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Riding from NYC to Jay Peak this summer and need a route. Any suggestions?

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hannah (not verified)
lots of great riding up there!

Bike Route 9 will get you up to Vermont and would be a good choice if you're looking to knock out lots of miles in a hurry. I rode a lot of BR9 from Montreal to NYC once and liked the northernmost sections best (some photos are at ); if you wanted go that route, you might be able to get a ferry across to Vermont.

More meadering options to get up the Hudson River Valley are at .

Champlain Bikeways also has a lot of useful info:


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Rob Johnston (not verified)
VT Rt. 100

Recommended: VT Rt. 100, South to North. It runs up the middle of the state, typically following the valleys (but does have a couple serious climbs, e.g. between Weston and Ludlow.) Postcard scenery for most of length. Low to moderate traffic.

Problem: You have to chow down a big west-east climb, either in MA or in VT to get to Wilmington, VT.

Hannah's BR9 suggestion: Also good, but challenging terrain in the Ticonderoga-Westport area. Yes, there are two ferry options, or you could jump over to VT south of Lake Champlain proper -- just don't ride VT Rt.7 (bad traffic).

Rob Johnston

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Megan Smith (not verified)
Vermont routes

Rob is correct that Route 7 has dreadful traffic once it reaches the Rutland / South Burlington area, but it is actually a very beautiful, rolling road starting in the southern Berkshires and continuing through some of the most scenic areas of southern Vermont. Before one reaches Rutland, you can switch over to an east-west route and then head north up 100. The great advantage of Route 7 in the summer/fall is that you can take a Metro North train/bus combination from Grand Central (taking your bike along, of course) right into the Berkshires (check their summer schedule for the exact town), hop right onto Route 7 and bypass the most congested metropolitan New York areas.

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chris hartmann (not verified)
nyc - jay peak

Thanks for the ideas. I will probably make it up to 100 and go straight up Vermont from there. Hills should make it challenging. Chris

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Yogi (not verified)
favorite food stop

>I will probably make it up to 100 and go straight up Vermont from there.

As you approach the Sugarbush valley a few miles south of Waitsfield(RT.17?). Look for signs for the Warren country store.

They have a great deli counter and you can sit outside next to the waterfall / Brook.

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Diane Goodwin (not verified)
Your Route

You should contact Mike Yesko - he can get you to Albany via Rt 9N.
Go northeast to Troy, NY via Rt 7
At Rt 22 and Rt 7, go through the village of Hoosick Falls (I grew up there)
Take Rt 64 or 67? north east to North Bennington, VT
(There are backroads which take you northeast to Rt 7 again)
Take Historic Route 7 north into Manchester, VT (I know backroads around here, too)
In Manchester, climb past Bromley into Londonderry - here you catch Rt 100. You will climb Mt. Terrible and be following BMB markings. In Ludlow, just as you descend from Mt. Terrible ... there is a Hostel on the south side before you come to a T in the town. You can sleep here.

From this point on, follow Rt 100N signs .... but you could take a flatter route to Rutland just east of Ludlow. The flatter route has quicker and more traffic and not very scenic .... Rt 100 puts you into Waitsfield. You will climb Granville Gap and cross the continental divide as you are climbing. Just past this Gap you will see a sign for moose crossing .... there ARE moose usually around sunset.

My favorite place to stop is in Granville on the east side of the road ... a place you can find garlic cheese!

In Waitsfield, you can leave Rt 100 to head over to the Waitsfield Inn - this is where Madd River Century starts/ends in August annually. Bruce and his wife are very friendly. It's a nice B&B to stop at.

From there you are on your own. I've ridden Rt 100 and it's nice ... this part is hilly.

For routes in that area, you should contact the Killington Bike Club as this is their territory. I know the roads from Troy to Montpelior which I have described. If you have questions, feel free to email me ([email protected])

diane goodwin

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Evan Marks (not verified)
>...climb Granville Gap and cross the continental divide...

"Um, it's actually the Granville *Gulf* (nitpicking, I know).

The continental divide, well, that's a major boo-boo:

""The divide runs along the crest of the Rockies, from British Columbia, through the United States, and continues southward into Mexico and Central America. It divides the continent's principal drainage into that flowing eastward (to the Hudson Bay in Canada or to the Mississippi River) and that flowing westward (to the Pacific Ocean). ""


Maybe what you mean is that Granville Gulf is the headwater area, the dividing point, between north-flowing (the Mad) and south-flowing (the White) rivers. Yeah, that's it."

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Chris T (not verified)
Tweaking the nice route in Vermont

In Bennington, from Vermont 9, Take Vermont 7 North a couple of BLOCKS, then bear left onto Vermont 7A. Route 7 becomes a divided limited access highway, not conducive to bikes.

Continue Vermont 7A north into Manchester center. Make a right onto Vermont Route 11 east past Bromley toward Londonderry, then onto Route 100 North.

Well past Rochester, Waitsfield, Waterbury,Stowe, Lowell, on Route 100, you get to Troy. In Troy, take a left on Vermont 101, then a Left on Vermont 242. Look for Jay Peak signs after that (the peak will be visable in good weather long before tha

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)

I have a cue sheet: New York to Sheffield via Whippoorwill which I can email you if you request. It avoids some hills but hits others. If you want to avoid most hills I advise the county roads north of Brewster which cross Rt 22 at Wingdale then goes through Sharon. From there you can stay on 41 to left onto Creamery Road just past the town of South Egremont which runs into Route 22 gong north. 22 will avoid big towns, traveling just west of the Massachusetts border.

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