Tue, 25 Aug 2015

Rail Trails #17

Bicycled 68.5 miles of rail-trail this weekend, nine rail-trails in all. In time order: Saranac Lake Recreational Path, DnH North Corridor, NYO&W Bashakill Railroad Trail, Erie Shawangunk Ridge Trail, Orange Heritage Trail Extension, Putnam Trail Extension, North County Trail, Walkway Over the Hudson, and finally the Albany County Trail Extension.

Only one rail-trail to go (in Plattsburgh) and I will have ridden every rail-trail in New York State.

I have a goal of riding every named Rail-Trail in New York State. Been working on it since June of 2004. There are many more railbeds not used for trains anymore which are also ridable. They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished. I speculate that this is because the owner is either indifferent or away. I've ridden some of these but I'm more interested in getting the named trails ridden first. I'm uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

Trails I've ridden:

  1. Albany County Rail Trail (Elsemere west to Slingerlands),
  2. Albany County Rail Trail (Elsemere east to Normanskill),
  3. Albany County Rail Trail (Normanskill to eastern end),
  4. Andes Rail Trail (footpath)
  5. Auburn Fleming Trail,
  6. Ballston Bike Trail,
  7. Bashakill Railroad Trail (NYO&W),
  8. Black Diamond Trail,
  9. Black River Recreational Trail,
  10. Bog Meadow Brook,
  11. Canalway Trail (Rochester/Greece),
  12. Cycling The Canalway Trail 2012, a supported ride sponsored by Parks and Trails NY.
  13. Cycling The Canalway Trail 2013
  14. Catharine Valley Trail,
  15. Cato Fair Haven Trail, (again, partially),
  16. Catskill Scenic Trail
  17. Charlie Major Nature Trail,
  18. Cheektowaga Bike Path,
  19. The Chautaqua Rails to Trails has a group of rail-trails all built on the same railroad.
  20. Clarence Akron Pathways and Clarence Newstead Trails, (earlier partial ride),
  21. Cohoes Black Bridge Trail,
  22. Corning Bike Path,
  23. Corry Junction Greenway Trail,
  24. D&H Canal Heritage Corridor North (which seems to be called the Marbletown Rail Trail now, the extended part),
  25. D&H Heritage Trail,
  26. D&H Canal Heritage Corridor South, (partially)
  27. D&H Trail Southern Section (to the VT state line, south into VT),
  28. D&H Trail Northern Section, only a tiny bit of which is in NY,
  29. D&H railbed (not a named trail, but it's a snowmobile trail and bicyclable.)
  30. Dutchess Rail Trail,
  31. The East Ithaca Recreational Trail,
  32. El Camino Rail Trail,
  33. Erie-Attica Trail,
  34. Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Rail Trail,
  35. Genesee Valley Conservancy Trail,
  36. Genesee Valley Greenway
  37. Gorge Trail, (again),
  38. Groveland Secondary Trail (not very bicyclable),
  39. Great Bend Park Trail,
  40. Harlem Valley Rail Trail
  41. Heritage Park Rail Trail,
  42. Hojack Trails
    1. Cayuga Hojack Trail,
    2. Hilton Hojack Trail,
    3. Webster Hojack Trail Extension,
  43. Hoosic Greenway Trail,
  44. Hudson Valley Rail Trail,
  45. Jim Schug Trail,
  46. Jim Tedisco Fitness Trail,
  47. Joseph B. Clarke Railtrail,
  48. Kaaterskill Rail Trail,
  49. Kennedy Rail Trail,
  50. Kerhonksen Railtrail,
  51. Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail,
  52. Kingston Point Rail Trail,
  53. Lackawanna Trail,
  54. Lancaster Heritage Trail,
  55. Lehigh Memory Trail (Williamsville),
  56. Lehigh Valley Rail Trail (Naples),
  57. Lehigh Valley Trail North (Rush),
  58. Lehigh Valley Trail North (Crittenden),
  59. Lehigh Valley Trail (Rochester/Rush/Mendon - but not all the way into Victor),
  60. Lehigh Valley Trail (from Mendon to Victor),
  61. Maple City Trail,
  62. Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail (which is also the Erie Canalway Trail),
  63. North County Trailway, again, partially),
  64. Northport Rail Trail,
  65. New York, Ontario & Western trails
    1. NYO&W Liberty Rail Trail,
    2. NYO&W Parksville Rail Trail,
    3. NYO&W Hurleyville Rail Trail,
    4. NYO&W Woodridge Rail Trail,
    5. Verona Beach State Park Rail Trail,
  66. Oneida Rail Trail,
  67. Ontario Pathways Rail Trail,
  68. Orange Heritage Trailway (the unimproved eastern end),
  69. Orange Heritage Trailway (the official paved section),
  70. Orange Heritage Trail Extension,
  71. Oswego Recreational Trail,
  72. Outlet Trail,
  73. Pat McGee Trail,
  74. Philip A. Rayhill Memorial Recreational Trail,
  75. Pittsford Railroad Loop Trail,
  76. Pittsford Rail Trail,
  77. Putnam County Trailway,
  78. Putnam County Trailway Extension,
  79. Railroad Run,
  80. Ridgeway Trail,
  81. Rivergate Trail,
  82. Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern Trolley Trail,
  83. The Rutland Trail (many many times. Also see the Rutland Trail website),
  84. Saranac Lake Recreational Path,
  85. Shawangunk Ridge Trail (Erie),
  86. South Cazenovia Rail Trail
  87. South County Trailway (southern portion)
  88. South County Trailway (northern portion)
  89. South Hill Recreation Way,
  90. Spring Run Trail,
  91. Stillwater Rail Trail,
  92. Sylvan Beach Rail Trail,
  93. Tannersville Bike Path (Huckleberry Multi-Use Trail),
  94. Tarrytown Lakes extension,
  95. The Uncle Sam Bikeway,
  96. Town of Edwards Nature Trail,
  97. Vestal Rail Trail,
  98. Wallkill Valley Rail Trail,
  99. Wallkill Valley Rail Trail North of Rosendale,
  100. Walkway Over The Hudson (and the new part of the Hudson Valley Trail and more parts of the Dutchess Rail Trail which I hadn't ridden earlier), and again, only end-to-end this time, 40 miles in total, and again, just the walkway,
  101. Walden-Walkill Rail Trail (which I had called the Shawangunk Rail Trail),
  102. Warren County Bikeway (first rode it many years ago, before I had my GPS),
  103. Wellsville, Addison, and Galeton (WAG) Trail,
  104. White Plains Greenway (bicycles prohibited, so I walked this),
  105. Zim Smith Trail, again, and again, but this time I also rode the connected "Route 9 Bypass" trail which uses part of the Hudson Valley trolley line.

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

Trails I have no plans to ride:

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Ride starting Sun Aug 23 19:25:19 2015

6.16 km 20215.95 feet 3.83 mi 1706.00 seconds 28.43 minutes 0.47 hours 8.08 mi/hr

Albany County has decked over two bridges and is paving at least part of their rail-trail. I rode the part of it that I had never ridden before because there was no way to get to is because of blocked-off bridges. They're still constructing it, so "TRAIL CLOSED" signs, but nobody was working on it at 7:30M on a Sunday night.

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Ride starting Sun Aug 23 14:37:53 2015

7.86 km 25771.98 feet 4.88 mi 5371.00 seconds 89.52 minutes 1.49 hours 3.27 mi/hr

I've ridden the Walkway Over The Hudson several times before, and walked it a few times, but I was nearby, and the day was beautiful, so I thought I'd ride it again.

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Ride starting Sun Aug 23 09:12:51 2015

50.36 km 165216.61 feet 31.29 mi 14561.00 seconds 242.68 minutes 4.04 hours 7.74 mi/hr

Sunday was a "free" day with no new rail-trails scheduled, so I rode quite a bit of the North County Trail again.

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Ride starting Sat Aug 22 17:02:20 2015

1.77 km 5792.88 feet 1.10 mi 534.00 seconds 8.90 minutes 0.15 hours 7.40 mi/hr

The Putnam County Trail is the former Putnam Branch. It used to run all the way into a wye in Brewster. The path stops short of that because the track is still in use. They're making a rail-with-trail that will jump over the yard on a bridge to join up with the Maybrook Line that used to cross the Hudson at Pok. Only a small portion is built, and even that is still under construction.

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Ride starting Sat Aug 22 15:35:51 2015

2.59 km 8509.81 feet 1.61 mi 919.00 seconds 15.32 minutes 0.26 hours 6.31 mi/hr

A bit more of the Erie Main Line going through Harriman to Middletown has been turned into a trail and paved. I already rode this once before when it was undeveloped, but it's much nicer as an official trail.

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Ride starting Sat Aug 22 11:51:36 2015

17.49 km 57375.76 feet 10.87 mi 4964.00 seconds 82.73 minutes 1.38 hours 7.88 mi/hr

Rode the Erie Freight Bypass. This is the old line that went over the hill at Otisville where the new line goes through a tunnel at a lower grade. The entire railbed on the west side of the Shawangunks is a rail-trail now. It's pretty in places, but also quite ballasty in places making for a mostly rough ride. I chose to climb the hill on the road, which was quite a slog.

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Ride starting Sat Aug 22 09:44:03 2015

21.42 km 70277.95 feet 13.31 mi 7138.00 seconds 118.97 minutes 1.98 hours 6.71 mi/hr

Rode the Bashakill Railroad Trail. There's a separate D&H towpath trail that I didn't ride. The first part is tolerable, then passage is impeded by roots and ties. Then it becomes nice again for a ways, then turns back to brush, finally turning me back just a bit south of Warwarsing by the use of pricker bushes.

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Ride starting Sat Aug 22 08:24:13 2015

6.71 km 22000.73 feet 4.17 mi 3532.00 seconds 58.87 minutes 0.98 hours 4.25 mi/hr

I had ridden part of the D&H trail going north out of Warwarsing, but got distracted by the railbed going up to Highview Tunnel. I rode the rest of it on Saturday, including (as I did before) gettting distracted by the railbed, getting lost in a sand quarry and having to make my way back to the towpath trail.

The trail is mostly a grass towpath trail, but a tiny portion of it uses the NYO&W railbed where the towpath has been lost (because the railroad was built over it!) So it counts as a rail-trail.

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Ride starting Fri Aug 21 19:23:12 2015

1.98 km 6491.31 feet 1.23 mi 883.00 seconds 14.72 minutes 0.25 hours 5.01 mi/hr

The Saranac Lake Recreational Path is a rail-with-trail. It runs alongside the Adironadack Scenic Railroad on its way to Lake Placid. It only goes past one road crossing, but it was still a fun if short ride.

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