A lovely trestle is one of the highlights of the non paved section.
Maps of the Railbed
About the Trail
After mountain biking in Burlingame in the morning, I decided to head up to Coventry/Summit to ride the unpaved section of the Rail Trail. The dirt section west out of Summit definitely required a mountain bike. Much of the route is peppered with moguls: every five feet of so there is a 3 to 4ft depression and then a hump. Annoying but not difficult to ride. The trail surface is compacted dirt, gravel some sandy areas and--where too wet to ride--there are ATV reroutes off to the side that are strewn with roots. Needless to say, that made it fun to ride on a mountain bike!
I stopped at the Summit General Store for lunch. PS - the pickled eggs were delicious!
|Summit General Store|
|End of the paved section|
|Looking back eastward|
|Trestle Trail Sign|
The RideA lovely rail cut - ooo yeah!
|Alternate route where wet|
|There is a new road you cross over that goes to the huge windmill|
|I walked it!|
|View from below|
Greene - Railroad Memorial
|There is a wonderful tribute to the railroad in the small town of Greene|
The tread turns to gravel.
Bridge #2 - This is a tall trestle!
|View from the trestle|
|This steep eroded gully was the way down|
|View from below|
I rode west on for a while longer and decided to turn around here.
On the return, I stopped to snap this photo of the retaining wall - what a lovely view!
|There were a series of these poles off to the side|
|Crossing Bridge #1 (gingerly!)|
|Lovely pine tree lined embankment through the marsh|
- Washington Secondary Trail (Trail Link)
- Washington Secondary Trail (Wikipedia)
- Coventry Historical Society
The Providence, Hartford, & Fishkill Railroad was also known as the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill. There were stations both at Summit and Greene. Timeline of this section of the railroad: