Bike route from Manhattan to Monticello - help please!

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Does anyone know a good route from Manhattan to Monticello, NY? Any help or suggestions would be much-appreciated.

I know there is 17M, which runs alongside Route 17 highway. The problem here is how to get to 17M. The other problem with 17M, according to my New York Atlas & Gazetteer, is that it seems to be marked 171, 172 and 173 and keeps crossing 17 Highway. It looks as though if you miss turnings to cross the highway, you end up on a road that is a dead end, so my question is whether or not it is well sign-posted.

Once again, any help would be much-appreciated.

Thanks very much in advance,

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Paul Spraos (not verified)

Your concerns about 17M are valid.

I can give you a 120 mile route from the city or 80 miles from Metro North. Which do you prefer?

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Anthony Poole (not verified)
From the City please

Ideally, I'd like to ride the whole thing from the city, although having a partial train alternative would be useful, in case the weather is iffy. Many thanks.


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Paul Spraos (not verified)

The route from the city is pretty demanding. You won’t have much change from 120 miles, and there are lots of rollers. This would be a 9 on a scale of 1-10 in terms of demanding club A rides. Make sure to take a good map of Orange Country, where the route goes through sparsely populated areas and it’s easy to take a wrong turn.

From GWB:
R Hudson Terrace to end
L Palisade Ave
R Summit to end
L Lyncrest to end
R Woodland to end
L Clinton
R County Road (Rt 501)
L Hardenburgh
R Stelfox to end
L Madison
X Schrallenburgh
X RR tracks
QL Park
BR Sunset => Grant
R Oradell
R Pascack
L Glen
R E Saddle River
L Rt 502
L Hollywood TSO 502
R Franklin TSO 502
L Wycoff (=> Franklin) TSO 502
BR Franklin to leave 502 (=> Rt 84) to end
L Rt 202. Last delis for 15 mi.
R Oakland after underpass
BR to go under highway
S Skyline Drive (Rt 91) to end
R Greenwood Lake Tpk (Rt 511)
BR up hill toward Greenwood Lake TSO Rt 511
S at junction of Rts 511 and 513 to switch to Warwick Tpk (Rt 513) north. Last delis for 30 mi.
Stay on Warwick Tpk through Upper Greenwood Lake into Orange County (=> Rt 21)
R New Milford (Rt 94)
L Pelton (Rt 1A) => Edenville
L Pine Island Tpk (Rt 1)
SO Rt 1
L US 6 into Port Jervis
Follow Signs for Rts 42/97 North
S Rts 42/97 North
R Rt 42 (leave Rt 97) for the sprint into Monticello

If you prefer a 75 mi route via Metro North from Poughkeepsie:
X Hudson
R 9W
L 44/55
L 209
R 55
R 55A
(If you’re feeling like a challenging detour as you’re nearing the end of the reservoir, make a right on Sundown (Rt 153/46/42), a left on Sugar Loaf and a left on Glade Hill. When you get to the top, turn around, re-trace your steps and congratulate yourself on conquering 1250 ft of vertical gain in 1.9 miles).
BR 55 West
L 42 south into Monticello

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Anthony Poole (not verified)
Many thanks


I'm looking forward to giving this a go. I've also been e-mailed a couple of other routes, which I've not yet studied. I hope that during the course of this season, I can try all of them. I shall report back.

My final choice of route, a week on Wednesday, will largely depend on how I'm feeling and what the weather forecast is.

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Monte (not verified)
NYS Bikeway Map

The NYS bikeway map at

might help get you part of the way there.

If you email them they will send you a hard copy map as well.

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Anthony Poole (not verified)
Thanks for your advice

Thanks for the advice. I shall follow this up.

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