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trener1 08-09-2020 07:10 PM

Western Catskills Riding
 
I'll be heading up to the western catskills area for a month.
Wondering if anyone else is in the area and would like to meet up a for a ride (road, gravel, mtb).
And/Or if anyone has any route recommendations?
I will be staying around Margaretville/Roxbury

AngryScientist 08-09-2020 07:14 PM

yes.

love the catskills.

many, many great rides.

i just did a 67 on the road today that was gorgeous.

are you free all week or just weekends?

trener1 08-09-2020 07:16 PM

Yeah there is definitely some great riding up there
I wont be 100% free but I will have the flexibility to ride during the week.

verticaldoug 08-11-2020 07:45 AM

You should schedule one ride down on the south bank of the West Branch from around Hale Eddy to Hancock. I like that area. Or you can just meander along the Old State Rd on the north side.

trener1 08-11-2020 07:48 AM

Thank you, have no idea where either of those places are but I will look them up.

adampaiva 08-13-2020 09:51 AM

I'm in the Catskills most of the time (for this summer) but not that far west. I've been doing some riding over in that direction but more towards the Delaware. Feel free to peruse my rwgps.
https://ridewithgps.com/users/171883

User Fiamme Red is also an encyclopedia of road knowledge for the area.

What month will you be here? The rest of August I'm moving around but I imagine I will be here most of September (unless I find a job very quickly).

fiamme red 08-13-2020 02:47 PM

I did a ride up to that area on Monday. I enjoyed some spectacular scenery on roads north of Fleischmanns and east of Roxbury.

If you want a less hilly option, you can ride around the Pepacton Reservoir. That seems to be a popular route for local cyclists.

The one road in the area that I try to avoid is Route 10. On the other hand, County Route 18 that parallels Route 10 (on the other side of the West Branch Delaware River) is flat and very pretty. If you like dirt trails, there's the flat Catskill Scenic Trail that extends from Grand Gorge to Bloomville: http://catskillscenictrail.org/wp-co...xburyMap9O.pdf.

County Route 6 from Margaretville through New Kingston and Bovina Center to Route 28 is scenic. I rode that a few weeks ago.

PM me if you'd like some more ideas for routes.

trener1 08-13-2020 09:54 PM

Hey There,

Thanks, I am here now, but I will be here for the first week of September as well.

Quote:

Originally Posted by adampaiva (Post 2775438)
I'm in the Catskills most of the time (for this summer) but not that far west. I've been doing some riding over in that direction but more towards the Delaware. Feel free to peruse my rwgps.
https://ridewithgps.com/users/171883

User Fiamme Red is also an encyclopedia of road knowledge for the area.

What month will you be here? The rest of August I'm moving around but I imagine I will be here most of September (unless I find a job very quickly).


trener1 08-13-2020 10:00 PM

Thanks.
When you say "north of Fleischmanns and east of Roxbury" do you mean like Red Kill road and the roads around there?
I did a gravel ride up back there on Tuesday, some super tough hilly roads, almost broke me :).

Yesterday I did a loop from Denver out to almost Bovina and back down through New Kingston and Roxbury, so part of the way back I was on Rt 6, really nice, but man lots of climbing, was something like 41 miles with 5600 feet of climbing.
I'm actually staying in Denver which is kind of in a valley outside of Roxbury, so it seems anywhere I go involves some big climbs, Even if I go to the reservoir, it's like a 4 mile climb to get from rt 30 over the ridge.


Quote:

Originally Posted by fiamme red (Post 2775615)
I did a ride up to that area on Monday. I enjoyed some spectacular scenery on roads north of Fleischmanns and east of Roxbury.

If you want a less hilly option, you can ride around the Pepacton Reservoir. That seems to be a popular route for local cyclists.

The one road in the area that I try to avoid is Route 10. On the other hand, County Route 18 that parallels Route 10 (on the other side of the West Branch Delaware River) is flat and very pretty. If you like dirt trails, there's the flat Catskill Scenic Trail that extends from Grand Gorge to Bloomville: http://catskillscenictrail.org/wp-co...xburyMap9O.pdf.

County Route 6 from Margaretville through New Kingston and Bovina Center to Route 28 is scenic. I rode that a few weeks ago.

PM me if you'd like some more ideas for routes.


fiamme red 08-13-2020 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trener1 (Post 2775859)
Thanks.
When you say "north of Fleischmanns and east of Roxbury" do you mean like Red Kill road and the roads around there?
I did a gravel ride up back there on Tuesday, some super tough hilly roads, almost broke me :).

Yesterday I did a loop from Denver out to almost Bovina and back down through New Kingston and Roxbury, so part of the way back I was on Rt 6, really nice, but man lots of climbing, was something like 41 miles with 5600 feet of climbing.
I'm actually staying in Denver which is kind of in a valley outside of Roxbury, so it seems anywhere I go involves some big climbs, Even if I go to the reservoir, it's like a 4 mile climb to get from rt 30 over the ridge.

That's a lovely area where you're staying, but if you're not riding on Route 28 or Route 30, it's hard to avoid climbing. :)

Heading north from Fleischmanns, I took Lake St/Halcott Center Rd/CR 3. Very scenic but not steep. Then I took Silas Lake Rd/Red Kill Rd west (steep dirt), and descended Little Red Kill Rd back to Fleischmanns. Then I climbed Big Red Kill Rd to Dimmick Mountain Rd, right on CR 36/Denver-Vega Rd, left on Scudder Hill Rd, left on John Shultis Rd, left on Walker Rd, and right on CR 36 down to Route 30, and then left on CR 38 down to Arkville.

This was part of a 120-mile ride that started and ended in Sullivan County. Some other nice roads on my route were Mill Brook Rd from Arena to Dry Brook Rd, and Beech Hill Rd from Lew Beach to the Pepacton Reservoir.

If you want a very hilly route, I once rode from Stamford to Margaretville, 26 miles and nearly 4,000 feet of climbing, via Tower Mountain Rd, Narrow Notch Rd, Roxbury Mountain Rd, New Kingston Mountain Rd, and Margaretville Mountain Rd. I'd recommend low gears for that. :)

BumbleBeeDave 08-16-2020 10:04 AM

It's about an hour from you . . .
 
. . . but if it's not too far, there's great road riding in the Schoharie Valley south of Middleburgh, and also some wonderful gravel riding in Burnt-Rossman State Forest south of M-Burgh. either one is in striking distance for me from the Albany area.

PM me if you want more details or to set up a ride.

BBD

CNY rider 08-16-2020 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BumbleBeeDave (Post 2777081)
. . . but if it's not too far, there's great road riding in the Schoharie Valley south of Middleburgh, and also some wonderful gravel riding in Burnt-Rossman State Forest south of M-Burgh. either one is in striking distance for me from the Albany area.

PM me if you want more details or to set up a ride.

BBD

I’m not far away but I have never hit those areas.
Count me in too.

trener1 08-17-2020 07:41 AM

I looked up the park, looks like it is about 50 minutes from here.
I am not sure what or where the Schoharie Valley is.
Is that like Stamford and Hobart?

Ti_on_Steel 08-22-2020 02:48 PM

http://www.catskillscollective.cc

These guys run a training camp, guided ride, weekend getaway cycling program from near the Ashokan Reservoir. I've never been, but it looks great. They do guided day rides as well.

There is also the new Ashokan Trail, which looks like nice gravel.
https://ashokanrailtrail.com

Overlook Bikes in Woodstock also do group rides.
https://overlookbicycles.com

BumbleBeeDave 08-22-2020 06:44 PM

Go to google Maps . . .
 
. . . and look up the towns of Schoharie and Middleburgh, plus North Blenheim. They are all along the Schoharie Creek, which originates mainly at the Gilboa Reservoir. That's the Schoharie Valley, and Burnt-Rossman State Forest is in the hills on the west side of that valley.

BBD

Quote:

Originally Posted by trener1 (Post 2777626)
I looked up the park, looks like it is about 50 minutes from here.
I am not sure what or where the Schoharie Valley is.
Is that like Stamford and Hobart?



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