Adirondacks Lakes Cycling Loop, Indian Lake & Blue Mountain Lake
This 80-mile bicycle tour in the Lakes Region of the Adirondacks in New York State follows a varying terrain, often relatively flat but including some good climbs as it skirts south of the High Peaks region. Our ride heads west from North Creek, NY on Route 28, which has a wide shoulder and is marked as a NY state cycling route, We start out following the headwaters of the Hudson River, but After about 6 miles we begin climbing and pulling away. It is in this section of the Hudson that kayakers find some of the most challenging gorges in the eastern United States.
After 14 miles we begin a descent to Indian Lake, which has the first of several nice NY state campgrounds. The Indian River flows from here into the Hudson, offering more outstanding whitewater kayaking. At about the 28 mile pointing our ride we enter the town of Blue Mountain Lake, which is where Route 30 and 28N head west and Rt. 28 goes south. The town is a good place for stopping to enjoy the hike up Blue Mountain and to check out the Adirondack chairs made by local craftsmen as well as a visit to the Adirondack Museum. We have often camped a few miles south on Racquette Lake, but the paved shoulder will be only about a foot wide on some sections. Our route today continues from Blue Mt Lake on Rt. 28N/30 north to Long Lake, where Rt. 30 turns west and we head east on Rt. 28N.
The paved shoulder for cycling continues, although not quite as wide. There will be few places to stop in this rather remote area as we continue on to Newcomb at mile 54, where we recommend a stop for refreshments. A steep descent past Calahan Lake on the right brings you to Minerva at mile 72. Although the paved shoulder here is fairly wide, use caution. You will soon be back to the starting point in North Creek.
Description: 79.8 miles, through Indian Lake, Long Lake,
Blue Mountain Lake, and Newcomb
Cue sheet (mileages and current road conditions have not been confirmed)
0.0 Start: North Creek, NY, intersection of Main St. and Rt. 28N
0.2 Right turn, Rt. 28
2.5 Careful at RR crossing
4.7 town of North River
5.5 Careful at RR crossing
17.6 Straight on Rt. 28 in Indian Lake
39.4 Bear right Rt. 28N in Long Lake
53.0 S continue 28N in Newcomb
55.3 Lake Harris Campground and Day-Use Area is on the left.
56.5 Newcomb Picnic Area
58.1 Bear right, continue on 28N
63.7 Cross river
72.0 town of Minerva
72.3 Straight on Rt. 28N
74.6 Bear right on Rt. 28N
79.7 Right turn, Main St.
79.8 Arrive at Start location