The six-million acre Adirondack Park is a mix of public and private lands, and is a patchwork of state land designations that categorize each public parcel into distinct land use classifications. Because of this, linking sections of rideable trail to complete the route was a challenge. But in the end, it is an adventure that stays true to the Adirondack Park: A journey from the southern foothills to the rugged interior, and on to the vast north and the picturesque Champlain Valley. It is a loop through a beautiful and diverse eastern wilderness on trail, pavement, and dirt road. Riders pass through small towns, cycle past lakes dotted with quintessential “camps”, and take on quiet backroads and pass nary another person. Much of the route leaves populated areas and takes the rider to parts of the park seldom visited. TATR satisfies that need to get “out there”.
The Adirondacks are uniquely challenging – riders should not be fooled by the lack of elevation – the climbs may be short, but they are usually steep. Potential long distances between resupply, the wild nature of the trails, remote dirt roads, and quickly changing weather should all factor into a rider’s planning. Although the route does not go through the highest peaks, these mountains are rugged and will put any rider to the test.
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