RUSA Permanent Routes

I maintain three RUSA-approved 200K permanent routes in the Hudson Valley. Below are links to rough maps of each with profiles. These maps are for reference and planning purposes only. They may not correspond exactly with final cue sheets which may reflect changes. Please let me know if you would like to ride one of these permanents and I will send you a registration and waiver form. My email address is: georgeswain1 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Flatlander's Delight [map]

A view of the Catskills from Columbia County.

  • This route starts and ends in New Paltz, NY. Riders cross the Hudson River on both outbound and return legs and spend a considerable amount of time riding through lovely, bucolic Columbia County. There is even a two mile stretch of hardpack dirt road on this route. The name of the route is a bit misleading since there is over 7,000 feet of climbing involved, most of which is in the form of rollers in the second half of the route. 

Catskills Climbfest [map]

A peaceful meadow nestled high in the Catskills.

  • The Catskills Climbfest is an amazing route that includes two significant climbs and a full day of outstanding riding through the heart of the Catskills Mountains on very low traffic roads. There is no cell service over at least 75% of the route, so randoneur self-sufficiency is put to the test. This route is open March through November due to the possibility of snow and severe mountain weather. RidewithGPS claims 9500 feet of climbing.

Keep the River on Your Right [map]

The FDR home; one of many historic places along the route.

  • This route crosses the Hudson River twice, once on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge which connects Catskill and Hudson and once on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to the south. In between, riders enjoy historic Hudson Valley towns such as Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. There is little climbing involved on this route which is well-suited for winter riding with wide shoulders on major secondary roads and plenty of establishments in which to thaw out.


  1. For what it's wroth, the 'Keep the River On Your Right' route is currently "private".

    "The route you are trying to view is private.

    If you are the owner, make sure you are logged into your account. Otherwise, contact the owner. If you came here from another website, contact the owner of that website about this problem."

    1. Thanks for the heads-up. Should be viewable now.

  2. Hi George, I may be interested in riding your The Walkway Over the Hudson 108k permanent in the coming weeks. Do you have a RwGPS route (or other available)? Thanks

    1. Hi Kevin - here is is. Forgot that this route was not posted here. Need to fix that. Email me through the email address listed in the RUSA site if you want to ride.