Kitchen ascent. DK is a continuous series of risers and steps with very steep risers.

Metro North both ways, bike pass needed. Check current timetable. This ride requires a lot of daylight: consider May, June, July, beginning of August. 

HS 6/21/15

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