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The Adirondack Adventure (ADV) Loop

Dual Sport / ADV motorcycle route around the Adirondack Park in northern New York State
645 miles total (194 miles dirt)

 

6 million acre Adirondack Park


 

 
 
Route Description
The intent of this route was to create a tour around the Adirondacks that travels through some of the most scenic areas of the park while including as many dirt and seasonal roads as possible but avoiding out of the way detours just for the sake of riding dirt.  For the most part the dirt roads and trails included on the route are of really good "technical" quality or have some really great scenery.  That being said there are some sections of dirt that are rather trivial and were only included because they were "on the way" but they could be skipped without missing too much if time is a factor.  See below for "favorite" sections of dirt and route notes.

There are three long stretches of road riding but they do go by some of the best scenery so they are anyting but boring road miles:
(High Peaks/Lake Placid, Tupper Lake/Long Lake/Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake/North Creek)

The southwest section between Boonville and Dolgeville technically goes outside of the park and seems like it wouldn't be too interesting but it actually has some great scenery through farm country which is much different than anything in the park itself.  The route misses Old Forge but it's not too far of a side trip if you really want to go to the Enhanted Forest.

Direction doesn't really matter much but all of the info below is based upon a counter-clockwise direction starting in Lake George.  Also, being a loop the route could really be started at any point and would typically take about 2-3 days to do the entire route but because of its odd shape it could also be broken up into sub-loops for shorter day trips.
 
Technical Difficulty
There is nothing really too technical on the route but you will find deep sand in the north on Wolf Pond Road and in the west on the Otter Creek Truck Trail.  There are also some loose rocky sections on Mountain Springs Road between Mineville and Westport and also on Wells Hill/Jay Mountain Road between Lewis and Keene.  There are no major water crossings but be prepared for mud if it has rained within 24 hours.  Anyone with some offroad riding skills should do ok on any size bike with 50/50 tires.

CAUTION:  Stillwater-Big Moose Road has lots of loose sand/gravel and has a significant crown to it (see photo below).  Your bike will have a tendency to drift to the shoulder and it is very easy to lose your line going around bends .
 
Riding Regulations
The Adirondack Park is not exactly dual-sport friendly and while there are plenty of trails for snowmobiles in the winter most of those trails are off-limits to motorcycles and ATV's in the summer.  The NYS DEC is very strict about NOT allowing offroad motorcycles and ATV's on land within in the park so beware that if you explore trails without permission then you may get a ticket.  Your maps and GPS will show a number of dirt roads cutting right through sections of the park but most of these are not public roads.

One notable road that is actually public and does allow autombiles but is off-limits to motorcycles is the 40-mile stretch of dirt road that goes from the Cedar River Flow near Indian Lake all the way to Inlet through the Moose River Plains Wild Forest.  The story goes that there was a bunch of "bikers" causing trouble there back in the 1970's so regulation 196.3 (C) was created as a direct result.

There are also many roads leading to private camps in the Adirondack park that you may find yourself on without knowing it and these usually dead-end at a locked gate.  On occasion the gate will be open and it is tempting to ride through it but look for posted signs before venturing any further.  Sometimes the property owners welcome people on motorcycles and other times they don't.

The exception is the trail network in Lewis County on the west side of the Adirondack Park (Loweville/Tug Hill Plateau area) which is open to motorcycles and ATVs but you need to purchase a trail pass from Lewis County:  https://www.lewiscountyatv.org/

https://www.lewiscounty.org/departments/recreation-forestry-and-parks/recreation-forestry-and-parks

All that being the case, this route sticks to public roads and trails that are legal to ride on with a registered motorcycle.  Please obey posted speed limits and "no trespassing" signs because complaints from the local residents could lead to more regulations.  Also if you see horses on the trail near Otter Creek State Forest then STOP so you don't spook them.
 
Camping   
In the Adirondack Park you can camp anywhere on state land given that you are at least 150' from any road, trail, or stream, and not in an area designated by "no camping" signs.  There are also several state campgrounds located throughout the park.  For more information check out:  https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/camping.html


The GPX file and maps (see below) show locations of several known FREE camping spots along the route or close to it.
 
Season
Many of the seasonal roads aren't maintained through the winter and often have snow on them through the end of May.

Bugs (black flies, deer flies, and mosquitoes) can be really bad during the late spring and early summer months.  The black flies usually die off by the end of June but the mosquitoes will hang on throughout the summer though they get more tolerable in late August when nights start to get cooler.

Fall is probably the best time to ride since it is cooler, the bugs are gone, and the fall colors are awesome, but this is also when the main roads see the most automobile traffic with leaf-peepers.

Winter can start as early as late-October some years.
 
GPX files
ADK_ADV_LOOP_24JUNE2018.zip contains 2 GPX files:

ADK_ADV_LOOP_24JUNE2018.gpx
Contains tracks of the entire route broken up into 3 sections along with several tracks of dirt roads and trails that are not on the actual route but are fun excursions and worth checking out along the way.  This file also contains waypoints for gas, camping, food, etc.

Tracks (20 total):
ADK ADV LOOP SECTION 1 (Lake George to Keene)
ADK ADV LOOP SECTION 2 (Keene to Raquette Lake)
ADK ADV LOOP SECTION 3 (Raquette Lake to Lake George)
(17) additional dirt roads along the route

Waypoints:
  Free campsite locations.
  Favorite sections of dirt.

ADK_ADV_LOOP_DIRT_AND_PAVEMENT_24JUNE2018.gpx
Contains tracks of the entire route broken up into separate dirt and pavement sections (39 dirt, 40 pavement).  These tracks are included just so you can see where the dirt roads are when looking at the route on a computer and aren't intended to be imported into your GPS as there are too many to be of any practical use for navigation.

Tracks (79 total):
ADK ADV xxP are all of the [40] PAVEMENT (blue) sections of the route numbered sequentially starting in Lake George.
ADK ADV xxD are all of the [39] DIRT (red) sections of the route numbered sequentially starting in Lake George.

All of the tracks were created in Garmin Basecamp using routing with City Navigator to create tracks.  I've ridden the entire route and compared the tracks with the actual route and they are pretty accurate.
 
Paper Maps
The best road map that I've found for the area is the JIMAPCO Adirondack Map, but unfortunately the company recently stopped printing these maps.  There are still some available in stores around the Adirondacks but they won't be re-stocked after they're gone.
I have a couple of copies of the JIMAPCO map so I actually scanned in the entire map as 8.5x11 pages and saved them in this file.  JIMAPCO_ADK.pdf
This is a large (70" x 86") map created in Garmin Basecamp with some good detail of the route which may be useful for someone without a GPS. ADK_ADV_LOOP_MAP_LARGE_2JUL2018.pdf
I also created a map of the route in Garmin Basecamp and saved it as individual pages.  (These would be handy to put in the map pocket on top of your tank bag) ADK_ADV_LOOP_MAP_24JUNE2018.pdf
This is a small overview map and route notes. ADK_ADV_LOOP_NOTES_29JUNE2018.pdf
 
For questions contact mike@adventure-science.com

 

See bottom of page for map with photo locations.

 1  Padanarum Road

 1  Padanarum Road

 2  Fleming's Pond

 2  Old Furnace Road

 3  Mountain Spring Road

 3  Mountain Spring Road

 4  Steel Woods Road

 4  Steel Woods Road

 5  Wells Hill Road

 5  Wells Hill Road

 5  Jay Mountain Road 

 5  Jay Mountain Road  (Whiteface Mt. visible)

 5  Styles Brook Road  

 6  Cascade Lake

 
7  Lake Kushaqua camp site

  7  Kushaqua Mud Pond Road

 8  Wolf Pond Road

 8  Wolf Pond Road

 9  Salmon River

 10  Blue Mountain Road

 11  Stillwater-Big Moose Road

 11  Stillwater-Big Moose Road (notice crown)

 12
 Burnham / Confusion Flats Road (sand)

 12  Hiawatha Lake Road

 12  Otter Creek Truck Trail 

 12  Otter Creek

 12  Otter Creek State Forest

 12  Vanarnam Road

  13  Military Road

   13  Comstock Road (wind turbines on the horizon)

   14  Piseco Road

 15  Lake Pleasant

 16  Perkins Clearing Road 

 16  Perkins Clearing Road 

 16  Old Military Road 

 16  Old Military Road Junction 

 16  Jessup River Road 

 16  Jessup River Road 

 17  Armstrong Road 

 17  Garnet Lake Road (Crane Mountain in background)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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