There’s something about waking up in the mountains that’s just...well, you’ll see. Keene Valley, Jay and Au Sable Forks are three quintessential Adirondack communities, each with its own character and charm. There are many jumping-off points for access to wilderness areas in the Adirondacks, but Keene Valley is clearly the king, being within a stone’s throw from the Great Range and New York’s tallest alpine peaks. Au Sable Forks is just about at the mid-point for today’s ride and a great place to take a break, enjoy the quiet, small-town feel and maybe take a dip in the river (who knows, you may even see our Sign Team volunteers if you do…they have been known to take swimming breaks). The East and West Branches of the Ausable River meet in Au Sable Forks, making it an attractive stop for anglers. The Ausable is renowned for its brown trout and rainbows are also present. Although today’s route will allow you to rack up a good amount of ascent, the riding mostly traverses short, manageable climbs and rolling hills. There are two considerable inclines on the long route and one on the short route. Either way, you’ll be treated to a nice descent back into Keene Valley to cool those legs and get ready to party…or relax…or whatever you choose. For those of you who love to chew up some vertical, today will be the day we offer the optional Whiteface Hill Climb. Veteran's Memorial Highway
is a grueling, constant climb to the top of Whiteface Mountain. It’s not for the weary, it’s steep and winding, but the pavement is brand new, traffic is usually light and the views are simply stunning. We’ll have shuttle service again. But for those of you who want to score huge bonus points, the ride from Keene Valley to Whiteface and back is pretty manageable. This is the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks, enjoy!