Difficult – 45.2 miles (72.7km)
This loop, created by
– there is no day use fee for cyclists. After Peasleeville, climbing
becomes strenuous and ends after the turn onto Ore Bed Road affording
great views of Lyon Mountain, working pastures, woodlands and a steep
The Clinton Correctional Facility, which opened in 1845 with the mandate
for inmates to work an iron ore mine owned by the state, is the center
of Dannemora. The mining experiment was ended in 1877 and the wall was
built. Just east are the gothic buildings of Clinton Annex, opened in
1899 as the Dannemora State Hospital for inmates declared insane after
trial. Closed in 1972, it is now a separate correctional facility.
is named for a Clinton County native who served with distinction as a
fighter pilot in World War II and the Vietnam War. Akey Road includes a
spectacular 2 mile downhill.
New York State Bicycle Route 9 traverses a 345-mile route from New York City to Montreal. The northern section of the route passes through several communities in the eastern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley on its way to the Canadian border.
State Bicycle Route 9 North Maps
Difficult – 43.8 miles (70.5 km)
This route, created by
involves some strenuous climbing around 3,820’ Lyon Mountain, the
highest point in Clinton County, and through some of the most sparsely
settled areas in the county. Shortly after the Saranac Town Hall the
first climb, Russia (pronounced Roo-sha) Hill begins – a 1 mile climb.
About halfway up the hill there is a 14-mile dirt road leading to a
parking lot at the top of High Falls Dam with a nice view. The last
store for 15 miles is in Clayburg about 1/4 mile before the Climber
turns onto Standish Road and starts the major climb.
In Standish the route takes a sharp right turn toward the hamlet of
Lyon Mountain and climbs for about 3/4 mile to the high point, 1,989’
Just before entering Lyon Mountain there is a public spring.
Chazy Lake can be seen at a number of points south of Route 374 and
at mile 33 the trip becomes all downhill. There is a great view of the
Saranac Valley just before Nashville Road where Chazy Lake Road turns
right for the downhill to Pickett’s Corners.