Bear Mountain the Easy Way

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Cold Spring > 9D > Bear Mt. Bridge > Bear Mt. climb & descend > 9W > Bike Rte. thru Haverstraw > Old Haverstraw Rd > Old Mill > West Nyack > Western Hwy > Rail Trail > King's Hwy > Old Tappan Rd > Orangeburg Rd > Schraalenburgh > Old Hook > Columbus > Hardenburgh > Piermont Rd > Tenafly Rd > Hudson Ave > Lydecker > Walnut > Summit > Hudson Ter > GW Bridge.

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Carol Waaser
Signature Route : 
B, C
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Difficulty Rating: 
3 out of 5
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This is an excellent way for strong C riders and slower B riders to do Bear Mountain. Take Metro North to Cold Spring. You start with a 10-mile warm-up ride from the Cold Spring train station and then do the 4-mile climb up Bear Mountain while you have lots of energy. After the descent there are still a couple of shorter climbs before lunch at the Cove Deli. Then it's mostly pleasant side roads and rail trail to get home, with a second snack/ice cream stop in W. Nyack. Ride ends on the NY side of the GW Bridge.

Bring dollar bills to buy cold water from vending machines on the mountain - there's no potable water. Also bring plenty of snack food - it's 25 miles to the first food stop and most of the climbing is in that 25 miles.

This ride can be done by strong C riders, but it does take endurance. There are no bailouts.

cw 9/11/2018

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