This is not a bike ride about speed or distance. It is about riding on one of the most scenic paths around. We will travel at a moderate pace, stopping for a few views and a snack. Although less than 20 miles, it is not all level and most of this ride is on dirt, so you will get some cardio. This is not a rail trail ride it is not a ride for novice bikers. To my knowledge this bike ride is not published, it is something I put together over ten years ago.
This is a joint meetup event with Westchester Social Cyclists and NY Outdoors & More. Join us on one of Westchester's most scenic bike rides. The ride starts with a trip over the very old "Gate House Bridge", that crosses the New Croton Reservoir. We will then travel along the shores of the reservoir on a mostly dirt road. This road has extremely light road traffic (used mostly by fisherman). We will bike to and accross the Croton Gorge Dam and then down to the base of the spillway. Upon leaving the Croton Dam Plaza, we will ascend part way up to the care takers road and take that for a short way. We will then take a trail up to the OCA (Old Corton Aqueduct Path). Most will walk their bikes up part of the way. We will then bike on the level dirt OCA for a few miles, until we get a view of the Hudson. We will return on the OCA to the dam access road. We will finish the trip up to the top of the dam and then back to our starting point. Fiqure 3 hours, bring a snack, h2o, a bike lock/cable it you have one and of course a helmet. Mountain bikes are not needed, however it is not a good idea to attempt this ride with "very narrow tired" touring bikes.
DIRECTIONS: From Taconic Parkway - get off at Underhill Exit, Yorktown Heights
1. Head west on Underhill Ave go 0.8 mi
2. Turn left onto NY-129 E/Croton Lake Rd go 1.6 mi
3. Slight right onto Old Croton Lake Rd Destination will be on the right 456 ft
Direstions from 684:
1. off 684 at Exit 5 Head west on NY-35 W
for 1,5 miles
2. Turn left onto NY-100 S for 4.3 miles
3. Turn right onto NY-118 N for 1.3
4. Continue straight onto NY-129 W.
5. After .6 miles take first left onto Old Croton Lake Rd to parking area.
gps coordinates 41.234575,-73.80023
CONTACT: Send Ted any questions you have regarding this hike. If you are lost or running late the day of the hike, give Ted a call to let hime know [masked].
Liability Waiver: This is a fun and interesting group of people that enjoy hiking and socializing, it is not organized by a professional hiker. Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests