Ausable Ride Preview

Ausable Ride Preview

This 209 mile ride visits some of the very best roads and views north and east of Lake Placid. Highlights include Essex CR 21 (River Rd), NY Route 73, Hurricane Rd, Fox Run Rd, Lake Shore Rd, Highlands Rd, Rainbow Falls, Ausable Chasm, Haselton Rd, Franklin Fall Pond, Saranac Lake, Lake Flower, Franklin CR 26 (Port Kent – Hopkinton Tpke), NY Route 30, Barnum Pond (BONE View), and Franklin CR 18 (Forest Home Rd).

The ride starts with Route 86 north and then a nice curvy run south along the West Branch Ausable River on Essex CR 21 (River Road). Make sure to get a peek at the Olympic Ski Jumps ahead.

Turn right on scenic NY Route 73 and enjoy great alpine views to Keene. In Keene, turn left on twisty Essex CR 13 (Hurricane Road) and experience a great tight and twisty ride. Hurricane Road often has some sand and debris so proceed with caution. Turn left on Route 9N and follow it east to the town of Elizabethtown. Leave Elizabethtown and ride Essex CR 10 (Fox Run Road) and Walker Road to Lake Champlain. Follow Lake Shore Road north along the Lake and continue past the Essex ferry.

Roadway curve and bridge with Rainbow Falls in the background

Rainbow Falls in Keeseville, NY

View from a high bridge looking out at Ausable Chasm with multiple waterfalls in Keeseville, NY

Ausable Chasm View in Keeseville, NY

Keep riding north on Route 22 to Long Pond. Turn right on Essex CR 28 (Highlands Road) and enjoy the curves and great river views. Continue to Ausable Chasm. Make sure to stop at the Rainbow Falls BONE view (Best Of the NorthEast) and the Route 9 bridge for great BONE views of the Falls and Chasm.


Motorcycle parked in front of Franklin Falls Pond in NY with distant mountains.

Franklin Falls Pond View in Bloomingdale, NY

Leave the Chasm and enjoy pretty Ausable River views on NY Route 9N. Next comes some great curves on little known Haselton Road to Wilmington. Skirt the north edge of Whiteface Mountain on Essex County Road 18 (Gillispie Drive) to the nice BONE view at Franklin Falls Pond.


3 motorcycles parked on a pier in Lake Flower in the Adirondacks of NY

Lake Flower View in Saranac Lake, NY

Continue on Franklin CR 48 (River Road) to Bloomington and then turn south on Route 3 to the town of Saranac Lake. Grab lunch at the Lakeville Deli and take it across the street to the pretty park on Lake Flower.

Next get ready for a great Northern Loop. Ride north on NY Route 86 to Paul Smiths. Continue on Franklin CR 60 past Rainbow Lake to Vermontville. Turn left onto fun & curvy Franklin CR 26 (Port Kent – Hopkinton Tpke) and follow it deep into the Adirondack Wilderness – great road.

Turn left on NY Route 30 in Duane and follow it past Barnum Pond (BONE View) to Saranac Lake. Turn left on Franklin CR 18 (Forest Home Rd) and follow this nice curvy road through the woods to downtown Saranac Lake.

Finish up with short ride on Ny Route 86 back to Lake Placid.