This is the usual way I ride my (mountain) bike to the woods in NJ! It’s 12 miles each way, not including the detours into Central Park and the off-road stuff in The Palisades (I go half and half, there’s a paved road through Palisades Park). After you cross the George Washington bridge from Harlem, you are literally IN THE WOODS. I love this damn city!! I’ll be doing this again on Saturday, most likely.
NOTE: You need to click on the minus sign to see full route.