This amazing loop is 41.2 miles, and the Kushaqua-Mud Pond Road itself is a hidden gem of scenery. However, it does have alternating rough and smooth sections. A rider needs to be willing to walk their bike through the rugged sections. This is a perfect route for a hybrid bike.
In return, there are deep woods, scenic bridges (some of which are roped off, please heed the warnings), and lots of lovely ponds and streams. Little hiking paths often appear roadside — some are marked as private — that lead to very pretty spots along shorelines and vistas. Wonderful photo opportunities throughout.
This route also includes the highly scenic Route 60 (marked as Jones Pond Road at the right turn off of Route 86), which is also known as the Gabriels-Onchiota Road. This leads to wilderness camping and hiking trails along Jones Pond itself, and in summer, the Six Nations Indian Museum.
Take Route 86 north through Saranac Lake, turn right onto Jones Pond Road in Gabriels, and be alert at the intersection in Onchiota. Turn right onto the Kushaqua-Mud Pond Road and follow it to Loon Lake. Take a right onto Route 26 (Port Kent/Hopkinston Turnpike) through Merrillsville. This meets Route 3 south, — a right hand turn — which goes directly back to Saranac Lake through Vermontville and Bloomingdale.
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