Holiday on Ice (Beacon/ Mohonk/ Cragsmoor/ Beacon)
Do you like climbs and spectacular views? This ride's for you. It's 90 miles with about 7,000 vertical feet, with rock ledges and dwarf pitch pine forests.
The "triple rhubarb." Mohonk, Clove Valley-Minnewaska, and Craigsmoor out of Ellenville, with the heinie kicker Oregon Trail, as Zorba would say: the whole castastrophe. But a meal fit for a king. We wouldn't have it any other way.
92 mile (or abreviated 81 miler) NYCC Labor Day A ride classic. Features long climbs and descents with spectacular views of the Shwangunk and Catskill mountains. 5000’– 6000’+/- vertical depending on route. Shorter, 81 mile option splits from the main route after 20 miles, ascending Rt 44/55 up the hairpin, then rejoins in Kerhonksen. The longer (93 miles) route climbs Mohonk, then Clove Valley Road to rejoin shorter route on Rt 44/55. Lunch in Kerhonkson. The ride climbs Rt 52 out of Ellenville /w optional Cragsmoor climb (S. Gully Rd, on second cue sheet (left on Rt 52 from Berme, Ellenville in 0.7 miles onto Mt Meenahga Rd) to Cragsmoor, which is one of the toughest ascents in our purview). If the weather is clear, don't miss the view north to the high Catskills from the Old Stone Church at Cragsmoor!
Note: the Mohonk/ Rt 52 ascent from Ellenville is the original, classic route.
Author: Fred Steinberg
Roboviva Cue Sheet: http://snuggl.es/roboviva/routes/7166333
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